This module models the UDL Principles of Representation and Action & Expression.

Mnemonic Devices for Instruction

Using Mental Cues for Easy Recall



Mnemonic strategies are commonly used across content areas to help students remember important information or concepts. When we talk about mnemonics, people often think of mnemonic acronyms that enable people to remember items through the use of a catchy word or phrase in which the acronym letters begin each of the terms in a list. For example, many people remember the colors in the rainbow using the acronym "ROY G BIV," which represents the colors in the order they appear in a rainbow-red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. But there are many other types of mnemonics. They can be classified in two broad categories: organizational mnemonics, which help students organize previously acquired information; and encoding mnemonics, which allow students to transform new information in a meaningful way. In this module we will look at the different types of mnemonic devices as well as strategies for implementing them in the classroom.

Figure 1: "Memory Improvement 101: Mnemonic Devices" (3:00 minutes) [transcript]

In the Instruction Practice Section, we will explore the different types of mnemonic devices and give useful resources that will help you incorporate mnemonics in your classroom.

Module Format

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Concept map presenting an overview of the module content as noted in preceding paragraphs.

Figure 2: Concept Map: Mnemonic Devices for Instruction

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