Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Learn, Memorize And Recall Anything Using Memory Techniques, Mnemonics And A Memory Palace Fast Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:58:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast 32 32 The Magnetic Memory Method Podcast is your portal to creating Memory Palaces and using mnemonics for memorizing foreign language vocabulary (and a lot of other precious information too). Hosted by Anthony Metivier, the founder of the Magnetic Memory Method, a systematic, 21st Century approach to memorizing foreign language vocabulary in a way that is easy, elegant, effective and fun. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast (Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast) Memorize Foreign Language Vocabulary Using Simple, Universal, Mnemonic Principles Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast 3 Ways Low Student Debt Helped Me Preserve Memory In Grad School Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:38:47 +0000 4 <p>Taking on student debt stresses your memory. I was able to preserve memory while in university by taking fewer loans. Listen now to find out how.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Ways Low Student Debt Helped Me Preserve Memory In Grad School</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of a wallet clamped in a vice to illustrate a concept relating to debt and negative effects on memoryDon’t you hate that feeling every year as more fees and living expenses stack up… and it always seems like job prospects are plummeting? 

If you’re nodding yes, let me tell you:

I’ve been there. 

I remember one day during the depths of my deepest depressions receiving an ominous letter. It said that my loans were coming due much earlier than expected. 

The loan people didn’t care that I had a documented history with mental illness and even won some scholarships just for people with medical issues like mine.

They didn’t care that they were sending the letter at the worst possible time as I my exam dates were drawing ever nearer during the dark of winter.

The Debt Collectors Don’t Care About The Stress On Your Memory

And they certainly didn’t give a damn that my doctoral supervisor had recently given me a soul crushing reality-check speech. While on a walk, he told me how it was very unlikely that anyone graduating during my year was ever going get the job of their dreams. 

Well, even though this letter hit me hard when I received it, I at least had one thing going for me that most of my fellow students did not. And this special strategy ensured that I had a high return on investment, even while going into debt. 

Let me tell you all about it, along with a few other strategies that helped me keep my debt low that ANY student can put in place right now. I’m also including a powerful fact about student debt at the end you’re not going to want to miss.

The Tips Are For University Students, And Good
For Anyone Struggling With Debt

None of what I’m about to share with you is meant to make you think I’m an arrogant braggart.

Far from it.

I’ve just had a low tolerance for risk all my life. That’s a good thing. It’s made me productive and reduced a lot of problems. My hope is that these tips will help any student stop risking so much so you can focus on the lovely adventure of life without so much strain and pain.

Plus, I’ve made sure these tips will help anyone struggling with any kind of debt. You don’t need the stress on your memory.

The best part?

Low stress helps you preserve memory ability, the number one asset we all need to cherish and protect above anything else.

So here’s the first thing I want to share that helped keep my student debt incredibly low while making sure that my jobs weren’t a waste of time:

1. Get The Best Possible Jobs

I always worked during university, and with a few rare exceptions, I found jobs that either directly supplemented my education or kept my mind free for contemplation. 

Okanagan University College Salmon Arm British Columbia

The first institute of higher learning I attended and worked at.

In this first case, I worked in three libraries:

The Okanagan University College library on the Salmon Arm campus, the Prince George Public Library and as an assistant to the head research librarian at York University. 

Prince George Public Library

The Prince George Public Library is a great Memory Palace and workplace.

These jobs were great for one simple reason:

In each position, I could either listen to audiobooks while replacing books and shelf-reading, or do my own research while learning from a master. 

Being able to spend time on my own goals while sharpening my skills helped reduce stress as well because these roles wasted barely a minute of precious time. Nothing bugged me more then, and nothing bothers me more to this day, than frittering away time on work that builds someone else’s dreams with out also developing my own. 

Were these hugely well-paying jobs? On one level, no, but every penny helped me borrow less on my student loans. And each paid off incredibly well in terms of what I learned and how I could perform double-duty.

Plus, I would always find unexpected information that accelerated learning and memory techniques helped me rapidly remember and connect with my own projects. 

My Secret Strategy For Getting Expensive Books For Free

Even better, I was able to directly request these libraries order books I needed, and most of the time they would, and even speed up the process because it was an internal request. This simple benefit saved oodles of money in the long run. 

Finally, library staff are usually very knowledgeable people, if not scholars themselves. That makes librarians a pleasure to be around.

Overall, these jobs were golden, so if you’ve never thought about working for either a university or public library, I highly recommend both. 

The Public Film “Library” That Gave Me Heaps Of Memory Exercise

Along these lines, I also worked for the legendary Queen Video in Toronto.

Queen Video Bloor Street Store front Toronto Ontario

I worked at the Queen Street and Bloor Street stores. This one was my favorite.

Since Film Studies were a huge part of all my degrees, it was amazing to have direct access to what was then considered the biggest collection of VHS and DVDs in North America.

Although much busier than some of my library jobs, the endless questions about movies from the patrons kept me on my toes. Plus, the constant requests exercised my memory all day long. 

And it really was all day because my shifts were from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with only three breaks!

The Neighborhood Debt Reducer

More grueling jobs included my own little business of mowing lawns and shoveling snow across East York, or when I worked to assist the elderly in their homes through Community Care East York.

But I kept my eyes and ears open during this time and gathered dozens of Memory Palaces.

More importantly, I heard many stories about life from the senior citizens of our neighborhood. Their autobiographies were priceless because every time I went to work, I had multi-perspectives from stories of war and economic depression that helped me remember just how good I had things, even if my clinical depression legitimately felt like the hell it was.

Personally knowing many survivors of equally, albeit differently tough times was one of the greatest medicines. 

Plus, if you ever find yourself working in the homes of the elderly, you might just find yourself getting fed. I don’t have exact stats on how much money I saved during those years, but it was impossible getting out of those places without being invited to dinner or leaving with a bounty of fruit and vegetables from the gardens I helped tend.

Gardening Advantages Beyond A Quick Buck

And gardening not only reduces stress, but also gives you a skill set you can use for life. Tending tomatoes, mowing lawns and shoveling snow not only made me lots of money, but came with ample tips made from the currency of high quality homemade food. I was too stupid at the time to feed myself properly, so without these wonderful people, I probably would have died from malnutrition. 

I have many more stories of the jobs I held, but in sum, if you can’t find a decent job to help keep your loans and spending down, make one.

There’s no magic to it. I just knocked on the doors in my neighborhood, the same strategy that ultimately led to me getting a major research grant after I graduated, a story for another time.

As an additional tip, you can explore the advantages of bilingualism by helping families that speak a language you’re learning. The extra exposure and practice will help your fluency and make you a more attractive candidate for hire in the future. 

2. Budget and Monitor Your Expenses

Even as I was accumulating student debt that drove me bonkers with stress, I followed a budget and allocated resources for the things I needed. 

Image of Books with headphones to express the concept of the audiobook

For example, I couldn’t concentrate during my depressions, so I had to buy a lot of audiobooks.

Back then there was no such thing as Audible, the library wasn’t able to get some of the exact programs I wanted, and in this case, there were crazy amounts of shipping.

But because I budgeted for learning materials, I was able to get what I needed and then sometimes resell the programs after siphoning the information into my mind. 

I could do this because, except for wasting too much money on the booze I used to self-medicate my depression (never realizing it was actually worsening it), I walked or rode my bike everywhere I could.

Also, I figured out a few ways to reduce the trips I needed to take to campus. For example, a few times I arranged to be write additional research papers in lieu of attendance grades.

One course in particular had 20% of the grade weighted just on showing up.

How Negotiating Better Class Attendance Saves Cash On Commuting

I told the professor I loved him and loved attending his course, but really needed an alternative arrangement. We agreed upon the length and depth of the additional work I would do, and bang presto, I completed the entire course without having to travel to the campus again from that day on.

And he really had no hard feelings. In fact, years later, he wound up sitting on my dissertation defense committee. This arrangement saved not only time, but also the transit fees.

The Zen Of Walking And Biking Towards Knowledge

Likewise, I took two directed reading courses in grad school.

In both cases, I arranged to meet the professors in cafes I could reach by bike or foot. On the one hand, a directed reading course can be more intense and feel like more work.

To be honest, it also lays more scrutiny on the work you produce because the professor isn’t forced to split attention to other students. But this is ultimately a good thing because it sharpens you for the career yet to come. 

Saving Tips From An Academic Monagamist

Also, this next one might seem like a weird tip, but I found it useful for many reasons:

Have a steady romantic partner and treat it like a marriage. 

All throughout university, I saw people driving themselves crazy with romantic pursuits instead of focusing on their studies.

Anthony Metivier on a date to drink coconut milk

Enjoying an inexpensive and soulful date in an amazing cafe that is also a powerful Memory Palace.

Look, I’m flesh and blood too, but dating is not only financially draining, but the many emotions drain energy too.

