Stupid Mnemonics That I Use to Remember Things

4 min readMay 10, 2022

Or… there is nothing wrong with using mental tricks to remember information

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This is more around having my children try to look at things differently, recognise that they may struggle remembering something, and find a way that relates to them.

Mental Mnemonics

Mnemonic definition:


- assisting or intended to assist the memory.

- pertaining to mnemonics or to memory.


- Something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.

- Computers. a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.”

In this sense I am focussed on “assisting or intended to assist the memory”.

Going through my schooling, I was taught that there was just one way to do something, in private, if I didn’t understand something, then I would search for a way to remember it… I felt kind-of bad for ‘cheating’ but in hindsight, I discovered that

They’re, Their, There

They’re —the single quotation mark (‘) means that we are missing a letter — in this case an ‘a’ — so sound it out:

They’re = They Are

therefore them


Their means of them — it has an ‘i’ in it which looks like a little person, so therefore it is about people.


This is the last one, if you can remember the other ones and they don’t fit, then use this one.

Compliment vs. Complement

Compliment — “an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration.”

See how compliment has an ‘i’ in it — it looks like a person, so it is something that you would give a person.

Complement — “something that completes or makes perfect.”