An alternative to Number Shapes is the Number-Rhyme System. This involves forming the key image for a number by a word that rhymes with it. For example, door could be used to rhyme with the number four. A door then becomes the key image for that number and can be used to help you memorize any information involving the number four.

Let’s say you want to remember that you are taking a flight from Terminal 4 at an international airport. You could imagine carrying a door with you as you arrive at the airport. This simple, quick thought will ensure you will arrive at the correct terminal.

How could you remember to buy two pounds of apples? Well, shoe rhymes with the number two. So you could picture yourself in your local grocery store carrying apples in a large shoe.

What words would you choose to rhyme with the numbers one, three, or eight? Here are some suggestions for all 10 digits. Either memorize their equivalent rhymes or create your own.

Numbers and Their Rhyme Words.

0 = HERO
1 = GUN, BUN or SUN
2 = SHOE, GLUE or SUE
3 = TREE, BEE or KEY
4 = DOOR, SORE or BOAR
5 = HIVE, CHIVE or DIVE
6 = STICKS or BRICKS
7 = HEAVEN or KEVIN
8 = GATE, BAIT or WEIGHT
9 = WINE, SIGN or PINE

Exercise : Number Rhymes

Use Number Rhymes to memorize the following items of trivia.

1 The world population is approximately six billion
2 The average brain comprises two percent of a person’s body weight
3 There are seven Australian states
4 An ant has five noses
5 Queen Victoria of England had nine children
6 A newborn camel has zero humps
7 There are four planets larger than Earth
8 There are three Great Pyramids at Giza

1 How many humps does a newborn camel have?
2 What is the world population to the nearest billion?
3 How many noses does an ant have?
4 How many planets are there larger than Earth?
5 How many Australian states are there?
6 How many children did Queen Victoria of England have?
7 How many Great Pyramids are there at Giza?
8 What percentage of body weight can be accounted for by the brain?

Score 10 points for each correct answer.
Maximum points: 80 Untrained: 40+ Improver: 60+ Master: 80