The Alphabet Technique

Remembering Ordered Lists

The Alphabet Memory Technique

Use this technique to help you to remember lists.

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Many of us have trouble memorizing lists.

Whether they're lists of names, dates, or product features, it's hard to remember everything that you need to know.

This is where a tool like the Alphabet Technique is useful.

The Alphabet Technique is a memory technique that's useful for remembering long lists of items – in a specific order, so that you know when items are missing. As such, it's similar to the number/rhyme   and number/shape   systems.

With the Alphabet Technique, you associate colorful mental images representing letters of the alphabet with

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