How to Memorize the US Presidents in Order

Whether you need the information to win a trivia contest or to pass an exam, you may be wondering how to memorize the US presidents in order. A common method for remembering them is with a story. A mother, who home schools her children, shares a wacky story below that adds a fun and entertaining twist to learning the order of the presidents.

How to Memorize the US Presidents in Order

A Story to Help You Memorize the U.S. Presidents

(It works best if you picture every scene in your mind like a picture!)

Once upon a time, an alien came to earth from another planet. This alien was short and green and his name was Waj (1. George Washington, 2. John Adams, 3. Thomas Jefferson). Waj quickly began acting like an earthling by eating his favorite candy—M&M’s (4. James Madison, 5. James Monroe) and by putting on a very human-like baseball hat with an enormous “A” on the front (6. John Quincy Adams). While walking around looking for earth people, Waj met MICHAEL JACKSON (7. Andrew Jackson) who pulled up in a big VAN (8. Martin VanBuren) with his HAIRY SON in the front seat (9. William Henry Harrison).

The van that they were driving was like a monster truck because it had really big TIRES (10. John Tyler), but one of the tires was POKED (11. James K. Polk) by a sharp object, so they hurried and called a TAILOR (12. Zachary Taylor) to sew it up and to FILL MORE (13. Millard Filmore) air into it. This tailor used a special thread that made the tire so tough that it could never be PIERCED again (14. Franklin Pierce).

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Joshua Foer Memory Champion

“The entire art of remembering stuff better in every day life is to take information that lacks context, significance, and meaning and transform it into something that is meaningful in light of all the other things that are meaningful in your mind.”
- Joshua Foer memory champion

This excellent TED Talk video in which Joshua Foer describes the essence of good memory is 20 minutes in length but I think it is well worth the time.

Joshua Foer Memory Champion

 

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Does Watching TV Hurt Your Brain?

Does watching TV hurt your brain? Parents, educators, and scientists all have their opinions on this question, but even more specifically perhaps we should be asking “Does watching TV hurt your memory?”

Does Watching TV Hurt Your Brain?

Does watching TV hurt your brain?

Does watching TV hurt your brain? Maybe -- maybe not, but it can affect your memory.

“Starting at around the age of 20, people’s memory and attention span peaks,” Paul Schulz, M.D., an associate professor and director of the memory disorders and dementia clinic, and vice chair of neurology at UTHealth, explained.

He says by age 80, normal people have lost 40 percent of their memory, but there are things you can do to fight cognitive problems. First, focus on focusing! Play word games or Sudoku and learn a new language. Also, read books and magazines and discuss them with others.

“It turns out that even focusing on a complicated TV show or a movie then talking about it, is a way of improving your attention span as well,” Dr. Schulz said.

But don’t overdo it. Prevention.com reports every hour of TV people between 40 and 59 watches, increases their risk of dementia by 1.3 percent. Dr. Schulz says doing things to prevent heart attack and stroke like lowering blood pressure and controlling cholesterol can also significantly reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Here is the entire article  if you’d like to read more, including information on the effect of food and exercise on your memory.

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Memory Tips for Dating

Remembering information about your date (her/his birthday, likes and dislikes, favorite movie, and so on) can go a long way to enhancing a relationship. Dave Farrow, 2-time Guinness Record Holder for Greatest Memory, shares a few memory tips for dating in the video [Read more...]

Best Memory Technique for Learning Math

Math — one of the most complained about subjects at school, and another one of those that would be so much easier and fun with a memory aid. It turns out that the best memory technique for learning math involves turning the concepts into rap songs. That’s just what California high school teacher Alex Kajitani did with great results. Enjoy the video.

Best Memory Technique for Learning Math

 

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Memory Technique for Learning the Planets of the Solar System

Learning the planets of the solar system can be a tough task — especially because there seems to be some dispute over how many there actually are. Whatever the actual number, it is helpful to have a memory technique for learning the planets of the solar system.

Planetfacts.org provides a long list of mnemonics. Most still include Pluto as one of the planets, but in the comment section of the article you’ll find mnemonics for 8 and even 13 planets.

Memory Technique for Learning the Planets of the Solar System

What is your favorite memory technique for learning the planets of the solar system?

