Small Memory System Review And Extension

You have now completed the five smaller memory systems: the Link, the Number-Shape, the Number-Sound, the Classical Room and the Alphabet.

Each of these systems can be used either independently or in conjunction with another system. Furthermore, one or two of the systems can be set aside, if you wish, as 'constant memory banks'. That is, if you have certain lists or orders of items that you will need to be able to recall over a period of a year or more, you can set aside the system of your choice for this purpose.

Before moving on to the broader systems, however, I want to introduce you to a simple and intriguing method for instantly doubling any of the systems you have so far learned!

When you have reached the end of a system but still wish to add further associations, all you have to do is to go back to the beginning of your system and imagine your association word exactly as you usually imagine it, with the exception that it is contained in a huge block of ice ! This simple device will drastically change the association pictures you have formed, and will double the effectiveness of your system by giving you the original list plus the original list in its new context.

For example, if your first key in the Number-Shape system was 'telephone pole', you would imagine that same telephone pole either buried in the heart of your giant block, or protruding from the corners or sides; ifyour first word in the Number-Sound system was 'sun', then you could imagine its fierce rays melting the edges of the ice block in which it was contained; if your first word in the Alphabet system was ace then you could imagine a giant playing card either frozen in the centre or forming one of the six sides of the ice cube.

Practise this technique. You will find it extraordinarily helpful.

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