Mnemosyne The Greek Goddess of memory• She is pictured here in Rossetti’s painting with the lamp of memory.• She represented the rote memorization required, before the introduction of writing, to preserve the stories of history and sagas of myth.• We get the concept of mnemonics. “Mnemosyne” by Rossetti, Delaware Art Museum
Mnemonics• Everyone knows the usual ones:• Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally- order of operations• HOMES – the Great Lakes• You can use mnemonics to help you learn in many classes.
Mnemonics• Biology SSS WW T A student had to learn the Key Abiotic Factors – the moving physical and chemical conditions in environment. He found he could memorize them and recall them quickly when he grouped them as the letters are in the box above: Sunlight, Soil, Severe disturbances Wind, Water Temperature
Mnemonics• Biology: RR• To memorize what produces wind patterns:• The word “patterns” has 2 t’s• Think of 2 R’s• R for rising & falling of air masses• R for rotation of earth• Done!
Mnemonics• English Grammar- Linking Verbs: Feel Seem Remain Taste Grow Appear Stay Smell Become Look Turn Sound• You don’t have to memorize 12 different words.• Group them, and you have 4 things to remembers.
Mnemonics• Spanish vocabulary:• Bailar – to dance (looks like ballet)• Bajar – to go down (think of Baja California which is down below the state.• Contestar – to answer (In a contest, you give answers)• Comprar – to buy (Compare prices before you buy something) http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/earthquake-swarm-strikes-baja- california-as-tension-builds-along-the-fault/
Mnemonics• English vocabulary:• Caveat – a warning (think of the warning not to go in a cave!• Flout – to mock, to treat with contempt (think of rhyming words- flout & shout at someone to mock them)• Scourge – to whip, punish severely; a cause of affliction or suffering (think of rhyming words scourge & courage; how it would take courage to get whipped or punished)
Mnemonics• Usually the mnemonics that you make are the ones that will work best for you.• Sometimes the sillier they are the more likely they will stick with you.• Enjoy learning! Make mnemonics!
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