You can remember anything you want. I just wish these mnemonics actually worked. Welcome to the new Tuesday Review! Every Tuesday, I want to review a book or website that offers major insights about remembering and thinking. An oldie, a goodie, and possibly, a gigantic mistake. I picked up my copy at a library book sale back in

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So there you have it. The building blocks of an exceptional memory: The Link Method is a powerful way to remember an unlimited list of tangible things; Substitution reifies abstract things like names or words; Encoding reifies numerals, numbers and letters via: The Phonetic Alphabet System Numerals ; The Peg System Numbers ; The Adjective Idea adds information and classes; and Spaced Repetition refreshes your links as long as you need them. At first, the skills of linking, substitution and encoding may feel tricky to master.

And memorising the Phonetic, Peg and Alphabet-Word systems will take some time and effort. But, with practice, the few seconds each step needs at first will become second-nature. The benefits here come more from forcing awareness and observation than using an actual memory trick.

Now use The Link Method to connect it to the person it relates to. For extra points, use Substitution or The Adjective Idea to remind you of what type of anniversary it is.

Now link the appointment using The Phonetic Alphabet System day and time and Substitution appointment content. Use The Adjective Idea e. Finally, for appointments not on-the-hour, round to the earlier quarter and include an object that reminds you of timing in your link, e.

The worst that can happen is that you turn up a little early. Connect dates, artists, dimensions, styles, locations and more using all the systems available. Before you leave the house, run through your intended destinations in your head to bring your links and your errands back into mind. Use The Adjective Idea to help distinguish between types of information e. Replace notes with numbers on the keyboard or musical staff, then use The Phonetic Alphabet to remember long sequences as you would long-digit numbers.

We most often forget simply because we never tried to remember. Chances are you will never need to refer to this list. And the worst case? You have a cheat sheet to go back to if you need it. If you do make your own, read a few tips online about handling face cards first and be careful not to overlap with your Peg and Alphabet-Word systems.

In any case, once your 52 card system is second nature, use the basic Link Method or Peg System to remember long sequences of playing cards both in and out of order. When you run through your list, you should find it easy to identify cards that are still in the wild. To count cards over several rounds simply rotate the form of mutilation to avoid getting confused e.

To remember cards that have been picked up by other players, use The Link Method to associate the card with a part of their body e.

This should let you keep track. To memorise its entire structure and flow, first be sure to understand the point each paragraph is making. Now, pick one word using Substitution if necessary that will remind you of the whole idea. Finally, link this reminder to the one from the previous paragraph using The Link Method. Though this approach may slow you down initially, these techniques will become instinctual.

With practice, your reading speed will bounce back. No grid on your map? Draw one. Label the horizontal x-axis with letters and the vertical y-axis with numbers. When you bury your treasure in grid A5, link an image of it to an ape A and a policeman peg-5 and the safety of your booty is assured.

For each point, pick one word using Substitution if necessary that will remind you of the whole idea. To do so, they would link the points in their speeches to a place or a journey they knew well. This is exactly the same system. The only difference? Each point or Peg becomes its own reminder for the next point in the sequence — no need for loci, no limitations on what you can memorise.

You can also memorise complex plays in sports like basketball, football and hockey by coding the play as a sequence of numbers and letters. To remember the right play at the right time, link it to the number, letter or codeword that triggers it.

Next, use Substitution and The Link Method to connect pronunciation and meaning. This works as well for French as it does for Chinese. In fact, it works even better for languages like Chinese where symbols are made of collections of pictograms.

So make your memory a priority, pick one part of your life that would benefit from a memory upgrade and get to work. Just remember: unless you suffer from a genuine medical condition, there is no biological excuse for having a bad memory.


Review: 'The Memory Book' by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas (1974)

But I hope the reason will become clear in this review. This is a basic primer to the easier techniques in mnemonics, and will allow you to learn a great deal about how to memorize large quantities of information, pretty much about any topic, with a little bit of creativity. The book is written at around a third grade level, but includes stuff like chapters titled "Teaching your children", and the book has an extreme amount of hand-holding that made me end up flipping past several pages saying "yeah I get it, yeah I get it, yeah I get it". I genuinely believe, after reading this twice, that if you are an average person and spend more than 2 hours practicing the things in this book and end up unable to memorize a deck of cards in order, then you are either lying about how hard you tried, or you have aphantasia. It turned out to be a little over a page and a half in a medium-size moleskine notebook, just for perspective on my gripes with the filler content. Notes: You can memorize any information, so long as that information is associated with other information that you already know. The Link:.


The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play



Book Summary: “The Memory Book”, Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas


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