As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I have switched to a reverse memory palace system. Short summary of (my variation of) this system:
- a memorypalace with 100 numbered locations;
- in each location there is an object (some are a person or animal); these objects come from my previous system and they make it easy to identify the number value of the location (the objects act as “training wheels” as it is my goal to remove them from the system when I can directly associate the number with the location);
- numbers are read using my New memory system for fast translation of numbers and the words/sounds are directly linked to the objects in the locations;
- a prememorised sequence of elements (objects, persons, animals, or whatever) is placed in the locations determined by the to be memorised numbers;
- that sequence is finally used to recall those numbers.
I have done some tests using different type of (25) element sequences (so 50 digits):
- famous people;
I have cheated somewhat in the following way: instead of memorising a sequence (takes to much time for this testing purpose), I simply make a sequence in a spreadsheet column and put a 2 digit number next to each sequence element.
The categories actions and famous people were the least succesful. The category objects was a bit better, but some objects lead to some overthinking (like how do you place a roll of ducktape on a desk in a memorable fashion?)
And the winner by a huge difference in is the category animals. On my first attempt I managed to memorise 50 digits in 50 seconds, despite the fact that this test felt a bit akward as it so different from the usual way of memorising numbers. I have experienced 2 reasons why this category is the winner:
- all the animals are super fast to visualise and in HD-quality;
- the imagined animals react to the location in a very natural and memorable way, so no inclination towards overthinking.
To give you a better understanding of the test, here is part of the test;
giraf 19 (= giraf on the toilet)
zebra 37 (= zebra on my office chair in the warehouse)
horse 08 (= horse on my car)
lion 32 (= lion on the coffee machine in office hallway)
cheeta 93 (= cheeta on the kitchen counter)
So in order to finish my system I have to make the 25 animals list twice as big (50 elements for 100 digit memorisation) and I have to put those in the best possible order so the memorisation of the sequence will be easiest.