Chapter 1 addressed the need to establish tags or codes for items we wish to remember so that our minds will have relatively little difficulty retrieving them from long-term memory.
In this chapter, we will begin talking about one of the methods used for “tagging” items before they enter that morass of memory.
The “chain link” method will help you remember items that appear in sequence, whether it’s the association of a date with an event, a scientific term with its meaning, or other facts or objects that are supposed to “go together.”
The basis for the chain-link system is that memory works best when you associate the unfamiliar with the familiar, though sometimes the association may be very odd. But to really make ...