My mnemonic system

Revision 2:
• Added mindset, branching tree, and clearer instructions.

Revision 3:
• Removed “grounding”
• Formatting.

Revision 4:
• Removed Branching Tree method.
• Added OAO method to Connecting Images.
• Added method to make the first image easier to remember.
• Revised sequence for the “How to use it”, possiblity reducing a step.


This is a system used to aid in studying. A as-you-go building block system. By creating images (as reminders of information), then changing the images into pegs, and the process repeats.

• Mindset
• Image-pegs
• Simple images
• Connecting images
• Composite image
• Reviewing
• How to use it


Mindset refers to a mental state in which you are more receptive to memorization and recall. The opposite is also true, the brain becomes less receptive when under stress.

Time-of-day may also play a factor in your mindset; I study best in the morning.

Some of the methods I use are:
• Writing down my schedule, reminders, today’s list, thoughts, etc, that I want to remember but not have to think about.
• Life, long term; for any negative thoughts I write them down and attempt to find a solution.
• Self reflection; psychologist may be helpful.
• Studying in the early morning (with coffee of course).
• Physical activity; releases good chemicals in the brain.
• Relaxing place without distractions; I use a coffee shop with comfy chairs.
• Self reinforcement of positive thoughts; taking to yourself positively.

*Add more examples and links.


Image-pegs is the process of changing images into pegs.

Once a image is firmly stored in long-term memory it can be used as a peg for connecting new information.


Simple images is just as it sounds, a basic image used to remind you of something else.

These images are used to provide a reference point, or tip-of-the-tongue, to some information you want to remember.

Some examples:
Domain = Demon (makes me think of)
Preamble = Ambulance (kind of in the word)
Advanced = A dress (commonly used)
Protocol = Bodybuilder (personal one)
Network = A net (first thing that comes to mind)

*Add more examples.


Connecting images is a memory aid method by creating a story between images. I use a OAO (object-action-object) method where one image performs a action on another image.

Throw in simple words and alter the image slightly to perform said action. Also try to keep the order of events going from the bottom to top.

For example:
• A Swiss Army Knife {stabbing / stuck in / sticking out of}.
• A alarm {attached to / on top of / standing on}.
• A man {is on top of / is standing / is jumping}.
• Superman {is lifting / is holding up / is flexing}.


Composite image is a set of images put together to create one image, used as a memory aid.

Instead of trying to remember each image individually it is mentally easier to stack the images on top of each another, like a pillar or totem pole, creating one image to remember.

Memorize composite images as a general idea and not in detail.

*Add picture.


Reviewing is a memory is away to check that some information has been stored in your long-term memory and reinforces it, another memory aid.

Without using any visual cues (notes, drawings, flashcards, etc) recall the route and information you want. *Could sound better?

The idea is to recall the branching tree route, the composite image, the simple images, and so on.

Spaced repetition is reviews with increasing time gaps so that said information is not forgotten in the long-term. *Needs better wording, redo. Add link to articles and software.


How it works

It is a system that simply converts images to pegs for connecting other information. Once an image is in long-term memory it can be used like a peg for linking new information.

The ideal format would be similar to textbook, in that you’d start with a image-peg for the subject, then the sections, then sub-sections (if needed), and then the actual information.

The idea is to make so many links in the brain that the images will stick the first better, thus less reviews. *This is still a work in progress.

• Create a starting image and make it stand out by embellishing it.
• Create the next images while at the same time…
|•• Visualizing the image on top of the previous one.
|•• Adding in a OAO and changing the image slight.
• After your done recall each image in your mind (No outside hints).
• Choose an amount of time to wait before reviewing it again. I like to wait an hour or so, followed by a day later.


Ideas, thoughts, to research, and to test.

• Replace Branching Tree with a number index?
• Forget using the Number Shape System for index’s; to much cognitive load.
• How do I attach a reference to the index? Linking the number to a subject image.
• How do I handle sub index’s?

The first image-peg is the most important. • Other images cannot follow until it’s stored in long-term memory.
• Associating/linking it to images beside itself.

Research: working memory training to improve memorizing?

Change order of events to focus on one item at a time instead of passes? Say the story as you go along.

Research: Connecting images on the right-hand side without causing dissociation; Number Shape System.

Research: Replacing Branching Tree with compacted images for better association, possible collisions.

Pictures; convert it?

Supersize the first image and add something to make it stand out; Golden turtle, pink controller.

How do I attach information on the first go?
• Visualize the image but say the words?

When you simplify the image, doesn’t make it less memorable ?
Your method remeber me of totem… And to categorize you could change the material of the “base”…
And instead of just the “word”, wouldn’t be better to add meaning to it ? (and doing so it would be more complex the image) Like you probably know what a term refers to today, but in a fell months that may not be true.

I find your method very interesting,and in some way remembers me of lorayne’s method.

Sorry for any mistakes on grammar wise.

I changed my system again so some of the things I say will not match the post above until I update it. And thanks for replying as it allows me to think and reflect on everything.

My current theory is that to encode information to long-term memory you need find the “correct” neural connections. I use a variety of simplified techniques from other systems and some of my own ideas.

