Spelling tip number 5 - using memory tricks

Memory tricks are great to help you remember difficult spellings, or the bits of spelling you keep getting wrong.

You can also use tricks for deciding which homophone is right - peace or piece, stationery or stationary here or hear?

Or use rhymes to remember spellings like rhythm and diarrhoea / diarrhoea (American).

There are various memory tricks you could use. One is seeing words within words This is good for homophones. What are homophones?

Homophones = words with the same sound but different spelling & meaning - peace or piece? here or hear? there, their, they're?

Can you see a word within these words - piece, hear, there.
This will help you remember the correct usage for these words

piece - a piece of pie.
hear - You hear with your ear and you learn.
there - here, there, where, everywhere. This really helps you remember the correct usage.

We can use word within words for any word.
add an address - add rest
separte a rat - sep a rat e

Use tricks to help you remember how many letters are in words, which is useful for those tricky words embarrass, necessary, accommodate.

embarrass. Can you see how many r's and s's there are? (For this "strange" apostrophe usage, click here. )

= embarrass 2 x Red cheeks because I'm 2 Shy Shy (play on too as 2) embaRRaSS
or I get Really Red And Smile Shyly
how to spell embarrass

necessary (the tricky bit is remembering the C and 2 x S)
It's necessary to have 1 Collar and 2 x Sleeves (neCeSSary)
or it's necessary to Cut Some Services

how to spell necessary

Rhymes can help.

I've used this on occasions when I need the word rhythm like right now as I'm typing this!
rhythm has your two hips moving - it sums up rhythm
because - big elephants can always understand small elephants.
or big elephants can't always use small exits.

or if you have to write a sick note!
diarrhoea - British English
dash in a real rush hurry or else accident

or diarrhoea American English without the o
dash in a real rush hurry else accident

chaos - cyclones, hurricanes and other storms create chaos.

bought and brought - check out the gif below to remember which is which. (If not animating then click on picture.)

So my spelling tip number 5 is use memory tricks to help you remember spellings and have fun with them, and use whatever works for you. By coming up with your own tricks it helps you remember them and the word.

If you use any memory tricks to help with your spelling let me know.

For more on strategies for learning spelling check out my Spelling Strategies video in the Shop.

Thanks for watching and see you in my spelling tip number 6

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