You have 1 minute to memorise as
many of these words as you can…
Dog Umbrella Spade
House Ring Grave
Ball Gun Sun
Student Box Paperclip
Hair Lion Ski
Pizza Book Car
Film Chair Tuxedo
Water Bottle Woman
James Bond dressed in a tuxedo, sped down the
slope on one ski chasing the car. The sun shone and
turned the snow into water dampening his hair. He
took a paperclip out of his pocket and clicked it onto
his special agent ring and made a gun out of it, firing
at the villain sitting in his moving chair, who was
stroking his pet dog. He fired and accidentally hit a
lion (holding an umbrella) who fell into a grave a
student had just dug with a shiny spade whilst eating
pizza. Bond took a swig of whisky from the bottle
and ran his hand through his hair as he fired the last
bullet to kill the baddy. Job done, he went to his
house to read a book and play with his ball and
make love to his woman (whilst watching a film and
eating a box of chocolates). What a man.
How do you remember …?
• The order of the colours of the
• The compass points?
• The order of the planets?
• The Categories of taxonomy?
• Kings and Queens of England?
• Spelling hard words?
Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain
Red for the Rainbow, Orange Too
Yellow says ‘How do you do?’
Green is the next one, green for go.
Then comes blue and indigo
Number seven, we must not forget, is pretty violet
Points of the Compass…
• Men Very Easily Make Jugs Serve Useful Needs
• Mr Voyle Earns Money Just Shutting Up Noisy
• My Very Excellent Method: Just Say You Know
• King Philip came over for good soup
• Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus
Kings and Queens…
Willie, Willie, Harry, Steve
Harry, Dick, John, Harry Three.
Edward One, Two, Three, Dick Two
Henry Four, Five, Six then who?
Edward Four Five, Dick the Bad
Harrys twain and Ned, the lad.
Mary, Lizzie, James the Vain
Charlie, Charlie, James again.
William and Mary, Anne o'Gloria,
Four Georges, William and Victoria
Edward Seven, Georgie Five,
Edward, George and Liz (alive).
Good old Roald Dahl
Mrs D, Mrs I, Mrs FFI, Mrs C
Mrs U Mrs LTY
And the old favourite:
“i before e except after c”
So why do these
And what other
techniques are there?
• Acronyms (HOMES – great Lakes)
• Acrostics (Never Eat Shredded Wheat)
• Word/Image Association
• Making Impressions
• Learning in weird places
• A bit of naughty rhyme…
1. List the things that you find hard to
2. Choose one for today’s activity
3. Try to write a poem or a story that will help
you remember it…
Here’s one of mine for literary analysis…
– The – Theme
– Very – Voice
– Fortunate – Form
– Master – Messages
– Teaches – Tone
– Incompetent – Imagery
– Deficient – Diction
– Rich – Rhyme/Rhythm
– Children – Conclusion
So, where do I go from here?
• Work out the topics that you find hard to
remember. List them.
• Try different strategies for memorising them
– Stories? etc
• Put them on revision cards
• Tape them onto your bedroom ceiling or