Memory Technique for Remembering Shopping Lists

memory technique for remembering shopping lists

use the link method as a memory technique for remembering shopping lists

Trolley Dash is an online game that tests your ability to use the Link method as a memory technique for remembering shopping lists. Before you play the game, the site gives you a lesson on using the method so that you actually have a strategy you can use during the game. So far, so good.

However, playing the game tests more than your memory. So be warned — you also have to learn how to use the online trolley which wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that the grocery items fly right by at a dizzying speed. Once you have figured out how to control the speed, you realize that you’ve lost precious time and the timer is about to signal the end of the round. Luckily, you can replay the game as many times as you need to.

Memory Technique for Remembering a Shopping List

 Here are the steps for using the Link method:

  1. Think of a silly, memorable image that represents the type of list you want to remember, and that connects the list type to the first item on the list (see below for example).
  2. Think of another silly, memorable image that links the first item on your list with the second item.
  3. Think of a silly, memorable image that links the second and third items on the list.
  4. Continue in that manner all the way through the list.

The list to be memorized in round 1 of the game is used as the example in the lesson. You’ll find the vivid description very helpful, making it easy for you to grasp the technique of the Link method.

Example of Memory Technique for Remembering a Shopping List

Let’s begin by creating a mental image that includes the type of list (grocery list) connected to the first item on the list (6 red apples).

Since this is a grocery shopping list, I imagine a normal metal trolley (shopping cart) that you might find at any grocery store. Now, to make the image memorable, I picture six red apples smashed onto the wires of the trolley or shopping cart.

Your brain remembers the unusual, not the ordinary. It also remembers vivid pictures better than dull scenes. So make your mental images as crazy and clear as you can!

Imagine the apple juice running down the cart. Really see the bright red color of the apples.

The second item on the shopping list memory game list is a Large Loaf of Bread. Let’s think of a memorable image that connects our first item, 6 red apples, to the second item.

Mental images that include action are also more memorable. So I’ll imagine a rain of red apples smashing down on a large loaf of bread.

Making the objects in your images very large also makes them more memorable. So imagine that the loaf of bread is gigantic, as big as a house.

Read all the details here.

It’s a cute game, but in real life we usually aren’t under such a limited time pressure to recall a list. If, when I’m out shopping, it takes me 90 seconds instead of 60 to recall my list, it doesn’t really matter.

In my experience as a workshop facilitator, I have found that adding time limits initially works counter to the learning process. Allow the learners time to learn and master the skill first (in this case, the Link method) without time pressures. Then, add a time limit if, and only if, it is truly reflective of what the learner will encounter in the real world.

What do you think of the game and this memory technique for remembering shopping lists? Share your comments below.

 

 

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