This memory technique involves looking at a list of words or sentences that you're trying to remember, and taking the first letter of each word to form a new word or sentence.
Look at the list, the sentence, or even the long name that you need to remember and write down in order the first letter of each word. Use these letters to form an acrostic that you can easily recall to ensure you remember the list or log name.
Common acrostics include: NHL (National Hockey League) and USA (United States of America). Another example, perhaps more useful within the business arena is: Marketing Director Alicia Stroud (use the mathematical order of operations: Multiply and Divide before Adding and Subtracting).
While Acrostics are useful as memory techniques, often it is difficult to match the information being remembered with a useful or memorable acrostic. Given that there are many good memory techniques which serve as easier alternatives, this makes them something of a curiosity, and little more than this.
You may have heard of acrostic puzzles. These are popular
quotation puzzles made famous by the New York Times. In fact,
these puzzles are in such high demand that the New York Times has
published nine volumes of acrostic puzzles for the puzzle
By starting each line of prose with a letter that is used to form an overall word, acrostics has also made it’s way into poetry.
Here is an example of this use (as taken from a poem by William
Anderson Ellis), with the ending word, or the acrostic being
Farewell, dear, young friends;
though parting is painful,
A sad separation approaches at last.
Revilers may spurn me,
lost friends may chide me;
Even then with much pleasure
I'll think on the past.
When rivers divide us and
hills rise between us,
Even then I'll remember
your childhood bright days.
Let not sad reflections
a moment beguile you;
Look forward with hope on