A complex image can be seen as a composite image, in that they are similar:
• One detailed complex image vs multiple simple images seen as one.
• Using of actions/movements vs each image using a simple action of holding up the next or standing on.
• Major system (hard to encode/decode + pre-memorization) vs Number-Shape system (easy to encode/decode + very little pre-memorization).

ok, I looked it up. I believe that person uses loci but called then pegs and used memory palace.

I use to use a complex base image of a golden wood framed mirror but I abandoned it because changing and keeping track of bases required too much work. I went with using a simple mirror as a base and using a branching tree w/ references instead. It anchored everything together instead of it floating around.

I was looking for a fast simple way to make a image for encoding. I simply tried to use a image that reminds me of it and it’s tends to be alteration of some word.

I agree and its a problem that I’m working on. I don’t want to have to spend a lot of time and resources reviewing the information again and again to make sure its stuck in there. I’m hoping a combination of a composite image + branching tree (Ordered structure + reference) + slight review may do it.

Harry Lorayne’s link method? It’s only similar in that it looks new information to old information. The link method uses some random memory as a peg while my method creates new information-pegs each time.

Mistakes are great. It’s not the language used but the message conveyed that’s important. The language is just something to help you give meaning to the message.

Some other information:
• Slow complex encoding vs fast simple encoding.
• Memory palace (pre-memorization of structure + loci + route) vs mine (Branching tree + pegs).
• Creating more loci vs simple images becoming pegs.
• Attaching information to loci vs attaching to a peg.

I think the best in your method is that you found a way that works for you and you stick to it.
What I don’t understand is your apparent notion of complex memory castles. What is that?

One thing I would advise is for you to remain open minded. As you improve, after a while, some things or methods that didn’t work can start to work suddenly. Keep up with it!

Yes, this was made because I have various problems which prevent me from using the normal systems. So although this works for me it may not work for others. The reason I posted it is because I hope someone “normal” will try it and tell me what they think. Writing about, testing, and fixing it helps me.

I cannot find the complex memory castle your referring to. Perhaps you meant the creation of complex memory palaces? If so, memory palaces require memorizing a real building, picking loci points, and a route or journey through it, which I found annoying to do and so I wanted to cheat the system somehow.

I believe I’m quite open minded. I spent about a year researching and testing the various mnemonic systems, like memory palace, major, story chains, pegs, r30’s stuff, links, but found either they didn’t work for me or were to inefficient for my needs. The problem I believe is that my brain is wired differently and cannot handle it.

Thus I ended up making my own system for my needs; not spending time constructing memory palaces, encoding and decoding, memorizing peg lists, unlimited storage, and storing larger amounts of information at once.

One thing I discovered is that you may want to be particularly open minded and pay particular attention to the things you believe today because you may no longer believe them tomorrow and what you believe today can stand in your way of your progress: I used to believe my brain was somewhat inferior in some ways that I didn’t understood and that turned out to hinder my memory’s development. I abandoned these beliefs over 10 years ago and I don’t think I could have made the progress I made without getting angry at and mocking my former beliefs. Limitations do change. Keep setting high goals, you can do it.

I disagree that you need to memorize a building for a memory palace. That is because the best memory palaces are made of places you already know well. Some people insist upon visualising it vividly, but I think as long as you know where it is and remember being there, you can use it. I also feel that you should be open minded about the challenge of setting journey points. There are methods by which the selection of the journey point is pretty systematic ( go around clockwise in each room, using each 4 corners) so you may want to try that.

One thing that memory techniques should do, in my opinion, is to make you look forward to facing massive cognitive load. You seem to have a fear or aversion for that. I think that is normal. If you select interesting images wisely, you may end up enjoying using them and as a result you may surprise yourself to look forward to the big cognitive load and I think that if you get to that point, you will feel better about your memory and your memory may impress you even more in return.

I agree with you on being open minded. I use to believe I was useless because I couldn’t remember anything. I’ve been spending a few years of trying to fix myself mentally and physically. I see a psychologist which helps with self reflection and finding the source of my mental blocks. I also spend each morning at a coffee shop thinking, researching, and testing various things.

It took me years of experimentation to narrow down what I am and how I work. I seem to have the ability of seeing a problem, breaking it down to its smallest components, and getting an answer.

My belief is to try new things once, even if you don’t like it.

Because of who I am I don’t have enough real world places to use for a memory palace, although they do work for me. I’ve tried artificial memory palaces, like r30’s RGB, but I got to much interference and failed.

My brain functions on a conceptualist level (general concepts) instead of the details required for a memory palace. The same for words, I can speak and write just fine but I have no idea what verbs, nouns, etc mean or how to use them.

So I tried to take the concepts from the various systems that partially worked for me and examine them. For instance I noticed that a memory palaces building/structure was simply a organizational system, that the loci were pegs, and that the journey was for ordering. I did the same with r30’s RGB, PAO, story chains, number systems, Major, pegs, linking, etc.

I believe I may have used the term cognitive load incorrectly. I meant for the removal of interference so you could focus on the task at hand, memorization. A high cognitive load for memorization is a good thing.

It may be a personal thing but I believe a lot of the systems use overly complex methods which aren’t needed and thus are bad cognitive loads.

Edit: The thing I really wanted in the end was a fast and efficient system. I found everything I tried had to many steps, complex encoding, or would take to long to think up. So I’m trying to cheat the system.

Edit 2: Before I edited my main post I wrote something along the lines of “I could just be a madman or a crazy person”.

Please continue to argue with me, I enjoy it.