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Imagine a room that you know well - perhaps your bedroom or a classroom. Within this room there are features and objects in known positions. The basis of the Roman Room system is that things to be remembered are associated with these objects, so that by recalling the objects within the room, all the associated objects can also be remembered.


For example, as I look around my room I can visualise the following objects - coffee table, sofa, lamp, cabinet, bookcase, CD rack, stereo system, telephone, television, video, chair, mirror, etc.

Suppose you want to remember a list of World War I war poets -


  • Rupert Brooke

  • G. K. Chesterton

  • Walter de la Mare

  • Robert Graves

  • Rudyard Kipling

  • Wilfred Owen

  • Siegfried Sassoon

  • W.B. Yates

To help you remember the list of poets, visualise walking into the room. On the door is an (imaginary) picture of a man sitting in a trench writing poetry in a tattered exercise book.


Look at the table. On the top - imagine RUPERT the Bear sitting in a small BROOK. This will remind you of Rupert Brooke.


Someone seems to have moved furniture around and has left a CHEST on the sofa - it has huge letters G K on the lid. This will remind you of G K Chesterton.


The lamp is shaped like a tiny brick WALL over which a female horse (MARE) is about to jump. This will remind you of Walter de la Mare.


And so on. (Try to do the rest yourself.)


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