How To Memorize The Periodic Table – Easiest Way Possible (Video 1)

How To Memorize The Periodic Table – Easiest Way Possible (Video 1)

When a memory expert memorizes playing cards
or the first thousand decimals of pi, they use mental imagery techniques. In this series of videos you’re going to
memorize the first 20 elements of the periodic table by doing what the experts do. I’ll tell you exactly what to picture in
your mind, and I’ll even draw it for you too. Focus on seeing each picture in your head,
and you’ll be amazed how easily you can recall everything. Let’s get into it. We’ll begin by picturing a typical poster
or chart of the periodic table. There are many small, colorful squares, each
with a name, number and symbol of an element, and together they create a large irregular
shape. This image will act as an anchor in your memory,
holding down the chain of images which link together all the elements. Now we’ll take that colorful poster and
attach it to the first element. Picture that poster of the periodic table
and imagine it’s wrapped around a water hydrant. Why a water hydrant? The 1st element in the periodic table is Hydrogen. Hydrogen sounds similar to hydrant and that’s
how you’ll be reminded of it. Picture a water hydrant you see on the sidewalk. It’s short, stubby, red, and looks strong. The hydrant is like a little man with a small
hat on top and stubby arms sticking out the side. Imagine that hydrant with the chart of the
periodic table wrapped around it. When you think of the chart of the periodic
table, you’ll picture it wrapped around a water hydrant. Because hydrant sounds similar to hydrogen,
you’ll know the 1st element in the table is Hydrogen. The 2nd element is Helium. If you’re like me, when you think of Helium,
you automatically think of a helium balloon. When you let it go, it’s the type that floats
up into the sky. Now imagine an enormous helium balloon. Make it the size of a car and picture it attached
to the water hydrant. Because the helium balloon is so big and has
so much lifting power, it starts to lift the water hydrant up off the sidewalk. Together they slowly float up into the air
and away into the sky. Now, when you visualize the helium balloon
floating upwards, you’ll know the 2nd element is Helium. The 3rd element is Lithium. Lithium sounds a bit like “lithp”. People that have a lisp – a type of speech
impediment – aren’t able to pronounce “lisp” and say “lithp”. Let’s pretend the large helium balloon has
a lisp. It also has a small hole in it, causing the
balloon to slowly deflate. Usually a balloon with a hole in it will make
a slow “ssss” sound, but because this balloon has a lisp or “lithp”, it makes
a “thhh” sound. Visualize the large balloon slowly deflating
making a “thhh” sound. When you think of the balloon’s “lithp”,
you’ll be reminded of the 3rd element, Lithium. The 4th element is Beryllium. If you say Beryllium slowly, it sounds like
“bee really yum”. Picture your slowly deflating balloon. Imagine an enormous bumble bee lands on the
balloon. The bee is the size of a football and has
bright yellow and black stripes and buzzes loudly. The bee licks the balloon to have a taste
and says, “that’s really yum!” It really likes the taste of the balloon. When you picture the bee licking the balloon,
you’ll think, “bee really yum”, and be reminded of the 4th element, Beryllium. The 5th element is Boron. We can break up the word Boron into “bore”
and “on”. The word “bore” can mean to drill a hole. Picture now the bee, after tasting the balloon. It uses its stinger, pierces the balloon and
starts to spin around in a drilling motion. The bee has landed on the balloon, tasted
it, and now it’s started to “bore on” the balloon. When you picture the bee begin to bore on
the balloon, you’ll remember the 5th element, Boron. Alright, that’s the first 5 elements of
the periodic table. I’m sure you can easily remember them, but
quickly revise your memory story now by replaying it and “watching” it in your mind. Picture a poster of the periodic table. The poster of the periodic table is wrapped
around a hydrant, which reminds you of Hydrogen. The hydrant starts to float up into the sky
because it’s got a huge helium balloon attached to it, reminding you of Helium. When it gets high up in the sky, the balloon
starts to slowly deflate and makes a “thhh” sound, because it has a “lithp”, giving
you Lithium. Then you see a huge bumblebee land on the
balloon, lick it and declare it’s “really yum”. Bee, really yum – Beryllium. The bee starts to bore on the balloon with
its stinger, making you recall Boron. And that’s the first five elements of the
periodic table, how simple was that? I hope this video has served you well, check
out the others in this series and in less than half an hour you’ll be ready for that
chemistry exam tomorrow. Please like this video, please share it with
your friends, and please leave a comment below if you thought it was helpful. I do read all the comments and reply to any
questions personally, so feel free to ask anything you like. Thanks for watching, I’ll see you in the
next video.


  1. Ready to memorize the first 20 elements?
    Check out the complete video series at

  2. My school just ended today and for chemistry my teacher gave us a periodic table and we have to memorize the first 36 over the summer for a quiz on the first day of school next year

  3. I remember watching this video before, but now that I do need it, It still helps alot!

    Thank you for making this video even if it was a long time ago.

  4. I literally just came across this page and this was my first video ever from you guys. This was so awesome and exactly what I needed for help in chemistry because I've been really struggling! Thank you so so much!!! Subscruubed and sending the link to classmates

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