Turn Numbers Into Images: The Major System

The key to any memory system is your ability to turn information into picture images.

In our previous article about the Major System we discussed how you would turn numbers into images.

In this short post, I’m going to give you 10 number images to learn.

Turn numbers into images using the Major System and never forget anything ever again.

The key to any memory system is your ability to turn information into picture images. In this post we’ll discuss how to turn the numbers 0 to 10 into images that you can use to easily remember phone numbers, credit card numbers, birth dates, historical dates and more.

Just remember that it won’t be enough to just read the post, you need to take the numbers and their corresponding images and learn them by heart. You need to be able to read the number and associate the image automatically.

And this takes time and practice.

Number Images 0 – 10

0 = Sea

1 = Tie

2 = Noah

3 = Ma

4 = Ray

5 = Law

6 = Jaw

7 = Key

8 = Foe

9 = Bee

10 = Daz

How to Turn numbers into Images

Using the phonetic system turning numbers into images becomes a simple process.

Numbers 0 -5

For example: 0 = Sea because we substitute S or Z for 0.

1 becomes tie. T or D represent 1.

2 is turned into Noah because N = 2. There are 2 downstrokes to the letter N.

3 is M because there are 3 downstrokes to the letter M.

4 is R. They sound the same.

5 is Law. I use the image of Simon Pegg from the film Hot Fuzz to represent the law purely because it’s a funny image and I can do a lot with it.

Numbers 6 -10

6 = Jaw. I always imagine Desperate Dan’s jaw, from the Dandy comic, complete with bristling beard and complementary cow pie.

7 = Key. I use the image of a skeleton key.

8 = Foe. If you don’t have a nemesis, then feel free to change this to something like Ivy or UFO.

9 = Bee. This one’s obvious.

10 = Daz. I use the image of a box of Daz detergent because I have strong memories of using it growing up but for those of you who didn’t grow up in the UK then perhaps the words Dash or Daze will work for you.

Use what works for you.

You don’t have to use the images provided above. If you wish, create your own images. The key is to use the phonetic system to find a word image that you can remember and use easily.

Play around with the numbers above until you can use them with ease. Don’t worry about learning any more number images until you have the first ten committed to memory.

With only a little bit of practice you will find it a simple thing to turn numbers into images using the major system. It takes effort to learn and memorise the peg images but it’s truly worth it, especially when you combine it with a powerful technique such as the Method of Loci.


Art of Memory

More information about the Major System

The Feynman Technique: Master Your Subject; Elaborate

Known as the “Great Explainer”, Feynman was well regarded for his ability to take complex theories and reduce them to their basic elements.

The Feynman Technique.

The Feynman technique is named after Richard Feynman who used its power to reduce a difficult subject to its essence and then teach it.

Known as the “Great Explainer”, Richard Feynman was well regarded for his ability to take complex theories and reduce them to their basic elements. He believed that to understand a topic, you had to be able to explain that topic. And for the greatest effect, you had to be able to explain the concepts in simple terms, terms that even a 12 or 13-year-old could understand.

The Three Steps to Mastery

  1. Teach

Imagine that you must explain the concept to someone who has no prior knowledge.

Keep your language simple. Avoid jargon and unnecessarily complex wording.

Use metaphor and imagery to describe concepts. Make them as simple as you can.

Show the relationship between ideas and explain them clearly.

  • Revise

After you have gone through the teaching process, check for areas that you couldn’t explain thoroughly. These are the areas that you still don’t fully understand. Revise these areas. Take as much time as you need to ensure that you deep learn the topic.

Then take time to describe the concept or topic to yourself in simple language. Write your explanation out longhand in the simplest terms possible.

  • Teach

Re-imagine that you are once again teaching the subject.

If you are still finding some concepts too difficult to explain, go back to the source material.

If you want a deep understanding of a subject, you must keep going back to the source until you have internalized the subject and are able to explain it in simple terms.

The process is, teach, revise, teach.

Keep doing this and you will master the subject matter.


Knowledge is a powerful tool, but in today’s society, we are all too often guilty of “Googling” our information. The problem with this is that we never deep learn any subject and are not capable of passing knowledge to anyone.

