Studying hard and practicing your spelling can help you become better at that particular skill. But sometimes you need to study smarter
and not harder
. Mnemonics are fun memory aids that you can use to help you recall the correct spelling of words.
Mnemonics can be phonetic, rhyming, name-creating, based on a keyword, or using an expression you create based on the first letter of the word.
Here are some tips for creating and using mnemonic techniques. They’ll help you get the right spelling, every time.
Acrostic Mnemonics for Spelling
An acrostic is an invented expression where the first letter of each word can be put together to form another word. For example, you can remember the spelling of ‘necessary’ with this acrostic:
“Never Eat Chips, Eat Salad Sandwiches And Remain Young!” (H/T to EduBlox)
Here are some other widely used acrostics for frequently misspelled words:
Because – Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants
Arithmetic – A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream
Chili – Cats Have Interesting Little Ideas
Ocean – Only Cats’ Eyes Are Narrow
Caught – Cats Always Use Great Heavy Toilets (H/T to LadayLumleys School)
Argument – A Rude Girl Undresses; My Eyes Need Taping!
Rhythm – Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move
Pretty – Pretty Red Elephants Turned Totally Yellow
A Word in a Word: Nestable Spelling
Apart from acrostics, there are many other ways you can recall a word’s spelling effortlessly. Here are some well-known examples using the “word nesting” technique:
A piece of pie.
There’s a rat in separate.
Jealousy is a lousy feeling!
What has a hat in it.
You use your ears to hear.
You eat meat when dining alone, but not when you meet a friend in the street.
Take the bus to your business.
A secretary has a secret.
Liam went to the House of Parliament.
Don’t believe any lies.
A friend is there to the end.
There’s an eight in height and weight.
Please be quiet about my diet!
Soldiers sometimes die in battle.
You can also make fun associations to remember the spelling of words with double letters by linking them to images.
In the kennel you’ll find accommodation for two cats, two mice and a dog.
There are two sugars in a dessert.
Can you come up with a mnemonic for words that give you trouble? Think of a different mnemonic for each of the words, “trouble”, “guarantee” and “sculpture”. Here our own ideas to give you some food for thought.
Trouble – Teresa Regrets Owning Umbrella Bought Last Easter
Guarantee – Under two Antennas, Two Ears are Hidden.
Sculpture – Sculpture is a 3D picture.
Mnemonics will help you retrieve the correct spelling of a word from the back of your brain, and can also help you remember a fact, or a list of words, more easily.
When you’re practicing your spelling, make sure you use this spelling technique when you have trouble learning a word’s spelling. You can use mnemonics to improve your memory for almost anything: people, names, faces, and facts. You can use mnemonics to remember things such as the names of the Supreme Court Justices of the US:
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Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor
Or for remembering the classification animals in biology:
King Phillip Could Only Find Green Socks
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.