LBCC - Memory Tricks

Uploaded by LongBeachCityCollege on 17.04.2011

okay i'm gonna go ahead and start uh... today's workshop is called memory tricks and
the reason that next week's workshop is called more memory tricks is because
i know a lot of tricks
and i can't get them all in one workshop so more of the same next week
if you find today's workshop helpful which i hope you do
and you're able to come back next week that would be great 'cause that way you get sort
of the full teaching on this
if you're not able to make it next week and this is the only one you come to hopefully
you'll still get something good
my first thing that i'm gonna do with you today
is to show you hopefully the power of that word
the word tricks
i gave a workshop last week called how to remember for tests so that was the first memory
workshop but for this one
what i want you to try to uh... understand and sort of value
is the fact that if you learn tricks or shortcut ways
to do things
it makes it so much easier to memorize lots of things for school
and it makes your memory look even better than it is now
and i'm hoping it's pretty good to very good but it makes it look even better and so most
of you have probably seen magic tricks performed before uh... either in person or on t_v_
and if somebody is a good magician
and they do uh... trick and you watch carefully and try to figure out how they
move the elephant from there to there or cut someone in half and put them back together
if they're good
you can't figure out how they did it and your mouth
drops open wow
but if you find out how they do the trick
and you realize ah it's just a cute little trick and then you see
the magic trick again
it's not so special anymore because the magic is gone
well i want to show you two things to start with and i'm actually gonna do this
next week too this is like your mental warm up before i get to the
main teaching
uh... i don't know what your attitude is toward
some people love math
some people okay
and some people hate math with a passion
i ran into a former student today and i said how are your classes going this semester she
said fine except math
and that's how she says math
and so if that's you
you're gonna learn something here if you like math great a few of you might have seen this
before but again it's not to teach you math as much as it is to show you the power of
tricks ok so i'm just going take a few minutes with this and then we'll move into the main a section
of the
workshop okay
if i ask you to do this problem which i don't want you to do actually but if i asked
you to do this on paper
this is thirty five times what
now even if math is your weakest subject if you wrote down that problem and you did the
problem i think everyone here could come up with the right answer you know it's not that
but if i told you
that you could actually
do this kind of problem
in two or three seconds
in your head
most people even if they're not great at math would think
uh... boy
you don't know my mind i can't do something like that but if you know the trick it's easy ok
so here's how it works
when you have a two-digit number that ends in five and you want to square it or multiply it by itself
all you have to do is one simple thing and that is
look at the first number which in this case is three
multiply it by one more than that so
this is tough math what's one more than three
what's three times four
twelve that's pretty easy right well twelve and then
you do one more thing
and that is stick the number twenty five on the end
and then you're done that's it
one thousand two hundred and twenty-five is the answer
people when i show them that they say
wait a minute but how did you
and you know what i always say who cares
as long as it works you don't even have to know why it works it just does so if i give you
sixty-five squared
you're supposed to be able to know how to do that quickly unless i've lost you over here
which is ok
it's six times seven which is
forty-two and then
twenty five
okay and that's it
i show this to people also and they learn how to do it and they think wow that's fast you
know that's good one thing that they ask is
does this work with all numbers
and my answer to that is no
if it worked with all numbers we would all be math majors right 'cause this is really
easy but there are a lot of other math tricks a lot of them and i'm gonna show you one more
in a minute but here's what i wanted to to tell you
um... i have actually had
students try this before and whether you do this or not is up to you but it's kind
fun to experiment with it or try it and that's this
um... once somebody learns how to do this even if they don't understand why it works but
they just know the two little steps
very often i've had students go up later today to someone they know
family member
classmates somebody and they walk up and they hand them a piece of paper and a pen or pencil
and they say this
and if you do this this is what i want you to say
i want you to choose a number
that is two digits and ends in five
and you square it on paper
and i'll do it
in my head
and we'll see who finishes faster
so in other words trying to show off your great math ability okay
so the person looks at you
and i've had people even do this with family members who knew they were bad at math
and this really blows the mind of somebody like that so they say okay two-digit number
that ends in five
they say yeah okay how about twenty five
and so they write the problem the way that it normally is written
by the time they finish writing the problem you should already know the answer
and they haven't even started figuring it out yet
what's the answer to that
yeah six twenty five 'cause it's two times three is six twenty five
so what you do
to impress them
is before they've even done anything you tell them the answer
but you don't say it like this
six twenty five
you have to have an attitude about it you see it this way
six twenty five
like come on give me something tough and they're going to look at you and they're going to
get out of here
and then they're gonna start
going through and doing the problem the normal way and then at the end they get the
same answer that you got
and they're going to look at you
i guarantee you and they're going to say
how'd you do that so fast
if they ask you
this is the only time i'm ever going to say this ever
don't tell 'em
say this this is my favorite things say this i can't tell you how i do the problem like that so
quickly but
i've been lying in bed till two o'clock in the morning everynight learning to move the
numbers in my mind
and they'll look at you and go wow...
