I only have about 20 numbers left to remember for the Dominic system. I need to reinforce the actions next.
Because of this, I thought I’d dive straight into testing with a game of remembering a sequence of numbers with my wife and a student.
I have my people and my actions but I need to practice linking the characters together. I was placing the characters around the room I’m in and one of them was almost around the corner. Funnily enough, that was one of the ones I forgot.
Anyway, that I need to practice more is not the interesting thing. The interesting thing is what these people do to remember numbers.
My wife can remember 30+ digits and she’s doesn’t know any of these mnemonic techniques. She’s never even thought about it. I asked her how. At first she says she doesn’t know but we dug a bit deeper and we think she’s using BUS ROUTES.
I also lost against my 9 year old student. He’s never tried to do anything like this. The idea was that I would beat him and then I can teach him some of the techniques. Instead he beat me.
Again, I asked how he did this. He says that he ‘remembers the sound and the rhythm’. I didn’t think this would work. We distracted each other between rounds with a number of grammar exercises. He only remembered 8-9 numbers but I can’t keep numbers in my mind like that while switching task like he did.
The key thing here though is that they are using what they already have and using that as the starting point rather than what I’m doing, which is going in the opposite direction.
Personally though, when I see a number, there’s aren’t many that remind me of anything significant. I don’t remember any bus routes and I don’t really hear much rhythm to them either.