Let’s be real: Remembering stuff is hard.

Let’s be real: Remembering stuff is hard.

So humans have created little ways to trigger our memory and help us survive school, episodes of Jeopardy, and our daily lives. The ~fancy~ term for these tricks is “mnemonic devices” and they can come in several forms.

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Maybe it’s an acronym you learned in school that has saved you from those dreaded pop quizzes. For example, remember “HOMES” and never forget the names of the Great Lakes again.

Or a simple word association trick that helps you remember the difference between “desert” and “dessert”.

Or a simple word association trick that helps you remember the difference between “desert” and “dessert”.

You always want an extra helping of dessert, which means more, which means an extra “s.”

Maybe it’s a short rhyming poem you’ve used to remember historical events.

Maybe it’s a short rhyming poem you've used to remember historical events.

It could even be something physical like using your fingers to remember the multiples of nine.

It could even be something physical like using your fingers to remember the multiples of nine.

How it works: Whatever you’re multiplying nine by, count that many fingers from the left and put it down on a table. The amount of fingers on your left is the first digit of the answer, and the amount on your right is the second digit of your answer.

So for nine times four, you’d lower your fourth finger. With three fingers on the left and six on the right, the answer is 36

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