So I gave up the endless chase of the dating buffet for the less exotic, but ultimately more satisfying long-term game, even if I knew these relationships would ultimately not last.

I’m not really the best person to be giving relationship advice. But when it comes to everything that went into getting my PhD, purely through the observation of others (many of whom never made it to the finish line), I really do feel I spared myself a lot of drama and expense.

I circumvented a ton of pain by cultivating long-term romances, keeping them deep, but simple. And since they were usually with other university students, they were largely intellectual. Other than books and beverages, talking philosophy for hours on end is free and easy review and hardly costs a thing. 

3. Use Memory Techniques

The beauty of using memory techniques effectively and well is that you never fail exams. Absolute success means you never have to take courses over again or stack on additional years to complete your degree.

I saw many people fail courses and extend their stay at university, which ultimately stacks on more debt. The sooner and more directly you graduate, the less your education costs.

My first and second Master degrees, for example, were both two year programs and in each case, I completed them in just one, saving significant fees.

I also completed my PhD program ahead of and was even found eligible to pause the fees for an entire year while I waited for the dissertation defense committee to find a date for the great intellectual grilling.

This pause in paying tuition helped me leave Toronto, live in Manhattan and I even found a teaching gig over in New Jersey (at Rutgers) during this time. 

In other words, you not only save tons of time you can direct at other activities when you can learn faster and remember more.

You can also find other jobs that pave the path to a better future. For example, it helped a lot that I had Rutgers on my CV and a great reference when I knocked on the door of a director’s office in Germany. But if I’d been learning like a slow-poke, I wouldn’t have had the time to accumulate more practical experience in my field. 

So if you need to know how I memorized so much info so quickly, get started now:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

You’ll love how it helps you strategize a full Memory Palace Network you can use to gobble down knowledge and keep it in your brain for when you need it. 

About that fact I mentioned at the beginning, there is an interesting study showing that student loan debt is negatively influencing how often people get married.

This research suggests that if you want to have a better marriage, or even get married at all, keep your debt as low as possible. Student debt may also cause people to have fewer kids too, so keep that in mind if you dream about having a family one day. 

Next, I suggest you watch these videos, hit the thumbs up, get subscribed if you aren’t already and keep the conversation going below. Thanks as always for the view, and until next time, keep yourself Magnetic! 

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3 Blazing Fast Ways To Increase Memory Retention Thu, 06 Jun 2019 05:47:38 +0000 2 <p>Memory retention... what the heck is it? Is it worth worrying about? If so, can it be improved? We're going to cover memory retention in today's and make it blazing fast in today's post.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Blazing Fast Ways To Increase Memory Retention</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of a car blazing across train tracks to express a concept related to memory retentionMemory retention… what the heck is it? Is it worth worrying about? If so, can it be improved?

We’re going to cover memory retention on this page and give you three blazing fast ways you can increase your ability to retain information.

The Simplest Definition Of Memory Retention

Overall, this term from the world of memory science is simply defined:

It is the ability to keep any information for different periods of time for the purpose of using it in the future.

And so if someone gives you their name, but you can’t use their name in a conversation, you haven’t retained it.

Why exactly we retain some things and not others is the subject for another post, but basically, we don’t really need a more robust definition for memory training purposes.

Nonetheless, you might be wondering about the differences between short term memory and long term memory when it comes to memory retention.

You might even be wondering about how working memory plays into the mix when it comes to learning faster and remembering more.

These are all great questions that we’ll be covering in the future, so make sure you have this so you’ll be notified:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Now, another question people ask is…

Why Is Memory Retention Important?

In addition to practical matters like remembering names, passing exams and learning new languages, memory retention helps you connect with yourself.

Think about it:

Every time you can’t recall information about your own life… it feels kind of weird, if not outright painful.

Self-punishment ensues and usually that only exacerbates the memory problems you might be facing.

So with an eye to helping you feel more connected with yourself, let’s dive into three rapid ways you can increase memory retention.

Image of a brain shining with radiant light to express a cared for mind

1. Take Better Care Of Your Brain

Look, I know everyone wants memory techniques that are easy and fun to use.

However, it only makes sense to care for the engine that makes memory possible in the first place.

For example, many people who complain of brain fog don’t need memory techniques on their own. They simply aren’t eating well.

Although diet is a tricky matter, you’ll find certain foods help improve memory better than others.

Diet has been a huge problem for me throughout my life, but I’ve one a lot to fix it and experienced much better memory as a result.

In my case, chronic pain has been the most mentally taxing and distracting problem.

Pain makes paying attention difficult.

When you can’t pay attention to information, memory retention goes out the window.

Reduce the pain, and your ability to pay attention and retain information in memory automatically goes up.

(And no, in case you’re wondering, these memory improvement vitamins are unlikely to help.)

Sleep Secrets for Better Memory Few People Consider

Next, we have sleep.

Although you might not normally think of it this way, not having enough sleep also creates pain the interrupts the ability to pay attention.

Being groggy and irritated, for example, is a kind of pain.

Plus, the brain simply cannot perform as well unrested as it can when you’re getting enough sleep.

What are the secrets?

  • Computer curfew
  • Journaling by hand, including gratitude journaling
  • Planning the next day’s activities
  • Bedtime rituals
  • Morning memory fitness activities, such as dream recall

Just by attending to diet and sleep (and stopping smoking), you can improve your memory retention, and it will happen faster than you might think.

Image of two brains beaming with light to express the benefits of memory exercise

2. Get Regular Memory Exercise

One of the easiest ways to improve memory retention is to regularly use your memory.

There are at least two kinds of memory exercise:

Active and passive.

I’ve got a wide variety of brain exercises you can play with, and here’s a condensed version of my favorite from the passive category.

It’s called The Four Details Exercise. All you do is notice 4 details about a person.

Don’t use any memory techniques. Just observe.

Later in the day, ask yourself to recall those details.

No Need To Give Yourself A Grade

It’s not a right or wrong memory retention test. It’s just a quick jog to make sure that you’re giving your memory regular exercise.

Active memory exercises for increasing retention might include using memory techniques. Here’s where “right and wrong” comes into play, and that’s all part of the fun.

For example, you can memorize a deck of cards and work on increasing either your speed of encoding, or the volume you can encode. Test yourself for accuracy of retention over different stretches of time (5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, etc).

You can increase speed and volume with names, vocabulary, abstract shapes, numbers and even verbatim texts like song lyrics or poems.

Likewise, you can actively memorize vocabulary, historical dates, or the names of everyone in a company you want to work for (or already do).

Image of a lightbulb surrounded by icons that represent learning multiple topics

3. Have A Long Term Learning Project

Okay, I know this doesn’t sound like a “blazing fast” tactic. But in reality, it is.

Here’s why:

Learning a language or memorizing large texts that you focus on over the long term produces incredible short term benefits when it comes to memory retention.

Improvements will happen for you because, as you use memory techniques consistently, you’ll build up something called “memory reserve.”

This term means that the more you know, the more you can know.

Why You Should Learn A Language To Increase Your Ability To Retain Information

Take language learning, for example.

As soon as you know about 850 words, you have all the building blocks you need to snap on more and more vocabulary and phrases.

Each new word and phrase you add builds up your memory reserve.

And this memory reserve helps explain why many people find it easier to pick up their next language. They’ve become good at the skill of building their memory reserve.

When it comes to memorizing large texts, I’ve been doing this with some scriptures written in Sanskrit.

The more I memorize, the easier it becomes to memorize even more due to this effect of memory reserve.

For example, the pool of Magnetic Imagery grows. Having more to draw upon means fewer Magnetic Images are fired off with less effort.

You’ll find this is also true when memorizing texts in your mother tongue. The more you do it, the greater ease with which you can move through words, expressions, ideas and more.

And again, you don’t have to wait forever for the memory retention benefits to kick in.

How To Start Investing In Your Brain (And Keep Consistent)

Just get started.

I know that sounds simplistic, but how else would you do it?

Next, be consistent. That means showing up at least a little.

Ideally, you’ll train your brain every day, but four times a week is a bare minimum.

Before you know it, you’ll feel like you have a completely revived brain that can conquer the world of information overwhelm with ease.

Again, we’ll talk in the future more about things like short term, long term and working memory, but the reality is that all these aspects of memory work together.

By following the 3 simple tips in the following video companion to this post, you’ll be working them comprehensively, holistically, and, dare I say, Magnetically.

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Bilingualism Advantages That Fortify Your Brain With Bartosz Czekala Thu, 30 May 2019 02:56:17 +0000 4 <p>Bartosz Czekala from Universe of Memory joins us for an unfiltered conversation about language learning, memory and bilingualism advantages that fortify the health of your brain. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Bilingualism Advantages That Fortify Your Brain With Bartosz Czekala</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p>

Are you struggling to understand all of the bilingualism advantages people keep talking about?

