Pegging Out Your Keys To Success In Life & Learning

Often many of us struggle to remember a list. Yet, we are all quite capable of doing so with a large number. For example, let’s say you want to remember (or you want someone else to remember) these 18 keys to achieve success in your life and learning…

  • Ownership
  • Flexibility
  • Choice
  • Balance
  • Play
  • Failure = Feedback
  • Integrity
  • This Is It
  • Support
  • Persistence
  • Action
  • Win / win
  • Self esteem
  • Speak with positive purpose
  • Focus
  • Passion
  • Vision
  • Commitment

For many, the PEG system is considered to be the best known of all memory systems to use.  (This strategy was first introduced to me by one of my mentors, Dr Jeannette Vos, the co-author of “Unlimited” and “Learning Revolution”)

Here’s what we do …

The 18 keys are going to be pegged to, or associated with, certain images in a prearranged order.

Let me explain…

In the following list, the word to remember is mentioned first. Then comes the [Rhyming Peg] and finally the “Mental Link”


1. Ownership [One – Bun] “Own the bun”
2. Flexibility [Two – Shoe] “Tie your shoe”
3. Choice [Three – Tree] “Choices of fruit on the tree”
4. Balance [Four – Door] “Balance the door, add hinges”
5. Play [Five – Hive] “Be a bee playing”
6. Failure = Feedback [Six – Sticks] “Break a stick”
7. Integrity [Seven – Heaven] “Two hands together – praying”
8. This is it! [Eight – Gate]  “Open the gate of heaven”
9. Support [Nine – Mine] ” Walking into a gold mine”
10. Persistence [Ten – Hen] “Pecking persistently”
11. Action [Two mallets] “2 arms banging like mallets in courtroom”
12. Win/win [Put a cut between 1 and 2] ‘Cut the world in half so each side wins”
13. Self esteem [Draw 3 into a heart] “The heart of learning is self-esteem”
14. Speak with Positive Purpose [Draw 1 and 4 into a  porpoise – like figure who are talking to each other] “Speak with good ‘porpoise’ (play on words)”
15. Focus [Create a face. Make the 1 into the eyebrow. Make the upside down 5 into the eye. Then add another eye. The eyes represent focus.]
16. Passion [The six in 16 in Swedish is pronounced ‘sex’. Sex represents ‘passion’.]
17. Vision [The 7 in 17 can be shaped like a V (sideways) which also represents the birds flying south. They have a vision.]
18. Commitment [The 8 in 18 represents infinity, which in turn relates to commitment.]

Bottom Line?….Here’s What I Invite You To Do Now- (Your T*A*N* = Take Action NOW!)

1. Let’s demonstrate the first Key, OWNERSHIP. Say the rhyme (eg one – bun) Now, visualize your own type of bun. Make it one that you can see, feel, taste and hear it as you bite into it. (It could be a grasshopper bun! Make it different! It’s Your Bun! YOU OWN it!)

2. Next,  draw your bun. Make it colorful…do you remember I shared with you the power of color for your memory in an earlier post? This will help you remember the rhyme.You will also create a stronger mental association between each number and the word that rhyme with it.

3. Simple, hey!…Now repeat the process with all 18 keys.

4. Finally,  T*A*N* – use this memory system. Better than that, teach one key per week your students/ children. See how you can transfer this strategy for the learning of another list.

P.S. By the way, do you know someone else who would benefit from this article? Please send them the link to it. Teach them. They will Thank you for doing so!

Bottom Line?….Here’s What I Invite You To Do Now-

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