A Step-By-Step Guide to The Mental Peg Method
Want to start applying this memory strategy to your life? Follow the steps below!
The Rhyming Method:
Step 1: Use the number 1 to recall the first item on your list. Rhyme ‘1’ with a word, such as ‘fun’ or ‘sun.’
Step 2: Imagine doing something ‘fun’ or to do with ‘sun’ with that first item on your list. If it’s milk, you can imagine holding the milk as you slide down a waterslide — hence ‘fun.’ The more ridiculous the scenario, the more likely you will remember it.
Step 3: Repeat the above 2 steps for all the items on your list — then attempt to go through the list and recall the items when you need them.
The Look-a-Like Method:
Step 1: Associate the number with the shape of a familiar object. For instance, ‘1’ you can associate with a ‘pencil’ or ‘candle.’
Step 2: Link the shape of that familiar object with an item on your list. For example, you could imagine using a pencil to draw on the milk carton.
Step 3: Assign a number and a shape to all the items on your list. Then, recall your list when you need it.
Start Remembering More Today
Your memory allows you to learn. It allows you to problem-solve. Essentially, your memory is your starting point for learning new information by association. By improving your memory skills, you can vastly improve other cognitive functioning — as well as maintain optimal brain health.
Try the Mental Peg Method today. Start remembering those long grocery lists, other activities, errands, and more. Maximize your brain power and your memory’s full potential!