Are you jealous of people already learning their third (or even fourth) language? Does bilingualism seem like something that’s simply out of reach? Do you feel as if you’re being held back by some invisible force to meet your goals in language learning?

Oftentimes we are crippled by our misconceptions of learning another language.

Worse, a lot of people don’t know just how beneficial bilingualism is for the human brain.

As a result, people blindly believe they’re just not smart enough.

Worse, they think that mass marketed learning methods “won’t,” or “don’t” work. That’s a big problem, especially if we’ve hit a wall with our learning journey. We tend to blame the techniques without looking at our strategies for using them. 

The Biggest Problems Language Learners Face

We may falsely believe we just don’t have the time to dedicate to learning a language, “It’s too late to start,” or we know we’ll never have the opportunity for immersion learning, so we simply give up.

My guest today on Magnetic Memory Method Podcast is Bartosz Czekala from Universe of Memory

As a multi-linguist, language teacher, and someone with a background in computer science, econometrics, and legal translation, Bartosz is also strikes me as world class mnemonist. With Polish as his native language, he learned Swedish in only four months, and speaks seven additional languages.

The Ultimate Bilingualism Advantages Await

To share his knowledge, Bartosz’ website pairs memory techniques with learning systems to help you master language learning in fun and creative ways.

Today we run the gamut of the journey of learning another language, from common barrier to success to the methods for guaranteed results and the pros and cons of various learning techniques. We explore the relationship of memory to language studies and the science behind it all.

If you’re looking for a real, unfiltered conversation about language learning, struggling to come to terms with “Is it for me?” this is the podcast for you.

In sum: it is possible to learn a foreign language. You just need to equip yourself with the right tools.

Just press play now to learn about:

  • The effect of diet and sleep on memory, specifically fasting and sleep deprivation
  • The correlation between focus and concentration and eating habits
  • The impact of the sun on overall mental health
  • How results are possible with every memory method, but not always optimal
  • The impracticality of apps for language learning
  • The biggest issues with textbooks and word frequency
  • The argument for spaced repetition and its usage for learning another language
  • The importance of being a “scientist” in your own mind
  • The benefits of context and meaning to learning foreign language vocabulary
  • Passive exposure versus active learning
  • How knowing multiple languages fortifies the health of your brain’s neural networks, lessen the forgetting curve, and maybe even give you an incredible career
  • Pros and cons of immersion and proxemics for language learning
  • The differences in language learning in adolescence versus adulthood

Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast, and the MMM Blog:

Bartosz’s Universe of Memory

Bartosz Czekala on LinkedIn

How to Learn Faster and Rediscover the Joy of Learning

The Science of Language Learning: How Learning a Language Affects Us

How to Learn and Memorize the Vocabulary of Any Language

The Freedom Journal For Language Learning

Teach Yourself (MMM Podcast Interview with Olly Richards)

Stoic Secrets for Using Memory Techniques with Language Learning

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Surviving PTSD With The Help of Memory Techniques Featuring Nicholas Castle Thu, 23 May 2019 03:57:53 +0000 4 <p>Nicholas Castle used memory training and memory techniques to help heal his PTSD. Listen to his incredible story and apply the knowledge to your own life, especially if you're haunted by memories of the past.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Surviving PTSD With The Help of Memory Techniques Featuring Nicholas Castle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Photograph of Nicholas CastleHave you ever experienced trauma in your life that created mental blocks, or worse, PTSD?

Or do everyday situations remind you of terrible experiences from your past?

I know I am not alone when I say that there are painful memories that can be haunting.

From the death of a loved one, to near-death experiences and childhood trauma, we all have that “thing” that pops up from time to time and haunts us …

If we let it.

But here’s the powerful truth:

We don’t have to live our lives in a constant state of fear that these memories will be triggered.

Although we can’t prevent memories from flooding back at inopportune times, we can change how we respond to our triggers.

A Powerful PTSD Survival Story

To help those suffering from any kind of unwanted memories flooding their awareness, here’s what I’ve done:

On this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, I sit down with the founder of Bushcraft for Kids, Nicholas Castle.

His organization teaches children survival and outdoors skills to increase their self-motivation, life skills, and confidence through adventure.

Using these same memory techniques he teaches to his students, he explains his journey from being a young boy struggling with dyslexia to a former law enforcement officer living with post-traumatic stress disorder.

His secret to overcoming these setbacks?

The Memory Palace.

The thing that struck me most about our conversation was how versatile Memory Palaces became for Nicholas.

Not only was spatial memory and mnemonics essential to his success in his educational career, but also throughout his time in law enforcement. This role included public speaking, a healthy, but still stressful situation he had to deal with on top of his PTSD.

And you know what?

Portrait of Nicholas Castle Who Used Memory Techniques To Help Heal PTSD

Nicholas enjoying a forest that also serves as a Memory Palace

Memory techniques saved the day yet again. A bit of time out in nature helping other people seems to have contributed to Nicholas’ success too.

If you want to know how Memory Palaces can help to transform every facet of your life, especially if you are dealing with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, like Nicholas, this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast is for you.

Press play above and discover:

  • How creating memory palaces can improve confusion from dyslexia (a condition that didn’t stop Dominic O’Brien from creating the Dominic System)
  • An important point about the logic behind creating Memory Palaces (including prompts for and how to create them)
  • The relationship between magic and memory through association
  • Notes on the influence of Tony Buzan and Harry Lorayne
  • How mnemonics can improve public speaking
  • The precise way memory techniques reduce the stress responsible for so much memory loss
  • How using memory techniques can help to influence large groups of people
  • Commonalities between hypnosis and mnemonics
  • The potential of memory techniques to manage PTSD symptoms
  • The versatility of meditation practice for concentration
  • How to use a Memory Palace Network as a practical learning tool

Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast, and the MMM Blog:

Nicholas Castle’s organization, Bushcraft For Kids

Nicholas on Twitter

How to Improve Memory Power and Concentration by Eliminating Stress

Memory Techniques and Dyslexia

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Test for Dyslexia: 37 Common Traits

How to Practice Memory Techniques For Studying Tough Subjects

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4 Powerful Ways to Use the Pegword Method [10 Examples Included] Thu, 16 May 2019 09:06:13 +0000 2 <p>The pegword method is one of the most powerful mnemonic systems on the planet. Learn each with detailed mnemonic examples so you can get started right away.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">4 Powerful Ways to Use the Pegword Method [10 Examples Included]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Feature image for Pegword Method Blog Post with Cobra Commander on a laundry pegThe pegword method is a simple memory technique for remembering lists of information.

I’m talking about lists filled with:

  • Vocabulary
  • Study keywords
  • Names (people, countries, foods)
  • To-do list items
  • Historical dates
  • Medical or legal terminology
  • Computer programming documentation
  • … and anything that can be organized into a list

There are a few variations to this technique. We’ll discuss 4 of them on this page.

But first, this is important:

Each pegword system involves three easy stages:

1) Setting up and remembering the system

2) Encoding new information with the system

3) Recalling the information by triggering the system

In the first stage, people learn a standard set of peg words. These “pegs” can be number-rhyme pairs or letters of the alphabet.

The Many Types of Peg System

There are different types of peg systems you can choose from. All of them use the same method: the use of a concrete object to represent each number. What’s different is how you choose the object.

We can divide these approaches into the following categories:

  1. The rhyming method
  2. The meaning method
  3. The alphabet method
  4. The look-alike method

Let’s talk about the rhyming pegs first:

1. The Number Rhyme System

Some people call this approach “the One is a Gun” technique. Many people using this approach have a pre-memorized list like this:

  • One is a gun
  • Two is a shoe
  • Three is a bee
  • Four is a door
  • Five is a hive
  • Six is drum sticks
  • Seven is Evan
  • Eight is a gate
  • Nine is wine
  • Ten is a hen

As you can see, when using the rhyming method, you create pegs that rhyme with a number to create a pre-memorized list.

In the next stage, memorizers visualize the information they want to remember and mentally link it with the rhyming word.

A High Precision Tutorial On How To Make The Links

Ideally, you don’t make your associations in the void of your mind.

Instead, I suggest you create them in a well-formed Memory Palace.

For example, if you have previously committed “two is a shoe” to memory, you can set a rule that every Magnetic Station in a Memory Palace features that shoe.

Then, when you meet a group of people and the second person tells you her name is Rose, you can instantly see a rose growing out of the shoe.

Mnemonic Example of using the pegword method to memorize the name Rose using a shoe with flowers sprouting from it

Mnemonic Example of using the pegword method to memorize the name Rose

Of course, Rose gets special treatment in your Memory Palace after you’ve shot Paul McCartney in the chest on the first station of your Memory Palace.

This will help you remember that someone new goes by the name Paul. On station three, you use the its peg to interact with an image for the next name, and so forth. This scenario is just one example, and very powerful when memorizing names at meetings or other events.

Powerful, isn‘t it?

