Using association and mnemonic memory techniques we can quit depending completely upon rote memorization in school. The Struggling Student's Memory Guide shows students and teachers some of the more interesting and entertaining ways I think this can be done using very short memory stories.
blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be used for word association purposes.
reddish brown emboldened words are medical terms that should be looked up in a medical dictionary for their figurative meanings.
Word part and memory story taken from High Speed Memory Techniques for Medical Terminology.
alex-, alexi- from Gr. alexo, means "to ward off, to guard against". [Alexander, lit. a defender of men, alexin, lit. ward off substance, alexipharmac, lit. to guard against drugs]
Memory Story: You're one of Alexander the Great's bodyguards. Or. You're guarding supermodel Alexis. Cool.