Memory Technique for Learning the Planets of the Solar System

My very easy method just set up nine planets
My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles
My Very Excellent Mother Just Shot Umbrellas Near Pluto
My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas
My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets

Mary’s Violet Eyes Make John Sit Up Nights Period
My Velvet Eyes Make Johnny Stay Up Nights Proposing
My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles
My Very Early Morning Jam Sandwich Usually Nauseates People

My Very Easy Method Just Set Up Nine Planets
My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets
My Very Educated Mother Just Said Uh-oh No Pluto
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies
My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nachos

Check here for more mnemonics.

Some mnemonics work better for you — others work better for your friends. Which memory technique for learning the planets of the solar system is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Songs to Help Kids Memorize the Books of the Bible

If you’re looking for songs to help kids memorize the books of the bible, you’ll enjoy this upbeat video from the Go Fish Guys! You can’t help but bop along with it. [Read more...]

Can Absent Mindedness Be Cured?

Memory problems have a long list of possible causes. When it becomes a repetitive annoying problem, sufferers look for answers. Can absent mindedness be cured? In the article below, Northridge Hospital Medical Center offers some suggestions for improving your absent mindedness.

Can Absent Mindedness Be Cured?

Tips to maximize brain power.

Can absent mndedness be cured?

Can absent mndedness be cured?

Mental workouts. Mental activity is proven to stimulate the brain and memory – and it can be as simple as working on a crossword puzzle, writing with your opposite hand, playing a video game or reading something of literary value. Don’t reach for a calculator when doing basic math. Forcing yourself to think can help keep your memory in top shape.

Use memory tricks. These techniques can help your recollection:

  • Visualization. Seeing a picture of a person may remind you of his or her name.
  • Association. Try establishing relationships between new ideas and previously existing memories. For example, associate a person with the name of their street: Tommy “Pleasant Street” Jones.
  • Organization. For example, by keeping your important items – keys, glasses and wallet – in one place, you always know where to find them. When writing your grocery list, group items by category.
  • Teach. Reading out loud significantly improves your memory of the material and teaching the new concepts to others enhances understanding and recall.

Intelligent eating.
Eating a Mediterranean diet is linked to slower rates of cognitive decline in older adults.*

Other studies support adding foods with powerful antioxidant properties such as broccoli, berries and dark chocolate to reduce and even reverse oxidative damage to brain cells, which can lead to mental deterioration. Omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fish are believed to protect the brain, and foods rich in vitamin E such as spinach and almonds may prevent age-related inflammation of the brain.

For more tips, go here.

Can absent mindedness be cured? There may not be a cure, but there are plenty of research studies that support the suggestions in this article for improving your memory.

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How Can I Remember Information Quickly?

How many times have you been frustrated when wondering “How can I remember information quickly when I need it?’

Associate Professor of Psychology Ruth E. Propper at Montclair State University is studying the ways the brain retrieves memories, and believe it or not, it is related to where you focus your eyes when trying to remember certain types of information. She feels that her work could benefit soldiers in a big way.

How can I remember information quickly?

How can I remember information quickly?

How Can I Remember Information Quickly?

Propper’s work with the United States Army will build on findings published in the February 2012 issue of Brain and Cognition that focused on whether the left brain or right brain – or a combination of both – retrieves language-based and location-based memories.

In practical terms, Propper says, “If you can’t remember where you parked your car, our study suggests you could look to the left to activate the right side of your brain’s spatial processing superiority or possibly look to the right to trigger the left side of the brain’s verbal labeling superiority and retrieve that memory.”

She believes that her research could help soldiers in the field. “By learning how to improve soldiers’ memories, we could ultimately improve our soldiers’ safety and maybe even save lives,” Propper said.

Read more here.

How can I remember information quickly?” It can be as simple as where you focus your eyes while you’re trying to remember.

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Do Brain Exercises Really Work?

Do brain exercises really work?  What does this question mean — really work in what regard? Consider these various questions.

Do brain exercises work to stimulate the mind?

Do they work to improve memory?

Do they work to ward off dementia?

As Dr. Robert Davis, editor-in-chief of  Everwell,  points out in this short video, they are not all one and the same.

Do Brain Exercises Really Work?

Well, do brain exercises really work? It’s certainly good to keep the mind and body active, so keep on at it. Share this post with your friends and family members.