How Can I Help with Remembering?

Remembering is something we can all improve, having a method for remembering helps.

Some of the methods people use are:

The List...Look...Say...Cover

  • Write the facts to be learned in a list - one above the next
  • Read the list through slowly, concentrating on each word
  • Do this three times
  • Cover up the list
  • Write them out
  • Check
  • Repeat until they’re all right
  • Just before bed, test again by writing out the names
  • The next day, test again

The Link

Link the facts to something familiar which is easy to remember eg you want to remember a car registration 6CH1983

You may have friends called Chris and Helen

They will call at 6

1 from 9 is eight and 3 is half of 6

Repeat until remembered

The Rhyme or Jingle

Make up a rhyme or sentence which is easy to remember using the first letters. Repeat or sing until known. Re-test following day/s:

Colours of the rainbow - Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet - Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain


In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue

The Acronym

Make up a name or nonsense word from the initial letters:

BIMDAS - order of operation for Arithmetic

Brackets, Indices, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract

The Sentence

Form a sentence from the first letters of the words:

The planets in the Solar System

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

Men Very Easily Make Jugs Serve Useful Needs and Pleasures

Other Hints

  • Active remembering works best...write and say
  • Don't try too much...six or seven facts or words at one time
  • Keep re-testing until it's really learned