As such it’s important to remember that using something like the Feynman technique to enhance our learning, is not only useful but also important. One day we might wake up and find that we can’t access google.

Knowledge is only useful if we can access it. And explain it.



Farnham Street

Article about Richard Feynman’s learning technique.


Check out this YouTube video explaining Feynman’s technique.

Working Memory: Boost IQ with Working Memory Exercises

Working Memory is the door through which everything you learn must pass, before it can be stored in long term memory.

Working Memory is the door through which everything you learn must pass, before it can be stored in long term memory. It is linked to IQ.

The stronger it is, and the greater your ability to process information, encode it and store it in long term memory, the higher your IQ will tend to be.

Working Memory Exercises

Working memory exercises are a great way to improve your ability to process information. Not only will they keep your mind and memory strong and healthy but consistent, daily mental exercise may be instrumental in keeping disease like Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s at bay.

But what mental exercises should you be doing?

N-Back Test

You can download a free N-Back Test app to your phone or PC, and this will allow you practice this devilish test. 20 mins a day, for 3o days, has been shown to significantly increase your ability to chunk and process information quickly and efficiently.

The N-Back Test trains your focus and concentration, as well as your ability to recall information.


Playing games like Draughts, Chess, Dominoes, Bridge, Poker, Backgammon will all have a positive impact on your working memory.

Because working memory involves observation, alertness, focus, and a touch of creativity, playing these games work your memory hard.

Fluency Tests for Working Memory

Semantic fluency tests are where you name as many animals or plants in one minute as you can without any duplication. For added difficulty, say them in alphabetical order.

Lexical fluency tests are where you name as many words beginning with a specific letter (for example, D) as you can in one minute.

Practicing these tests will also strengthen recall and your ability to process information.


Mindful meditation is another great memory exercise. Although it does not train working memory specifically, it does strengthen it in general by training your ability to focus and maintain concentration.

Mindful meditation also has the added bonus of teaching you how to stay in the moment and enjoy life in general. Regular practice will leave you feeling mentally balanced and in control.


Distraction is the supreme evil of our modern society. It is distraction that holds us back and prevents us from learning and remembering efficiently.

By training your focus, you increase the power and strength of your working memory and enable yourself to learn more and faster. And in the process, you will naturally increase your IQ.

The Link Method of Memory: Remember Lists Easily

The Link Method of Memory is a very straightforward technique that will allow you to remember lists of objects, quickly and with confidence.

The Link Method of Memory.

The Link Method of Memory is very easy to learn. By the time you’ve finished reading this blog post you’ll have mastered it.

The link method does exactly what it says in the name, it links items together. You do this by creating a mental image. Then you link that image to the next item on your list. Then the next, until you have linked the full list.

First, let’s assume that you have a list of shopping and chores.

  • Cat food
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Bread
  • Milk
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Shoes
  • Hair cut
  • Petrol
  • Grass

That’s ten items in total. Here’s what you do.

Turn Everyday Items into Mental Images

Imagine a huge can of Cat food and hundreds of cats trying to climb it to get inside.

Then imagine that tin of cat food tipping over but instead of cat food, thousands of boxes of breakfast cereal (choose your brand) pours out knocking you over.

You fall on top of huge loaf of bread.

You look around but you’re high up and the only way to get down is to jump, into a lake of cold milk.

As you struggle out of the lake of cold milk, you find yourself in a field where giants are pulling huge clumps of potatoes from the ground and then throwing them over their shoulders.

As you run to escape the falling potatoes you run into a fence made entirely of broccoli.

As you push your way through the fence made of broccoli, you lose your shoes. So, you go to the shoe store to buy a new pair, but they are all too small.

As you are trying on the shoes, a petrol pump starts cutting your hair.

As your hair falls to the ground it turns into grass and begins to grow. All around your feet, tiny lawnmowers race around cutting it to shreds.


The key to the link method of memory is to link one image to the next one in sequence and to make the image as ridiculous as possible. The image must be memorable. The more vivid and absurd the image you create, the easier it will be to retain and recall.

Without reading over the above description, you will find that you can, with very little effort, recall in perfect order the list of 10 items and chores.

Try it and see if you can write down all 10 items. Bet you can.

