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The Basics Of Number Memorization The ability to remember numbers has many benefits---part4

Updated on April 1, 2016

How To Get Even The Most Difficult Numbers, Equations & Formulas Into Long-term Memory Using The Simplest And Most Elegant Memory Technique In The World

The techniques you've learned thus far make it possible to memorize any number or equation with speed and accuracy. You've also learned how to create a Memory Palace and use it. You, your child or any math student living under your roof can now memorize the times table with speed and accuracy.

But the extent to which the memorized numbers will last depends on a lot of factors. easiest way to explain these factors is to look at some theories and concepts of memory. Then I will teach you about "Recall Rehearsal" so that you can place any number of formulas into long-term memory. Having done this, you can rest assured that the information will be there when you need it.

Whom is long-term memory for? It is especially needed by students wishing to pass formula-driven exams. It is also helpful for those who perform calculations as an employee. Or perhaps you're a self-employed computer programmer who would enjoy the edge of having formulas on hand. Being able to pluck them from memory

saves a lot of time compared to searching Google or rifling through books. With these benefits in mind, let's see what you can do to get any math information you need into long-term memory.

Hermann Ebbinghaus Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909) performed many memory experiments. His findings are useful for those of us interested in practicing memory skills at the highest levels. You can find his ideas in a book called Über das Gedächtnis, or Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology.
In this book, Ebbinghaus suggests that learning and retention degrade based on time and position. In other words, the order in which you learn something affects how you will keep it. Thus, the more time you spend on information, or the more "primacy" you give, the greater the chance it will enter long-term memory. The problem is that we tend to give more primacy to the information we learn first. Ebbinghaus called this the "primacy effect." We get tired, our attention wanes and a whole host of distractions interrupt us. Even the first piece of information we've learned can prove disruptive because it may be so interesting or useful. Our interest in the initial information interrupts our ability to focus on the next piece. Another term Ebbinghaus uses is the "serial-positioning effect." For our purposes, this term amounts to the same thing, but we'll revisit it again further along because we can "hack" it.

The procedure you'll learn will enable you to work memory miracles. Using this special technique, getting mathematical information into long-term memory will be easy. Why is this important to number memorization? It's important because we're Memory Palaces. This means that we're not only learning information in order, but also memorizing it in order. And because this sometimes involves long strings of numbers or formulas, we will suffer from the "forgetting curve." This related principle, also from Ebbinghaus, tells us something important. If you do not practice information you have learned, over time you will forget it ("use it or lose it").

But this doesn't have to be the case. Here's how: I call this exercise "Magnetic Memory Method Recall Rehearsal." When you use it, you are literally rehearsing what you've memorized as if it were a stage play. A lot of people think of the mnemonic associative-imagery as movies, but I think this is incorrect.


Because movies are the same every time you watch them. Only you change. But when it comes to moving through a Memory Palace, the images are never quite the same. You are using the combination of location, imagery and action to trigger recall. This lets you "restage" the image-stories created. It is a play.

And it's also playful when approached in the right spirit. Quite frankly, in my not-so-humble, but always Magnetic opinion, if this isn't fun, either you're doing it wrong, or mnemonics simply isn't for you. I'm sorry to sound brutal, but usually people haven't gotten the method down and that's why they struggle.

You will eliminate much effort if you've taken care of the following: * You've created your associative-imagery correctly. * You've placed it in
With all this said, the only thing you have to do when it comes to Recall Rehearsal is to find yourself a quiet place and go through the material. Start at the beginning of your Memory Palace journey and keep going until you've come to the end.

You can do this mentally, but I recommend that you have a pen and pencil. Write everything down from your memory. Take care that you've removed yourself from the source material. Don't have your textbook anywhere in sight so that you won't be tempted to check your accuracy until later. Your goal is to exercise and test your memory. When finished, only then check your accuracy. If you find any flaws in your recall, use what I call the principle of compounding. Back to testing your images, this stage of Recall Rehearsal is simple.


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