and they'll say wish i could be as good as you are
and then here's the hardest part you have a straight face no smiling or what ever you
look at 'em and say well
you keep working on it and maybe one day you'll be as brilliant as i am and that's hard for
you to say because you know that it's just a simple trick
but what they think when you're able to come up with something that fast is that you're
basically doing this
and you're doing all these
things and you're not doing any of that
well it's kinda nice
to be able to do something like this
and impress somebody ok now
if they ask you a day or two or three later if you see him again and they say
can't you tell me how you do those problems so fast i'm still thinking about that
go ahead and say all right i'll tell
and then show them this
and watch their great admiration of you just drop and they'll just look at you like they thought you
were special because it's not special but if you don't know how to do it
it looks fantastic okay so that's the idea with tricks and then i'm gonna to show you one other
really fast one
and then i want you to uh...
kinda get ready for the main teaching today i don't know how many of you have ever seen this
but it's even uh... more fun for me than the other one
if you're given this problem which is not hard to do it all but it just takes a little
while to get it done
if you know the trick you can do it one second
okay what's six plus two
done you didn't even multiply anything
and it's a multiplication problem that's pretty odd ok
fifty-four times eleven
five plus four
and so it's five ninety four
so you can do that in one second and the other person still
du that
and you look so brilliant
okay and it's cuz you know the shortcut you know the trick ok so that's the idea and again
i'm going to give you a few more of those next week
some people have said can you do a whole workshop on math tricks
i should probably do that sometime i know a lot of them
one of the things that i love about this about these math tricks is sometimes when people
learn how to do em
and they show em to somebody and the other persons impressed
it's the first time in their life that they've ever felt power over numbers because they
hate math
and they start to kind of
get into it a little more well
one of these days maybe i'll do that
but for today the main thing that i want to do as i want to show you
uh... three specific things that have helped students to score higher on tests ok
first one
and this is kind of uh... the first of two similar ones is i'm gonna explain a little
bit about how acronyms can be used
to help you get better grades on tests
and uh...
the big key and i'll explain this more in a couple minutes is that acronyms normally are words
and they're made up of first letters of other words and all of you have used these before
in your life
but most people didn't even know what they were called and so i want to give you three
practical examples of how
these can help you under the pressure of a test
to remember everything that you're supposed to
okay the first one
is sort of a common
idea for an acronym and that's the word homes
and this word is a very common word that everybody here knows but actually
this is this great powerful memory trick
and it doesn't so much look like it when you see it but it is
this is a help in a geography class more than likely and it's to help a person to memorize
the five great lakes that are in and around the state of michigan
and memorizing five things for a test
no big deal
but if you had
a hundred other things that you had to learn
the trick is how can you stare at all of those when you're studying and then when you get
to the test remember em all wouldn't you may be forget one or forget two or forget three
so the way that acronyms are almost always written
is vertically
works better that way
and then i'll just go ahead for this one so you can kinda get an idea
these are the names of the five great lakes huron ontario
and superior
okay and again those five things by themselves are not that tuff to learn or to remember
but i wanna show you something uh by the way when i teach students
how to create acronyms and how to write em
it usually works really well
when you do this when you're done i was kind of encourage that
and that is to draw a box around it so that the actual acronym kinda pops off the page
makes it a little easier
to remember
well if you were required on your test in geography among other things to write down the names
of the five great lakes and you got to that question and you thought okay
i studied that
i know that was in my notes or in my book and i know i had it somewhere and you're trying
to just find one of the lakes here and here one back here
and you're just searching for em
that's a lot of pressure
uh... on a test
but if you've memorized this which just takes a little practice
then when the test comes all you should have to do is write
these five letters and everything else should just come spilling out of your brain
uh... acronyms work well for people because each one of the letters is kind of like a
little hook
that you hang
a word on and so it tends to even under a nervous
type of situation on a test
it all seems to come back to a person more than if they just stared at the names
and hope that they would remember that
okay so again
uh... this is a word the word homes
made up of first letters of other words
um... the second one i think we have several people in here who probably will recognize
this one
i don't know if anyone
a new that from your previous experience but this one
is pretty common
yep right so these are
the colors of uh...