Learn the Major System for Remembering Numbers

Learn the Major System and never again forget a phone number. Get good at remembering numbers by learning this simple phonetic system.

Learn the Major System and never again forget a phone number. Get good at remembering numbers by learning this simple phonetic system..

While there are many Memory Systems in current use, each one utilising a slightly different method to turn numbers into images that are more easily remembered, the Major System is the original upon which all others are based.

The Major System

This system, first described by Amie Paris in 1825 and later popularized by Harry Lorraine, works by turning numbers into consonant sounds, adding vowels and creating memorable words.

The system begins by assigning consonant sounds to the numbers 0-9:

0 = S or Z

1 = T or D

2 = N

3 = M

4 = R

5 = L

6 = J, ch, sh, soft g

7 = K, hard c or hard g

8 = F or V

9 = P or B

Using the logic of this system you can turn any number into an image. For example, the number 64 can be turned into the image of a JaR. 6 = J and 4 =R. Or it can be turned into the image of a ChaiR 6 = CH and 4 =R.

Larger numbers are just as easy to turn into images. 741 for example represents, hard c, r and d. By adding a couple of vowels, we can turn this number into the image of a CaRD.

The system is simple to use. But learning and memorising a shape image for each number does take time and effort.

You can with practice learn a number shape for numbers up to a thousand and with even more effort beyond. Although in practice it’s not efficient to go beyond 1000.

Link Images Using the Method of Loci

Once you have images memorised for each number it’s a simple task to remember any long number, whether it be a phone number, bank account or serial number.

For example, take this randomly generated 11-digit number; 73686736762.

We can break this number down into the following 736 – 867 – 367 – 62.

736 = GaMe SHow

867 = FiSHinG

367 = MaGiC

62 = CHaiN

Now instead of 11 random numbers we have 4 images.

All it takes to remember this number is to create a memorable journey along one of your pre-prepared Journey Paths. (Method of Loci)

Imagine you are on a GaMe SHow. The object of show is to catch as many fish as possible. Place this image on the first stop of your journey.

You are given a tiny FiSHing rod. Place this image on the second stop of your journey.

On the third stop of your journey you discover one of the other contestants is dressed like a magician and is using MaGiC to catch hundreds of fish.

When you reach the fourth stop on your journey, you realise that your fishing line has turned into a CHaiN.

With four powerful images you have turned a random number into something easily remembered.


The key is to learn the phonetic for each number 0-9. Once you have this learned by heart, you will be able to take any three-digit number and turn it into an image.

Break down longer numbers into three-digit chunks, then take those chunks and create memorable images for each one, the more vivid and impactful, the easier it will be to remember.

The Major System is an elegant method for remembering long strings of unrelated numbers. It does take effort to learn initially but given enough effort you’ll be able to turn numbers into images on the fly and then convert those images back into numbers when you need to.

Create Stronger Memories Using Your Five Senses

Create stronger memories using your five senses and never forget anything, ever again. Use colour, sound, touch, taste and smell to create powerful images.

Create stronger memories

Create stronger memories using your five senses. It’s that simple. Add colour, sound, smell, touch and taste to your mental pictures to encode information into long term memory. You don’t have to add all the senses into the one image every time, but it will make the image and the memory stronger if you do.

For example. You need to remember to take your dog “Fluffy” to the dog groomer. And the dog groomer can only fit you in at five o’ clock which means that you need to leave work at 4 o’ clock, collect Fluffy and take her to have her coat groomed.

Here we have 3 things to remember. You need to:

1. Leave work at 4pm.

2. Collect Fluffy.

3. Bring Fluffy to the dog groomer at 5pm.

A strong mental image might look something like this.

You imagine a large clock sitting beside you at work. It’s 6 foot in diameter and dressed in a black suit, with a Trilby hat, black tie and dark sunglasses. It has eyes, (hidden behind the sunglasses) a nose and a mouth and it looks angry. The hands on the clock are clenched fists and point to the 4 and the 12.

“It’s 4pm dummy. Time to go home.” Screams the clock. The hands on the clock reach out and grab hold of you. Under the Trilby, the clock alarm begins to ring, only it sounds exactly like a dog barking. It sounds like Fluffy.

The clock pushes you out the door and into your car.  

