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The biggest problem I had with most of the peg systems for cards--including Aronson's-- is that the mnemonic alphabet image for each card is based on the suit first, then the value of the card. That is, for the five of spades, for example, Aronson's peg word is SeaL. But this meant that I had to take the time when thinking five of spades to reverse it in my mind into spades, five, an extra step. On Scott Cram's site, I learned Bob Farmer's ingenious peg system for cards which uses words that are keyed first to the value and then the suit, a more natural order. Thus, the five of spades is FiSt.

I don't know if this is still on Scott's site, but he has always been very generous with his information for sincere learners. You might want to ask him if a search on his site doesn't turn up what I'm talking about.
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I used the mnemonic system to learn Aronson, and recommend it. Once you have the basic links down, the key is locking them in so you don't have to take any time to recall the number of the card or the card for the number. Flash cards are great, but I would also just drill in the card, starting with 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. and remembering what each card was, then doing the same for the cards. To mix it up I'd then do just the odd numbers, then just the even's, then the aces, twos, threes, etc. The mnemonic association is designed to allow you to make the initial relationship. Practice will eventually lead to the point where you won't remember the association and you'll just know that the 5 of spades is 20, etc.
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I have been a fan of the memory peg system for many years. (Thanks, Mr. L! --mr. R, mr. G etc.) But when I finally got to the Aronson stack I found that the steps to get from the links to the card name were taking too long, Yes, I really had the pegs down.

I found that writing the number (Large) on each card it took me a week to memorize a handful each day. Now I review by counting from N to N + 26 or pulling up card names based on numbers seen anywhere.

As I often remind those with Aronson's books in it he states that the peg system is a tool that will eventually drop away leaving the number bonded with the card's name. Less to carry around. Just like Sandini, Great says.

Not performing much myself, the mem deck is often a method better than the effect. Like a custom made Lassen coin I'm often tempted to say, "Hey, ya gotta see this."
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