It gets even better if you’re interested in number systems, but for now, let’s press on.

The Scientific Term For This Kind Of Mnemonic

Some researchers of memory and learning call the product of linking one word to another a composite image or picture.

In today’s example with Rose, I have brought together the peg, the given name and a part of a Memory Palace.

This process creates a singular, mental image that is easy to recall later – especially because I naturally made the image strange, vibrant and drew upon all the Magnetic Modes while creating it.

To put the process more simply, information like Rose‘s name gets ‘pegged’ to certain images. And as you‘ve seen, my preference is to also “peg” information to a Memory Palace at the same time. Everything is co-created in one fell swoop, as much as possible.

Why There’s No Need To Follow The Order

Here’s a very cool feature of this technique:

It is not dependent on retrieving the items you memorized in sequence.

For example, if you want Rose, you don’t have to start with the first piece of information and work your way through the whole sequence. You can access her name or any item on the list simply by thinking of the number rhyme.

To achieve this flexibility, initially, all you have to do is to prepare a list of peg words that can be easily retrieved and link them with other items.

How To Memorize Your Pegs

If you’re using the number-rhyme system, it‘s really quite easy. Rhyming does most of the work.

As a pro tip, always make each object specific.

For example, I don‘t use an abstract gun, but a very specific gun from the movie Videodrome.

Still from David Cronenberg's Videodrome to illustrate a mnemonic example related to pegwords

A gun from David Cronenberg’s Videodrome. It’s exactly the kind of strange imagery that makes memory techniques work so well.

For 2, I don’t use just any old shoe. I use my favorite shoes from when I was a kid. (They had velcro pockets for holding coins.)

Evan Wilds asks about the mnemonic peg system

My friend Evan

In each case, try to make each rhyme you choose concrete and specific. For 3 is a bee, I use Jerry Seinfeld from The Bee Movie. For 7, I use my friend Evan instead of something abstract like heaven.

It might take you a few minutes, or even a few hours over a weekend to land on the most specific option possible. It will be worth the effort!

If you’re struggling, you can adopt the Mind Mapping examples here for creating your imagery too. There’s always a way!

How To Mix Your Pegs With The Major System

This method is useful for many things beyond remembering names, shopping lists and errands on your to-do list.

You can use it for remembering new concepts, foreign language vocabulary, ideas, dates, potentially for verse numbers and anything you organize in a linear manner, but that doesn’t necessarily require linear recall.

To remember a date like 1789, you use would use the Major Method or the Dominic System to create images for these numbers.

Then you would link the images to one of your pegs. If assigned to your sixth peg and you are using drum sticks, you might have Tucker Max (17) pounding on a viper (89) with the drum sticks.

Mnemonic Example with Tucker Max and the Green Day Drummer drumming on Cobra Commander

Mnemonic Example with Tucker Max and the Green Day Drummer drumming on Cobra Commander

Because I focus on specificity, it’s not just any drum sticks, but the sticks used by the Green Day drummer. It’s not just any viper, but Cobra Commander from GI Joe.

I‘m giving you my specific mnemonic examples for a simple reason:

Making the images concrete and based on real things that have been interesting or important to me in life is part of what helps the memory techniques work better and faster.

You might never have heard of Green Day or played with GI Joe toys. But surely there is a drummer you find interesting and an appropriate image you can use for each of the digits from 00 to 99.

It’s really not rocket science. It just takes a small amount of focus and time after completing a memory course.

2. The Meaning Method

In the meaning method, you create pegs that help you recall the sound and meaning of the words you want to recall later.

For example, to remember the word ‘exploration’ with the rhyming pair (one is a gun), you can visualize ex-cops with guns patrolling an area where oil exploration is taking place.

Take the word “quadrangle,” to give you an additional example.

The most immediate and obvious association is a quad bike. Since a quadrangle has four sides and a quad bike has four wheels, it generally works to cover both sound and meaning.

This approach becomes incredibly streamlined the more you practice. It’s great for language learning, medicine, law, philosophy and any learning area rich with semantic meaning. This method is best used with a Memory Palace.

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There is another type of widely used peg system. It uses alphabet letters as pegs.

Let’s check it out:

3. The Alphabet Peg System

Although this technique is essentially a variation on the Number/Rhyme method, it gives you more pegs. You can use it to remember longer lists of items in a specific order.

True, it takes more time to learn than a number-based technique, but rest assured that some people love this approach so much, they have multiple alphabet lists. And having more than one list is one of the core teachings in M.A. Kohain’s underground memory improvement book, Mnemotechnics: The Art and Science of Memory Techniques.

How to Use the Alphabet Method

In this technique, you will associate objects or people based on each letter of the alphabet. Later, you will link these alphabet associations with information you want to memorize.

Please note how I am applying the rule of specificity to each of these examples:

A – Apple laptop (the one I‘m typing this article on)

B – Batman (Michael Keaton version)

C – Chocolate (My favorite kind)

D – Dracula (As played by Bela Lugosi)

E – Elephant (Edgar, who you may have seen on my YouTube channel)

F – Fish (I use Kami the fish)

Kami the Fish Mnemonic Example for an Alphabet List

Kami the Fish, one-time mascot of Kamloops, B.C., Canada

G – Goat (I think of The Jesus Lizard album by this name)

H – House (The movie by this name and its poster)

I – Igloo (specifically the one Pingu built)

J – Jelly (as in the band, Green Jelly)

K – Kangaroo (Hippety Hopper from the Warner Bros. cartoons)

L – Lantern (from Green Lantern)

M – Mouse (Mickey Mouse)

N – Nose (as seen on Michelangelo‘s David)

O – Orange (A Clockwork Orange)

P – Pan (Peter Pan)

Q – Queen (The rock band)

R – Rat (Splinter from Ninja Turtles)

S – Shore (as in Pauley Shore)

T – Turkey (the country on a map)

U – Umbrella (in the hands of Chauncey Gardiner)

V – Van (the one from A-Team)

W – Wagon (Stagecoach, starring John Wayne)

X – Xylophone (I loved the one I had as a kid)

Y – Yarn (my mom knits)

Z  – Zed (from Pulp Fiction)

Once you have associated your images with the letters, you will then peg them to the items you wish to remember. Suppose you have to remember the following list of 10 gift items.

  1. A watch
  2. A DVD of the TV show “Friends”
  3. Camera
  4. A shoulder bag
  5. A scarf
  6. Perfume
  7. A tennis racket
  8. A pen
  9. A tea set
  10. A dress

Next, you will mentally link these items with the images that represent the letters of the alphabet. I suggest you follow the order of letters. For example, the numeric equivalent of the alphabet, a, is 1; b is 2; c is 3, and so on.

Read the list and link them with the images described above, ideally in a Memory Palace. Notice how I am making each example dramatic, dynamic and either exaggerate through action or strange.

10 Mnemonic Examples For The Alphabet System

  1. A – Apple laptop: A watch: Think of Steve Jobs smashing your favorite watch (or a very expensive one) with a laptop.
  2. B – Batman: Imagine this iconic superhero using A DVD of the TV show “Friends” as a replacement weapon to his Batarang.
  3. C – Chocolate: Camera: Human-shaped chocolates are dancing seductively during a photo shoot. The camera nearly melts because it‘s so shy.
  4. D – Dracula: A shoulder bag: Dracula tries to suck blood from a shoulder bag.
  5. E – Elephant: A scarf: An elephant chewing on a scarf as if it were hay.
  6. F – Fish: Perfume: The fish is using the perfume like pepper spray to keep a shark away.
  7. G – Goat: A tennis racket: The Jesus Lizard album “Goat” enters a tennis court and interrupts the game. The tennis racket tries to scare it away by blasting it with music.
  8. H – House: A pen: You use a pen to sign the lease to your dream house… Except it‘s a haunted hose and eats the pen!
  9. I – Igloo: A tea set: You are enjoying a cup of warm tea with your family inside an igloo as Pingu crashes into it.
  10. J – (Green Jelly): A dress: The singer of this band spoils a dress you are about to buy by spreading it with a huge jelly stain.

Recalling the items is easy.

Just bring back the image you associated with each letter. With a bit of practice, you will become a pro.

Remember: You always have multiple chances to recall the target information:

1) You have both image you associated with the letter of the alphabet

2) You have the image for the letter of the alphabet

3) You have the interaction between the two taking place in a Memory Palace

4. The Look-Alike Method

Now, before we conclude, you might be wondering…

Where the heck does this clever memory technique come from?

The Number Shape Peg System
(Origins of the Pegword Method?)

Some people attribute the first peg system to Henry Herdson. He wrote instructions on mnemonics and memory back in the mid-1600s. In Ars Memoriae (1651), Herdson suggested linking each digit from 0-9 with an object that resembles the number.

Examples Of The Number Shape Peg System

For example:

1 = candle

Mnemonic Example of number shape for 1

Mnemonic Example of a number shape for 1

2 = duck

3 = mustache

4 = sailboat, and so on.

