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  1. 1. LINK YOUR MEMORIES ALDRIC TINKER ( LINK YOUR MEMORIES B Y A LDRIC T INKER , C ERTIFIED NLP P RACTITIONER (NFNLP, USA) GIVING YOURSELF THE CHANCE Your ability to remember principles and parts, and later express them, affects about everything you do. Whether you‟re a student, hoping to ace an exam or a working adult trying to deliver your job. The more information you can retain and apply, the better your chances in advancing. However, „how to remember‟ is not engraved in stone. Sadly, it‟s rarely exposed to students and adults alike. As a result, you may be armed by a limited number of memory methods! These methods which you picked up as you go along in life may be useful in some aspects, but in other times, you need different tools. Imagine your memory methods as tools, like a hammer, knife or pencil. A knife may be useful at cutting the vegetables, but try writing with it on your finals paper. If you need to remember the three items, though, because you need to buy them – for instance – then it would be a good idea to think of just that: writing your final examination answer script with a hammer and knife while your friends are using a pencil! That leads us to the memory enhancement method you will discover in this article: the link system. WHAT IS THE LINK SYSTEM? This is the most basic of all memory systems – the ideas and techniques you take out from applying the Link System would benefit you when using other memory systems (Buzan). Before you dive deeper into the details, allow me to share with you some perspectives of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) on the principle of association. The principle stipulates that your ability to remember something is because you link, or associate, an emotion, thought or part of that to the thing your remember. In NLP-speak, you anchor or attach something to another thing. In the most basic sense, you give whatever you remember meaning. That makes it worth remembering. 1|Page
  2. 2. LINK YOUR MEMORIES ALDRIC TINKER ( And according to Buzan, “psychologists have come to the conclusion that we remember things by joining a certain part of them with other things”. So, when you see that object in the future, you would remember what it is you attach to it. In my case, it‟s the opening for all Disney movies: the scene of Cinderella‟s castle which transports me for a brief moment to my childhood. Listening to a particular song may remind you of your former lover, is another example. A more extreme illustration is the sea: terror may strike some people to the bones when they think of the sea. It could remind them of a deep fear or phobia. Here‟s the thing: you apply the principle of association with or without effort. Throughout your day, you remember stuff because it‟s meaningful to you. THE LINK SYSTEM IN ACTION For example, you want to remember the following: The Factories and Machineries Act 1967 governs the safety and health in four industries: quarries, mining, building and construction, and factories. Most students would remember part of it and forget the rest. If you haven‟t already spent time to remember the statement, close your eyes now without looking at the statement again, and see how far you can remember, giving yourself the extra credit if you can remember the year and four industries in order! By using the Link System, you can do it easily, naturally and almost effortlessly! Relax and have fun with it. When you see statements and ideas or lists, quickly and decisively link the objects together. Here is one way you can put it: Link 1: You remember Malaya gained its independence in 1957. Well, this Act was passed 10 years later, in 1967. Link 2: It’s for Factories and Machineries – lots and lots of them, whether it’s noisy and loud or quiet and silent, whether it’s blue or grey, whether it’s electrical or manual powered. All forms of shapes and size. Link 3: Quarries give stone while Mines produce metal. Both used to construct and build factories! 2|Page
  3. 3. LINK YOUR MEMORIES ALDRIC TINKER ( As you realise it by now, you can add on colours, shapes, sounds, feelings, tastes, smell as well as pictures to enhance the image. Weave a story, if you want, of what makes sense to you. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to apply the Link System immediately! With practice, you‟ll be amazed to find out how fast and easy this is for you! Not to mention effective. So, make it a habit! If there is a random list, you can also apply this Link System to boost your memory! FOUR WAYS YOU CAN MAGNIFY THE EFFECTIVENESS FOR YOUR BENEFIT – AND CUSTOMISE YOUR LIST As you progress through life, you use your five senses to make sense of the chaos around you. What are they? If you haven‟t already known:  Visual - Your sense of sight and your imagination;  Auditory - Your sense of hearing and the love for music, rhythm as well as tempo;  Kinaesthetic - Your sense of touch, your feelings and movement;  Olfactory - Your sense of smell as well as memories of it; and  Gustatory - Your sense of taste – sweet to sour, salty and bitter. Using the five senses, apply it in the following four ways to get the most out of this Link System. 1. EXAGGERATE YOUR LINKS You most likely remember things that are exaggerated: perhaps you can imagine yourself worrying about your 500th factory in Malaysia. You want to remember what law that applies. Your factory may have pretty pink machines that run on sugar and spice! 2. MOVE YOUR LINKS When you run the list through your mind‟s eye, make it move. You can imagine yourself walking through that factory – perhaps you‟re in the air tunnel when it got accidentally switched on! Feel the wind against your body. 3. SUBSTITUTE THEM Your skills to remember are influenced by many factors. For weak associations, substitute the object with another that is more strong and solid for you. Let‟s take the year. To remember that the Act was passed 43 years ago may be daunting. We replaced it with a meaningful year: 1957. But if you‟re more comfortable, you can also use “4 years after Malaysia 3|Page
  4. 4. LINK YOUR MEMORIES ALDRIC TINKER ( was formed”. The substitution itself made the association and the movement links more complete, and thus more readily recalled. 4. BE ABSURD! How you choose to apply this Link System, you have the freedom of imagination. The creative licence is yours! Why limit yourself when you need the link to work for you? The more restricted you are, the weaker the memory will be. When something more powerful and overcharged comes and flood your short term memory, it‟ll all be wiped out! Go all out – you have the tools, freedom and ability! To cite Tony Buzan, if you need to use vulgar or sexual imagery are among the strongest form. If you need it, use it! Just stay onboard and keep it to yourself. 4|Page
  5. 5. LINK YOUR MEMORIES ALDRIC TINKER ( WORKS CITED Buzan, Tony. Seed Memory. Aylesbury: Sphere Books, 1971. 5|Page