any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval (remembering) in the human memory

A mnemonic is a way for people to remember things more easily. For example, the treble clef lines on a music staff are for the notes E G B D and F. Music students are taught to remember this with a mnemonic - Every Good Boy Does Fine.[1] The first known mnemonics were used by the Ancient Greeks. Cicero said the poet Simonides (c.556-c.468 B.C) discovered the power of mnemonics to help him make visual images so he could remember things.[2] The word mnemonic comes from the Greek words mnene, meaning memory and mnemon, meaning mindful.[3]

A mnemonic using your knuckles to remember the long months of the year

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  1. "FINAL REVIEW BEFORE AN EXAM". Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. "Mental Imagery > Ancient Imagery Mnemonics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)". Archived from the original on 18 May 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  3. "MNEMONICS - INDEX/INTRODUCTION". Retrieved 13 January 2011.