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Mnemonics and memory / Build Your Memory
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How memory operates
Why we forget
Observation and memory
Using mnemonics to link together memories
Mnemonics to master a foreign language
Mnemonics to remember numbers - The number/rhyme system
Mnemonics to remember your dreams
Advanced number mnemonics - Pegging
Mnemonics for quotations
Mnemonics to remember abstract symbols and letters
The Roman Room or journey system
Mnemonics to remember names and faces
Mnemonics for rememberring appointments - The Mental Diary
How to combine the systems - The Mental Database


How to combine the systems. The mental database

So far in this book, I have explained to you how to use linking, pegging, observation and association to improve ‘substantially’ your capacity for recall. If you do practice and use what you have learned so far in your day-to-day life, then you should soon realise (if you have not already), that your capacity for creating new memories is practically limitless.

What I would like to do now is to attempt to describe to you, a totally new system (devised by myself J), which with the aid of the mnemonical systems already outlined during the course of this book, will enable you to construct for yourself a mental database. A database which will contain a total of 10, 000 usable peg images.

Constructing this many peg images may seem a little bit daunting to you. However you already possess most of the knowledge that is required in order to build such a database. The only other thing that you will be required to do in order to actually construct this database, is to learn the nine ‘Super Pegs’ that I will outline a little later. Oh and of course you will need to understand completely, both the peg and the alphabet systems.

If you feel that you do have a complete understanding of these two systems, then you are ready to begin. If not then I advice you to go back to those particular chapters and re-read them.

Uses of the mental database

Before I outline the details of how exactly my system operates, I would just like to describe some of the many uses that this system may be put to. For example you could use the system for:

  1. The picturing and memorising of VERY long digit numbers. Perhaps the most straightforward use of the mental database, is for the picturing and committing to memory of long-digit numbers.
    This is easily accomplished, due to the fact that this system enables an individual to memorise with just one mental image, any number consisting of up to three or four digits. This means that you will be able to commit to your memory, an eight-digit number, by simply linking together two simple images, in a more condensed and less wasteful way than using peg images alone. For example due to the nature of Super pegs, zeroes are made redundant.
  2. Remembering for exams. If you are a student, then the mental database can be put to excellent use by using it for the storage of various facts, figures, historical dates, mathematical formulae etc…
    By placing such facts and figures in a certain order and by assigning different sections and sub-sections of your database to particular areas of whatever subject or subjects you are studying, you will find that passing exams will become a much simpler (and far less stressful) operation.
  3. Finally, I believe the best way to make use of my mental database, is to create for yourself, what I refer to as a ‘Mental tree of knowledge.’
    What I mean by a mental tree of knowledge, is a matrix consisting of information from the sciences, including biology, physics and chemistry – mathematics, history, geography and foreign language vocabulary.
    This information can be segregated into sections and sub-sections of the 10, 000 peg database, thus allowing you easy access (at any time), to a vast vault of knowledge.
    Filling a database that consists of 10, 000 pegs, may seem to be quite a time consuming operation for you to undertake. However believe me if you just store away a few pieces of information a day, then I assure you that you will be amazed at just how quickly your database will begin to grow.
    Possessing such a great storehouse of knowledge can give an individual an incredible advantage in life. As I personally can testify to.

Whatever use you wish to put the following system to, learning it requires the mere minimum of effort. So lets get on with it!


To remember the numbers 100-199 is very straightforward. You begin with your basic 100 peg words (0-99) and by then combining them in one image with the alphabet image for the letter A ‘Hay,’ you are thus able to increase your peg range by 100%. Giving you a total of 199 peg words.

For example, using the above method, if you wanted to visualise the number 172, then the procedure would be simple. All that you would be required to do, would be to take your peg word for the number 72 ‘Can,’ and your alphabet image for the letter A ‘Hay,’ and link them together.
To do this you could imagine a huge bale of hay, with an oversized can balanced precariously on the top of it. Thus in one image you now have a three digit number. If you wanted to remember the number 131, then you could take your peg image for 31 ‘Mud,’ and visualise a bale of hay dripping with mud. Again a simple image is used to represent a three digit number.

Next to increase our range of pegs from 199-299, we simply combine our basic 100 pegs, with the alphabet image for the letter B ‘Bee.’
For example, the number 262 may be visualised in this way, by imagining an enormous protruding chin, with a bee perched casually on the end of it.

From 300-399, your peg images would consist of your basic 100 peg words, floating in the sea. The sea being representative of the alphabet image for the letter C ‘Sea.’ Using this method, 395 could be represented by a large beach ball floating on the waves of a turbulent ocean.

From 400-499, you would imagine the 100 basic pegs, with a dish inserted somehow in the image. D = Dish.
So for the number 486, you might try visualising a large fish sitting on the edge of a dinner plate.

Following this same pattern, to visualise the numbers 500-599, you use your basic pegs, combined somehow with the image of an ‘Eagle.’ Thus representing the letter E. Say for 513, a large Golden Eagle flying headlong into a dam.

600-699. The basic pegs combined with the image of a ‘Frog.’ So to represent the number 675, you might imagine a fat, green frog making a phone call.

700-799 would involve associating the basic pegs with the word ‘Jeans.’ Therefore 733 could be an image of a mummy wearing a pair of jeans.

800-899 involves linking the word ‘Age,’ to the usual peg images. An aged Rap singer could thus represent the number 849.

And last, but not least! The numbers 900-999 may be visualised by associating the basic peg images, with a representation of the human Eye.
A Cyclops wearing a large baby’s bib around its kneck could therefore be used quite nicely to represent the number 999.


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