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A reader recently enquired where she could obtain more linking memory exercises. While surfing one day, I stumbled across a pretty cool game online called the Shopping List Memory Game (it’s free!) which can be used in a similar way to the linking memory exercise. In the game, you are given a list of items with their pictures that you need to remember. Once you’ve memorised them, you are sent to the grocery store where you have to pick up all the items on your list from memory. As the game level increases, the more items you have to remember on your list.
In this game, you are encouraged to memorise the list using the linking memory technique. They also provide an example of how to use the linking memory method to recall all the items on your grocery list. I particularly like their explanation of how linking memory works because there is not a lot of clarity given on this topic.
To make sure you can remember all the items through linking memory, you should make your linking story as crazy as possible – the sillier and more unusual, the better, because it is the extraordinary that will make it easier for you to remember. For example, if you were trying to remember socks and soap, instead of imagining a pair of socks being washed with soap (which is actually very common occurrence), you should imagine a soap with legs trying to wear a pair of socks. Because it is so ridiculous, it becomes much more memorable.
For more linking memory resources, check this out:
This is the second series of cards for the sequential linking memory activity. These are the cards from 101 to 200.
How it works:
- Flash the cards and read the story.
- Repeat the process but say what the card is before turning it over.
You can either tell the story from memory or just name the picture on the card. Continue until you cannot remember what the next card is. Record that as the number of cards you can successfully recall. The next time you repeat the process, try to recall more cards. Keep practicing until you can remember all the cards in sequence.
You can use the story suggested, or you can make up your own story. The story is supposed to help you remember the cards in order so you should use any story that makes it easier for you to remember.