Six Ways to Remember Numbers

Summary: Exercise your brain with these tips on how to remember numbers. (Tweet This!)

I've always had a knack for remembering numbers. Names on the other hand... I've got a lot of work to do there. If you don't have a mind for numbers, this is your lucky day. I'm going to show you how to be at least a little better.

Research shows that most people can really only remember 5-8 numbers at a time. However, with the following tips you may be able to remember a lot more.

How To Remember Numbers

Was that 13 or 24?

  1. Chunk the numbers into groups - Memory experts recommend that one of the best ways to remember numbers is to chunk them into groups. For example, it is easier to remember 27 than it is to remember a 2 and a 7. You may be find that 3 or even 4 digit chunks work for you.
  2. Associate the numbers with something familiar - If you a football fan, you may already do this. For me, as a big Patriots fan, I associate the number 54 with Tedy Bruschi. Number 12 is Tom Brady. For a long time I thought that filling my head with Roman Phifer's number 95 was just junk. Turns out that it can be useful.
  3. Ask the person to repeat the number - Some people are auditory learners, which means that hearing the number helps trigger their memory.
  4. Repeat the number yourself - This helps me more with names than numbers, but I've heard others swear by this trick.
  5. Visualize the number - Picture the number in your head. Another trick people use is to associate the shapes of the letters with an image (like a doughnut for zero or a stick for one). I haven't had any luck with it though.
  6. Write the number down - Okay, so this last tip flies in the face of "remembering the number"... not entirely though. When you write the number you use your sense of touch and physical motor skills. This helps many sensory people. There is no guarantee you won't lose the number, and this is a lot safer than mailing it to yourself.

I realize that some of these tips aren't exactly ground-breaking. I realize that some of the articles here are quite complex. I'm trying to remember to keep it simple sometimes.

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