Mnemonic Weekly Tip: # 35          May 25, 2003
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The Problem
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Some of you have heard me at conference presentations and workshops explain that some people find the widely used spelling mnemonic clue:  i before e except after c confusing.  The person who finds this clue confusing usually has a right/left discrimination problem that manifests itself in the following way.  When the person needs to spell the word receive, he remembers the saying,  i before e except after c but also wonders if the saying is  c before i except after e or e before c except after i.  This thought process renders this mnemonic clue useless for this person.  This week one of my students expressed this same confusion.  He wanted to know how to apply this clue. 

The Mnemonic: 
This week the mnemonic clue is for the spelling of the word receive, the word that is most frequently thought of with the clue   i before e except after c.  This clue uses the concept of making the memory clue personal.  The letter i  in the word receive can be used to make it personal.  You place yourself in between the ce and the ve.  If the person needs a clue for remembering where the i  belongs, he or she can place it in the alphabet, c then the i,  then the v.
re        ce    i        ve                or            re        ce              ve
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Richard Cooper