While reading reading or even regular reading, one of the biggest challenges we remember. In this article, the world's fastest reader, Howard Berg, offers predictive text input for memory. He will focus on using mnemonics.
Many people mistakenly believe that mnemonics are a recent discovery. Indeed, they were used by ancient Greeks and perfected by the Romans. Mnemonics utilize the talent brain to complete a large amount of information that is easy to learn. Let me give you an example.
Many learn the colors of the rainbow using the simple mnemonic: Roy G Biv. Each letter in this name is the first stick in one basic color. Red is R. Orange is O. Yellow is Y. Green is G. Blue is B. Indigo is I. Finally, Violet V. It takes much less time to mention Roy G Biv than mentioning all seven colors. Here's how it works.
You can create mnemonic using the first letter in a group of words, or you can create one that uses phrases that turn on. You can even use any word to help you remember important facts. I did this while I was in college. I was in biology and had to remind nine symptoms of the living system. The brain can only remember seven things at a time with rote memory and my list had 9 elements. Let me show you how I created mnemonic to accomplish this task.
I created the nonsense word: smm igr sac. Each of the letters in my mnemonic was the first stick of one of nine symptoms of a living system. A particular organization is S. The metabolism is M. Motion is M. Fear is I. Growth is G. Reproduction is R. Specialization is S. Adaptation is A. Finally, we get to control that is C. I was able to apply remember and hold this nine symptoms in less than five minutes in 1968, and I still remember it.
Try to experiment with mnemonics to remind you of a large list of topics. You will be surprised at how fast and easy you can store and remember your information.