Memorizing in Alphabetical Order
In the simplest case, memorization in alphabetical order is identical to memorization by ordinal numbers. However, there are only a few letters in an alphabet, so one can only memorize 26 information units using them.
The practical scheme for memorization in alphabetical order is represented in the picture below. In order to form a system of support images, the combinations of several techniques are used:
Figurative codes of the letters of English alphabet;
A short sequence of random images (memorized using the “Chain” method);
The method of singling out image parts (5 images usually singled out).
The memorized information itself (phone numbers, for example) is formed into an association in advance; then, an association base of every association (every phone number) is fixed with a connection to parts of a random image.
Such an alphabetical phone directory can be enhanced easily by increasing the number of information cells. In order to do so, new random images are added to the present sequence of random images.
There will only be a few images for rarely encountered letters, many such images for “popular” letters.
Phone numbers memorized using this method can be remembered consecutively, by alphabet letters without having to run through the entire list, or by any element of a phone number (last name, first name, or one of the numbers).
Of course, all created connections are meticulously fixed by their repeated activation (retelling by heart).