I’ve just managed to reach level 7 with 16 images, but only just got through the list in the 60 seconds available. The next level will be fun.

I quite enjoy this one - and use the number-rhyme system. It seems to work better than the loci. How does anyone else approach it?

How exactly do you use that for images?

I use a journey to store the images and place two images per location. I use the first thing I see in the picture as my images then move on.


I’ve been away from my desk/computer for the past three weeks, so sorry for the delay in replying.

Basically - and choosing some easy images for the moment - I use one for gun, two for shoe, three for three, four for door, five for dive etc.

If the first image was a duck, then I would imagine blasting it away with a huge gun. I make it as big and loud as possible. (If it was a lake, I’d imagine the water exploding everywhere.) If the second was a mouse, I’d imagine myself in big hob-nailed boots treading on lots of mice. I’d hear the squeals and everything else. If 3 was a cloud, I’d imagine lots of big fluffy white clouds hanging from a big Christmas tree in my house. If 4 was a horse, I’d imagine opening the front door of my house and a big horse comes rushing out, sending me flying. If 5 was a fruit bowl, I’d imagine myself diving from a great height into a fruit bowl. I’d feel the fruit burst/taste it etc.

I often try to memorise lists of 30 words using the number/rhyme system. So as not to make things too easy, I sometimes use concepts - words like idea, compassion, belief etc - or even TV programmes/famous people. On one occasion, when I was attempting (and ultimately failing :slight_smile: ) to learn German, I memorised 30 random German words. That was especially hard - but great practice!

The actions associated with my images are always the same, which helps a lot.

That said, for a long series of images (certainly 30+ if I can ever manage it), I will have to use the journey system - and probably have two images at each spot as you do. I use the journey system for playing cards.

Thanks again, for getting back to me,


Interesting idea. I started with the story method at first and then started using locations. I’ll try a number-peg system.

I’ve been trying a new system for Images recently, somewhat similar to JamesW’s approach above. I have an action for each letter of the alphabet and apply them in turn to the images. The first image, I chop with an Axe. The second image, I throw a Ball at. The third image, I Clingwrap. And so on, up to the 26th image which I Zoom in on. The last 4 images I store quickly in verbal working memory by repeating words to myself.

I think this has some advantages over placing the images along a journey (which I did previously):

  1. No journeys are required, which is nice.

  2. I can do any number of trials without any confusion between them. During recall, I’m not thinking “What did I chop with an axe?” in which there would be confusion with a previous trial. I’m thinking “What did I do to that image?” And since I haven’t seen that image before this trial, there’s no confusion.

  3. I can immediately put any image into its correct position during recall. With a journey system, I’d be thinking “OK, there was a sheep at the first location - now where is that picture of a sheep?” and take a few seconds hunting for it. With this system, I look at the first recall image and think “Oh yes, that’s the thing I punched”, and since I know that P is the 16th letter of the alphabet, I can put it straight into position 16. I can usually recall everything in about a minute, and if there are any images I’m not sure of straight away, I can easily figure them out from the remaining possibilities at the end.

  4. I almost never confuse similar images. That’s because I’m imagining the action happening on the image itself, rather than imagining the object in the image somewhere else.

It’s early days yet and I’m still becoming more familiar with my set of actions, but I score 30 much more consistently now and I’m already about as fast as I used to be with the journey method.


I’m soo glad to learn taht this is a consistent method later as well!

I’ve naturally switched from journeys to a peg system myself,
but I only had 10 pegs, after the 10th image, I’d imagine “something” on a stick for 10-19,
then “something” on a duck for 20-29, etc…

I think it’s time I update my peg system ^^’

Umm…Similar to ur method.But I use both pegs, story and loci whenever my intuition
tells me.

That’s an interesting method, Simon. I might start using that. I’ve been sort of stalled at around 18.7 secs for a while now.

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Wow, great method! I’ve been using the loci method for images but had hit the wall. Started using your peg system and I’ve gone from level 6 to level 10 in an hour. Brilliant!


I also use my pronunciation system for learning
images.It can helped me lot.
My pronunciation system is in my native language so it is not useful for you .
I explain you
For 1 I simply associate images like 1 or sometimes see an image of 1 in image
If first picture is orange or cup I link that it is only one cup or one orange.
For 2 I do this for 2 also
For 3 I use tin (in my language) I sometimes
Relate it as tin or with cartoon character Tintin
For 4 I use Chara (grass) and think an image of grass in them.
And do that for left also in same type.

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Anybody know how memory athletes learn 30 images in just 14 to 15 seconds

always review the memory palace you created over and over to a good “walk through” speed and “clearness” before you start memorising. Have 2 images per loci or just in the room. I usually have the second image interact with the first or vice versa depending on the room and the image it is. E.g if it is grass first then mice, then mice bites the grass. That is it, move on to the next loci and start remembering the next 2 images :wink:


I do the same thing, but i use a number shape system. Also, I put my associations inside the image.

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