Aiding Your Memory Powerpoint


You were Born to Learn!!!

How’s your memory?

Your brain was born to learn, loves to learn, and knows how to learn.

You learn what you practice.

Practice is making mistakes, correcting mistakes, learning from them and trying over, again and again.

Making and learning from mistakes is a natural and necessary part of learning.

As a Healthcare Professional this is so important for you.

What is learning?

Learning = m + u

 Learning = memory + understanding

Ability to recognize, recall,

, retain and store information INTEREST, INTENT,




L earning a new skill or idea involves a combination of using your memory with your ability to understand the new ideas.

In other words, you don’t truly learn something unless you can remember as well as understand it.

Fibers in my head?

 You learn what you practice because when you are practicing, your brain is growing new fibers (dendrites) and connecting them at synapses.

This is what learning is



Did you know that you can use memory tricks or

mnemonic devices to help you remember information?

Definition of Mnemonics :

1. assisting or intended to assist memory;

2. of or relating to memory

mne·mon·i·cal·ly \-ni-k( ə -)lē\ adverb

Origin of MNEMONIC:

Greek mnēmonikos , from mnēmōn mindful, from mimnēskesthai to remember

Popular Mnemonics

 Acrostic Sentences ( the first letter of each word is the first letter of one of the things you have to remember).

 They work best if the sentence is silly or ridiculous. Get creative and have fun coming up with wild sentences.

How can you remember the order of the planets away from the sun?

Think about this sentence:

M y V ery E legant M other J ust S erved U s N ine

P izzas.

What are the planets?

Were you able to figure out the planets (when Pluto was considered a planet) in order of position from the sun?

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter,

Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto


Another Mnemonic


a word created by using the first letter of each word of the information to be recalled.

These work best if the lists or terms are shorter

and have some vowels.

Examples: The Acronym HOMES can help us recall the five__________?

If you guessed the

Great Lakes . . .

Huron, Ontario, Michigan,

Erie, and Superior — you are correct.

Another Acronym Example:

 PEMDAS in math class helps us remember the order of operations for Algebra:

Perform the operations in Parentheses first, then Exponents then solve Multiplication and Division from left to right then finally solve Addition and Subtraction from left to right.


is another mnemonic to help you remember information


“ In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

“I before E except after C or in rhyming with A, as in neighbor and weigh.”

Look at the Various Examples of Mnemonics.

Could these help you?

The Wright Brothers had glee in 1903. (rhyming)

CIGAR checklist for takeoffs - ( acronym) controls, instruments, gas, altitude indicator, radio

More Examples


• A Promotion Feels Powerful And Excellent an acrostic sentence for the six biological kingdoms :

Archaebacteria, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia, Eubacteria

• In Paris Men Are Tall an acrostic sentence for cell division: interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase

Example from Chemistry (an acrostic):

 Holly Harrington Likes Beer But

Cannot Obtain Food.

The elements 1-9 of the periodic table —

 hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, fluorine).


 Use mnemonics with the exercises given in class – see if you can make your memory work for you!

Use mnemonics to learn the medical terminology.

Share some of your mnemonics with a partner.