You can memorize the name of all the planets that revolve around our sun with practice and without having to learn any other details about them. You will be able to quickly memorize the planets and impress people with your ability to recite their names, if you rely on the use of mnemonics, repetition and visualization.
Method 1 of 4: Use Mnemonic Mechanisms
Step 1. Make a silly sentence
A memory mechanism is a trick that you can use to help you remember something. Use acrostics or silly sentences, whose words start with the first letter of each planet's name, to help you remember the order, starting with Mercury and ending with Pluto, or just up to Neptune if that's all you need to learn. Some examples are:
- My Truly Silly Method No One Will Ever Know How To Use.
- My True Talented Method Will Never Surpass A Foolish Person.
- My Truly Talented Mother Justifiably Made Our Plan.
- You will see Me Treat the Nine Planets More Fairly and Universally.
- My Journey Transcends Many Judicious Universes and Nine Planets.
Step 2. Sing a song
Arranging the names of the planets in the lyrics of a song may help you remember their order. There are several songs that can help you remember a basic fact about each planet and its order. An example is "Planets Song", which you can download as an audio file from Amazon or iTunes.
Look online for other examples, music files, and videos of other planet songs that you can download
Step 3. Make an acronym
An acronym is formed with the first letter of the name of each planet. An acronym for planets could be MVTMJSUN. This might be hard to remember, but you could add some vowels to it to make it sound like a word. The acronym might sound something like "I-See-So-Better-SUN" if you say it out loud.
Method 2 of 4: Use repetition to memorize
Step 1. Listen to an audio recording of yourself repeating the planets
Many people learn faster by listening than by reading (auditory learning), which means they will retain information better when they hear it out loud. Record yourself repeating the names of the planets in order. Repeat the names several times in the recording and then listen to it over and over again.
Step 2. Write the names of the planets
Some find it helpful to write the information in order to record it in their memory. Note that writing the names of the planets in order over and over could be a useful method of remembering their order.
It may help to use a different colored pen to write the name of each planet. Associating the names of the planets with a particular color may help you remember them, especially if the colors are in the same order as those of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
Step 3. Repeat the names in a chant
Saying the names in order over and over is another way to use repetition to help you remember the order. In general, the chants are easier to remember when they have only a few words and are difficult when they are made up of the 8 or 9 names of the planets. But for some this is an effective method of memorization.
Method 3 of 4: Use word hangers
Step 1. Assign each number a rhyming object
Word hangers are a tool to which information is hung inside your brain. Use this method to associate pictures with the things you need to memorize. Assign each number a word that represents an object.
- For example, you could assign 1 "breakfast", 2 "meadows", 3 "cots", and so on.
- This method is particularly useful for visual people, that is, those who learn best by seeing (visual learning).
Step 2. Associate a picture with the number words
Imagine the object that represents the word you assigned to each number. Visualize some meadows for the number 2. Make a clear mental picture and always visualize the same meadows when you think of this number.
Step 3. Assign a planet to each number
Assign a number to each planet in the order that you must memorize them. Mercury will be 1, Venus 2, Earth 3, and so on.
Step 4. Associate your image with the planet
Connect the image you assigned to the number (1-breakfast, 2-meadows, 3-cots) with the name of the planet. For example, to connect Mercury and breakfast (1) imagine toast and hot coffee with a thermometer coming out of the cup.
Step 5. Mentally review your group of images
Go through each group of pictures and connect them all. Work systematically, reviewing them one by one. Take a written test to see how much you remember about the groups of pictures and continue your mental work to connect them.
Method 4 of 4: Use other memorization methods
Step 1. Use the travel method
In the travel method, you will mentally walk through a place, such as a house. Imagine a large house and assign a planet to each room. Associate an image with each planet and give it a reason to be in that place. Mentally visualize a tour of the rooms in the correct order and visit each planet.
Step 2. Connect the names in a story
The connection method for memorizing involves taking the names of the planets and including them in a story that helps you remember the correct order. One of those stories is the following:
"Imagine the hot sun. What do you see coming out of the star king? A tube that contains MERCURY, of course. Who is covered by the falling mercury? The goddess VENUS. What does Venus do to escape the hot metal? Dig a hole and builds a mound of EARTH. Who gets mad at the noise the goddess makes to dig the hole? The little red-faced man (MARS is known as the red planet) who eats a MARS brand chocolate bar. Chocolate, who hits with this? He hits JUPITER, the king of the gods. What does it say on Jupiter's shirt? Says SUN, which are the initials of SATURN, URANUS and NEPTUNE. And who is the little one? dog that follows the man who is wearing the shirt? The little dog looks a lot like PLUTO (PLUTO). "
Step 3. Teach the order of the planets to someone else
Consider that when you are going to teach someone information, you will have to master the concepts. The following can help you memorize them.
If you can't find someone to help you, talk to yourself in front of a mirror, as if you were teaching your reflection
Step 4. Take an exam
Check your good performance by taking an exam while you study the names of the planets. Try to write the names of all the planets from memory. Check which ones you have right, which ones are wrong, and which ones you completely forgot. Once you've studied a little more, take another test.
Step 5. Ask someone to test you
Ask a friend or family member to help you study. Recite the names of the planets to this person and they can give you clues to help you remember.