when would you ever need to know that well i guess if you took a rainbow class
uh... geology uh you know whatever ok and so
this is a man's name
roy g. biv
even though
there is no man with that name
don't think there's ever been a man with that name but you can pronounce it like a name
and it's simple and easy to remember
now this
is a class participation moment so even if you've never seen this before i want you to
try to see if you can come up with these everybody should know the first five
after that it gets a little harder so what's this one
that's very impressive sometimes it gets so quiet
when i get to the i
indigo and violet those are a little more obscure red orange yellow green blue are very
you know easy
well if you memorize this and you just practice it a few times
you would never forget it
and there may be a never be a time in your life where you need to know
seven colors
of the rainbow but if you ever do
now you know okay so that's the second one
and then it my third example of acronyms
my favorite one ever and
other than one or two people in here who i know would remember this
everybody else would never know this and that's because i made it up
so it's not in a book anywhere whatever else i made it up and so i want to teach this to
you backwards and here's the way i'll say it
um... several years ago i had a
student who came to me in a real panic
she said i have a test next week i have so much to memorize i'm gonna forget a lot of
can you help me
and i said okay what's the class
and when she told me i got nervous for her
she said it's anatomy
i don't know if you have ever taken anatomy
that's scary okay there's a lot of stuff to remember
it just kills your brain trying to just memorize
uh... i said what part do you
need help with in particular she said well everything
but one thing that i'm especially worried about is this
my uh... teacher told us that one of the things we have to memorize
for the test is the ten organ systems
in the human body
and i said well why are you worried about that more than some other things and she said
because of the way it's going to be asked
and i said
oh multiple-choice or true or false and she said oh no worse than that she said
fill-in the blanks
just like that now
everybody heres taken enough tests in your life to know this
what happens to a lot of peoples
minds when they see blanks on a test
yeah you go blank
ok um...
multiple-choice questions which you've all answered many times before are not always
easy for sure but the answers right there
waving at you
all the other fake answers are waving too and you just have to recognize which one is right
but when it's fill in the blank there's no help anywhere you either know it or you
don't and she said
i'm gonna look at this list and i'm going to study it for hours of all ten of them and
then when i get to the test
i'll forget half
so is there a trick is there a way i can do it i said
i have an idea let me try this
um... i asked her an important question
related to this this is what you always need to ask first and that is
do you need to know all ten of them in this order the way that i see them on the paper
and she said no any orders okay
as long as i write them all down and i get credit for em i said
ok that's good to know
i took all ten of the letters
and i wrote em on a piece of paper tried to move them around and make a big ten-letter
word that she could use
just like this to easily remember those
couldn't do it
it's hard to take a bunch of letters and turn them into a huge word
so i thought
how about like this this is actually like a couple of acronyms how about if i can find
couple of shorter words use the same letters
and it would help her just as much and i played around with it for a minute
and i found it
and i told her this the same thing i'm gonna tell u and she had the look on her face that you're
going to have
i said i found it this is going to help you this is great i'm all excited
and i told her this here's what it is
i said it's nicer drums
that's going to help you on your test she looked at me like
what in the world are you talking about
she said what does that have to do with the body nothing
doesn't matter
as long as you have these letters to hang the words on and you practice you're going
to remember it
well some of you are more science oriented than others and i'm going to go through these really fast
uh... if you're going to end up being a nurse
a doctor
x-ray technician something in the medical field this probably be good for you to know everybody
else you can just sort of learn it for a second and then forget it okay
this is the nervous system
we'll skip that one for second circulatory endocrine reproductive
respiratory urinary
and skeletal
so all those systems you have
now uh...
