Yesterday I wrote my second part of advice for remembering numbers and it was to associate numbers with letters and then change those letters to words. Today my tip for remembering numbers is: use five senses and chunking to remember numbers. Firstly, you need to do chunking. It means not simply remember separate numbers, but remember numbers in groups, starting from a group of two numbers. Let’s say you want to remember combination 3798. Instead of simply trying to remember 3, then 7, then 9 and finally 8, you would much easier remember the number in two chunks 37 and 98. So, try to divide numbers in chunks first.
After you have done that you have to employ your five senses to remember the combination. If you need the number for short term I would advise you to use your hearing sense. Try to repeat the chunks a few times. Maybe you can use some rhythm or melody for repeating it. You could use a melody of a well known song to make it easier for the number to sink into your short memory.
If that does not help, or you need to remember the number for a longer period of time, you could also combine your hearing sense with your visual sense. Write the number down and place it somewhere where you could see it very often during the day. To tell the truth you could do the memorizing process faster if you simply visualized the number in some funny way. Maybe you could imagine a clown ringing your door bell and when you open the door you see the number on his cap (each number in a different color or two chunks of numbers in two different colors, 37 – yellow, 98 blue or red).
If you follow the tip you will see how easy it is to remember numbers. I have covered just two senses, hearing and seeing. You can employ all of them: smelling, touching and tasting. You could imagine a cake with the number on it. You smell the chocolate, touch the candles on the cake and finally imagine yourself tasting the cake, eating numbers. Use exaggeration here as well. The cake can be the size of the room. Or vice versa, the cake could be rather small, but the numbers could be very big. They also might come alive and start talking to you, each introducing itself to you. As you can see you can make pretty wild visual images to remember numbers better.
Read my previous post:
Associate numbers with letters and letters with words