There have been a few memory champions, one of the most famous ones was a man called Dominic O’Brien. He had an incredible memory and won the world record eight times.
Dominic is in the Guinness Book of Records for memorizing 54 packs of playing cards.
He also memorized a pack of cards in 38.29 seconds.
Everyone will agree that these are amazing facts, but would you also be interested to know the relevance for learning times tables?
Well to begin with, Dominic had to memorize a massive amount of numbers to become a world champion.
To enable Dominic to do this efficiently he had to find a method to aid him.
Many people have the same perspective about numbers that he does.
Dominic’s view was numbers can look cold and unfeeling, thus making the numbers more difficult to remember for people.
If children have the same bleak view as adults, they will find it difficult to learn times tables.
Holding this view makes numbers difficult to remember.
Numbers are not as easy to group together as words are, therefore making memorizing more difficult.
By grouping the letters together you could have an emotion, an image, or a person which is easy to remember.
This is the key to remembering numbers. In order to remember them you need to turn the numbers into an image or a person.
Dominic turns numbers into various people which makes them come alive, and be interesting and memorable.
Using this method he managed in 5 minutes to memorize 360 random numbers.Dominic was often acclaimed to be a genius, but in fact it was a simple memory method which has helped him and the other memory champions.
They themselves state that they use simple techniques that anyone can use and with practice achieve great feats of memory.
Children in the past have always learnt their times tables by rote.Very few brilliant memory records would have been achieved if the existing champions had used the rote learning method to remember.
Children using the methods used by Dominic and other memory champions would have a huge advantage if they too knew how to apply the techniques.
Their confidence would increase so much if they were able to apply a quick method for remembering their times tables.This is an invaluable lesson learnt from the memory champions.
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