You imagine yourself picking Fluffy up from home and taking her to the dog groomer. Beside you the clock sits in the passenger seat of your car holding Fluffy on its lap. Fluffy is holding a huge pair of steel scissors and a red comb in her mouth. She’s excited, bouncing up and down.

“We need to be there by 5pm. Hurry up dummy.” Screams the clock.

Create Stronger Memories Using your Five Senses.

The strongest memories you have are the ones that were formed by vivid images. Sometimes those images were violent, emotional, loud, bright. Other times it was the way something felt or tasted.

The more powerful and vivid the image you create, the more lasting the memory. Make the image violent, sexual or absurd. Create motion and make the images you wish to remember very small or very big. Bang things together, turn them upside down. Link your images together in a way that is memorable and meaningful.

Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, and Smell

In the above example we created an image that consisted of a talking clock. We used colour by dressing the clock in a black suit. We gave it emotion by making it look angry.

We added sound by having the clock shout and turned the alarm into Fluffy’s barking.

We used touch by imagining the clock grabbing you and pushing you out the door.

In the car Fluffy is sitting on the clocks lap, holding steel scissors and a red comb in her mouth. So we have both colour and absurdity as well as a visual reminder for the dog groomer.

And finally, we have sound again with the clock screaming out the time.

We tied each image together by using locations: your work, your home and your car to create a logical progression.


The only two senses we didn’t use in this example was taste and smell, but while they weren’t necessary for this example, we could have added them easily.

To create stronger memories, use your five senses. Make your images big, bold, and bright. Use light, colour and sound, touch and taste to make your images strong. Use violent movements, powerful emotions and symbolic images to enhance each memory.

Remember to practice. In time you’ll get so good at creating images that it will only take you a second to come up with and encode a memory with an image.

The Method of Loci is Your Foundation for a Stronger Memory

The Method of Loci goes all the way back to ancient Rome and Greece. It is also known as the Journey Method, or The Roman Room Method.

The Method of Loci.

The Method of Loci goes all the way back to ancient Rome and Greece. It is also known as the Journey Method, or The Roman Room Method.

The technique consists of learning a series of locations, preferably familiar places, like the rooms of your home, or the streets of your local neighbourhood. The location you choose isn’t as important as is your ability to picture that location vividly.

The key is to know your loci intimately.

For example, let’s take your home as an example. We’ll keep it simple and only use 8 loci:

  1. Bed 1
  2. Bed 2
  3. Bed 3
  4. Bathroom
  5. Stairs
  6. Hall
  7. Kitchen
  8. Living Room

Building the Journey

Imagine that you want to remember a list of fruit and vegetables. Your list consists of 8 items:

  1. Apples
  2. Oranges
  3. Banana’s
  4. Strawberries
  5. Blueberries
  6. Carrots
  7. Broccoli
  8. Brussel Sprouts

How do you link these items to your remembered locations? Easy. You do it like this.

Bed 1. Picture your bedroom. Now fill it with huge apples. See them clearly, green luscious, juicy and the size of basket balls. And every time you touch one it multiplies, filling the room even more. Imagine yourself struggling to wade through all those apples to get to Bed 2.

Bed 2. Picture this room clearly. Now imagine that the wardrobe door bursts open spilling thousands of citrus smelling oranges into the room. See the bright shiny orange skins, smell the citrus, feel the rough skin of the orange in your hand.

Bed 3. Once again, picture the room. Now see huge banana’s hanging from the ceiling. See the bright yellow skins, smell that banana aroma. Reach up and grab one of them. Peel it. Taste it.

Bathroom. Go into your bathroom. When you turn on your shower, instead of water, strawberries start falling out of the shower head. Once again, picture the bright red strawberries, the sweet strawberry smell. Imagine the way they feel falling on your head, the way they squish as you step on them.

Stairs. As you walk down the stairs you notice that each step is made up of thousands of juicy blueberries. Imagine the way the juice squirts as your foot stands on them.

Hall. In the middle of the hall a huge carrot is blocking the way. You can’t move it, so you decide to eat it.

Kitchen. You walk into the kitchen and there are a dozen people wearing broccoli suits, sitting around your kitchen table, chatting and drinking coffee.

