I got a good question from a student recently:  “Should I memorize this or not?”

To be breif on this introduction, there are two types of students: memorizers and learners.  Which is better?  Both are a good, but being a combination of the two is the best.  That being said, there are certain times where one is essential.  Nomenclature is one of those.

Meth – 1

Eth – 2

Prop – 3

But -4

Pent – 5

Hex – 6

Hept – 7

Oct – 8

Non – 9

Dec – 10

If you memorize these now, you will save yourself a world of trouble down the road.  So, in conclusion, I am not a HUGE fan of memorization, but this is one instance where it is a good idea.