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The Peg Method
Use this system when you want to remember numbers.
Pick a set of words that are easy to remember and which can easily be used in the sequencing of this method.
A common way is to have pegs that rhyme with the individual digits. These are good for people with stronger auditory preferences. An alternative is to use a peg that has a similar shape to the digit, which may well be good for people with a stronger visual memory.
Here are examples you can use, though it is a good idea to pick pegs that are easiest for you to remember and use.
Memorize these links so the number quickly and easily leaps to mind when you think about. Then, when you need to remember a sequence of numbers, create a memorable story using the sequence of pegs.
A way you can enhance this is to link the number and the peg in a short rhythm, eg:
I want to remember a phone number: 020 3345 9424.
The most common method of selecting associated words is ones which rhyme. This is because the human memory is good at using 'sound-alike' associations.
You can use any association you like, for example you could use 'swan' for the number two because the number two looks like a swan.
To make sequences easier to create, you can also have multiple peg words for each number, for example six could be represented by sticks or a person being sick.
You can also use pegs for numbers with multiple digits, allowing you to remember numbers in groups. This of course requires more effort in initial memorizing. Professionals who use this system may have three-digit associations, for example 154 may be remembered as 'dancing man'. This means having a thousand images to remember, each of which recalls three digits at a time.