anybody know what the i
stands for i always like to ask that because i embarrassed myself that day when i was helping
her i do that all the time
uh... and it had to do with this one
anybody know that one
ok a lot of people think immune system or they look down and they think intestines they're
just like anything i have that starts with an i
but actually when i saw this word and most of you
who have never seen this word before few of you probably have but most of you haven't
you ever seen that before
uh... most people i looked at it and i said integumentary system i don't have
i don't have any integuments i don't even know what that is
so my student taught me
teachers learn something everyday just like students do and she said yeah you do
and i said i do what is it she said well it's all your outer covering so it's your
nails hair and all of that
oh yeah i guess i do
so i learned something that day i will never forget this even though i'm never going to
need it ever in my life but
i know it
okay so what we did was i went back to this with her and i said what's this one
and then what's this one and she kept forgetting some
remembering others
and then we went back over it and she remembered the others and forgot the others and this
is kind of struggling with it
but after about five or ten minutes of this over and over again
she was able to rattle off every one of those just like i did for you
we practiced a little more and then she took that with her
and she studied it
as the test was approaching how did she study it
well she said while she was driving
she's just thinking
ten organ systems
nicer drums
n is for nervous i is for integument just kinda went over em takes like one minute
while cooking
while walking
while doing whatever just sort of pull it up in your mind go over it and you're done
she told me later that when she went to take the test on this material
she turned the page and there it was
name the ten organ systems of the human body and then ten blanks and and i said so what'd
you think when you saw that
and instead of saying
i started panicking and she just said that i smiled
i said that's good smiling on a test is good and i said what was the next thing you did
and what was the next thing she did
yeah she wrote nicer drums
got em all ten out of ten like she had a little memory pill
easy okay well
um... after she told me that she said thank you for teaching me that trick and i said
you're welcome and then she said
but at the same time i'm really angry with you
and i thought wow
i can't help anybody
and here's what she said she said i gotta c on the test
the whole test
and i said well a c's not a great grade but this is anatomy if you pass the test i mean
that's a great achievement
and she said
why didn't you teach me tricks like that for everything i needed to know then i would've
gotten an a and you know what i told her and i think you kinda know this already even though
i haven't gotten into this much
you can't use tricks like this for every single thing you need to learn for a test
you get so confused
you start mixing up the tricks and everything else
every once in awhile
when you have four five six things to learn
this works great other times it doesn't work at all and you need other tricks
that's what we're getting to right now ok so that's three examples of how acronyms
uh... you go ahead by the way so i don't forget that start the sign in sheet again
uh... i want you to try to listen to what i'm teaching the whole time but when that gets to you
fill it out pass it along so we can get it all the way to the back
um... the other one that i want to
show you that is similar we'll just take a couple of minutes with this is uh...