Herdson’s images don’t sound very specific.

But even if Herdson didn’t use the Magnetic Memory Method, I suggest that you do.

For example, I think of a candle I had burning when I nearly accidentally burned down the house. This specificity makes everything stronger when I use the candle to memorize numbers.

You can find more number image examples in the Magnetic Memory Method Course How to Memorize Math, Numbers, Simple Arithmetic and Equations.

And if you feel like you don’t remember enough of your life to make each image specific enough, try these autobiographical memory exercises:

How Will You Use The Pegword Method?

As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can make pegs. You could use your favorite superheroes and then turn their bodies into Memory Palaces.

For example, Batman could be segmented into his head, shoulders, arms and legs.

There’s no end to the pegs you can create. And never forget:

Every peg can be combined with a Memory Palace for maximum effect.

So what do you say? Are you ready to create some pegs and memorize information?

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Would you like that?

If so, that’s what you’ll learn to do on this page. Read every word for the facts and some simple memory exercises that will help you improve your overall memory quickly.

But first, we need to establish the nature of this unique memory problem.

What exactly does a problem with short-term memory look like?

A Shocking Portrait Of Short-Term Memory Loss

Imagine the following scenario, inspired by the true-to-life novel about early onset dementia, Still Alice:

You’re in the kitchen, preheating the oven to make a batch of your world-famous brownies. You’ve assembled your ingredients on the counter to prepare your batter… and then the unthinkable happens. You only have one egg left in the carton and the recipe calls for two.

Still Alice book cover

At least… that’s how you remember it.

Frustrated, you grab your keys and head to the store. You remember you’re low on paper towels and need batteries for the TV remote, so you put those in your cart as you navigate the aisles. (Perfect opportunity to create a Memory Palace, isn’t it?)

You pay for your items, load up the car, and drive home. You walk back into the kitchen and feel happy when you see that the oven’s temperature ready for your brownies. And then you realize you forgot the eggs you went to the store for in the first place!

It happens to the best of us. Our short-term memory can be seriously lacking at times. Stress, depression, lifestyle habits like sleep, diet, and exercise, even medications, can cause short-term memory difficulties.

So what do we do? Do we resign ourselves to list-making and app dependency to remember daily bits of information? Are we glued to the smartphone or pen and paper as our lifeline against forgetfulness?

Don’t lose hope. There is a better way. I’ve assembled a step-by-step guide that can help you improve your short-term memory so your next baking session goes off without a hitch.

Keep reading to discover: an actual means of improving short-term memory and examples of short-term memory at work.

A Brief Definition Of Short Term Memory

While we could dive straight into the techniques of improving memory so as to not risk getting bogged down by terminology, it’s important to first define what short-term memory actually is.

We must first note that there is a difference between short, long term, and working memory. And it’s important to note the different memory problems that emerge from each.

While long term and working memory are more complex, short-term memory is simpler, with a two-fold function.

Short term memory is:

  1. An ability to understand sentences, spoken and written. It is, at its most basic, tied closely to comprehension.
  1. The ability to remember small sequences of numbers, such as telephone numbers.

Short-term memory is the type of memory that helps you understand what you are reading.

Without it, you‘d be constantly confused when studying, saying “What did I just read?”

It is also the type of memory that when you see an infomercial on television lets you remember the telephone number to call and order your Flex-Seal or airbrush makeup kit for only three easy payments of $19.95.

The Zen of Improving Short Term Memory

Because memory is so central to our overall brain function, to improve it, we must improve all of our types of memory.

This means tapping into:

  • Episodic memory
  • Figural memory
  • Procedural memory
  • Semantic memory
  • Spatial memory and even autobiographical memory. Like this:

The name of the game is comprehensive improvement. Isn’t that what we really desire anyway?

If not, we should.


Because when we focus on a complete enhancement of all aspects of our memory we will do more than improve our short-term function. We will also transcend the textbook definitions of memory.

And it feels like “Zen” because, once you’re into the rhythm of working on your memory, you’ll wonder why you never did it before. It’s so much fun!

How Anyone Can Hold Far More Than 5-8 Digits In Memory With Ease

We need to look no further than memory competitors who blur the lines of what short-term memory is defined as. The textbook definition suggests one can only keep five to eight digits in memory at once.

Yet, using a simple number system, World Memory Champions like Alex Mullen can memorize a deck of cards in seconds. Although he doesn’t use the Dominic System, I imagine Alex learned a lot from that approach, as can we all.

Memory athlete Alex Mullen

Memory athlete Alex Mullen


Now, you might be looking at the photo above and thinking… Alex is so young!

You’re right, but check out Lynne Kelly who wrote The Memory Code. She’s one of many mature members of our society who do very well in memory competition.

Lynne Kelly author of The Memory Code

Lynne Kelly, author of The Memory Code

Plus, please understand this important point:

This practice is not just about playing cards and numbers.

When I‘ve given memory demonstrations, I have memorized 20 to 30 names in only the amount of time it took to hear them.

Thus, the boundaries of what short-term memory is called in textbooks is not so strict, so rigid or so limited.

Now that you know that these memory feats come from specific kinds of brain training, it‘s worth repeating this simple fact:

You need a holistic, comprehensive memory training program, ideally one that leads to long-term memory benefits that offer you predictable recall.

How Comprehensive Memory Training Helps (Quickly)

In order to give you long term, predictable recall, the first step is to exercise your spatial memory.

This is where the Magnetic Memory Method and using a robust Memory Palace Network comes into play:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Next, we have elaborative encoding, which I call Magnetic Imagery (sometimes called mnemonic imagery). This mnemonic skill must be sharpened.

How do we become great at creating associations so we can remember more?

There’s no shortcut or quick-fix here. Daily, creative repetition is the key to building a strong foundation on which to build your short-term memory comprehensively.

If you take the time to create your Memory Palaces, then encode them with real and relevant information that is important to your life, you will be far ahead of the game.

Next, practice decoding, or Recall Rehearsal. Used inside a Memory Palace for a meaningful learning project, your short-term memory will be sharpened, improved and ready for use at the drop of a hat.

Step One:
Eliminate The Digital Brain Games

Can apps help improve your memory?

The short answer:

It‘s unlikely.

The longer answer:

Relegating your memory improvement to a device is only marginally beneficial. One of the former leading memory improvement software companies, Cogmed, promised big results with completion of problem-solving and training tasks.

Although some improvement occurred, there was no evidence these results were lasting. In this digital age there is still the need for real, human interaction. In other words, personal, one-on-one training, not artificial intelligence or a simulation, for real, durable results.

This is true for language learning as well. Sure, you may find that you can remember a list of vocabulary or read fluently in a second language with learning software, but true results and comprehensive fluency include conversation. This cannot be accomplished with software alone.

The general rule is to get off apps, not more into them. We are almost glued to our smartphones, immersed in virtual reality, out of touch with the real world. Why add one more notification or thing to be tended to for the computer in our pocket?

Turn off the TV and write a story. Don’t see yourself as an author? …Just try. Put pen to paper and don’t be afraid to suck.

By simply writing a short narrative, you will manage character names, locations and other details in your short-term memory. It’s very powerful.

Step Two:
Keep A Snapshot Journal

Do you remember the rant from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl?

“Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old … drum set and get in their garage and… just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll …. start playing and they’ll have the best times they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana.”

Great advice, but get this:

You don’t have to be a virtuoso to be a musician and benefit from mnemonics for music.

Likewise, you don’t have to be an author to write. When it comes to memory, all you have to do is record the things you enjoy about your life.

Original image of a 5 year snapshot journal

The Snapshot Journal I’m using

I’ve recently taken up using a Snapshot Journal, which lets you compare five years in the same diary on a single page.

Since writing is known to improve memory and I love the simple passive memory exercise of remembering a few things from the day before, I snapped one up and have used it daily ever since. It makes a difference.

As a tip, keep your Snapshot Journal open and in a high traffic part of your home. I keep mine by my desk and use it to list movies I‘ve seen, the livestreams I‘ve held and my accuracy with memorizing cards.

Flip back through the pages regularly and see if you can think of things to add.

Again, this is comprehensive memory training. It might not see to relate to short term memory, but by focusing in the present moment deep into your past memory, you are practicing the practice of linking focus and concentration together.

Like writing a bit of fiction, writing about your own life is one of the best and fastest ways to start remembering more in the short term. It improves this aspect of your memory for a simple reason:

Because it’s using it.

Step Three:
Read Daily From Print For Better Memory

Speaking of writing, reading is a great memory exercise.

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Anthony Metivier Walking While Reading

Walking and reading in Denmark

You retain your focus to comprehend what you’re reading. If you lose the details of what you just read, or you’re constantly having to go back and reread a few paragraphs, don’t fret or turn it into a problem. Simply read again with more purpose and intention. Over time, you can improve your short-term memory by focusing in this way.

