Why It’s Hard to Memorize Numbers and How to Fix It

Have you ever wondered why when someone asks you to recall the name of your first pet, you can easily give the right answer? But, when someone asks you to remember this number code: 907346110756, you cannot seem to remember it even if it is a matter of life and death?

Well, the reason behind this is that our brains are not designed to remember numbers. In fact, according to neurologists, our brains are not designed to remember large details at all. So, if you’re trying to study for your CompTIA exam, do not try to store your head with all the numbers you need to memorize because you just won’t be able to remember them all.

What you can do if you want to make sure that you will perform well on your upcoming exam is to take a CompTIA Security+ practice test. This way, you will know where your strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to studying details.

And if you want to know how to properly memorize numbers, here are some tricks to try.

Create associations

The main reason numbers are so hard to memorize is that they are abstract and do not have any emotional attachment to us. In order to fix this dilemma, you need to create an association with numbers to remember them more effectively. Try to think of a series of numbers that are not too long, like 892 or 36, and come up with images that you could associate with them.

For example, if you are supposed to memorize the numbers 23797, what you can do is take the first two numbers ‘23’ and think of Michael Jordan because that was his jersey number when he played for the Chicago Bulls. Then, think of ‘797’ and associate it with the Boeing plane because they often name their planes with 7, like the Boeing 707, Boeing 737, etc.

In the end, you can come up with “Michael Jordan’s Boeing plane” as a way to remember “23797.” This way, it will be easier for you to remember numbers.

Break down long numbers

Do not try to memorize a long series of numbers because it is just impossible. What you should do instead is to break down that long line of number into groups, say, 1073985633201, so that you do not stress your brain too much.

Some people prefer to group numbers into sets of threes because it is easier to remember a set of three numbers. Others prefer four-number groups. It really depends on your capability.

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Look for patterns

It might be hard sometimes to do this, but if you can find a pattern or create one in the numbers you are trying to memorize, you will be able to remember them more. Use your imagination to create a pattern in the numbers.

If you need to memorize a lot of numbers, use the suggestions above. It may be tedious but it is more effective than simply trying to store your head with all the numbers you need to recall.


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