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8 Popular Pneumonic Devices

A pneumonic device is an outstanding tool for students as it helps them to memorize information which otherwise can be difficult to learn.

Even as time passes, these pneumonic devices will stick in the mind of those that have learned them so it makes sense to invest time into these devices. Best of all, these tools can make learning fun because it puts a riddle to a subject which otherwise could seem boring and mundane.

Here are 8 of the most popular pneumonic devices:

1) Roy G Biv

Perhaps to most famous pneumonic device is everyone's good old friend Roy G Biv. This is simply a person's name which is easy to remember. Each letter represents one of the colors of a rainbow - in order.

Red - Orange - Yellow - Green - Blue - Indigo - Violet

So, remembering this name makes it easy to remember the rainbow orders and colors

2) Please Excuse MY Dear Aunt Sally

When completing a complex math problem, you must remember what order to do certain tasks in. For instance, you multiply before you add - but you take care of any exponents before you multiply. Remember the order can be cumbersome, however Please Excuse Deal Aunt Sally is an easy way to go about it as it represents the first letter of each of the 6 mathematical operations in order of which they need to be done

Parentheses - Exponents - Multiplication - Division - Addition - Subtraction.

3) Every Good Boy Does Fine

This mnemonic is used in musical notation to help students remember those treble clef notes on the lines (E, G, B, D, F)


This one is easy, as homes represents the 5 great lakes.

Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.

5) When Did Columbus Discover America

This one is a simple song - it's catchy - so it sticks in your head.

In 1492 Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue One that has been said by students for more years that can be remembered.

6) My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles

This device shows us the new order of the Planets without Pluto. Most of us know all of the Planets, it's the order that gets tricky, and remember this simple phrase will give you the order of the planets.

Mercury - Venus - Earth - Mars - Jupiter - Saturn - Uranus - Neptune

7) Remembering when Alaska and Hawaii entered the United States:

'59 was the date,
When Alaska and Hawaii became new states

This catchy song lets us know when the US expanded with the addition of two states which don't border any other US state.

8) Oh, Can Venus Flies Make Pretty Webs!

Cool Mnemonic device for remembering the basic needs of the human body:

oxygen - carbohydrates - vitamins - fats - minerals- protein - water


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