How to Improve Your Memory and Remember Anything: A Very Easy Guide
by John Connelly
Kindle Edition: 60 pages
Ever wondered how some people have fantastic memories and can remember whole text books, while you struggle with your phone number?
Amazed at how 'magicians' are able to remember the order of a shuffled deck of playing cards?
This book will explain how all these things are possible, and more importantly how you can do them too! Written in easy to understand and everyday language this short eBook will give you a crash course in all the tools you need to improve your memory and remember anything.
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Mnemonic Tip 2: Convert Digits into Words
Remembering phrases is easier than remembering a series of digits. Similarly, whole words are easier to remember than single letters. By converting single digits or letters into whole words and then constructing them into sentences that are memorable, you can much more effectively memorize a list of numbers. This is because there is no meaning or reference point to a single number or letter, so they don’t make a significant impression on our minds.
Actors can remember whole scripts and some manage to retain these for the rest of their lives. They can do this because the words and the phrases have such a clear meaning to them. The script comprises rich stories and interesting characters; a life the actor is going to inhabit. If they tried to remember the same amount of information in the form of only numbers or letters, they would have no chance.
This is an important aspect to every mnemonic device: the modification of material from that of lesser meaning to something of greater meaning.
For example, we can turn the number sequence 0 1 8 2 4 into the phrase “Only One Crate of beer tonight for me.” Here, I have converted the numbers into words in the following way:
Only= 0 or Zero (the sound, “oh,” here prompts us to the number)
One= One (we are using the same word / number)
Crate=8 (I am using a phonetically similar word here, but still, this is more than enough to make it memorable, and allows a clear link to the number 8)
Tonight= Two (as above, except now the first syllable of the word is the same as the number we want to remember)
For= Four (here we are using two words that sound the same)
This was a straightforward mnemonic device for the memorization of just five digits. For a longer series of digits, such as a whole phone number, the same process can be applied. Take time to practice this on your own phone number now. Or perhaps pick a random series of digits, and then re-code it into a sentence. It will seem difficult at first, but with a practice you can quickly become adept at this method.
This exact process can also be applied to letters. Perhaps the letters H P become the words “Harry Potter,” so, if you wanted to remember the code 01824HP, you could encode it into the phrase:
‘“Only one crate of beer tonight for me.” said Harry Potter.’
Read the sentence a few times aloud and visualize the scene in your mind. Imagine Harry Potter sitting at a bar drinking beer. He says, “Only one crate of beer tonight, for me,” and burps loudly. Imagining the visual of this will root the phrase deeply to your memory. Odd visuals such as this also play to your mind’s strengths. This, combined with a predominance to phrases, will mean that you can more effectively remember 0 1 8 2 4 H P than merely trying to focus on it. Indeed, you might find that this visual, the phrase, and by extension the number/letter sequence sticks in your mind for years to come.
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