• Here are some resources that can help you memorize the cranial nerves:

    Psych Lens provides a comprehensive list of mnemonics to help remember the 12 cranial nerves. The nerves are numbered in order of their position from the front to the back of the brain and so they are always listed in the same order: 1. Olfactory, 2. Optic, 3. Oculomotor, 4. Trochlear, 5. Trigeminal, 6. Abducens, 7. Facial, 8. Vestibulocochlear, 9. Glossopharyngeal, 10. Vagus, 11. Spinal, and 12. Hypoglossal.

    Sciencing suggests crafting a mnemonic device that helps you remember the cranial nerves in order. One common example is “Ooh, ooh, ooh to touch and feel very good velvet. Such heaven!” Each of the first letters in this mnemonic correlates to the first letter of the cranial nerve in the exact order of the nerves.

    Magnetic Memory Method recommends placing your cranial nerve mnemonic on the exact area of the brain where the nerve is found.

    Registered BSN suggests using mnemonics such as “On Old Olympus Towering Tops A Finn And German Viewed Some Hops”.

    I hope these resources help you memorize the cranial nerves!





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    Sophie-Anais Renois 16 days

    Speech-language pathologist

    I love the "Oooh, ooh, ooh to touch and feel very good velvet. Such heaven!" There's a song on YT that can help; I used to always sing it in my head.

    This source is helpful and could be related to the Magnetic Memory Method that Samir recommended! I use this method for my Praxis® coaching clients.

    Go to 1:11 on the timestamp in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iACu2gxaqOU

    I hope it helps!


    Ary Burgoyne 22 days

    Graduate Student

    A mnemonic I saw to memorize whether the nerves were sensory, motor, or both recently was:
    Some (CN I)
    Say (CN II)
    Marry (CN III)
    Money (CN IV)
    But (CN V)
    My (CN VI)
    Brother (CN VII)
    Says (CN VIII)
    Big (CN IX)
    Brains (CN X)
    Matter (CN XI)
    More (CN XII)


    Ooh I like that one!

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