Phebe Romano


Alphabet Technique

Peg Method

Roman Room System

Link Method

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The Alphabet Technique

At its most basic level it is a good method for remembering long lists of items in a specific order in such a way that missing items can be detected. This technique works by associating images representing and cued by letters of the alphabet with images representing the items to be remembered. The selection of images representing letters is not based on the starting character of the letter name. Images are selected so that the sound of the first syllable of the image word is the name of the letter.
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Peg System

The Peg memory systems are ideal for remembering information that must be recalled in a particular order, the Peg systems improve your memory by creating a filing cabinet in your mind. It works by associating information you already know well (the numbers 1 through 20, and the letters A through Z) with the new facts you want to remember. You will never forget how to count from 1 to 10, so associating information with those numbers creates a mental filing system for the information. Peg systems remind you of what you are supposed to remember, it provides a big advantage over free recall. The pegs continually remind you of all the things you are supposed to remember. The Pegs can be used over and over. An incredible truth about your brain is that it can distinguish between the same numerical list being used multiple times for different information. For example, one research study on memory systems showed that normal people were able to memorize six different lists of items at the same time using the same pegs.
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Roman Room System

The Roman room system, sometimes referred to as the Journey method, has been around (perhaps not surprisingly) since the time of the Romans. The Roman would begin by creating a mental picture of there home, with their more familiar household items and decorations, mirrors, statues, chairs etc, taking on the function of peg images. He would then attach events and memory cues onto these pegs. If the Roman wanted to remember a list of things that needed to be done during the course of a particular day, he would mentally journey through his front door and then travel around the various corridors and rooms of his home, glancing at all of the paraphernalia that adorned his rooms as he went by. He would then observe all of the important objects, such as statues, mirrors etc that he owned and then use the more prominent of these as pegs, linking an image relating in some way to what he wanted to remember to them.
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Link Method

The link method might very well be the most basic method of memorization of them all. Linking one thing to another is the kind of thing that everyone does to help them remember a list of things, and it’s one of the oldest and most instinctive memorization methods known. Suppose you were given a list of items to memorize and write down on paper exactly asit is, in proper sequence only, then will you succeed initially? Not many people can claim to do so, and even if some of the students are able to do so then it is seen by experience that they will not retain it even for a few hours.Try to form the mental images as vividly as possible.The color, the action, the gigantic size of the objects in your image and moreover the funny, illogical association between the objects will cast a lasting impression on your mind.


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