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Hello,      If you know that the middle number of a range of numbers that are consecutive is always the average, then you won't need this mnemonic boost. But if you have a gross of  problems and an exam, you will want to have several English phrases to help you find needed steps for applications.       This morning in a lesson, I put together "Consuela" so you recall Consecutive; "Thea" for the average; "Range" for range; and "Middlendorf" for middle.  These words make a good chant. Once you memorize the phrase and connect it to create a range of consecutive numbers (the example in this blog has odd numbers) and the average every time is the middle number, you have something concrete to "grip".  Chant "Consuela Thea Has A Middlendorf Range" and put instantly as the average of {3, 5, 7, 9, and 11} what? Maybe you will connect your chant at the time you are presented... read more

Throughout the course of my own education, and now as a semi-educator myself, I have picked up various handy ways to assist with memorization. The first and probably best "memory assistant" is music. It doesn't have to be good, or really even "musical." But putting whatever you're trying to memorize to music is vastly helpful! In high school, I memorized the presidents of the United States (in chronological order) by putting them to a song. I can still sing it to this day. I can also recite the alphabet backwards by simply putting a tune to it. The best thing to do is write out the words to your song, then sing it repeatedly - taking away a few of the written words each time. You (or whoever you're helping) won't forget it! Similarly, rhymes are very helpful too! Remember the old favorite "i before e, except after c, or when sounding like 'ay,' as in neighbor or weigh"? I'll bet you do... because it rhymes! Lastly, mnemonic devices... read more

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