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Mnemonic study

In my college days in 1976-77, I read an article in “Illustrated Weekly” on this subject. That article has enthused in me a tendency to keep focused in ‘numbers’ rather try to remember them. This mnemonic has helped me remember various references to sections, sub-sections and other related data in day to day discharge of my duty. The article that I read started with a short event on how the author of the said article, an Indian lady, remembered a telephone number of a co-flyer, a Chinese lady, without (apparently) noting the number anywhere even after a week and called the Chinese lady in her telephone number. While I was then surprised to read that, even now after about 40 years, I remember the telephone number and it was 474794. Hope you will also not forget in rest of your life this telephone number. The author shared in the article how she remembered the number for a week or more. India got independence in the year (19)47, the number 47 is repeated and summed up (47+47=) 94. In this process the author remembered 474794. The process through which one remembers things, numbers, events in chronology or in some required sequence may be called ‘Mnemonic’ [here first ‘M’ is silent, pronounce ‘–nemonic’]
Some of the examples of this are as follows:
1. Sequence of seven colors of the Sun according to their wave length: [VIBGYOR] => Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. First letter of the color names are taken to form VIBGYOR.
2. To remember the value of a ‘pi’ [22/7]: 3.1415=> Now, I Want A Drink. Here No. of letters is important Now=3, coma [,] is decimal [.], I=1, Want=4, A=1, Drink=5. Or one may say “Yes, I have a number” = 3.1416
3. To memorize the names of the planets “My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nothing" Here each of the initial letters matches the name of the planets in our solar system (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune).
One can create mnemonic according to one’s own convenience. Generally whenever we come across figures we try to read in estimation or say “such and such” and nothing is captured in memory and we at times blame the memory for failing to remember the figure. Read and think to remember, I am sure days are not far when you will be surprised by your memory.
NOTE: This article is intended to give first hand idea about the approach to remember numbers which is key to our needs in this department, hence in “itkipathshala”. However the Admin may remove the article, if it is found as, or objected to be, suitable for such removal.

ITKP on January 29 2015 07:24:03

Worth reading

tnc sridhar on February 11 2015 19:14:25

to remember Rahu kaal
"Mother Saw Father Wearing The Turban Suddenly"
M-Monday-7.30 to 9.00--
S-saturday--9.00 to 10.30
F-friday,--10.30to 12.00
W-wednesday-12.00to 1.30
TH-thursday-1.30 to 3.00
Tu-tuesday-3.00 to 4.30
S-sunday-4.30to 6.00
Rahu kaal is for 1h 30 mins daily during which time no auspicious activity is embarked upon-
it starts at 7.30 AM up to 6.00 PM through the week

TNC Sridhar

Rohini Vincent on February 26 2015 11:18:40

we used to memorize our science formulae, accounts balance sheet form like this
Some People Have Curly Brown Hair Turned Permanent Black
Some People Have (Sin = Perpendicular/Hypotenuse)
Curly Brown Hair(Cos = Base/Hypotenuse)
Turned Permanent Black (Tan = Perpendicular/Base.


nka on June 01 2016 16:48:35

In Hindi we used the formula as LAL/KKA. Sin = L/K, Cos = A/K, Tan= L/A and vice versa

L= Lumb= Perpendicular
A= Adhar= Base
K= Karn= Hypotenuse

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