and acrostics use first letters of words usually just like
acronyms do
except acrostics are not words there sentences instead
and so uh... one very simple example of this that some of you may be familiar with is
uh... those are not uh... that that's not an acrostic that's obvious not a sentence
anybody recognize those letters
this one is for music
anybody in here who's ever taken music lessons ever in your life one of the first things
you had to learn how to do is to
read the notes
kinda helps so you know what to play
but it's really hard for people when they're learning music to learn the notes and that's
because these five letters are the five lines on the treble clef in music
and trying to memorize these
is pointless cuz it doesn't mean anything it's just a bunch of letters and so there's
a sentence
that is in almost every
beginning music book
that helps a person to remember this and
a few of you may know that what is the sentence
yes every good boy
does fine
that's a little bit of a strange sentence but
where do those words come from like what does that mean
well e g b d f
always the first letter
okay so if you memorize that it would help you to remember
what each one was
but i wanted to show you two other quick things about this uh... i've learned in recent years
that most beginning music books don't have the sentence anymore they changed it that
was the
sentence for a long long time
um... food
everybody loves food
and so here's the uh... one of the new ones
every good boy deserves fudge
so if you like chocolate you like fudge
that makes it easy to remember and then i wanted to tell you this really quickly too
uh... last semester a student told me something i'd never heard before and that was he said
i learned uh... music
to learn how to play the piano but i didn't learn it this way
i didn't learn it with uh... other deserves fudge
i learned it with sesame street
and i said what and he said here's what i learned
gave bert
dog food
i love that one ok
uh... so in other words it can be any sentence you can think of as long as each word
begins with the right letter so you can just use your imagination almost on that
okay and then the other one that i'm gonna give you as a little example of this
has to do with
something that i know some of you have learned before
and that is in the subject of math
order of operations
what's the
hmm and whats the whole sentence
the the normal one
is please excuse my dear aunt sally even though there are other versions of that
and the purpose behind this one is that when you're at a certain level of math you're under
a lot of pressure
because you have a problem in front of you that has several steps and if you do the
steps out of order
you get the wrong answer every time
and so you're sitting there and you're thinking okay what do i do first
well the p
stands for parenthesis and then e is for exponents and then multiply divide add and
subtract so this helps math students at that level to remember
what am i supposed to do first and usually they remember it well even under the pressure
of a test because they learned it as an acrostic
uh... one more thing about this
students have asked me
is it better to make an acronym or an acrostic
to learn something
and my answer is always
it's better if you can to make an acronym because it's easier to remember a word than
it is a sentence but sometimes like in this case
you can't make
an acronym and
can you take these letters and move them around and try to make a word out of them
no and that's because you need to know them in this exact orders so your kind of stuck
so this is the preference if you can but sometimes
this is what you'll need to do
and again you can't learn everything in college by way of acronym or acrostics but
it gives you an idea of how you can apply that alright
so uh... we're going to spend the rest of the uh...
workshop today
with kind of part one of something that alot of you have never heard of
never tried before
and if you do this correctly it's the best memory trick i know
those two that i gave you are good but this is even better
so this refers to
the idea of mental pictures
and when i teach this to students most of them uh... just look at me like
did you make that up i didn't make it up but i've used it a lot and it helps me
to remember
a lot of information i'm gonna share that with you in just a little bit so on mental picture
means this
close your eyes get a picture of something in your mind in a certain way and then
it sticks and you remember it
everybody here has good imagination
even even if you think you don't
and you're able to kind of see things in your mind and if you learn to do it right
it's amazing how much you can learn so the way i'm going to start this and i'm time going to
take just a few minutes with this but it's important
is uh... the five qualities
of good mental pictures
if all you do is close your eyes and try to get a picture of something
then it's almost like you've taken a nice short nap
and it doesn't do you any good but if you do it this way that i'm about to explain
it works great
so i'm going to give you the acronym space
which is the word that's why it's an acronym and each one of the
five quality starts with one of these letters the first one which i can talk about for a
long time but i'm just gonna give you a little idea is stupid
i think every day when you wake up
you think
please don't let me do anything really stupid today you know we try to avoid stupid but
when it comes to memory
is wonderful and that's because
the more bizarre weird stupid something is
the more your able to
remember it
and i always tell people i don't want you to think about this too much but think about
all the weird things in your brain
all these things that you remember that you don't even want to remember
you wish you could just push the delete button and it's all gone but you have all this stuff
in there and you can't get rid of it well show you examples of these in a in a minute
the p stands for play on words
i wanna illustrate what i mean by this uh...
