The Number Rhyme System is an age old method in which you associate each number you are trying to remember with a predetermined item that rhymes with the number. Along with improving your memory, it’s a great way to exercise your mind.
Instead of trying to remember arbitrary digits, you’ll remember the story and image you constructed that corresponds with the number you want to recall. The Number Rhyme System is a great tool for remembering number sequences such as flight numbers, hotel room numbers, appointment times, item counts, and just about any other number you come across.
Here’s how you start:
Choose a rhyming word for the numbers 0 through 10. The common representations, which work well, are listed below.
You can use your own rhyming words if you don’t like the ones above. Just go through the numbers and see what rhyming word comes to mind first.
Now, when you want to remember a number, create a story with the rhyming words, instead of trying to remember numbers in a sequence that don’t hold any significance in your mind.
Let’s try something easy to begin with:
Your sister’s birthday is the 29th. Imagine her taking her shoe (2) off and pouring a bottle of wine (9) into it.
If your ATM card pin number is 4721, but you can’t seem to remember it, try linking together the images of a door (4), heaven (7), shoe (2), and gun (1) to make it stick.
Picture a huge wooden door opening up to you. On the other side of the door is Heaven with shining lights and angels. You notice one of the angels is wearing a bright red high-top shoe. She kicks it off of her foot and, as it flies through the air, she squirts it with a water gun.
Those are just a couple of examples. The best thing to do is make up your own story and make it as vivid as possible. Be sure to include actions because your mind remembers them better. Most important – review your story. I like to go over it a few times the first day, and then once a day for about a week. After that, I make sure to review it a few times a month until it really sticks.
This method works for house numbers, too. For instance, if the house number is 5869, link together hive (5), skate (8), sticks (6) and wine (9). Picture a large yellow bee hive. Out fly thousands of bees which are all wearing skates. They land on the ground and start skating only to find themselves tripping and falling over sticks that have been left in their path. They become so frustrated that they call it a day and have a glass of red wine.
Practice the Number Rhyme System with a few of your own important numbers, and let me know how it goes.