I am not a fan of Math. I am good with what I need. I never thought of memorizing the pi digits following the decimal point since I have no need for it.
However, I am a fan of codes. I like cryptograms. I have developed my own ciphers just for the fun of it. I also wanted to be able to freely write in public without anyone being able to read my notes.
Memorizing is also not one of my strong points. I do create systems so I can figure things out.
Some months ago I was able to recall the first 300 digits of pi in just 2 days. So I know my system works. I did not, however, continue and follow through to store it in my long term memory. Again, I have no need for it. If you have a need for it, you can try my system and experience how it works fir you.
First, take note that A is 1, and Z is 26.
Next, the images that you pick/choose for your characters should be easily imagined. Tangible.
Then, make your story sequential. In a series. No parallel stories.
Be imaginative. You should be able to go as far as your imagination flows.
You can combine 2 numbers (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26) or you can separate them (1-9). As for standalone zeroes, you can use “nothing” or “null” or “void” or “zero” but you will have to give it extra effort. A 10 (J) or a 20 (T) will be easy.
You just have to assign a charater image for whatever number is in the sequence. You can automatically use 3.14 as “pi” so that you just concentrate on the succeeding numbers.
On pi day (3.14) I saw an owl (15) eating a cone of icecream (9) while perched on a book (2) balanced on the lips of an upright fish (6) while its tail beating an egg (5) in a tin can (3) on top of an easel (5)…
The words in bold are the characters starting with the particular letter corresponding the needed number. This piece of story just enabled you to figure out the first 10 digits.
You just have to continue making sure the last character connects to the next in your story. Making the story ridiculous is perfect to recall it more successfully.
…which legs stand on top of the helicopter (8) flying over an iceberg (9). Somewhere at the base is a giraffe (7) running away towards a green island (9). A cat (3) is running behind, followed by a boy (2) holding a candy cane (3) which a horse (8) is trying to get a bite of. On its back rides a duck (4) holding a flag (6)…
20 digits done.
You just go on and on.
With this system, you really don’t have to memorize. You just have to picture and understand the rudiculous story, identify your main characters and figure out the corresponding numbers. What you need to get used to is the letter:number partnership.
Make sure to retell your story over and over for several days to help store the sequence in your longterm memory.
Try it and let your thoughts be known by commenting below. 🙂