Memorizing Ten Body Systems
A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to go to a Be Young Essential Oils class at the Zermatt Resort near Park City Utah. The primary instructor Dana Young encouraged us to learn body systems rather than a myriad of diseases and their names to assist persons on their healing journey. I have been stumped to be able to remember the body systems.
Some years ago my husband bought a program on cassette tapes (tells you how long this was – hey, I remembered it though). It taught exercises you could do to memorize names, numbers and lists etc. One of the aids that were taught on the cassettes was to use acronyms to fix the list of things into your mind. When you use an acronym (a set of letters representing words) this way, it is called a mnemonic device. I like words that have silent beginnings. Anyway, you can make these yourself and use them to boost your memory power.
The more crazy the acronym the easier it is to remember. So I drew this strange little cow, rancher and hands to help me lock into my memory these 10 body systems.
Ten Body Systems in alphabetical order
My acronym in two chunks:
Cows Drop Excrement In Mud CDEIM Left hand
Never Help Ranchers Suck Up NHRSU Right Hand
Here’s how to do it create an acronym
1. Compile a full set of the items you need to remember, whether it’s the notes of the music scale, scriptures, sets of prepositions, parts of speech, biology lists or 10 body systems.
2. Arrange all of the first letters of your items in a row, either on bits of paper, or in your head.
3. Brainstorm, arranging the letters to make sensible or at least pronounceable sequences. Some set without good balance of vowels and consonants may be more challenging.
4. Select the best acronym and write it down.
5. Use your mnemonic device daily until it is drilled into your head. You may be surprised at how effective and familiar your acronym becomes, even though it was essentially created at random. That’s the power of the acronym in memory use.
6. The other part of this is acrostics and chunking. For memorizing the concepts that words represent, visual word association techniques are often more effective. The more bizarre the easier it is to remember. Use chunking to help you memorize both lists and numbers and words. This works well for longer lists. Memorize only a few numbers or words in a long list. Before I had a cell phone I used to remember 10 digit phone numbers with no problem by memorizing one small chunk at a time instead of attempting to me memorize the entire sequence.
7. To form a sentence into an acrostic, where the sentence identifies the first letter of each word is what was done above with my 10 body systems drawing. For example and acrostic to remember OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) could be: “Old Sally Hacks Away.” Or for body systems "Cows Drop Excrement in Mud & Never Help Ranchers Suck-it Up"