They’re called mnemonics – in other words, memory tools. Could be a clever rhyme, or a saying where the first letters spell out the answer. Here are just a few that we learnt as kids, and still remember today!


Days in the month…it’s a rhyme

30 days hath September, April, June and November.

All the rest have 31, except February, which has 28 days clear  – and 29 in each leap year!

Which way? Say it clockwise…

Never Eat Shredded Wheat = North, East South, West.

Colours of the rainbow

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain… That’s it: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

It’s in the stars…

Well, the planets actually! In order, from the sun: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas = Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. That worked just fine until Pluto was downgraded and is no longer considered a planet.  Maybe now it should be: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles!

A little bit of DIY…

Right is tight, left is loose…that’s the way to turn a screw.

The fates of Henry VIII’s wives…

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

Spell it out…

I before E, except after C. But this rule doesn’t always apply! One exception is the word ‘weird’..

So how about: I before E, except after C – but ‘weird’ is just weird. (As is weigh…and height…and reign…and their… and vein… and…)


Because = Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants

Arithmetic =A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream

Rhythm = 
Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move

Necessary = 
Not Every Cat Eats Sardines (Some Are Really Yummy)

Argument = 
A Rude Girl Undresses: My Eyes Need Taping!

Ocean =
 Only Cats’ Eyes Are Narrow

Potassium…Remember one tea, two sugars.

Desert (the Sahara) or dessert (pud): remember that the sweet one has two Sugars.

Separate…There is a rat in separate.

Stationery and stationary… It’s Stationery – as in lEtters, and stationary, as in cAr..

The first eight US presidents…

Will A Jolly Man Make A Jolly Visitor?

(George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren)

The Royal Houses of England and Great Britain…

No Plan Like Yours To Study History Wisely.

(Norman, Plantagenet, Lancaster, York, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, Windsor)


What mnemonics work for you? Let us know in the Comments box, below…