How to Memorize the Periodic Table Fast

Here at Improving Your Memory Techniques, we strive to bring you a variety of memory techniques. Why? Because we recognize that one method might work well for you, whereas a different method may work better for someone else. For chemistry students, here is a technique called memory pegging that helps you learn how to memorize the periodic table fast.

How to Memorize the Periodic Table Fast

How to Memorize the Periodic Table Fast? Use the memory pegging method.

Most people would find this a fairly difficult list to remember in sequence but we can do so by associating the image of the number with an image for the element. For example:

  1. A hydrogen bomb with a one ton weight hanging below
  2. Laughing hyenas at the zoo. They are laughing because they inhaled helium gas.
  3. A tree in our garden lit at night. (Lit gives us Lithium)
  4. Who is at the door?  It is Beryl
  5. We imagine ourself boring into a hive full of bees – suddenly they swarm out.
  6. We have some very old sticks which we are going to date using carbon dating.
  7. The heavens at night. We think of a star-filled night sky. (Night gives us Nitrogen)
  8. Behind the gate is a tent.  It is an oxygen tent and there is someone inside.
  9. We pull up our fishing line and find several tubes of fluoride toothpaste.
  10. There is a flashing light in the lion’s den.  The neon tube in the light needs to be replaced.
  11. Next week we have to play Sodium United. Their nickname is the Sods.
  12. On our shelf in the kitchen is a bottle of Magnesium Salts.

The more dramatic or ridiculous the image, the easier it is to remember.  Now we can easily remember any of the first 12 elements and give its Atomic Number. If you have to remember 40 or 60 items then you can do so by using a red list, a blue list and a yellow list.

For the first and last steps of the process, go here.

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