|Updated 5th July 2020|
compiled by HAROLD SCHOGGER
For the last 32 years I have been teaching people to play bridge and have taught over 6000 courses. Over this period I have picked up ideas on teaching certain subjects with visual aids, mnemonics, and of course innuendo the most important element of teaching adults!!
Iwould like to use this page as a forum for teachers like myself to offer tips on teaching to help their students to absorb this most prestigious of card games.
Show that initially there are only three tricks for North South but as the suit plays 3 more tricks develop.
Show that initially there are NO TRICKS but then after the Ace has gone 5 further tricks will eventually be made. .
The key is to use ONLY ONE SUIT per table, leaving the other 39 cards aside.
Alternatively students can make up their own mnemonics and they may come up with WELFRED for above or one group (when it was topical) came up with the following :
We Loathe Edwina Passionately For Damming Rotten Eggs
BRIDGE AND SEX
by Harold Schogger
Anywhere that you can introduce sex into a teaching point will help students to remember the item.
A good example of this is teaching about a
GAME FORCING OPENING BID by telling your students that "IF YOU WISH TO AROUSE YOUR PARTNER TO GO ALL THE WAY (to game)" then you open 2C.
After many years of teaching this notion to my students one student suggested that the 2D bid was a means of saying "I'VE GOT A HEADACHE!!"
Also at this stage you might like to
EMPHASIZE THAT THE F WORD in bridge is FORCING
(this always gets a chuckle)
If you would like to contribute to this page you can E-Mail me your ideas and I will be delighted to publish them on this page with a credit.
This page will be regularly updated.