Figurative Codes and Speed Memorization

Elements of any information message must be transformed into simple and easy-to-use visual images before memorization can occur. The information message element’s transformation into a visual image is accomplished via a process called encoding.

Memorization speed depends on encoding speed. Those who have just begun studying GMS®, encounter numerous difficulties during the encoding stage. Different figurative codes allow one to increase memorization speed of different information types.

  • The main functions of figurative codes are to eliminate a long stage of encoding in the memorization process and allow for a higher speed of information memorization.

As you already know, different types of information often consist of identical elements with those elements being repeated many times. For example, when you memorize phone numbers, you will do so with a high frequency of two- and three-digit numbers. If, every time you memorize, you search for new visual images for those two- and three-digit numbers, the memorization process will be lengthy and strenuous. It is much better to find an image for every two- and three-digit number only once, learn them by heart, and utilize the same images when memorizing corresponding numbers.

  • A figurative code is a comfortable visual image that represents repeating element of information.

The following elements of information messages belong to the category of figurative codes in GMS®:

  • Two-digit numbers (00 - 99);
  • Three-digit numbers (000 - 999);
  • Months’ names (January, February, March, etc.);
  • Weekdays (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday…);
  • English alphabet letters (A, B, C...)
  • Names (James, Robert, John…)
  • Subject names (algebra, geometry, history, physics…);
  • Transcription signs (international phonetic transcription);
  • Sounds of syllable alphabet (Japanese hiragana);
  • Sine, cosine, tangent, plus, minus… (when memorizing mathematical formulas);
  • Constant values (Avogadro constant, gravity constant, etc.)
  • Units of measurement (inches, feet, yards, miles or centimeters, meters, kilometers…);
  • Geographical names (continents, countries, states, cities and towns…).

Other figurative codes can be formed as well.

There is no need to learn all the codes at once. The majority of the mentioned codes are introduced gradually, according to the frequency of one element in the memorized information. Still, there exist those figurative codes which are absolutely essential to learn before you can begin using the majority of GMS® techniques. These are the figurative codes of two digit numbers (from 00 to 99). It is compulsory to learn these by heart and master them to an automation (reflex) level. Other figurative codes can be learned gradually, by using the figurative code’s reference book or by inventing them according to the above-mentioned rules.