|The following is taken from Note-taking for
Consecutive Interpreting by Andrew Gillies,
Routledge, 2005, and shows how the strain on short-term
memory can be eased by noting lists in an order different
to the order you hear them in.
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You will hear a list in order: 1, 2, 3. You will find, however, that it is possible to relieve the strain on your short term memory by noting 1, 3, 2. This is because if you note 1 and 3 the moment you hear them, they never make it into your memory and therefore never burden it. All you have to do is remember 2 for a couple of seconds. This works with longer lists as well of course, but the exact order is something you will have to practise and work out for yourself. At the same time the elements of the list remain vertically aligned to one another as described in Chapter 5.
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The example above could have been noted in the order below. I have marked the chronological order in which these elements are noted in square brackets like this [ 1 ]. The change in the order of noting elements in the list (  -  ) as compared to the order in which they where spoken is minor but is very effective in relieving excess strain on your memory.
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