Tuesday, 17 March 2015

How To Memorize A List Easily: Top 10 Corporations

You've probably had to memorize lists in school for subjects such as history and even today there are many Top 10 lists for everything from sports teams rankings to country GDP rankings to music charts.

There is a method to memorizing a Top 10 list which is both easy and fun.  Plus, you can recite the list backwards and even name what is number 7 or 3 or any of the numbers.

How Is It Done?

Cutting to the chase, here are the links to every number which you will associate with the items on the list.

They are:

1. sun
2. shoe
3. tree
4. door
5. hive
6. sticks
7. heaven
8. skate
9. wine
10. hen

As an example, we'll use the top 10 American companies by market value (as of March 2015).

They are:

1. Apple
2. Google
3. Berkshire Hathaway
4. Exxon Mobil
5. Microsoft
6. Johnson and Johnson
7. Wells Fargo
8. Wal-Mart
9. General Electric
10. Procter & Gamble

Other methods of memorizing the list would have you doing it by rote or trying to make a story.  You could say "I wanted to an Apple store so I Googled the nearest location and sold some Berkshire stock to afford a tablet and stopped by Exxon to fill up....".   This is obviously tedious and not very useful if you wanted to know what was #7 or #10.

The method with the links is much easier and works like this.  Remember to visualize!

1. Apple/sun - Imagine the sun shaped as a huge apple in the sky

2. Google/shoe - Imagine doing a Google search for shoes

3. Berkshire Hathaway/tree - Imagine  CEO Warren Buffet up a tree!

4. Exxon Mobil/door - Imagine applying Exxon Oil to a door to stop it from squeaking

5. Microsoft/hive  - Imagine Bill Gates being attacked by a swarm of bees after he knocks over their hive.

6. Johnson & Johnson/stick - Imagine a Johnson and Johnson band-aid holding a stick 

7. Wells Fargo/heaven - Imagine seeing a well in heaven

8. Wal-Mart/skate - Imagine buying a thousand low-price skates at Wal-Mart

9. General Electric/wine - Imagine a GE cooler full of vintage wine bottles

10. Procter and Gamble/hen - Imagine a hen gambling  Prock! Prock!

After you create these images, you'll find it very easy to recite the list from the top or bottom and to instantly recall any number.  Quick, what's number 6?  Stick - Johnson and Johnson

With the links, you can substitute other words for the numbers, such as one-gun or eight-gate but any word will do.

Try it.  You'll be amazed at how easy it is!

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