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Image Mnemonics

The information in an Image Mnemonic is constructed in the form of a picture that promotes recall of information when you need it. The sillier the Image Mnemonic is, the easier it is to recall the related information. These images may be mental or sketched into text and lecture notes. Don't worry about your artistic ability. As long as you know what your sketch means, Image Mnemonics will help you learn and remember. Examples:

You can use an Image Mnemonic to remember BAT (the depressant drugs mentioned above - Barbiturates, Alcohol, and Tranquilizers). Visualize or sketch in your notes a limp, depressed bat that took Barbiturates, Alcohol, and Tranquilizers.

Picture meeting someone new at a party named John Horsley. Use an Image Mnemonic to help you remember his name. Visualize a horse sitting on a john: not pretty but effective in recall. No example provided on this one.

What is a numismatist- Visualize a new mist rolling onto a beach from the ocean and beach is made of coins. Silly- Of course, but sillyography makes it is easier to remember that a numismatist is a coin collector.

How about using a bad joke to help you remember- Picture two numismatists having a drink for "old dime's sake." Corny- Yes, but cornography often makes things easier to remember.

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