Mnemonics for geotechnical engineering


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Mnemonics for geotechnical engineering

  1. 1. (Pronounced "ne-mon-ics")The art of assisting the memory,by using a system of artificial aids
  3. 3. Artificial aids• Rhymes,• Rules,• Phrases• Diagrams,• Acronyms• Other devices
  4. 4. From childhood to old ageone uses this technique knowingly or unknowingly. Government also uses this technique
  5. 5. Abstract concepts, principles and ideas. Hard for students to comprehend.
  6. 6. Remove a misconception thatGeotechnical engineering subjects are descriptive and less scoring
  7. 7. Teaching-learning is a two way process Unless every student learns, the process is incomplete.
  8. 8. One picture is worth thousand words a Chinese proverb.
  9. 9. MAIN LEARNING STYLES Visual Auditory Kinesthetic
  10. 10. Visual LearnersVisual learners relate most effectively towritten information, notes, diagrams andpictures.Visual learners make up around 65% of thepopulation. You will find such learners sitting on first 5 to 6 benches
  11. 11. Auditory LearnersAuditory learners relate most effectivelyto the spoken word.Auditory learners make up about30% of the population. You will find such learners sitting on Middle three benches
  12. 12. Kinesthetic LearnersKinesthetic Learners learn effectivelythrough touch and movement and space,and learn skills by imitation and practiceKinesthetic learners make up around5% of the population. You will find such learners sitting on Last benches
  13. 13. Senses of PerceptionUse all the senses to code information ordress up an image.Ask the students to use all sensesof perceptions to learn new things, Plasticity of fine grained soils Knead and roll a wet soil mass Use clay and fly-ash samples
  14. 14. Innovative QuestionsUse humor, Funny or peculiar thingsName the curve which is plotted as astraight line!Flow curve
  15. 15. Enigmatic questionsEnigmatic questions are very difficult to forget!What is common / uncommon betweenFoot & Footing?Both transfer loads to earth butone is above andother is below the ground
  16. 16. Rude RhymesRude rhymes are very difficult to forget. A for Atterberg, B for Boussinesq, C for Coulomb and D for Darcy
  17. 17. ModelsBringing three dimensions & movement to an imagemakes it more vivid.Show models in the class room itself.Arrange model competitions with subjects such as• Plate/pile load test,• Dewatering techniques,• Construction with Geosynthetics etc.
  18. 18. Positive, Pleasant Images.The brain often blocks out unpleasant ones.Vivid, colorful images are easier to rememberthan drab ones.Use well drawn colored charts.. Use cartoons
  19. 19. ExaggerationExaggerate the size of important parts of the image Use Appropriate Symbols
  20. 20. Three Dimensions and MovementThree dimensions and movementto an image makes it more vivid.
  21. 21. Mnemonics of Ancient India Vedic literature (Veda, Puranas & Upnishadas) could be preserved as it is in poetic form with strict grammatical rules.Things were named to indicate its qualityCopper Sulphate - Mayurgriva- Green as neck of apeacock Each of Digits 0 to 9 has hundreds of alternate names 1- Sun, Moon, 2 Hands, eyes etc
  22. 22. CONCLUSIONMnemonics is a very useful tool for educators and students
  23. 23. For any suggestions ContactDr.A.S.NeneM4 Laxmi Nagar,Nagpur (India) 440022Email: