blowhard wrote:Yeah. Rote memorization is basically impossible for me (I don't know my own home phone number without looking, and I'm prone to forget my own birthday), but organization and systems of things are easy.
You should read http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Book-Classic-Improving-School/dp/0345410025. It's the exact opposite of Rote. You'd probably be killer at remembering numbers if you ordered them into a visual system. May sound crazy...but this kind of system actually works. I read this book when I was 12 and can still recite the 25 random word list in the first chapter without ever having looked at it again. When I was still in practice for coming up with the words...I could remember up to like 50 digits after a single reading. Came in handy reading serial numbers off doors when I was stationed in ND and it was -35. Used to just go back to the truck and call them all in one at a time from memory.[/quote]
I've never seen that particular book, but I've seen articles and such about memory techniques. I just have a hard time getting excited about learning to remember things that I could write down and look up when I need them.