About the tens, I was thinking of a 00-99 pao list of digit pairs. Sorry. Though the principles are the same. Instead of tens, consider suits.
I use no codes in my lists, as I memorize them with the method of loci. Grouping similar in rooms, like 00-09 in a room or section, 20-29 in another. In the case of cards, the 13 cards of Clubs.
But… anyways, I have a numbers list to cards image translation code: 0=S=Spades, 8=H=Hearts, 3=C=Clubs, 4=D=Diamonds, J=6, Q=9,K=7. This in turn makes, 01-09 be SA-S9, for J, Q and K, I reverse the read to JS, QS, KS, this way I avoid conflicts and use my images from my number lists, without actually memorize anything new. Though, for transitioning to memorize decks of cards, I would need to do a recognition training. (I’m no longer going to do anything with cards).
As I misinterpreted the original question, and back to the original need, hope it helps:
Tips on better algorithms for recall
- Perfect the memorization of your lists.
People: I’d wouldn’t mind much about visualizing their faces or entire bodies, I’d go by the simplest silhouette or shadow even.
Actions, examine your action list and see which suits better to apply these options:
a fixed animation: performs the action either with an specific object or manner,
no animation at all: visualize a pose that indicate the action.
More on Actions: are they favorable for object manipulation, for instance, dance is a “on self” action, while Barret M84 Cal. 50 shooting, is well more about shooting something with a Barret M84, this is “with object”. But there are other actions that we can call: “on object” like spiting, bending, to punch.
Objects: if they are small, you better zooming, if they are big, miniaturizare them…, or don’t use these, there a million things to think on. Also, avoid tool objects to use them as objects for your list, because these tool object could easily be good fixed animation actions: nailing with a hammer, shooting with a handgun, blowing with a blower, impale with an spear, swing a bat, chop with an axe, cut with scissors…
- Overall, focus on having your lists properly memorized and your recognition of the cards properly trained. Memorizing cards should become a matter of building the speed, simple routes on MPs, simple MP visuals (the original state of the loci), your images don’t need to be exotic nor exciting.
- Although I advocate for active use of imagination, I don’t thing that for competition you need epic visuals or many details, what you need is to recognize the person image, the action image, object image.
Examples: Let’s pretend A. Einstein is one of your people, you could thing of his hair, and imagine the silhouette of a man with his hair, instead of trying to perfectly visualize Einstein (eww!). Let’s pretend one of your images in the beautiful actress Lea Seydoux, to me the striking thing is her face, the body don’t matter, so a generic female body shape if I even need to visualize such… if my action for a card is to spit, then I don’t need to visualize a person’s body, just a face spiting (a floating head or the rest of the body as a shadow). Also, you can use a fixed image for your people, consider looking up pictures or movies or interviews or if they are personal bring them from your memory… If Angelina Jolie were one of your people, Maleficent would be a good image, how can you forget that view???
Final suggestion about objects: consider not having them be interactive with the action and simply be always hold in hands or always appearing on the shoulder of your P performing A.