The term Mnemonics is derived from the Greek Goddess of memory Mnemosyne.
Broadly speaking mnemonics are a group of memory techniques, or mental slights of hand that together facilitate the quick and easy assimilation of information of all kinds.
Facts, figures, names, faces and events, all can be learned and recalled far easier by using mnemonics, than by using the conventional means of rote learning and repetition.
Mnemonics use the imagination in conjunction with all of the individuals
senses (sight, sound, touch, smell), in order to transform a dull,
dry piece of text into a firm and vibrant memory that is not just
easy to remember, but difficult to forget!
Mnemonics and the other memory improvement techniques outlined in this site gain their power by making use of the way that our minds absorb information. For memories to be formed the following events must occur:
The reason that mnemonic techniques and so called other 'tricks' are so useful is that they remove the need for constant repetition and rote learning when studying or trying to commit other facts and pieces of information to long term memory. Using these methods therefore frees up time to do other things. In a learning context, this would mean tht moe time can be spent 'understanding' a subject, rather than just recalling facts.
Please take a look at the items in the menu on the left of the page to learn more about these groups of techniques and to try them out for yourself.