There are a lot of techniques to help you memorize numbers and dates quickly. One of my favorites involves associating numbers with letters.
0 = Z or S (zero)
1 = T or D (one downstroke)
2 = N (two downstrokes)
3 = M (three down strokes)
4 = R (R looks like 4 backwards)
5 = L (Roman Numeral for 50 is L)
6 = G (six looks like a G)
7 = K
8 = F
9 = P (9 looks like a P backwards)
You can associate any number with any letter, but the key is to memorize one letter for each number. Any letter not associated with a number doesn’t mean anything.
So this is how it works:
Let’s pretend you had to memorize that George Washington was born in 1732. To do this, you simply substitute the numbers for letters.
In this case: 1732 = TKMN
TKMN doesn’t make any sense, so you can add vowels to develop a fun way to associate TKMN with George Washington.
Take Men George Washington had to take men to war
Took Men George Washington took men to war
Teak Man Imagine George Washington made out of teak
The more creative you can use the letters, the better you’ll remember the date.
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