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Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

Plus other mnemonic devices to improve your child’s memory – and grades

Even a straight "A" student will appreciate these mnemonic devices, designed to help remember facts and processes. Here are a few useful ones to share with your child.

HOMES: Essential for any Michigan kid, this is a fun, easy way to remember the Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior).

My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nectarines: The order of the planets, in position to the sun. (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune).

Never Eat Sour Watermelon: The coordinates on a compass (north, east, south, west).

ROY G BIV: The colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally: The order of operations in mathematical equations (parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction).

Eat An Apple After A Nighttime Snack: The names of the seven continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America and South America).

King Phillip Came Over For Good Spaghetti: The system of biological classification (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species).

OIL RIG: Chemistry students will benefit from this acronym regarding counterintuitive oxidative/reduction reactions (oxidative it loses, reduction it gains).

King Henry Died Drinking Chocolate Milk: A device for memorizing metric measurements (kilo-, hecta-, deca-, desi-, centi-, milli-).

FACE: Can be used to help remember the notes that are found in the spaces on the treble cleft (F, A, C, E).

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge: Details the notes that are found on the lines on the treble cleft (F, G, B, D, and E)

I before E except after C: Except or in sounding like "ay" as in "neighbor" or "weigh."

IPMAT: The stages of cell division in mitosis and meiosis (interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase).

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