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Study Skills- Steps to Getting Good Grades in College: Memory

Memory and Concentration

EXAMPLES OF COMMON MNEMONICS

ACRONYMS: NBA = National Basketball Association

MLB = Major League Baseball

HOMES = Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior (Great Lakes)

ACROSTICS/SENTENCES: My Dear Aunt Sally = Multiply and Divide before you Add and Subtract

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos = Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune (Order of the Planets)

RHYMES AND SONGS: The song, “Fifty Nifty,” alphabetizes the 50 states.

CHUNKING: Decrease the number of items you are holding in memory by increasing the size of each item = 648311996 becomes 64 831 1996.

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