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Link Memory System

          


  

Description

The Link System is a mnemonic method for learning and remembering lists of items.

The method works by creating a meaningful story to link together the successive items in the list.

Example

Suppose you wish to remember the sequence of planets in the solar system, in terms of their increasing distance from the Sun.

The correct sequence is:MERCURY, VENUS, EARTH, MARS, JUPITER, SATURN, URANUS, NEPTUNE,

To remember this sequence, you might create the following story:

Freddie MERCURY sings to a goddess (VENUS). She picks up some EARTH and throws it at the God of War (MARS) who is then hit by a thunderbolt (Sky God - JUPITER) which causes Satan (SATURN) to appear. Satan has an Atomic Bomb (Uranium - URANUS) which he detonates in the sea (God of the Sea - NEPTUNE).

Comments

The Link System is relatively simple and is especially suited when you want to remember all items of a list from beginning to end.

However, the main disadvantage of the method is that you cannot easily recall items at particular positions. For example, if you wanted to recall the fifth planet from the Sun, you would need to go through the list from the beginning until you reached the required answer.

If you wish to remember items at specific positions, the Peg System or Major System are much better.

  
 
 




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