i'm gonna ask everybody here including those who are really tired so this always makes me
scared when i ask people to close their eyes
if i hear snoring i'm going to come over to you but hopefully you'll be okay
i want you to do this i want you to look up here and see this word
okay and then i'd like to have everybody just take a few seconds and i don't want you just
looking at it me i want you to close your eyes
and i want you to get a picture of a lion in your mind
okay now open your eyes
now that should've been very easy right
how about if i ask you to close your eyes and get a picture of that
uh... if you could do that
boy you're way better than i am right you could close your eyes
look around no don't see one uh... you can't see this because
there's no such thing as this
but when you use this method you have to see something as a picture so you're kinda stuck
this is easy
this is impossible so what do you do well an example is this
can you get a picture of this in your mind
yes is it the same as that other word
no but it's a play on words which means a rhyming word a word that sounds like another
and again on the show you how this actually works in a minute but that's an important
part of this
because if you can't see it in a picture
you can't do it with this method ok the a stands for action
and this is something that a lot of people never think about related to memory but it's
definitely true and im gonna illustrate it
want you to look up here
look for just a second at my hands
okay which one do you look at first
this one why
it's moving well what's wrong with that one
just there right
is this more interesting than this
well if i did this
for like thirty more seconds
you'd stop looking here you'd think that is boring and then you'd look over here but at first
your attention is drawn to something moving more than something that's standing still
so when you use this method if you learn how
to make it not like a photograph
just frozen in your mind
uh... you're gonna remember more people tend to forget things like that but if it's like
a video
and there's movement involved
you tend to remember it more it helps it stick in your mind okay and then the
gonna talk about just for a minute because it actually has two
different meanings to it both of these very
uh... important to the success of this method
the first one is your vocabulary word for the day
and uh... if you already know that and use it in your vocabulary great if not it
is really good word to start
using in your spoken vocabulary and on paper the word vivid means clear
but it means something more than that
and so
what are a couple of other words you could use
to describe
vivid besides clear
visual is possible
any others you could think of
bright bright is good too
the word vivid in this case means uh... alive
in focus
sharp like that
and then here's my favorite thing everyone will understand this last semester first time
it shows how life is changing so i asked what does vivid mean
so bright
in focus and then one person raised their hand and they said this
h_d_ ok everybody here knows what an h_ d_ t_v_ looks like whether you have one
or you just walk by it in the store and you look at it like
that's alive i's like coming right off of there
that's the way you want your pictures to be and if they're not that way it's not going to
and so i wanna show you one more thing before i break the other here
you don't have to answer me on this but
just just a couple minutes ago i asked you to close your eyes and get a picture of
a lion
so the question is
when you close your eyes did you see a lion
and some people here's what they say i ask em that question they stay yes i certainly
say good describe it for me
head was on the left
tail was on the right it was facing me
had a really big mane and they're describing it as if it's right in front of em
that's good
that's what this is but
and again you don't have to admit to this but i know every time i do this with a group
at least a few people here's their answer i say did you see a lion when you closed your
eyes and they say no
but i think no
well did you close your eyes yeah
did i ask you to see a lion yeah
but you didn't see one no
and i say why and here's their answer every time
i don't need to
i already know what a lion looks like
in other words it's all just intellectual i don't need to see it
that will kill this method faster than anything else you need to see it alive as
if it's right in front of your face and if you do this will work great for you if not
it won't work ok and then the other meaning of clear
is this
not confusing
so if you learn to create a very
stupid weird picture of something in your mind
you want to be able to see that later and know what it's a picture of and not sit there
thinking what is that so the last little one and then i'm gonna give you some uh... applications
of this
is a little phrase easy to see so when you to do this method you need to learn how to
create pictures where it's not so crammed and crowded but just a few here and there
