In the prelude we promised you actionable evergreen strategies suitable for all ages. All collected in one place organised under one framework . The techniques outlined under the S.C.R.A.P framework are suited to the auditory sequential thinking style . The mode  of thinking favoured in our schools and universities .

The S:C:R:A:P framework  makes it easy to construct your own auditory sequential thought starters by providing a toolbox of techniques .

  • STORIESstrories
  • CHUNKING [ chaining ] HectiC in HeaVen EtCHes Mary Elizabeth is a phonetic poem for remembering the five Tudor monarch . Each of the first letters are capitalised trigger letters Henry , Henry, Edward, Mary  and Elizabeth  . The information is chunked and chained to make it easier to remember .
  • RHYMES –  remember the 3R’s  rhyme , rhythm and repetition  .

    I have six honest serving men
    They taught me all I knew
    There names are

    What, and Where and When;
    and Why and How and Who.

    – Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).,

  • ACRONYMS & ACROSTICS – It is easy to construct auditory sequential thought starters within the SCRAP framework [ Stories ,Chunking , Rhymes , ACRONYMS , Phonetics ]Music students will be familiar with the acrostic “Every Good Boy Does Fine” to remember the order of notes on the treble clef. (E, G, B, D, F).Math students might use “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” to remember the order of arithmetic operations (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract.) You will find plenty more acronyms &  acrostics if you search online.
    • HeCtic  in HeaVen EtCH’es Mart Elizabeth
  • PHONETICS -Many people struggle when recalling numbers . The phonetic cipher provides a reliable METHOD for remembering dates numbers , lists and even playing cards in sequence For example buried in the phonetic poem above  is phonetic cipher that provides the monarchs number . In phonetics a hard ‘C’ is assigned the number 7 , an ‘F’ sound is assigned 8 and the ‘J’ sound 6 . Mary and Elizabeth are both the first regent with that name .


Ciphers – A slight indentation of the bullet point list is a visual cue for the visual thinkers .  The first  [bold] letter in each bullet point  spells out the acronym S.C.R.A.P . [Stories, Chunking, Ryhme, Acronym’s and Phonetics]

Languages – One simple but useful technique is the similar sound technique . For example Cappello is Italian for hat . The Cap in Cappelo  is a synonym for hat .

Names – Paul Nowark’s suggests five habit forming tips for remembering names  He suggests pay attention . Repeat the name immediately back  at your victim and then  quiz yourself throughout the day . Look for a hook . Not literally a hook – a famous name.   ,Link a name with a first impression  .  Can you find a rhyme for the  name.