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Check-out: exercise your imagination for better memory 101

28: Learn the dance steps


Dancers often rehearse steps mentally when they are outside the dance studio. Lets
try the same thing with the dance steps below. Read one step at a time and imagine
performing it several times in your head. When you feel ready, stand up and give it a
try! Record how many moves you remember to perform correctly.

1. Start, standing up, with both feet together

2. Step to the side with the right foot

3. Step across the right foot with the left foot

4. Step to the side with the right foot

5. Touch the left foot beside the right

6. Then, step back with the left foot

7. Step back with the right foot

8. Step back again with the left foot Your score: ______
13 moves: 2 points
9. Touch the right foot beside the left 46 moves: 4 points
79 moves: 6 points

29: Surprise gifts


While shopping with your friend, you try to make a System to memorize the items. When you are done,
mental note of what she seems to like so you can come cover the words and recite the 12 multiplication table.
back later and buy her a surprise present. Use the Link Afterward, write down the items you remember.

Scarf
ce
Pearl neckla
Bracelet
r
Pocket mirro
Handbag
Pair of boots Your score: ______
12 items: 2 points
34 items: 3 points
56 items: 5 points
102 LEAVING A VIVID IMPRESSION ON YOUR MIND (IMAGINATION AND MEMORY)

30: Cube folding


Time for a quick visualization exercise! Lets test your study the cube template below (left), and decide which
ability to mentally fold and rotate an object. Carefully of the 4 cubes it would become if you were to fold it.

A: B:

C: D:

Your score: ______


Correct answer: 5 points

Solution on p.182

31: Red wines Your score: ______


You are applying for a job in a vineyard and need to memorize the different types of 12 wines: 2 points
red wines and their characteristics. Try using the Journey Method to do this. Use the 34 wines: 4 points
avors to come up with a concrete image for each wine. When you are done, cover 56 wines: 6 points
up the list and take a 10-minute break. Afterward, recall each wine and its description
on a separate sheet of paper.

Shiraz: Merlot: Malbec: Cabernet Pinot noir: Zinfandel:


hearty and soft red smooth with sauvignon: delicate and very versatile
spicy Flavor: Flavor: cherry rich color full-bodied fresh Flavor:
wild black and plum Flavor: and woody Flavor: cherry, berry, anise,
fruit plum, berry, Flavor: strawberry, and black
and spice currant and plum pepper
bell pepper
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32: Connect the 4


Lets test the strength of your associations by assessing table until you reach 64. When you are done, try to
how long they last. Take 2 minutes to link/associate the recall the 4 words. Then test your memory again after
4 unrelated words below. Visualize your association. 30 minutes and once more after 1 hour.
Then cover up the words and recite the 4 multiplication

Your score: ______


12 words: 1 point
34 words: 2 points
30 minutes later:
12 words: 2 points
34 words: 4 points
1 hour later:
12 words: 4 points
34 words: 5 points
Bucket Giraffe Carrot Bottle

33: A full schedule


You are a very busy person and have lled every day of When you are done, cover it up and add up the points
the week with an activity. It is getting difcult to keep you have scored in the check-out so far. Afterward, list
track of what youre doing on each day. Try using the the activity you plan to do on each day of the week.
Journey Method to memorize the sequence of activities.

Your score: ______


12 activities: 1 point
MON Swimming MON 35 activities: 3 points
67 activities: 5 points

Tutoring
TUES school TUES
children 1 0

HOW DID YOU DO?


WEDS Painting WEDS Add up the points you
got for each exercise:
your score = ( ____ x 100)
Playing 93 = ____ %
THURS THURS
golf Are you getting used to
the Link System and the
Journey Method? Test
FRI Jogging FRI yourself in a few days
time to see if youve
held on to some of
Fixing the the information you
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Check-in: how organized


is your mind?
You may be wondering what organization has to do with memory. First, the
ability to organize information (text, words, pictures) in a meaningful way helps
you understand the information better. Second, it creates a system for you to be
able to recall the items, which boosts your memory for that information. Before
exploring the different ways information can be organized, lets test your natural
ability to do this with the following exercises.

1: Accessories
Imagine you are working in a retail store and have been the accessories so that you have 3 different categories
asked to display the accessories below. Can you group with 3 items on each shelf? You have 1 minute to do this.

Your score: ______


3 Found 1 group: 1 point
Found 2 groups: 2 points
Found 3 groups: 3 points

2: Ranking game
1
Below are pictures of a variety of random objects. Although they are unrelated,
can you nd 2 ways to rank or order the objects to help you memorize them?

Your score: ______


Found 1 way to order
the objects: 2 points
Found 2 ways to order
the objects: 4 points
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3: Whats on my kitchen table? Your score: ______


Look at the items on the table with the red tablecloth. Take 1 minute Found 3 groups for table A: 3 points
to gure out 3 meaningful groups/categories to put the items into. Then do Found 3 groups for tables A and B (6
groups in total): 6 points
the same with the items on the table with the blue tablecloth.

Table A: Table B:

apricot
corn radish
steak lettuce carrot
leek
cheese
ice cream raspberry artichoke
chicken zucchini
lamb butter bean cherry
tangerine
yogurt potato turkey orange
spinach
peas
sausage milk carrot pumpkin
cream pork strawberry
broccoli tomato

1 2 3 1 2 3

4: Going shing
The sh below may look very similar but they actually belong to different
species. Take 30 seconds to gure out how many species there are and
identify the specic characteristic of each species you nd.

Your score: ______


1 point for identifying each
species and its specic
characteristic

Solutions on p.183