and it's easy for you to see in your mind and then you remember it ok so these are the
qualities and so what we're gonna do for
the rest of the workshop is to figure out
when would you ever use this
and i'm gonna actually show you one or two more applications of this next week if you're here
for that workshop
but i'm gonna give you one specific one now that is my favorite one
and this is again like a good use
of mental pictures
and it is in remembering names people's names
how are you with remembering people's names
every once in awhile someone says i remember most names but most people
that's the way they look they say terrible
uh... some people say i'm really good with faces really good
i don't remember names at all
and everybody here has had this happen to you before
i think some more than others
you meet somebody
you introduce yourself they introduce themselves and talk for a few minutes you say ok nice
to meet you leave
see em again few days later
week later they will come walk right up to you they remember your name
and whenever somebody remembers your name that makes you feel kind of special but you're
also horrified at the same time because
yeah you know you're just hey buddy
you know you can't remember their name
if you could learn how to be really good at remembering names this gives you
an advantage in your personal life
in school in business
lots of different areas because most people are terrible with names so if you get good
at it
it gives you an advantage well how do you remember somebody's name when you meet them
you actually have a lot of different uh... ways to do that there isn't just one
but the way that i want to show you involves this method and if this
what i'm about to show you if this
seems really weird and stupid to you
then just remember
oh yeah that's good
okay so here's the example i'm gonna give you we're going to do this with
two names ok
you meet a lady
with no hair i'm not gonna draw their hair on there but you meet a lady at a party or
a meeting or something and you want to remember her name it's important to you
and so we're going to start out with the easiest name i know
for this and then we're going to get to a hard one
ok her name is sandy campbell and so what you're supposed to do when you use this method
to look at her face
think of her first name and come up with a picture that this reminds you of and put the
picture somewhere around her face in your mind so when you hear sandy
what's the first thing you think of
yeah most people think of sand like at the beach is that the only right answer
no it could be other things it's your own personal way you think
but if you pictured her
and you wanted to say ok i want to remember when i see her face next time i want to remember
her name is sandy
what could you do well here's an
some people say
i picture sand
all over her face
in her hair and i just want to go up and start brushing it off
so really weird picture sand everywhere okay that's one
other people have said i would picture a big sand castle
built right on top of her head like she's wearing it like a hat that's very bizarre too
other people have said i would picture her buried in the sand
all the way up to here and the only thing sticking out is her face
as long as the face is right in the middle of all that whatever you come up with as long
as you see it in a very clear way
you're going to remember it okay
now the last name is often very difficult for people to remember maybe more than the
and so a lot of times you have to divide the last name into parts and come up with pictures
for those but
we shouldn't have to do that here which is the reason that i start with this one
uh... campbell
yeah most people think of soup
ok so
if you have done something with this poor lady's face
in your mind
and you want to remember her last name is campbell
what are you going to do
i want to hear a couple of suggestions from you to see how wierd your imagination
yeah she could be eating
soup and
we gotta get more bazaar than that right so
what else could we do
what some people have said and sorry about this i know it's gross
they've pictured cream of something soup like cream of mushroom or cream of chicken
and they just picture it just dripping
right down her face and maybe the sand is washing off that's pretty gross other people have
said i picture these little
cans of soup as like earrings other people big can on top of the head whatever
so you just let your imagination kind of run crazy and then when you're done and you see that
as if she put it on and she's wearing it
then next time you see her
you walk up to her
sandy campbell how are you
and she says wow you remember my name that's so nice and little does she know what you did
and you don't want to tell her this either cuz then she'll run the other way but that's the
way that this is done okay now this is an easy name most names are not that easy so
i'm gonna give you one more
and this is a very hard name to remember
but it's a good illustration of this too
okay uh...
