To MAKE MEMORY TRAINING a simple maneuver for any active mind, I heartily recommend this system. It is simple, yet tremendously effective. It is one of the best memory tips I could give you.
Visualize each of the following parts of an automobile.
1 Radiator ornament
3 Front bumper guards
4 Wheels (preferably front)
5 Door handle (preferably front)
6 Window (preferably front)
7 Horn button
8 Steering wheel
9 Windshield wipers (working fine)
10 Hand brake
12 Dashboard clock
13 Glove compartment
14 Front seat (beside You)
15 Ash tray (side of Rear Seat)
16 Back seat
17 Trunk compartment
19 Rear license plate
20 Objects behind you (whatever you see in the mirror)
Now read the list over. Visualize it as you read it.
There are reasons for taking the items in the suggested order. For example: there is one radiator cap. Whatever the first thing is that you desire to remember, place it on this object. If you are in need of a loaf of bread, for instance, picture it impaled or tied on the radiator cap. If you want to remember to buy catsup, then picture a huge bottle as the radiator ornament itself and stick a big catsup label on the bottle. See this in your "magic eye."
Number two is so designated because there are usually two headlights; number three, because of three bumper guards; number four, for the four wheels of every car. Because of the procedure we are to follow, however, it would be easier to tie the object we wish to remember to the front wheel.
Number five is the next part in order. There are five handles (if you include the trunk handle), so place the thing to be memorized on the front door handle. Number six is the window above it. Most cars have six windows. Number seven can be placed firmly in your mind if you will follow this advice: Seven is the horn button. Blow the horn. "Gabriel's horn is heard in Heaven-that's why ours is number seven." Pause here and reflect on what you have read. Repeat them. Make sure that you can remember all of them.
These memory tips are easy and fun! Proceed to number eight. This is the steering wheel. "Turn the wheel before it's too late; that's why we call it number eight." For number nine remember: "Windshield wipers are working fine; that's why they are number nine." Number ten: "Grab the brake for number ten, so you won't strike that big fat hen."
Number eleven: "Speedometer is always eleven; drive too fast, maybe Heaven" Twelve: The clock is twelve. Always picture it set at twelve o'clock. Thirteen requires extra imagination. The glove compartment is opened and in it there is a black cat with a big number 13 painted on its side.
Fourteen is the front seat. This comes from picturing your sweetheart sitting beside you. The fourteenth of February is Valentine's Day. Picture mentally the rear-seat ash tray as number fifteen. Have fifteen cigarette butts crowded into the ash tray. Sixteen: This is the back seat itself. Seated on it is a very pretty girl, your sweetheart's sister, who is "Sweet Sixteen."
Seventeen is the inside of the back, or the trunk compartment. Picture seven teenage friends who have sneaked into the trunk for a free ride. Eighteen signifies the red stoplights. You stop being a girl and become a lady when you are eighteen. See large red stoplights. Nineteen is next. It is the rear license plate. Tie the object to it. Most license plates have the number 19 on them. The last of the numbers is twenty. See it in the rear-view mirror. It is following you down the road. What you see is number twenty.
Re-read the list and the instructions. Picture each as you do so. Now, try to remember five, then ten, then fifteen, then twenty miscellaneous articles. Use them in conjunction with this system. Let us suppose that you are going to the store to buy bread, cheese, and sardines. Picture the bread on the #1 (radiator cap), the cheese smeared on the #2 (headlights) and the sardines tied by their tails to the #3 (bumper). You will find this system invaluable. With these memory tips you will be able to remember whatever you wish to!
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