Mnemonic Weekly Tip   # 15         January 5, 2003
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The Problem
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 Some children and adults who learn differently have difficulty remembering the basic number facts, even the doubles.  These individuals tend to count the number facts they do not know and when under pressure, such as when taking a test, or when asked to give a response quickly, they guess.   

The Mnemonic
The technique associated with the following clue is that of crossing sensory channels.  This technique involves using pictures to remember words, or movements to remember pictures, or words to remember movements, pictures or, in this case, numbers.  The following set of language cues can be used to help individuals to remember the number facts for the doubles. 

1 + 1 = 2 eyes.

 2 + 2 = 4 limbs.

 3 + 3 = 6 legs on an insect.

 4 + 4 = 8 legs on a spider.

 5 + 5 = 10 fingers.

 6 + 6 = 12 a dozen.

 7 + 7 = 14 a common football score of two touchdowns.

8 + 8 = 16  the number eight reminds you of a racetrack and 16 is associated with the age one can obtain a driverís license in many states.

   
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Richard Cooper