Although the visual mnemonic route (the Link system) can potentially carry much more
than just one image, the lack of time you have could make identifying an image impractical
in some situations.
Visual mnemonics take much more time for you to develop than do peg, link, story, or
phonetic mnemonics. When you don't have a lot of time and need to develop a quick way to
remember something important, using a peg may be wiser.
For example, if you're listening to a lecture and don't have a notepad, then you'll end
up in the dust when the lecturer moves on to another subject while you're trying to
conjure up a visual image.
One of the advantages the Peg system has over the story mnemonic system, phonetic, or link systems is
that you can select individual items from a list. In contrast, the link system relies on a
sequence. Like the Loci system, which depends on pre memorized location-connected links,
the Peg system use pre memorized word or number links. With the Peg system, that
information connects to nouns.
The more complex or abstract the noun, the more vulnerable it may be to association
with other words or ideas. The nouns are most useful if they are concrete nouns.
Whatever mnemonic system you use, make sure that it's flexible and meets the demands of
what you're trying to remember. Practice using mnemonics so that you'll be versatile in
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