anybody know who that is
that's me ok that means if i see any of you after today
you better know my name cuz i'm gonna teach you how to remember it okay this is how i
become famous or infamous or whatever
okay so i want to remember when you do this you're not supposed to think
you're supposed to just react like the first thing that pops in your head so when you hear
okay a lot of people
first thing they think of is scott
tissue so they think of toilet paper or uh... kleenex or whatever so than i say okay you
have a real face in front of you now what are you going to do and they look at my face
and they're trying to figure out and i've had people say things like
well i picture kleenex coming out of your nose you know like it's a dispenser or big
rolls of toilet paper
instead of my ears or something else like that
what else does scott
sound like or
yes scotch tape
right uh... all kinds of possibilities which one of those is best
whatever one you come up with because again that's the way your brain works but i am
going to give you an illustration of this scotch tape
is what some people come up with i say okay that's good
so what do you do
you know you got the face right here
and they look at me and they say well i picture you
holding some tape
i say yeah but
come on we got to go more stupid than that otherwise your not going to remember so then they picture me 0:42:18.969,0:42:19.730 wrapped up
like a mummy
in tape all the way up
or some people have said this and they get very excited when they say it i picture this
big piece of tape
right across your mouth
and i thought why are you getting excited about that but anyway that's what they say okay so
we think ok we got my first name well last name
you have to know how to pronounce the name 'cause if you don't
you can't do it you're playing with the sounds of the name so my last name is actually mispronounced
by almost everybody that's the way it's actually
pronounced is breckner
if you take this part the breck part
what does that sound like or remind you of brick
what else
break breck ok
breakfast is one that people come up with a lot
and so i say what are you going to do to remember that that's my name
and they start giving me the scariest looks anybody could ever give me they look at my face
eggs here
sausage here
bacon here they just stick my whole breakfast all over my face if that works great
other people have said the word brick and they think well like bricks like on top of your
and that works fine it's not exactly right but it's close ok and then
the last part of the named the n e r
what are you going to do
most of you i think no what
nerd means okay
uh... if you don't you'll learn something but i wanted to show you something really
quickly and that is a lot of people
think differently than other people we kinda know that
and i've asked some people i said i want you to just listen to this
and then the first thing you think of
say it and i say ner
and you know what some people have said they say nerve
and i say why nerve
and they say well i'm in biology
we're studying the nervous system i close my eyes and i can see
nerves and that's the way their brain goes other people say
i wouldn't think of that at all i think of
nerf ball
nerd you know whatever so whatever you use whatever works for you is good
well uh... there are all kinds of pictures that you could create for somebody
to be a nerd
and uh...
whatever you came up with you try to play around with the sounds and all that you come
up with something strange around the face
and then if you see it in a clear way then the next time you see the person you'll remember
now i wanna tell you a couple more things and we'll finish up with this did the sign in
sheet make it
all the way around okay you could just that's ok i'll go ahead and get it after but nobody missed
okay good
what i want to tell you is this let you know a little uh... secret i always tell my
students this every
semester the first day of class
i say something and as soon as i say it i think why did i say that
i shouldn't have said that
and that is i tell all my students
i'm gonna learn all your names in the first couple weeks of the semester
and this semester i have a hundred and sixty
students at least i had a hundred sixty at the start
that's a lot of names ok especially for an old brain well i learned em all i know em all
and that makes me look like i'm some kind of memory genius how can you remember that
many names
it's a trick okay that makes me look better than i really am just like everything that
i've shown you today starting with those math tricks
i've learned some of my students names by just looking at them and looking
at the name and it kind of clicks
other people i can't remember their name
for some reason it just won't get in there whenever that happens
i use this method and create these weird pictures around their brain
around their head and then when i see them the next few times
i see those pictures i remember their name and then after a little while
those pictures
disappear they're like a crutch you know that you need for a little while and then once
you know the name you don't even need it anymore and they go away
the fact that i'm able to remember a hundred and sixty names
is even amazing to me because i can barely remember where i left my keys or whatever
else but i can remember that because
i use this
trick all the time
and if you've learned this
and you kinda get the idea of it
what a lot of people tell me is
i understand what that says but i could never do that
and i said why and they say
i just don't have
a good imagination and i always say
yes you do you just have to learn how to apply it for this
so this is the last thing that i'm gonna leave you with and this is just a little mental
exercise for you to do even as you leave here
uh... i know that you know your name
if you don't
were in trouble okay
but if you met someone and you wanted to teach them how to remember your name
this way
you would have to create picture for your first name and last name so the question
what does your first name
sound like rhyme with how about your last name think about that and some people find it very
easy because their name sounds just like something or whatever other people say
wow my name doesn't sound like anything
but if you think about it long enough you can figure it out think about a friend
of yours
you already know their name but think about their name how would i create pictures and
once you start doing that with a few more people it starts getting
easier and i can do this pretty well just 'cause i've done it for a long time
so it's like any skill that you develop as you go
okay so
just uh... give it a try it's kind of a fun thing to do as well