I'm finding this technique for remembering to be very effective. I was actually taken back by how quickly I had committed it all to mind - the following day of my first go at it and I was writing down Chinese characters that native speakers easily recognized.
Here's the official site for it: Chineasy
There's also a book, which I've already ordered in for myself.
I'll be trying out some new mobile apps as well, and so far I'm liking "Chinese" (picture of a book with a Chinese flag), and "ChineseSkill" (cute panda pic). Apparently Chineasy is developing apps as well, which I'll check out too. So far you can get all of this for free (aside from the book, which wasn't expensive), so that's also a bonus.
If you know of any other good sources for learning Chinese Mandarin, I would appreciate it. We can share sources and help eachother learn the language fast and effectively. Share anything that has worked for you - Youtube clips, books, apps, techniques...I'm eager to learn as quickly as I possibly can.