Remembering, or the ability to recall information depends to a large extent on the way we consciously internalize it. This means we should not only be aware of our thought processes, but also CONTROL THEM.
In order to be able to do that, we have a bunch of memory techniques and exercises, both valuable and fun.
Learning with Memory Pegs is a fun way of anchoring new information to the concepts already existing and deeply rooted in our minds.
There are many varieties of this technique, to be honest, there is an infinite number of them as anyone can easily come up with their own, unique way or a system of representation.
Stephen King in his novel “Dream Catcher” referred to one in which you represent your mind as a house. In this house you can create rooms and chambers with all kinds of furniture and fixtures, where you can store all your data.
Dr. Bill Klemm, the author of thankyoubrain.blogspot.com also describes this idea in his post: http://thankyoubrain.blogspot.com/2009/10/memory-peg-systems.html.
A simple system which I like using, and which is also taught at “The Silva Method” courses is as follows: I ask my students to memorise ten words numbered consecutively from one to ten (there may be more).
The words describe concepts/objects which look similar in shape to the numbers. To be able to recall them in the right order, we can make up a story (another popular memory technique) combining all those elements.
E.g. “Tom lit a candle and when it melted, he saw a shape of a swan. He made another one from the wax and the swans kissed forming a heart with their graceful necks…” Your story may be quite crazy, and in fact, the crazier it gets, the more memorable it will be. But let’s get to the point.
Why do we need these words at all? To make a whole lot of crazy stories and connect them with numbers in case we need info such as dates.
Do you remember the Council of Trent date ? Probably not and that’s fine, but in case you need to (it began in 1545), here you are: 1 – candle, 5 -sea-horse, 4 – yacht sail, 5 – sea-horse, so what’s the crazy story?
“One day some church officials gathered and they lit a huge candle when it got dark. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. When they opened it, they saw a sea-horse dressed as a valet. Surprised, they asked him: What are you doing here? To which he answered: I’m looking for the owner of a yacht with a a sea-horse sail sign because he’s docking in the wrong place. “
Is it crazy enough for you? If not create your own
1 – A candle, spear, stick
2 – A swan (beak, curved neck, body)
3 – A heart (sideways)
4 – A sail of a yacht, a flag wind-blown to the left
5 – A sea-horse facing right, meat hook
6 – A key ring, a snake
7 – A cliff edge
8 – A snow man
9 – A balloon with a string attached, flying freely
0 – A hole