Visual Association

This lesson is to teach you how to remember information by using visual association.  The example for visual association being used in this lesson is memorizing the first ten elements in the periodic table.  If you are able to remember the elements and visually associate them to something related, then you will be able to use this technique to remember other information.

Using Visual Association for Memorization and Learning New Information

Your brain has the capability of using images that remind you of information that you have previously learned.

During this lesson, you are going to be presented with the first ten elements of the periodic table with a short description of what the element is and a visual image to use as visual association.


Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson, you will be able to

1.  place all the elements in sequential order and/or reverse order with 100% accuracy.

2. name the element when asked the placement in the table.  For example, name the fifth element.

3. give the name of an element and be able to give a short description of what the element is or used in.

Begin the lesson

Let us begin!

The next few screens will list an periodic table element, the pronunciation, and a short description of what the element is or what its uses are.  There will also be a visual image that you can use to associate the element to.  

For this learning exercise, you will be presented all the elements in 1-10 sequential order and as you are learning these elements, remember to use the visual image so you can associate them to each other.

One way to perform this technique is to visualize ten places that in your home.  For example, think of ten chairs that are located in your home that you may have sat in.  Always remember where these chairs are located in your mind.  

When this exercise begin, read and repeat the name of the element, review the visual image associated with it then in mentally place the image upon one of the chairs with the name of the element.  For example, the first element in the periodic table is "hydrogen."  Hydrogen is water.  Image a chair in your home that is floating in water or has a water bucket sitting upon it and the word "hydrogen" written above or on the chair.


First Element - Hydrogen

Hydrogen is the compound for water.  As part of the visual association, imagine your chair with a bucket of water sitting upon it or your chair floating in water.


Second Element - Helium

Helium is a gas that is very light.  When it is put inside a balloon, it makes the balloon float in the air.  Visually associate the second element, helium as floating balloons.


Third Element - Lithium

Lithium is a chemical compound that is found in batteries.  Visualize that there are batteries located in your chair.  Another visualization is thinking about the Energizer bunny from the commercials.


Fourth Element - Beryllium

The fourth element in the periodic table is beryllium; pronounced: buh-ril-ee-uh m.  

Beryllium is a hard metallic compound that is used in copper.  Visually imagine copper sitting upon your fourth chair.


Fifth Element - Boron

This element is very important to remember because it is midway of the ten elements that you are learning.  One thing that you want to imagine is that your chair and element visual image have stars floating above it.

Boron is a dark liquid and it is easily remembered as a black gooey substance.


Sixth Element - Carbon

Carbon is a compound that makes up the lead in your pencil.  Carbon is also part of the make up of diamonds.  Visually associate diamonds or a pencil and pair it to carbon


Seventh Element - Nitrogen

Nitrogen is a colorless and odorless gas.  It is normally used in fertilizer, explosives, or even in race cars to make the engine more powerful.


Eighth Element - Oxygen

Oxygen is a gas and it is contained in the air we breath to stay alive.  One way to visualize oxygen is to imagine an oxygen tank or oxygen mask.


Ninth Element - Fluorine

Fluorine is a mineral that is used in toothpaste.  Think of fluoride and visually imagine a tube of toothpaste or a toothbrush when you think of fluorine.  Another visual is to use flowers since fluorine and flowers sound similar.



You have finally reached the tenth element of the periodic table. 


Tenth Element - Neon

Neon is an inert gas that is used in lights.  You have seen neon many times and probably never noticed.  Think about neon lights the next time someone asks about neon.



Now before we start your assessment, let's review the elements in order (picture the visual image associated as you read them):

1. hydrogen

2. helium

3. lithium

4. beryllium

5. boron

6. carbon

7. nitrogen

8. oxygen

9. fluorine

10. neon

Which selection contains the elements in the proper order?

  • hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, fluorine, and neon
  • helium, carbon, boron, nitrogen, fluorine, beryllium, hydrogen, lithium, oxygen, and neon
  • neon, fluorine, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, boron, beryllium, lithium, helium, and hydrogen
  • carbon, boron, nitrogen, hydrogen, helium, neon, fluorine, beryllium, lithium, and oxygen

What is the fifth element on the periodic table?

  • helium
  • nitrogen
  • boron
  • oxygen

What type of material is beryllium used in?

  • Toothpaste
  • Copper
  • Water
  • Lights