, left, president of Memory Training Systems of Riverdale
, teaching Bergen Academies students Emily Bunin, center, and Hannah Yudkin tricks of memory.
...The teenagers met regularly with Frank Felberbaum, president of Memory Training Systems of Riverdale, who shared advice on how they can remember better.
During the training lessons, Felberbaum
encouraged students to associate numbers and names with images in their heads.He
said translating information into a visual image helps store and retrieve it more easily.His
advice is not to be rational with the images, but the more creative and unusual the figures, the better.
"You have had chemistry and math, and science, and logic and all of that, don't be logical in this," he
recently told his
charges."Let your imagination just go wild.Don't hold back, don't say 'that's a ridiculous connection I made,' let it run."
For instance, when it comes to memorizing random numbers, Felberbaum
says students should convert numbers into letters and letters into words.To that end, the participants from Bergen County Academies
memorized a list of words that corresponded with numbers.So when they saw cards, like a 7 of hearts, the ace of clubs and nine of clubs, they see the images associated with the numbers and cards, in this case a mug, teeth and a water tap.
"You connect three cards together, and then you make a mini story out of the cards," said Felberbaum
, who captured the U.S. gold medal and silver cup at the 1995 World Memory Olympics in London.