Call it a handy learning aid, indulge in it for the quirks of its working or even just seek them out as yet another of the curious ways of the world, chances are you would never be not fazed by a random musing upon the mnemonic. They are that delightful indeed and even when you would not be someone easily amused by however clever a ploy of existence, you cannot atleast disregard the exceptionality of their functioning.
For all its commanding thus the realm of imagination, mnemonics essentially flaunt a character of the artistic even when they can be or in fact need to be as practical as possible in their purposing. The stemming of their structure as such that makes sense indeed however is always creative a requirement which makes them manifest largely in many a mediums of literary expression. Mostly asserting as short poems and/ or verses of a easy-to-remember character or even as acronyms, initialisms and many such intriguing forms of alphabetic construct, mnemonics have largely asserted their might as being borrowers indeed out of the speechy nature of language. They aren’t only and exclusively occurring though as string of letters that somehow manage to sound right and serve their purpose even realer. For all the greatness of their identity in aiding and leading to the entire art of memory, mnemonics can assume as great a range of forms as well.
For all one might not know though, we have been dealing in mnemonics all our lives. In every sphere of its attending that curates thus many a definitions pertaining to that specific extent of knowledge, no matter how complex or intricate a dimension of intelligence that might be in considering, these perky phrases of a definite appeal have been managing to do exactly that. But mnemonics tend to be no less diverse themselves in occurring in such modes and mediums of expression that employs images and signs and symbols for instance or even something differently intangible as a musical composition.
Music might in fact be one of the first ways in which we would come to encounter this brilliant model in learning, or rather memorising facts and information that would serve us in some context of our dynamic living. To start with then, singing our way to learning the alphabet by heart is the most universal way mnemonics have established the necessity of their identity, as something that strikes also in their interesting jargon of occurring. And thus within their expression as an arena of interest, these largely universal entities have sparked also such strategies in remembering that themselves speak a specific language of equal convenience. The method of loci is one such prominent case-in-point that assumes also the distinction of being the earliest identified as well as the most researched mnemonic in history.
Specific as well might be the case of a mnemonic in helping to accurately calculate the number of days in each month of the year. The knuckle mnemonic that involves counting the months starting from January upon a knuckle such that each month of 31 days fall upon alternate knuckles and the others accounted for by the dips in between is one much useful technique in remembering or recollecting an oft required context of real attendings. A traditional verse mnemonic too renders the same function in maintaining an accurate count of the days but it perhaps is the uniquity nestled in the knuckled version that which has made it assert as a standout symphony that any summon upon the memory would definitely be answered.
Prominent in another altogether distinct a scouting of popularity would be such mnemonics that specifically aid a remembering of the mathematical constant π to a staggering count of its digits after the decimal point even in its infinite irrationality. So discrete is this identity derived upon the non-discrete entity that has conjured up an entire universe of and by its own that the entire collection of mnemonic devising committed to it assumes a definition of piphilology. In such extent of its calling upon the vast 2.5 million gigabytes equivalent of memory, it would not be very surprising then to know that within this realm of individuality there exists every thing from innovations like piems and pikus to ordinaries like sonnets and songs or even evocations of the rhythm of sound such that all of them aids in some way the memorising of these recurring digits to a hefty 100,000 out of the 2.7 trillion decimal places calculated out till date.
Notable in a different consideration even when serving ultimately the end in remembering would be an assertion in specific terms of what flow as the spelling mnemonics. The “i before e except after c‘ rule curated in consonance with a grammatical sonority tends to be very precise in its following, even when the universality of this ‘proclamation’ can be easily refuted through examples galore of exception. Intriguing then a concept in such arising, or perplexing rather ln this specific and perhaps some other accounts as well would be mnemonics like these that still happen to be memorable.
It essentially is its residing in the precincts of a curiosity, whether that be derived as humour or surprise or as part of some personal account, each of which amounts to a greater relatability that makes the information linger thus in the mazes of memory such that makes mnemonics easy techniques for information to register and find future processing in certain accuracy. It also is what makes mnemonics assume a character of much versatility, rooted as it is in the simplest premise of devising an as simple, clear way of what would be effortlessly ingrained in memory. It helps indeed that the elements of what it harbours as hard-to-miss expressions of reference extend an experience of the arousing to which the brain swiftly responds
Coming up with a mnemonic is easy as well, with a focus on what it is expected to lead to being the prime consideration such that looser constructs of the lexical are allowed to pass indeed as validations in this regard. The context can be incorporated in exactness and the mode of its addressing also chosen at convenience, making mnemonics functional across just about every spectrum in which they are meant to exist as custom curations of considerable considerations.
This means that mnemonics does indeed unfurl across everything from the sciences to the arts, with everything from language and music to physics and chemistry to history and philosophy offering their expanse for mnemonics to come take over. They do as well and in much commanding of attention such that different branches of mnemonics have come to be as per their applicability. Out of such applications, some strike as particularly poignant in and despite all peculiarity of the characterisation. Consider the effect of mnemonics in making the process of learning a foreign language easier and one would thank indeed the world that these strange, even ridiculous at times levitations of the linguistic or the symbolic has been let to rule large.
The impacts of mnemonics on memory that is evident indeed in its employment as a learning aid are of long term consequences for the human. This it does by affecting first the short term memory, riding upon the dual eminence of which they lend themselves also in effectively aiding patients with memory deficits triggered by medical factors. This means that mnemonics aren’t just learning devices that children and academic learners can benefit from; they encompass a greater scope of work that concerns the entire human existence. The diverseness through which mnemonics afford thus a more conducive retaining of required information is helped also by the multisensorial nature of its occurring involving then a greater awareness in what leads to clearer, permanent memories to call upon at will.