And when you find your mind wandering, go with it! Instead of beating yourself up about it, go for a walk and pay attention to the world, untethered from all devices. Simply notice the world and the details of nature. Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Book Cover

This suggestion is just one of the many Alex Pang makes in Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less.

If you don‘t like to think of walking as a positive mind wandering generator, incorporate Recall Rehearsal into the journey. Take advantage of being unplugged to journey through your Memory Palaces as you walk.

Understand that real short-term memory is focused attention and meditation plus mindfulness and memory is true short term memory power.

And to get that focus going, you need to read on an old fashioned device that won’t interrupt you. It’s called a physical book.

If you don’t believe that reading on your phone or from Kindle is ruining your memory, read the facts from this piece on Digital Amnesia.

Step Four:

The Ultimate Memory Exercise for Short-Term Memory “Stretching” 

It’s easy and fun:

Get in the habit of memorizing names.

Not just the names of the people you meet. Also:

  • Authors
  • Musicians
  • Actors
  • Politicians
  • Doctors

Memorizing names is hugely powerful for three reasons.

1. You start consciously paying more attention to names.

This will improve your social skills and create a better first impression on others. (I’d say that’s a pretty great side effect.)

2. Everything you memorize is a name. Every foreign language word or number is effectively a name for an object or concept. If you can memorize names, you can memorize anything.

3. The rapid encoding of names is useful in translating your short-term efforts into long-term results.

Why You Should Memorize Names In Private First

Start this as a private exercise before you attempt this rapid encoding and recall in public.

Go to Wikipedia and press the “random” button until you have a list of 10 names assembled. Or scroll through IMDB and review cast and crew lists of movies.

Or work with the names you already have in your memory. Try to recall lists of past Presidents, or famous composers or poets. The sky’s the limit, so get creative.

Once you’re feeling confident in your work in private, go semi-public. When you see workers with name-tags at the store, or office workers’ desk plaques, make a note of these names in your memory journal and test yourself.

Approached this way, you’re not stressing yourself out. There’s no stakes and you can always win.

When you quiz yourself and you remember a name, give yourself a pat on the back (or post on our memory improvement forum so our community can).

Or if you’re having trouble with name recall and make a mistake, just treat it for what it really is: An opportunity for improvement. Win-win.

As you build this skill you’ll be able to eventually take this along as a fun little party trick (that’s also beneficial to your memory).

Anthony Metivier memorizing and recalling names at an NRG memory demonstration

Anthony Metivier memorizing and recalling names at a memory demonstration in Brisbane

As you meet people, commit their names to memory, then when goodbyes are being said you can announce:

“I memorized everybody’s name here. Would you like to see a fun demonstration?” then recall all the partygoers to everyone’s amazement.

Don’t limit yourself to just names though. You can use this same rapid encoding practice with memorizing prices at the store, playing cards, and, of course, your 00-99 configuration. Take the same principles of recall and use them across the board, as they are truly universal.

Step Five:

The Best and Most Practical Way to Practice Improving STM

Without question, the best and most practical way to improve short-term memory is memorizing names in real time, in public. There are endless opportunities for you to do this:

  • (joining Meetup groups with like-minded people who share your interests in memory)
  • First day of school (memorize your classmates names)
  • Film credits in movies (test as soon as you get home with your date)
  • Discussions (memorize your “opponent’s” points during arguments so you can refer back to what they said and how they said it.)

As you engage in this exercise in real time you’re not only improving your memory, but human connection as well. You’re honoring the person you’re speaking with by truly paying attention, instead of having a distracted interaction.

Step Six:

Extended Exercises for Long-Term Memory Stretching

Translate this focused attention to the long term by shifting your focus. Instead of small pieces of information, like names, think of large projects that need your attention.

Try learning a foreign language. Use mnemonics to help you memorize both vocabulary and phrases.

Or learn to memorize scripture, poetry, quotes, speeches, and song lyrics.

Try “mixing and matching” this information for even greater benefits.

For example, your goal may be to become fluent in Spanish. Along with your learning of Spanish vocabulary you may memorize works from Spanish poets like Pablo Medina or Martin Espada. When you’re feeling burnout with memorizing poetry, work with your vocabulary and vice versa.

You can also learn to memorize numbers, and go on to number your Memory Palace Network. Anytime you want to increase the challenge, you can.

Step 7: Fix Your Lifestyle

Finally, check out these general memory tips that will help you with both your short and long-term memory.

We often overlook the obvious when it comes to memory wellness, which is tending to our overall wellbeing. I cannot underestimate the benefits of physical health to brain health. There have been numerous studies linking mind and body wellness, and therefore, when exercising our memory, we must remember to care for our bodies as well.


This means getting an adequate amount of sleep. Try sleeping without electronic devices in your bedroom and hold yourself to a “computer curfew.” You may be surprised at how much more restful your sleep truly is.


Evaluate your diet. Eat memory friendly foods and avoid those that destroy memory. If we’re truly honest with ourselves none of us eat as healthily as we should.

Image of memory boosting food blueberries

Blueberries are just one of several memory boosting foods

Our busy lives often lend themselves to convenience foods or fast foods, rather than true, whole foods that are nourishing to our bodies (and therefore our minds).


Also, socialize. Take opportunities to be with other people and often. Speak with them. Pay attention to them and what they’re saying, not only for the short-term memory benefits we discussed, but for yourself. If you’re truly engaged with others, that investment feels good. We crave that interaction as social creatures, so make it count.


Meditation is not only a proven way to improve your memory. It sharpens your concentration too.

When I meditate, I recite a lot of material, as well as focus on breathing and a few other exercises.

It is powerful because of the self-observation skills it creates. When you’re in the world, engaging with people and information overwhelm, that extra bit of awareness gives you an edge and you capture more information.

If you’re not a meditator yet, I suggest you give it a try a.s.a.p. and give it at least 4x a week over 3 months before you assess the results.

“Forget” Short-Term Memory 

To improve short-term memory, you need to practice multiple levels of memory.

The best way to do that is to use comprehensive memory techniques daily. The Memory Palace technique is especially great because it helps you combine all the levels of memory in a streamlined manner. You might even start to experience something like flashbulb memory.

Remember not to get too hung up on the terminology of memory training. Learn it as you go.

Finding the balance between encoding and decoding makes it all simple.

And who knows, maybe your next batch of brownies won’t call for two trips to the corner market.

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An Abundance Of Powerful “Monkey Mind” Meditation Tips with Ben Fishel Thu, 02 May 2019 06:53:27 +0000 0 <p>Having control over your mind and experiencing peace of mind is possible. Ben Fishel joins me on the podcast to show you how - and it's obvious just how much mental quiet helps with memory techniques. Listen in!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">An Abundance Of Powerful “Monkey Mind” Meditation Tips with Ben Fishel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Portrait of Ben Fishel for the Magnetic Memory Method PodcastWe all deal with it. The never ending to-do lists, rushing here, there, and everywhere in our daily lives, like a hamster on a wheel.

From work, to school, family obligations, and social and extracurricular activities we never stop.

But it’s not just our physical bodies that are “all over the place.” It’s our minds as well. It’s like a “monkey mind” is running the show up there!

Unless, of course, you have some of the best monkey mind meditation tips out there.

The kind that show you the way to quiet the noise, perhaps even to silence this uncontrollable, restless mind that haunts our global civilization. 

Think about it…

What if you could exercise self-control mentally in order to make more rational decisions, your best decisions, calmly?

Good news:

You can.

On this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, I sit down with Ben Fishel, author of the upcoming book Project Monkey Mind.

Anthony Metivier with Ben Fishel of

Hanging out with Ben at my favorite Memory Palace, The Menagerie

Ben is a meditation teacher, habitual traveler, and freelance writer.

His blog, Project Monkey Mind, helps professionals boost their creativity and relax their minds. His work has been featured on The Huffington Post, HighExistence, Tiny Buddha, and Pick The Brain.

In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, we discuss the problems of the modern day monkey mind and how, through meditation, self-inquiry and self-discovery you can take steps to quiet it.

Ben shares some principles from his soon-to-be released book, especially regarding his Pyramid of Self and the need for knowing one’s self to make a transformation in your life.

Until the book comes out, grab his 7 Hacks for Monkey Mind Calm Cheat Sheet.

Image of the Monkey Mind Meditation Hacks Cheat sheet from Ben Fishel

7 Hacks for “Monkey Mind Calm” Cheat Sheet


Having control over your mind is possible, peace of mind is possible, and mental clarity, calm, and focus are all within your reach. 

