How To Learn Dominic System And Major System For Memorizing Digits
You’re probably asking yourself how you can remember all these terms. It’s easiest to do it in bite-sized increments. First, learn the keywords for the numbers 1 to 10 as with the simple memory systems, and practice them with stories or short routes. [ Read How To Memorize Stories ]
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Only after you’ve done this, should you expand your “vocabulary” by gradually adding ten new terms at a time. You can also train your memory by slowly building in sets of ten, using the numbers from 0 to 20, then from 0 to 30 and so on, until you know the entire system. In the beginning, it will help if you keep the table with your memory system at hand and look up which term goes with which number. Frequent repetition means that you will soon master the list.
You can also try writing the keywords on flash cards, a process you probably used for learning vocabulary and math at school. Note the number on the front of the card and the keyword and image on the back. Th en simply work your way through the cards at random, checking the correct answers as you go. At the same time, this is a good opportunity to discover for yourself the best images to associate with the terms. [ Also Read How To Learn To Use Journey Method To Improve Memory ]
When learning with flash cards, make sure you’re not just turning the number into a word, but actually linking this word with a graphic association and vice versa. Do the same when you are reading the word. This is the only way to stretch your imagination’s capacity. For example, if you have the card with the number 95 in front of you, don’t just see the written word ball in your mind’s eye and check the back of the card; actually picture a ball such as a tennis ball or a colorful child’s ball rolling or bouncing. [ Read: How To Remember Sports And General News ]
Flash cards are also practical because you can take them with you everywhere. You can shorten boring waits on the subway by practicing. Going through the flash cards can also have a relaxing effect; take a short break now and again at work to quickly go through the numbers. This will take your mind off any current problems, and at the same time, provide some amusement and free up some thinking space in your mind.
Even without the flash cards in your hand, you can practice the terms of the master system without too much effort. Simply use everyday trips to your office or the store as review time. As you drive, license plates or house numbers can act as substitutes for the flash cards, and you can even use those dead minutes waiting at traffic lights for little practice sessions. Use any waiting time in this manner, whether you’re in the doctor’s waiting room or the supermarket checkout line, on a bus or riding in the passenger seat in a car.
To gain absolute confidence in the system, you might also try reciting the list of numbers and words to the rhythm of your steps while you take a slow walk. This way, you will put yourself under little pressure and will soon notice which terms are not yet set in your memory. You won’t have learned the system fully until you can go through it while walking at your usual pace.
You don’t need to provide the same image for every word each time, for instance, seeing the same rock CD for number 47. Don’t fixate on one image, especially in the beginning. If you forget a certain image frequently, change or improve it. Experiment a little to see whether you prefer fixed images for words or whether you like to vary them. Decide on the method that makes it easiest for you to add many numbers to your memory and also retrieve them accurately and confidently. Success will prove you right. [ Read: How To Become A Human Calendar ]
Check once more whether your images are clearly differentiated. This is very important when using keywords such as tea and coffee, because your steaming cup of tea for the number 1 and the image of a bag of coffee beans for number 78 could easily lead to confusion if your images are not distinct. Be sure that you have a definite link to the images that you select. We remember things best when we associate them with powerful emotions.
For me, this tree symbolizes the number 14 and is an image I hardly ever forget when memorizing. The number for the figure 6—a shoe—has a similar effect on me. In my case, this shoe is a rain boot with another lively memory linked to it.
At first, you should always try to see the same image. Later, when you can control the system like a reflex, as if in your sleep, you can invent more associations and challenge your imagination and creativity to new heights of performance. Don’t forget to enhance your images with your own individual experiences.
Even if you think you know what a ball looks like and are satisfied with your list of words, I have discovered that it can be very helpful to discuss them with other people and get to know their images. You’ll continue to gain new ideas about how to develop your own mental pictures in a memorable fashion. Once you have learned how to allow images to emerge in your mind, you’ll soon find it easy to remember a hundred numbers in five minutes using these systems. Such an exercise does not require a great amount of time and is also a good concentration and warm-up exercise before important appointments.