15 years ago
Get several copies of the table. Post them where you will see them many times a day. Fridge, bathroom by mirror, Locker, inside front of texts and notebooks. Look over it every time you come across it.
This helps me don't know about others but learn the whole word for the abbreviation even if Greek or Latin (I do read Latin so maybe I don't count) If you can't think of the short form maybe you can remember the full name and then "get" the short.
Repeat everything out loud to yourself so more than one sense is involved in remembering. Make an mp3 of yourself reading the table and listen to it instead of music for the next couple of weeks
Tricks like that have let me learn not only Chemistry, Physics, Electronics but also French, Latin and Japanese.
Flash cards you make yourself also help.
15 years ago
Listen to "The Elements" song by Tom Lehrer. Listen to the song by clicking onto the link that I've provided. I think you will enjoy this song. I heard this through my general and organic Chemistry classes during my undergraduate years...Have fun!
Here's the lyrics:
There’s antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium
And gold, protactinium and indium and gallium
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.
There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium and barium.
There’s holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium
And phosphorous and francium and fluorine and terbium
And manganese and mercury, molybdinum, magnesium,
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium
And lead, praseodymium, platinum, plutonium,
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,
Tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.
There’s sulfur, californium and fermium, berkelium
And also mendelevium, einsteinium and nobelium
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc and rhodium
And chlorine, cobalt, carbon, copper,
Tungsten, tin and sodium.
These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard,
And there may be many others but they haven’t been discovered.