Try to answer this: Do you remember the clothes your partner wore when you met for the first time?
What would you instinctively attempt to do?
Exactly. You would go back into your memory bank and try to remember the location, the place WHERE you met for the first time.
There is great power in this element and we are using it here to create a framework. A little bit like a filing cabinet. However the best term we can use is: JOURNEY.
And if you research it, you will come across the term: journey method.
In a moment you will build = put together your first journey. On your journey you will have stages (never mind the technical terms; they will become a lot clearer once you start practicing).
A stage is any distinct place (or person or item).
Again: practice will tell you what works for you, as you let your creativity be the judge here.
Another definition of association could be: Something that you know reminds you of something that you want to know.
Here: you know your journey and that will remind you of the items you connected to each stage of your journey.