To learn how, all you have to do is scroll up, hit play and discover:

  • The difference between real change as compared to our expectations of change
  • Authentic self-help versus spirituality junk and the spiritual junkies it creates
  • The importance of self-inquiry to discover both who you are and who you aren’t
  • How a “hyper-egoic” consciousness due to social media can be detrimental to quieting the self-referential mind
  • The benefits of finding a balance between goals and the karma yoga idea of letting go of outcomes
  • Ben’s Pyramid of Self, a relationship between ego, narratives about yourself, your biology, and higher cause
  • How the ego can provide a false sense of being bulletproof, and the drawbacks to such an attitude
  • Why we should always be skeptical, or critical of gurus as the end all, be all to answering life’s big questions
  • The human condition of coping (or not) with uncertainties
  • How freedom and individual sovereignty are related and how to achieve them
  • How meditation brings a needed silence that doesn’t come to the body naturally

Our Second Monkey Mind Meditation Conversation:

Part One:

Part Two:



Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast, and the MMM Blog:

Ben’s guided meditations on InsightTimer

Ben’s YouTube Channel

Walking Meditation: 3 Memory Improving Ways to Walk Yourself Into Bliss

How to Improve Concentration and Memory Buddha Style

The Wise Advocate: Become A Better Leader of Your Memory

How to Stop Punishing Yourself When You Say Stupid Things

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Katie Kermode On Memory Competition and Casual, Everyday Mnemonics Fri, 26 Apr 2019 01:32:10 +0000 2 <p>Katie Kermode, a memory champion and competitor from the United Kingdom, discusses her journey with memory competitions, memory training software and everyday mnemonics.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Katie Kermode On Memory Competition and Casual, Everyday Mnemonics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Memory Competitor Katie Kermode with a desk of playing cardsDo you ever wonder how memory competitors get so good at their craft?

Do they have some secret method that the Average Joe can’t begin to comprehend?

Is there a memory secret society that’s only available to those who participate in the competition world that you and I would never be able to access?

Good news:

Memory competitors are just like you. They have their strengths, weakness, and, believe it or not, have the time to have a life outside of memory training!

On today’s episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, I sit down with Katie Kermode, a memory champion and competitor from the United Kingdom, to discuss her memory journey.

Competing for over two decades, Katie is ranked 16th place in the world for memory competitors and is a four time memory world record holder.

Portrait of Memory Competitor Katie Kermode for the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

She is also a professional translator and proofreader, memory coach, and is the creator of memorization and recall software used at the IAM World Memory Championships in 2018.

If you are struggling with finding the time to devote to memory training…

If names or dates elude you in information memorization…

Or if you think the end all, be all to strengthening your memory is a memory system just out of reach for the everyday memory improvement enthusiast…

This podcast is for you.

Click play above now and discover:

  • The “right” age to begin memory techniques with children and how to motivate them to use these techniques from a young age
  • How to make the most of limited time for memory training
  • Using natural association patterns to remember names
  • Variances in techniques from memory competitors to casual users of mnemonics (and why there is no singular approach to memory training that is “best”)
  • Having a memory system vs. memory principles to build your own method
  • The benefits of memory software for memorization and recall
  • How to revolutionize attitudes about memory training in the digital age (without developing Digital Amnesia)
  • Memorization in competitions versus real life application
  • The benefits of attaching information to people along a Memory Palace journey

Katie Kermode with memory competition awards and playing cards

Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast, and the MMM Blog:

Katie Kermode’s Official Website

Katie Kermode’s Twitter

Katie Kermode on Nelson Dellis’s Mind Show

The International Association of Memory

IAM on Facebook

Katie’s Memory Software

Next Level Memory Training Secrets with USA Memory Champion John Graham

Nelson Dellis on the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast (episode referenced in this one)

Idriz Zogaj’s Discussion on Memory Training Apps

Stats about Katie (Records and Memory Titles):

  • World Record in 5-minute Names (105)
  • World Record in 15-minute Names (224)
  • World Record in 15-minute Words (318)
  • World Record in Memory League Words (50 in 51.31 seconds)
  • MSO Memory Champion 2018
  • MSO Memory Champion 2017
  • UK Memory League Champion 2016
  • UK Memory Champion 2012

About Katie’s Software:

This memory training software features these competition formats:

  • National Standard
  • International Standard
  • World Championship Standard
  •  Includes free memory training across these memory disciplines:
    • numbers
    • names
    • 5 minute words
    • dates
    • cards
    • images
    • binary

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Katie Kermode, a memory champion and competitor from the United Kingdom, discusses her journey with memory competitions, memory training software and everyday mnemonics. Katie Kermode, a memory champion and competitor from the United Kingdom, discusses her journey with memory competitions, memory training software and everyday mnemonics. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 56:17
Flashbulb Memory: When, Why And How Vivid Recall Seizes Your Mind Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:53:45 +0000 4 <p>Is your flashbulb memory as accurate as you think it is? Read this post now to find out more about this kind of memory, eidetic memory and memory exercise.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Flashbulb Memory: When, Why And How Vivid Recall Seizes Your Mind</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of a lightbulb to express how flashbulb memory relates to memory improvement trainingDo you have a “flashbulb memory“?

Here’s a simple memory test:

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing during the 9/11 attacks?

If so, in how much detail… exactly?

After all, 9/11 was one of the most mentally impacting world events millions of people not only remember. They remember it vividly.

What does vivid mean in this context?

For example, you might recall exactly what activity you were performing when you learned about the attack. Myself, I was in Stong College on the York University campus, just before a class.

It’s an irrelevant detail in the overall scope of my life, but the fact that I remember so much minutia is precisely the point.

For example, I was in the cafeteria reading that morning. My phone rang and my friend Andrew said, “Find a TV.”

I remember it vividly, down to the fact that my eyes traced the sky through the window and instantly fell upon an airplane.

But here’s the problem:

This memory I have about seeing an airplane through the window might not be accurate.

In fact, chances are that it’s a flashbulb memory. Just like the time I spent with Tony Buzan, which we’ll talk about in a minute.

But before we define this concept and talk about some powerful memory exercises, let’s look at the history of this term:

Flashbulb Memory Defined

The term flashbulb memory refers to a long lasting vivid memory of the circumstance around the time of receiving a shocking or surprising piece of news or event.

Coined as a metaphor in the 1970s, it refers to the feeling of mentally capturing a complete scene in a single moment.

But more than just feeling like you‘ve taken a mental snapshot, the idea is that your mental image includes a ton of information. I‘m talking about everything from the most crucial details to the most mundane ones.

Even more:

It’s the feeling that the memory will last indefinitely, almost as if it were a photograph.

These memories have intrigued memory researchers for decades. Some consider flashbulb memory as a kind of autobiographical memory, which is the recollection of events you have personally experienced.

Typically, individuals involved as subjects in memory studies feel extremely confident about their recollections of events like 9/11.

However, in reality, researchers find that flashbulb memories are mostly haphazard and incomplete.

Why? Because many factors affect your memory. These may include:

  • Shock
  • The personal importance you place on the event
  • Emotional states
  • Surrounding objects
  • People in the environment
  • Locations
  • Activities at the time

These factors and more condition the subsequent ways you might experience flashbulb memories.

Image of a woman with light zapping around her to express the rapid speed of encoding a new memory

Why People Encode Memories “In A Flash”

When your brain experiences something traumatic, it often establishes a sharp mental image of that particular event.

Keep in mind that “mental imagery” is not necessarily visual. Yet, many people do describe being able to re-envision detailed information. It’s almost as if their memory of an event is like photograph.

When you consider the kinds of things that become flashbulb memories, our brains usually base them on traumatic events.

More often than not, they are public events.

This tendency means that people around also us experienced the events. As a result, they wind up being discussed often.

You not only experience such events via television or on the Internet, but you re-experience them multiple times while talking about them in multiple places with multiple people.

Of course, not all such memories involve tragedy.

Some other examples of flashbulb memories might include the birth of your child, college graduation, or getting your first job. These events might stand out as monumental events or milestones in your life.

For example, meeting Tony Buzan is a personal example from the world of memory training.

The reason why is that I was so overwhelmed by many emotions, especially given the personal attention he paid to me.

But that doesn’t mean my memories of the time we spent together are accurate. Far from it!

A Quick and Simple Memory Exercise

Have you ever met someone famous who touched your life?

Go ahead and think it through.

Even if you just saw them from a distance, take note of the memory and describe it.

Then think more about the memory. Think about all the times you told the story to others. You’ll probably have experienced it multiple times.

When it comes to celebrity encounters and historical events, you almost always discuss them multiple times with different people in a variety of locations.

Anthony Metivier with Uwe Boll, Eddie Furlong and Dominic Purcell

I have another flashbulb memory from working with celebrities Dominic Purcell, Edward Furlong and director Uwe Boll

The conclusion is therefore simple:

If flashbulb memories like these have the tendency to last for life, it is because our sharing behaviors ingrain them in our minds.

The Truth About Flashbulb Memory

Aside from being referred as a type of autobiographical memory, many researchers now believe these memories are prone to many fallacies and errors.