Living room. And finally, picture yourself entering your living room only to find that your fireplace is popping Brussel sprouts. They are flying through the air like conkers from a schoolboy’s sling. Imagine them hitting you, forcing you to flee the room.

Now without looking back try and write down the 8 items of groceries. Just retrace your steps from your bedroom to the living room.

Even with a quick run through you will already be able to remember this list. That’s the power of the Method of Loci.


The main thing to remember is to make your loci, places that you know very well and to make the journey consistent. Then attach an image of what you are trying to remember to each location. Make the image vivid. Add colours, sounds, smells, texture. The more information you can squeeze into the image the better.

Make the image move, make the things you are imagining absurd, very small, or very big. The more violent the image or risqué, the easier it will be to remember.

And there’s no limit to the number of loci you can use.

If you’d like to learn more about mnemonic systems, read this book review.



The Memory Code

How to Develop a Super Power Memory

How to develop a super power memory by Harry Lorayne is full of memory systems that you can learn today and use in your day to day life.

How to develop a super power memory by Harry Lorayne was first published in 1958 and is still as relevant today as it was then. Perhaps even more so.

How to Develop a Super Power Memory

At 174 pages the book is broken into 26 chapters, each chapter short and easily digested:

Chapter 1. How keen is your observation?

Chapter 2. Habit is memory.

Chapter 3. Test your memory.

Chapter 4. Interest in memory.

Chapter 5. Link Method of memory.

Chapter 6. Peg System of memory.

Chapter 7. Uses of the Peg and Link Systems.

Chapter 8. How to train your observation.

Chapter 9. It pays to remember speeches, articles, scripts and anecdotes.

Chapter 10. It pays to remember playing cards.

Chapter 11. It pays to remember long digit numbers.

Chapter 12. Some Pegs for emergencies.

Chapter 13. It pays to remember dates.

Chapter 14. It pays to remember foreign languages, vocabulary and abstract information.

Chapter 15. It pays to remember names and faces.

Chapter 16. What’s in a name?

Chapter 17. More about names and faces.

Chapter 18. It pays to remember facts about people.

Chapter 19. It pays to remember telephone numbers.

Chapter 20. The importance of memory.

Chapter 21. Don’t be absent minded.

Chapter 22. Amaze your friends.

Chapter 23. It pays to remember appointments and schedules.

Chapter 24. It pays to remember anniversaries, birthdays and other important dates.

Chapter 25. Memory demonstrations.

Chapter 26. Use the systems.


Many people will look at this book and think it’s outdated. Certainly, some of the illustrations could do with being updated and given a more modern feel. Perhaps even substituting pictures of real men and women for greater depth and understanding of the principles put forward.

And yet, the information covered by Harry Lorayne, is just as up to date and useful today as it was 60 years ago.

The wonderful thing about this book is the connection that Mr Lorayne makes with you the reader. The language is straightforward, comfortable, like having a late-night conversation with an old friend beside a blazing fire.

And the information and systems that he shares are priceless, especially because Mr Lorayne isn’t attempting to turn you into a master memorizer. He’s not.

What he is trying to do is teach you how to remember BETTER, and how to apply his memory systems to your everyday life.


How to develop a super power memory is definitely a book for your shelf. It’s easily digested and is full of systems that will (if used) make remembering and recalling information so easy, you’ll amaze your friends and family.

The one thing to remember is this:

You must apply yourself to learning the systems and then use them, daily. Just reading the book won’t cut it. And it does take effort. However, the time you put into learning the systems will be time well spent.

I heartily recommend How to develop a super power memory. A big thumbs up.

About the Author

Harry Lorayne (born 1926) is an American magician and a memory-training specialist and writer who was called “The Yoda of Memory Training” by Time magazine.

He is well known for his mnemonic demonstrations and has appeared on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His book The Memory Book was a New York Times bestseller.

Improve Your Memory: Part 3 – 5 hacks to boost recall

Remembering is a skill. The good news is it’s learnable. And it begins by learning how to improve your memory and boost recall.

Boost recall and improve your memory

Remembering is a skill. The good news is it’s learnable, improvable and it’s never too late to begin. And it begins by learning how to boost recall.

Learning is a combination of technique and focus. With the right focus and study technique you can learn anything, anytime, anywhere and in less time than you’d believe.

Think back to when you were a teenager. You could learn anything at a phenomenal speed. Especially if you found the subject interesting. In fact, the more interested you were in a subject the faster you learned. This was because you were focused.

The problem you were faced with time and time again was that you didn’t have the tools to learn efficiently. When you had to learn something you didn’t enjoy, learning was the equivalent of wading through a field of nettles.

The good news is that now science has determined a number of study techniques that work and can both double your capacity to learn while cutting your learning time by as much as 50%.

Learning can be broken down into three component parts:

Processing of information

Understanding what you have learned

Recall of study material when required

The following five study techniques will provide you with the tools to boost recall and improve your memory.

Practice Testing: Top Tip no 1

Practice testing is one of the most efficient ways to learn and retain information.

When you learn something new. Test yourself on it. It’s that simple.

For example:

You’ve learned a new recipe. It’s complicated and there’s a lot of ingredients.

The best way to know if you’ve retained the information is to sit down with a pen and paper and attempt to write out the recipe, with a full list of ingredients and all the instructions.

You can do this any number of times, for any subject matter.

Each time you test yourself, you boost recall and strengthen the memory and forge thicker connections in your brain.

Distributed Practice: Top Tip no 2

Distributed practice is another effective learning technique. It just means spreading your learning over a period of time.

For example:

You have an exam in thirty days. The natural instinct is to cram for the exam, crushing all your learning time into a few days or weeks. The only problem with this method is that you won’t retain the information for very long. Perhaps not even for the duration of the exam.

The best way to learn is to distribute your learning over a longer period. In this example you have thirty days. Ideally, you’d set aside an hour or two each day and use that time to prepare for the exam.

The reason distributed learning works so well is because you are constantly refreshing old material, linking it with new material and in the process strengthening the connections in your brain.

Repetition and linking are the keys to this technique.

Interleaved Practice: Top Tip no 3

Interleaved practice works well with distributed practice. As in the previous example, you have thirty days to prepare for an exam. But what if you had three exams on the same day? What would you do?

Once again the natural inclination is to cram, to do all the study in blocks. For example: AA BB CC etc.


The best approach is to set aside an hour a day for each subject. Three hours a day, for three subjects over a thirty day period.

For example ABC ABC ABC etc.

This combines interleaved practice with distributed practice, enhancing performance and improving retention.

Another advantage of interleaved practice is when you are studying two or three linked subjects, for example, math and physics: the crossover between the two subjects work to enhance your understanding of both areas, improving performance dramatically.

But even if the subjects aren’t linked, interleaving is still the best method of study.

Self Explanation: Top Tip no 4

The trick to Self Explanation is to continually ask questions.

For example:

You are learning about the sinking of the Titanic. In order to learn about the event what questions could you ask yourself?

A few basic questions might be:

How many lifeboats did the ship have?

How many passengers were on the ship?

How many passengers could each lifeboat hold?

What time did the event occur?

Why couldn’t the ship turn to avoid the iceberg?

How many survived the sinking of the Titanic?

And so on and so forth. As you read and absorb material, ask yourself what it means, go deeper into the material.

You might ask yourself other questions:

Why were some of the doors to the lower decks locked?

Why did it take so long for other ships to come to help?

Why were there not enough lifeboats?

What was it like to be a lower deck passenger?

What was it like to be member of the ships crew?

One thing all of these questions will do is help you remember in more detail the information you are reading. It also exposes gaps in your knowledge, giving you the opportunity to close the gap.

Elaboration Practice: Top Tip no 5

Elaboration practice is an extension of self explanation. The questions you ask are different. Where self explanation seeks simply to explain the material, elaboration seeks to create links between disparate ideas.

For example:

If we take the Titanic example again and seek to understand why so many people died, we would have to examine the link between the social classes and the prevailing attitude to new technology.

By elaborating on these two seemingly unconnected ideas you might find yourself asking questions that deepen the links between them, leaving you with a heightened understanding of the events leading up to the disaster and the personalities involved.

Elaborating on your current knowledge base does three things:

It links new material to old material

It strengthens the connections in your brain Gives you a deeper understanding of the subject.

