mnemonic (nēˈmänik)

I recently competed in my school spelling bee and it was a lot of fun! Sometimes, when I study for spelling bees, it is really hard to remember how to spell certain words so I have to use mnemonic devices. Mnemonics are memory aids people use to remember things.

For example, I know how to spell principal by remembering that the head of school is my “pal.” How can you tell the difference between tempura (food you eat) and tempera (the paint)? I remember that “u eat tempura.” 🙂

The word mnemonic comes from the Greek root mnem meaning remembrance, memory.

Do you find mnemonic devices helpful? If so, I would love to hear some of your tricks to remembering things.

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  1. The field of medicine has a myriad of mnemonic devices to help remember a wide variety of disease states, treatments, etc. One of the most commonly used is a SOAP note to update a patient’s progress in the medical record. SOAP stands for Subjective appearance, Objective measurements, Assessment of, and Plan for the patient.

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