As mentioned, our feelings, emotions, and multiple repetitions change the actual accounts of the events in memory.

As much as we would like to think that our memories regarding numerous events are accurate and foolproof, multiple studies show the opposite. We now know that flashbulb memories alter with time as we go through more life experiences.

As memory expert Stephen Kosslyn has shown in The Case for Mental Imagery, the locations of or memories also change location in the brain.

Therefore, recollections that might appear certain, vivid and clear have almost certainly been “tainted” by external occurrences and factors.

Don’t worry. As we’ll see, this fact is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to memory improvement training.

Flashbulb Memory Vs. Eidetic Memory

Consider the following study:

Researchers asked 54 undergraduate students to record their memory regarding the 9/11 attacks.

They asked how and where participants learned about the attack, what were they doing and if they were with someone when they heard the news.

911 Image of a statue covered in debris for an eidetic memory test

This is not the “eidetic memory” image most people have of 9/11. What’s yours?

The scientists also asked about how clearly participants could envision their memories. They wanted to know just how certain people were about their recollections being accurate.

Next, they asked the participants the same questions about other memorable events.

Time Changes Your Memory!

Finally, the researchers compared how ordinary memories and flashbulb memories change over time.

To do this, they asked the same questions after one week, one month and then following seven months.

The researchers concluded that, while the ordinary memory and flashbulb memory were consistent for a week, the passing of time significantly reduced consistency.

Strangely, participants believed that their flashbulb memory was more accurate as compared to their ordinary memory.

In fact, some people even believed that they were experiencing eidetic memory (often called photographic memory).

Eidetic memory refers to an individual’s ability to vividly recall information from memory with minimal exposure and without using any mnemonic devices.

Whereas some people use the terms photographic memory and eidetic memory interchangeably, they can be distinguished.

Image of a smart phone taking a photo of a person with a camera to illustrate a concept in memory training

Eidetic memory is the ability to view an image for a few minutes and then recall it with detailed precision. Photographic memory on the other hand, is the mythical ability to recall text or numbers in great detail.

To be clear:

Eidetic memory seems to be real. Photographic memory, on the other hand, has not been found to actually exist, at least not in humans.

Moreover, while flashbulb memories are often inaccurate, some studies have found that eidetic memories can be accurate.

Can You Really Enhance Your Eidetic Memory?

Even though eidetic memory is rare among individuals, you can try to enhance it, or at least boost your overall memory through various memory improvement exercises. Here are the three main techniques that might help in enhancing your memory:

The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace is a mental recreation of a familiar building or place. The main aim of the Memory Palace is to assist your ability to retain important information by placing symbols in a sequence in that imaginary building. I call these symbols “Magnetic Imagery” and each image is built from the “Magnetic Modes.” There are many terms for the Memory Palace technique, ranging from:

  • Roman Room
  • Method of Loci
  • Journey Method
  • Mind Palace

…and many more that essentially describe “location-based mnemonics.” Overall, there are more similarities than differences, so please don‘t get hung up on the terminology.

As one of the greatest memory exercises ever invented, the Memory Palace lets you leave behind information you want to remember in specific areas of the mental building through a process of association.

For instance, you will use familiar rooms or objects you can easily link to the target information. The technique works because it transforms semantic information into a sequence of images, primarily by tapping into your episodic memory.

All of this happens while you also associate both the target information and the mental imagery to a physical location. In other words, you are tapping into spatial memory as well.

There are numerous Memory Palace exercises that can help you in boosting your memory. I suggest you experiment with as many as you can.

The Memory Peg

The Memory Peg technique is like the Memory Palace.  This technique includes a two-stage method.

Image of a peg to illustrate how the mnemonic peg system works

The first stage involves learning a standard set of peg words that are typically 10 number-rhyme pairs.

The second stage includes visualizing the information you want to remember and linking it with the rhyming word. Memory expert Bruno Furst was a major proponent of this technique.

Memory Boosting Brain Exercise

These exercises can potentially help in improving your eidetic memory. Or you can try following these steps:

  • Closing your eyes and imagine that you are looking at a famous painting. It might be the Mona Lisa or Girl with the Pearl Earring.
  • Focus on what happens in your mind when you imagine this painting.
    • Ask yourself: Do you really need to picture every small detail to get a clear impression? In most of the memory training exercises, visualization is actually not necessary.
  • Next, I want you to shift gears.  Focus on the last conversation you held with someone.
  • Start filling in the details of that conversation in your mind. Think of the phrases you used, the words, the features of that person, as well as the location and any other details you can bring to mind.
  • Observe how your memory works and changes as you complete the exercise.
  • Perform this same exercise with a piece of music.

You will soon realize that the whole notion of eidetic memory really doesn’t matter. Nor should attaining an eidetic memory definition be your goal.

What matters most is that you exercise your recall abilities and explore what “vivid memory” means to you. You don’t need eidetic memory or anything else if you just focus on exercising your memory as you experience it.

Memory expert Gary Small has even more memory tips that will help you prove it for yourself. Or you can just get this free memory course:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Context Is The Key

In sum, flashbulb memories are usually tied to monumental events and historical milestones. But these aren’t what create them. They are generally created when events come loaded with a certain emotional or personal link that leads to multiple exposures over time.

This combination of events plus repetition in multiple contexts makes them stand out from the mundane features of everyday life. Flashbulb memory has as much to do with your perception of the world and your social setting following events as it does with memory.

For example, if I had met Tony Buzan, but had no interest in memory or people to speak about memory week after week, it is quite likely that I would not experience a flashbulb memory every time I hear his name.

The depth of memory comes from multiple contexts that naturally involve repetition. And the emotional nature of the meeting must be kept in mind when thinking about how accurate I remember it. Luckily, I kept in touch with Tony via and was honored to review his book, Mind Map Mastery.

If you want to keep accurate details of the major events and milestones of your life, try this:

Instead of focusing on forming eidetic memory or photographic memory, take up the memory exercises we teach on the Magnetic Memory Method blog, vlog and podcast.

Doing so will increase the likelihood of enjoying a more accurate memory that helps you easily recall more information throughout your life. All without worrying when your memory has altered with passing of time.

It will, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

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The Dominic System: What It Is And Why People Love It Thu, 11 Apr 2019 07:00:17 +0000 8 <p>Do you face problems remembering a series of numbers? Learn to use the Dominic System to train your mind and easily memorize longer numeric sequences. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">The Dominic System: What It Is And Why People Love It</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Dominc O'Brien Creator of the Dominic System Feature Image on Magnetic Memory Method BlogDominic O’Brien suffered from ADD and dyslexia.

But that didn’t stop him from winning the World Memory Championships… not once but eight times.

Memory accomplishments like these are not very common!

Even less common is going on to develop a memory system that changes the entire world.

Where does this ingenious system come from?

O’Brien developed the Dominic System after getting inspired by watching Creighton Carvello memorize a card deck on television.

O’Brien’s innovative mnemonic system has since become popular because of how it allows people to utilize their minds for accomplishing outstanding feats.

As a result, O’Brien is considered one of the world’s foremost memory experts. He has been reaching individuals, and helping them utilize their memories through his various books and training programs, for decades.

What is the Dominic System?

A mnemonic system, the Dominic System is utilized for remembering sequences of numbers that are similar to the mnemonic major system.

O’Brien built his approach on a core arrangement we usually call the Major System. You’ll learn more about that in a minute.

All such systems work by helping people associate numbers with something else. And a core innovation Dominic O’Brien brought to the game was focusing on individuals in place of objects. He changed this focus because individuals are much easier to remember than objects.

In this system, sometimes called “Hotel Dominic,” the mnemonist (i.e. you) converts numbers into letters. These letters are utilized to create people’s initials. Each individual’s name is then linked to an action.

How is it Different from the Major System?

The Major System is usually ideal for basing words on numbers linked to consonants. Like this:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

For instance, the number 12 might be ‘tin’, which is harder to remember than ‘Al Bundy’. The number 84 could be ‘fire’ which means the sequence 1284 would mean ‘a tin on fire’.

Of course, one perceived weakness of the Major is that it only lets you encode two-digit numbers.

This is actually not a problem. For example, you can combine the Major with a number shape system, as I’ve done here with 358:

Major System Illustration of Mailman Shoving Envelopes Into A Snowman

A Major System Mnemonic Example for the number 358

In this example, a famous mailman is shoving the mail into a snowman. (In the Major, 35 suggests the word “mail” and 8 looks like a snowman.)

Notice that I am using a very specific mailman. (Let me know in the comments if you recognize him.)


Because the brain is much more likely to react to the increased level of specificity. That’s why I suggest you always selecting characters to link with a number on the basis of familiarity no matter what system you use.

Is It Worth The Time?

True, covering 00–99 with familiar characters and names will require effort and time.

But it will be worth it! Having any kind of system will help you save the struggle and time in the future when you want to remember a sequence of numbers. