How Will Music Help Me Remember?

Humans have been singing ballads, religious hymns, and cultural music for thousands of years. They have remembered and passed these creations on to each generation, who have in turn remembered them and passed them along. Children learn their alphabet easily as a song “A-B-C-D-E-F-G…” Music makes remembering that much easier. Somehow rhythm and tune cause words to spill out of your mouth — even if you were certain you couldn’t remember a particular song.

How will music help me remember? The how is less important. As a memory technique, what’s important is [Read more...]

How to Memorize the Periodic Table Fast

Here at Improving Your Memory Techniques, we strive to bring you a variety of memory techniques. Why? Because we recognize that one method might work well for you, whereas a different method may work better for someone else. For chemistry students, here is a technique called memory pegging that helps you learn how to memorize the periodic table fast. [Read more...]

How to Remember Your Vacation

Special memories don’t usually come from our everyday humdrum routines — but often they do come from special times such as vacations with family or friends. Are you wondering how to remember your vacation? Photos are of course one method for preserving them, but since this is a blog about improving your memory, I’m sharing a technique that exercises your memory without photos.

In this video, UK memory expert Dominic O’Brien teaches us how to use the journey method to help us preserve wonderful vacation memories.

How to Remember Your Vacation

So if you’ve been wondering how to remember your vacation, try the journey method. What could be more appropriately named?

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Easy Method for Remembering Your PIN

When you get a new PIN (for your credit card, your bank card, your alarm system, and so on), it often takes a few weeks before it is firmly entrenched in your mind. An easy method for remembering your PIN is the Number Rhyme system described by our friends at [Read more...]

How to Memorize the US Presidents in Order

Whether you need the information to win a trivia contest or to pass an exam, you may be wondering how to memorize the US presidents in order. A common method for remembering them is with a story. A mother, who home schools her children, shares a wacky story below that adds a fun and entertaining twist to learning the order of the presidents.

How to Memorize the US Presidents in Order

A Story to Help You Memorize the U.S. Presidents

(It works best if you picture every scene in your mind like a picture!)

Once upon a time, an alien came to earth from another planet. This alien was short and green and his name was Waj (1. George Washington, 2. John Adams, 3. Thomas Jefferson). Waj quickly began acting like an earthling by eating his favorite candy—M&M’s (4. James Madison, 5. James Monroe) and by putting on a very human-like baseball hat with an enormous “A” on the front (6. John Quincy Adams). While walking around looking for earth people, Waj met MICHAEL JACKSON (7. Andrew Jackson) who pulled up in a big VAN (8. Martin VanBuren) with his HAIRY SON in the front seat (9. William Henry Harrison).

The van that they were driving was like a monster truck because it had really big TIRES (10. John Tyler), but one of the tires was POKED (11. James K. Polk) by a sharp object, so they hurried and called a TAILOR (12. Zachary Taylor) to sew it up and to FILL MORE (13. Millard Filmore) air into it. This tailor used a special thread that made the tire so tough that it could never be PIERCED again (14. Franklin Pierce).

Read the entire story here.

Do you have a story that you use for how to memorize the US presidents in order? Share this one with friends and then see who can come up with the wackiest story.


Great Memory Technique for Kinesthetic Learners

I found a great memory technique for kinesthetic learners.  Are you a kinesthetic learner?  If you are, it means that you learn best when you are doing or moving — actually carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or simply watching a demonstration. You like to act, participate in a sport, play an instrument — use your hands or your entire body in some way.

Great Memory Technique for Kinesthetic Learners

great memory technique for kinesthetic learners

a great memory technique for kinesthetic learners includes action

In order to use this system, you must learn the 20 “body-pegs” shown on the diagram. [see article reference below]

This may take about 10 minutes but will prove to be really useful.

You will notice that points numbered 1 to 9 start at the fingers of one hand, go up the arm, over the head and down to the fingers of the other hand. Points 10 to 20 start at the eyes and move down the body to the feet. You should practice until you are able to point to all 20 “body-pegs” without hesitation.

The principle of the system is that you “attach” one key-word to each body-peg in turn (preferably with a memorable action). When you need to recall your list of key-words, your body (and the actions you have associated with each key-word) acts as a memory-aid.

Here are the detailed instructions on how to use this technique.

Moving the body is a big part of this learning style. A great memory technique for kinesthetic learners that uses the body and imaginary actions is a natural and easy way to memorize and recall information. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you. Click share and pass it along too.


Best Method of Memorizing Social Security Numbers

Are you wondering about the best method of memorizing social security numbers? Your SSN is a number you have to refer to over and over again, and so you probably waste a lot of time looking for your card, pulling it out, and putting on your glasses, before finally reading it. Perhaps, you don’t have your card with you when you need it. Memorize it and  you’ll have it whenever you need it.

The best method of memorizing social security numbers is by using the phone spell mnemonic. Don’t be afraid of the word mnemonic. A mnemonic is just a memory aid or device, like a rhyme, a song, or a formula.  The phone spell mnemonic or system is very easy to learn and use — and is described on www.rememberg.com.

Best Method of Memorizing Social Security Numbers

The principle is very easy. On the digits of your phone you find letters. You simply match every letter to the digit. That’s it. The figure below shows the mapping.

Simple phone spell example

As an example, we will transform the words Mnemonics with the phone spelling system.

  • M -> 6
  • n -> 6
  • e -> 3
  • m -> 6
  • o -> 6
  • n -> 6
  • i -> 4
  • c -> 2
  • s -> 7

So, Mnemonics will correspond with the number 663666427. When you need to remember the number 663666427, it is sufficient to memorize the word Mnemonics.

In reality, you would work in reverse — start with the number and then find a corresponding word. For long numbers it’ll be easier to split them up into 2 or 3 words.  You could even create a short 3-word phrase.

The article goes into a more complex example here, and then ends with this caution.

The digits 0 and 1 are, unfortunately, not used.

You can also use this method for memorizing other long numbers, such as credit card numbers, student ID numbers, phone numbers, passport numbers, and so on. It is the best method of memorizing social security numbers  — provided, of course, they don’t contain any 1′s or 0′s.

What is your experience using the  best method of memorizing social security numbers?  We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.