Create silly sentences Use the first letter of the words you want to remember to make up a silly, ridiculous sentence. For example, to remember the names of the eight planets in order (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), make up a silly sentence like this one: “My very elegant mother juggled seven ugly neckties.” Review often When you have something to memorize, concentrate on learning it, take a break, and then go back and review it. Keep reviewing until you know it. Review is the key to remembering anything. When you review, you move information from your short-term memory into your long-term memory. Try this little Memory Test Get a piece of paper and a pencil. Give yourself 15 seconds to memorize the twelve items below. Then write down as many as you can remember. boat hot dog pencil fruit train car phone ruler mustard trolley ants chair How did you do? Go to the gray square on the back for a tip on how you might have improved your score.