Proven Methods for Improving Your Memory

The Peg System

#12 The Peg System

The peg system works by mentally associating, or ‘pegging’, a list of items together to form a sequence. This technique works especially well for remembering information that’s recalled in a very specific order. Imagine the peg as a mental hook where you hang the information you’re trying to learn – this is easiest done between a number and a noun.

For example, if you’ve got a long list of groceries that you need to remember which is:
1. Apples
2. Butter
3. Batteries etc.

To remember the sequence you can picture the following:

1. Apples out in the sun (rhymes with 1)

2. Butter in my shoes (rhymes with 2)
3. Bread hanging in the tree (rhymes with 3)

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