Mnemonic Link System
The Mnemonic Link System is also called the Chain Linking Method or Story Method. Linking is a process where each item to be memorized is linked to the one after it. This is a fairly common method that a lot of people use without noticing it.
Linking can be used alone, or in combination with other methods. For example, the PAO system is a form of linking, where you have a Person performing an Action on an Object.
Here is an example that involves memorizing the following to-do list:
- car wash
- buy vegetables
- stop at post office
- do laundry
You could chain the items together in a story like this: picture a car going through a carwash that drops vegetables on the car instead of water. As the car exits the carwash, it is crashes into a large mailbox and is then dried off with your dirty laundry.
Here is an example using 2-digit Major System images with the [PAO system](/wiki/Person-Action-Object (PAO) System/):
A TiN can, contains a MeRmaid, who is covered in LeeCHes, which are drinking CoFfee, floating in the coffee are some jigsaw PieCes.
- Phone numbers
- Fitting multiple items into a single locus when using the journey method
- Doesn’t require pre-memorised pegs or journeys
- Forgetting one link in the chain can cause you to lose all the things following it
- In long lists, you may have to run through a large part of the story to mentally access an item at the bottom of the list