I'm in Cluj Napoca Romania. First couple days here. Awesome, awesome, awesome city! Forget anything you've heard about Romania. I'm in Transylvania and this is the 'Hungarian' part of Romania, quite different than the expectation and I gotta say, I could easily live here. I almost don't want to talk too highly of it, so as not to promote tourism to spoil this amazingly quaint/modern/safe/fun city.
Anyway, I've been studying almost daily memory peg lists, the Major method, loci, alphabet rhyming, number rhyming, number shapes. I decided to add a Major 100 peg list to my studies, and yesterday spent two hours learning it.
(I'm also studying speed-math). My workspace for studying in the cafe.
I have perfectly nailed down a 100 Loci peg list with an additional PAO list on top of it. I have done well with the Major method and think that the next improvement for me is a Major peg list as this would be a useful tool to have in my arsenal to have fast retention of Major words rather than having to create words on the fly; since 67 can be shake, Jake, chalk, etc. I need to improve my ability for quick word retrieval. So I think the peg list is a good idea. I grabbed someone else's list from the internet and studied it. I noticed one significant helping feature, I used the Link method in addition to my knowledge on the Major system to work. Since each number has multiple sounds, rather than brute memorization of the peg list word I made a story out of it, which helped tremendously. I just had the list of words in an excel sheet, and line by line i wrote a piece of the story with the next word as I moved down the list. After two hours, I was able to nail it with between 95-98% accuracy with four tests I gave myself after before doing 99% success with Anki. Today i went back to the list and still had 90% automatic retention, so using linking with the Major peg list was very successful. Before I continue with memorizing this list, I do have some observations that will change my approach to this list before I continue memorizing this list permanently.
- Using Major phonetic pre-made lists definitely do not take into account how my mind naturally likes to put together vowel sounds it seems. I default with 'oo' vowels not, 'ah' vowels, so with 90 I naturally pronounce 'puss' but the word was 'bus' which means I have to struggle for a second or two to run through the vowel sounds.
- Secondly, for the numbers like 1, 6, 7, 9 where there are multiple sound options, it seems that in my 'rules' training of the Major method, I've associated very well an initial sound for each letter that my brain associates well. For instance, the sound for 9 as 'p' is forefront (not 'b'), and 6 'sh' is my default (not 'j' or 'ch'). So if the number is 60, I start with Shuhs, then Sheese, before I get to Cheese and this takes valuable seconds.
- I began to realize that the Major list pre-made is using someone else's natural defaults perhaps and maybe it would be better if I rewrote the list with my own natural defaults. An issue that popped up (as I was focused solely on knee-jerk words) was that I was coming up with verbs, nouns, and adjectives. After thinking of this, I liked the idea of having all three in there, but not just randomly assigned to a peg. I like the idea of constructing sentences with the pegs rather than just stringing together nouns. So I did some research and found a Major Peg List and after reviewing it, and doing some testing, I feel like memorizing the verb, adjective, noun is very useful for each peg, and I feel like in the presented format I'll be able to learn these easier in groups of threes rather than just single words. So while my first two points are not addressed with this new list, I like the value of all three words already being created accurately and ready to go, so rather than recreating this same thing myself, I will just utilize this list and be done with it.
Another useful tidbit I found on that Wiki page that resonates well with me now after having practiced this for some tens of hours is...
Mnemonics often centre around learning a complete sequence where all objects in that sequence that come before the one you are trying to recall must be recalled first. For instance, if you were using the mnemonic "Richard of York gave battle in vain" for the colours of the rainbow; (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) to remember what colour comes after indigo you would have to recall the whole sequence. For a short sequence this may be trivial; for longer lists, it can become complicated and error-prone.
A good example would be in recalling what is the 53rd element of the periodic table. It might be possible for some people to construct and then learn a string of 53 or more items which you have substituted for the elements and then to recall them one by one, counting them off as you go, but it would be a great deal easier and less laborious/tedious to directly associate element 53 with, for example, a lime (a suitable mnemonic for 53) recalling some prior imagining of yours regarding a mishap where lime juice gets into one's eye - "eye" sounding like "I", the symbol for Iodine. This allows for random access directly to the item, without the need for recalling any previous items.
If you were remembering element 53 in the process of recalling the periodic table you could then recall an image for 54, for instance thinking of a friend called "Laura" (54) in the lotus position looking very Zen-like in order to remind yourself that element 54 is Xenon.
This is an example of combining the Major System with the peg system.
I can completely relate to this. So in addition to a Link story to remember these, I will also place them in my Loci off-the-bat. Lastly, before I get the initial Major Peg List sunk into memory, I'm going to stop practicing it effective immediately.
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