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Mnemonics as a Numbers Memory Aid – Part 3

September 21st, 2009 by Math Tricks | Filed under Remember Numbers.

Now that you have the code for our mnemonics memory technique to remember numbers, you will need a means of quickly remembering the code so that you can quickly create words and phrases for the numbers that you want to remember.

I’ll only cover a few at a time so that you will not be besieged with too much information at once. Also, it will give you a chance to practice this memory technique using just a few codes at a time; this will help you to commit to memory a few codes at a time very quickly.

First, “1” can be coded as a “t” or a “d”.  Some teach you that a “t” or a “d” has one downstroke.  This is fine, but so do other letters in the codes for other numbers.  I like to remember the game “Truth or Dare”, and in that game, you can only choose one.

Next, “2” can be coded as an “n”.  Lowercase “n” has two downstrokes.

Last, but not least, “3” can be coded as an “m”.  Lowercase “m” has three downstrokes.

That’s it for today – pretty easy, huh?!!  OK, so go out and practice these code letters for 1, 2, and 3.  Don’t worry – it’s as easy as “Tan Me”!

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2 Responses to “Mnemonics as a Numbers Memory Aid – Part 3”

  1. Adam Rulli-Gibbs | 21/09/09

    Given the fact that I run a website devoted to memory techniques, it may seem strange but I wouldn’t recommend using mnemonics to memorise the digit/letter mappings.

    The mappings need to be fully internalised if you are going to recall them fast enough to be useful. That means repetition. Given that we’re only talking about a list of ten items, with a half-decent training program (or even a set of homemade flash cards) you can do the initial learning in 5-15 minutes (depending on how easily you take to it) with 1-2 minute daily reviews for the next 1-2 weeks.

    Some online trainers include:
    http://www.remarkablemarbles.com/memory/encoding/major-system-trainer (disclosure: this online trainer is mine)
    http://memory.uva.nl/memimprovement/eng/phon_peg.htm (Online trainer from the University of Amsterdam’s psychology dept.)

    …and, um, that’s about it for trainers on the digit mapping. (Although there’s more out there (online and software) to help in generating words, and in memorising a grid of words)

  2. Adam Rulli-Gibbs | 21/09/09

    Oh, there’s also this online tool:


    which effectively simulates a set of flashcards electronically (down to asking you to decide whether you got it right or not unfortunately).

    I’d recommend using one of the other two, but if you don’t get along with either of those then this one might be worth a try.

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