Mnemonic Weekly Tip    # 16        January 12, 2003
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The Problem
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This week one of my students complained that she could not remember how to spell the word achievement.  She said that she could remember the first three letters ach and the suffix ment.  It is the letters in the middle of this word that cause her problems.


The Mnemonic
The technique that can be used to remember the spelling of the word achievement is small words in words.  The words achievement, achieve, achieved all contain two small words I and Eve.  The mnemonic clue involves associating these words with the words achievement, achieve, achieved.  The person can remember the statement I plan to make a significant achievement and Eve plans to do the same.                
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Richard Cooper