Using Mnemonics for Biology
Using mnemonics for Biology can make learning Biology fun and easy. Did you ever take piano lessons? Remember "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge"? If you answered "yes," you have used mnemonics. The first letters of the words in the sentence denote the lines of the treble clef staff, EGBDE.
To Get A Free Report On
16 Proven Ways To Motivate Your Child To Do Better In School
Plus, receive a "Live Demonstration Inside Our Unique 1 On 1 Online Classroom."
Definition of mnemonic
A mnemonic is any mental method that helps the learner remember something. There is a huge variety of mnemonics, from acrostics (as in the example above) to images, rhymes, and music. Combinations of methods can be used. The only rule in using mnemonics is "do what works."
How mnemonics work
The way mnemonics work is by connecting new information that is being learned to something familiar that the learner can easily remember. It is believed that this makes learning more efficient because the neurons in the brain have to make fewer new connections.
The human brain more easily remembers information that is humorous, personal, or "off-color." Anyone who has gone through medical school knows some mnemonics that cannot be repeated in polite company! (These will not be repeated in this article.)
Benefits of mnemonics
Obviously, mnemonics are only a part of an overall learning strategy. They are memory strategies, not comprehension strategies. But they help comprehension, because the student can remember more information that can then be used in comprehension. In mastering some subjects (such as Biology), one must be able to retrieve the correct labels for parts of a structure or process along with comprehending how the labeled parts work.
Additionally, research shows that when teachers make up tests, they tend to use a lot of questions that measure recall of specific facts. So remembering facts is an essential skill for success in school.
Examples of mnemonics: acronyms and acrostics
Some of the most familiar mnemonics are acronyms and acrostics. These are especially useful for remembering information that is in the form of lists. In this case using mnemonics for Biology is advantageous. The subject of Biology abounds with structures and processes made up of parts and stages. Learning Biology requires remembering these lists of information, often with the components in a specific order.
An acronym is a pronounceable word created by using the first letter of each word of the information being learned. An example is FARM-B, the acronym for the classes of vertebrates: Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals, Birds, etc.
An acrostic is a sentence in which the first letter of each word is the first letter of one of the things you are trying to remember. An example is the mnemonic for the phases of mitosis: I Passed My Algebra Test - for Interphase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, and Telophase. Notice that using mnemonics for biology helps in remembering the names of the phases as well as the correct order in which they occur.
Using what's out there versus making up your own
One way to enhance the power of mnemonics is to make them up yourself. However, a balance must be reached between the benefit of doing this and the time required. You may want to take advantage of the plethora of mnemonics already out there in publications and on the Internet.
The absolute "king" of Biology mnemonics is the one for taxonomic classification, with probably more variations published than for any other Biology topic, many involving one King Phillip. Below are the taxonomic groups with just a few of the possible mnemonics listed underneath.
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species
King Phillip, Come Out For Goodness' Sake!
King Phillip Came Over From German Soil.
Kings Play Chess On Funny Green Squares.
Kevin's Poor Cow Only Feels Good Sometimes.
Keep Pond Clean Or Fish Get Sick.
Keep Pots Clean Or Family Gets Sick.
Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach.
Kids Pour Catsup Over Fat Green Spiders.
If including "Domain," you may be able to add "do" or "does" as the first word of the sentence: Do Koalas Prefer Chocolate Or Fruit, Generally Speaking?
Remember: Make it fun!
Mnemonics can make lists of terms easy to remember. So don't fret over Biology! Using mnemonics for Biology can help your brain remember facts and make Biology fun.
Science Studying Tips
5 Strategies to Help Children Become Successful Word Problem Solvers
Helping Kids Understand Sir Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
Friction for Children: 4 Tricks to Help Children Understand Friction
Learning Simple Machines: 4 Tricks to Help Your Children
Teaching Kids about Energy
Help with Chemistry Problems: Four Tips to Help Ace Your Chemistry Homework
Teaching Children about the Six Kinds of Potential Energy
Teaching Children about the Four Kinds of Kinetic Energy
Discover Science Home Lab Series: Learn About DNA Extraction
Three Simple Steps to Learning Biology
Students Click Here
Free Report How To Start An Online Tutoring Business
Blueprint For Online Tutoring Success eBook
How To Start An Online Tutoring Business MP3 interview
Free Online Tutor Forum
Tutor and Grow Rich ebook
Free A+ Parenting Video Series & Handouts
Online Tutoring Service
Free Online Tutoring Demonstration
A+ Parenting DVD Collection
Discipline & Parenting Techniques
Health, Nutrition and Fitness
Learning Styles and Techniques
Managing an Online Tutoring Business
Motivating Your Child or Student
Online Tutoring Business Opportunities
Online Tutoring Defined
Test Preparation & Study Skills
Work From Home