In many classes, students are faced with the daunting task of remembering a lot of terms or structures in a relatively short period of time. Though there is much to memorize, students may not be aware of the many mnemonic mechanisms that can help them make quick and lasting memories. This article describes three such mechanisms: word associations, visual images, and stories. Examples of how these mechanisms can be applied, either individually or in combination, are provided in the context of teaching human anatomy. Whether used by teacher or student, these mechanisms can be incorporated into a class, providing fun and effective ways to both teach and learn.
Sweeten, Thayne L.
"Mnemonic Mechanisms for Making Memories,"
Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence: Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/jete/vol1/iss2/4