Part 5: Memorization

Three Methods of Image Connection

Now, we move forward to the detailed examination of the second stage of memorization – memorization itself. During the first stage (the encoding stage), elements of the memorized information message are transformed into visual images: the information is prepared for memorization. The memorization process itself involves connecting elements of the information message.

We will look into three methods of image connection:

  • Connecting two images;
  • Association creation;
  • Connecting the associations.

You must understand that images are always connected the same way in the imagination. Whatever technique you use, it is all about connecting two images in your imagination. The two images must be imagined in large size, so that they take up all the imagination space.

Image connection process and association concept are often mixed up. I remind you that, in the present system, an association is a group of connected images that encode a certain information message. Connecting two images is not creating an association. It is only a means of creating associations.

Associations – different information messages – need to be memorized consecutively. This is done in two ways: either an association is fixed on auxiliary support images (stimulating images) or it is connected directly to another association. In this case, large images of associations (association bases) are connected using the “Russian Doll” method. When we have a group of associations that are connected directly, we speak about an “Information Block” – a group of monotype data (chronological tables, a list of phone numbers, or sequence of paragraphs in a text).

In order to delve into these methods in detail, you need to remember what “relative size” is. I remind you that a size can be small, medium, or large.

The image connection methods are quite simple, though their rules must always be observed during memorization. It is better to learn to memorize correctly from the very beginning. Mistakes (incorrectly formed skills) are always harder to correct.