Learn Faster – Putting It All Together

All of the techniques described work together to form an intensive and fool proof study plan.

Set up your study plan to ensure that your study sessions are both distributed and interleaved

Self explain the material you are studying during each study session

Elaborate on the material during each session

Test yourself at the end of every study session

As you practice each of these techniques and perfect how to blend them together into an optimum study method, you’ll find that learning becomes easier and less time consuming.

So there you have it, five tips to improve your memory and boost recall

Useful Resourses

Learn How to Study Using… Elaboration; The Learning Scientists

This is the second post in a series designed to help students learn how to study effectively. The purpose is to provide students with a resource that can help them take charge of their own learning. Today’s post is about using elaboration.

Learning Strategy 5: Self Explanation

This article covers the learning strategy of self explanation

Interleaving : An Effective Study Technique | 6med

An article covering the technique of interleaving.

Improve Your Memory: Part 2 – Learn Fast Earn More

Improve your Memory: Learn Fast

In 2011, a report released by the US Census Bureau highlighted the correlation between your level of education and your earning potential.

The stark revelation that workers with a high school diploma earned on average only half what a degree qualified worker did per year, wasn’t a surprise so much as a wake up call.

Learning is a premium skill that must be developed and promoted. How fast you learn can determine the speed at which you climb the career ladder.

You don’t have to have a degree to make your employer take notice, you just have to show your capacity to learn new skills. For example, even something as simple as learning to use Excel, Word or basic IT can turn you into the go-to person in your office.

Taking a first aid course, basic bookkeeping, accelerated driving course or learning about cyber security will all add value to your CV. Of course, going the extra step and earning that degree is always going to add to your bottom line. But in our current fast paced society, it’s essential that you are able to learn these skills quickly and efficiently.

Earn More – Why Education Matters.

Fifty years ago, you could work forty hours, get paid and go home for the weekend to spend time with your family, knowing that all your bills were paid. You had a good car in the drive, a holiday to look forward to and you could look forward to your pension and retirement with confidence.

That’s all changed now. Pension age has increased to sixty seven. And for those starting their working lives, might conceivably be seventy by the time they are ready to retire.

It takes two wages to run most households. Especially if you’re at the bottom of the career ladder. And a state pension is no longer enough to meet your retirement needs.

The only way to combat this is to improve your education level.

On average a degree qualified worker earns over $1,000 a week, while a worker with a High School Diploma earns on average over $600. It’s worse for workers without a High School Diploma, their average take home pay is less than $500 a week.

But the good news is that there are many excellent courses available, both on and offline, and at a cost that won’t break your bank. Taking advantage has never been as easy.

Even a couple of short online college courses can increase your income level by up to twenty seven percent. (Census Bureau 2011) This means that even without a degree you are improving your earning potential.

To put this in financial terms, a twenty seven percent increase to a basic workers weekly wage would be $135. For a worker with a high school diploma it equates to a $162 weekly increase.

Education has never been more important.

Develop Your Memory

Learning is dependent on memory recall. If it’s strong, you’ll learn fast. If it’s weak, you’ll struggle.

The good news is that your memory is much better than you realize.

Much like a muscle, your memory works better when it’s exercised. And the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.

There are five excellent methods of studying that will help you learn faster and better.

They are:

1. Practice testing

2. Distributed practice

3. Interleaved practice

4. Elaboration interrogation

5. Self explanation

Read the article “Improve Your Memory: 5 hacks to boost recall” for a detailed explanation of these excellent study techniques.

You can also boost your learning potential by improving your:

1. Eating

2. Sleeping

3. and exercising habits.

Read the article “Improve Your Memory: 3 habits to Boost Recall” for more information on how your eating, sleeping and exercising habits impact on your ability to learn and remember.

Learn Fast and Earn More

It’s a simple equation. Learn fast and earn more.

To learn faster, develop your working and long term memory. Practice will make perfect.

As long as you are learning, you will be increasing your earning potential. Increasing your earning potential ensures that you can provide for yourself and your family, and not just the basics but the luxuries that make life worthwhile.

Learn fast. Earn More. Memorise. Wash and repeat. You’ll never look back.



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