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Mnemonics (Memory-Aiding Devices)


To remember the cranial nerves:

"On Old Olympus' Towering Tops A Fat Angelic Girl Viewed Spanish Hops."

(Olfactory, Optic, Oculomotor, Trochlear, Trigeminal, Abducent, Facial, Auditory, Glossopharyngeal, Vagar, Spinal Accessory, Hypoglossal)


To remember the order of the planets from the sun:

"Mary Very Easily Makes Jam Saturday Unless No Plums."

(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)


To remember the classification of living things

"Kings Play Cards On Fairly Good Soft Velvet."

(Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Variety)

Colours of Spectrum:

To remember the order of the colours of the spectrum:

"Roy G. Biv"

(Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)


To remember the names of the Great Lakes:


(visualize summer homes on the edge of the lake - Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior)

Marine Navigation:

To remember the names of a ship's side and the light colour of each side:

"PORT is a red wine and red is the left side of politics."

(The left side of the ship is called Port and has a red light). or PORT has four letters, as does LEFT.


To remember that a "tight labour market" means there are many jobs available:

"Tell your boss to fly a kite,
When the labour market is tight."


For the order of nerves that pass through the superior orbital tissue in the skull:

"Live Frankly To See Absolutley No Insult."

(Lacrinal, Frontal, Trochlear, Lateral, Nosociliary, Internal, Abduceir)

Amino Acids:

For the ten essential amino acids:

"These Ten Valuable Amino Acids Have Long Preserved Life In Man."

(Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Methionine)


For the functions of blood:

"Old Charlie Foster Hates Women Having Dull Clothes."

(Oxygen (transport), Carbon Dioxide (transport), Food, Heat, Waste, Hormones, Disease, Clotting)


For the properties of bile:

"Bile from the liver emulsifies greases,
Tinges the urine and colours the faeces,
Aids peristalsis, prevents putrefaction.
If you remember all this you'll give satisfaction."


For the excretory organs of the body:


(Skin, Kidneys, Intestines, Liver, Lungs).


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