So after an interesting day testing the memory and timed recall of The Edges wonderfully tolerant staff, I’ve been set the challenge of memorising an ever increasing shopping list, starting with 20 items today, and adding 10 items per day for the next 4 weeks to provide a grand total of 100 memorised items.
I’ve also been set the challenge of memorising Pi to 78 decimal places (we couldn’t fit any more on the blackboard). I’m sure this will come in handy at some point…
For both these challenges I am using the SEM3 system to (in the case of the shopping list) place each item on one of 100 memory ‘hooks’, or in the case of Pi, assign the system letters to each number and make a story with the memory words for easy recall.
I may have been a little pre-emptive in publishing a post on SEM3 when I haven’t described any other of the minor systems yet, as I’ve had a few blank looks and queries regarding it’s usefulness. So, with no further delay I shall introduce the Number Rhyme system…
The Number-Rhyme Memory system is a short, 10 hook memory system and is useful for introducing people to memory techniques. While most people can remember a list of 10 items, this system encourages the use of a longer term visual hook system.
Each number from 1 to 10 is assigned a mental image that rhymes with the (index) number. Each image is then easily recalled by just rhyming the number with the first word thought of. Here’s my list:
So, to use the system you must say the number and then the word and visualise the object in as much detail as you can manage. For example, One, Bun – imagine the bun fresh out of the oven, warm and crisp on the outside and soft warm and fluffy on the inside with a wonder fresh baked smell and delicious taste. Feel the bun. Be the bun The more solidly you can burn this image into your mind, the better the hook will work. Now practice this with all the above keywords, bun through hen!
Once you have created you memory hooks you can now place items onto the hook, so, to remember celery, stick the celery through the bun! imagine the taste, smell and feel of a warm fresh bun with a cold crunch stick of celery through it. That’s item 1 remember – one, bun, celery!
Item tow could be tomatoes – Imagine your second memory hook – two, shoe – as a shoe filled with tomatoes that squish and squash every time you take a step. Remember -the more detailed the memory the better! Repeat with all the images!
Now, ‘why not just write a list, hur, hur, hur’ I hear someone heckle…. Good point, but remember the brain is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets. By using this system you are training yourself to think visually in an ordered manner, and this system is like a gateway to the larger more complex systems that will let you memorise over 10,000 items with recall in any order! (if that’s what you actually want to do….)
Have a go, and let me know how you get on. We’ll be running workshops at The Edge soon, finishing up with a mental olympics!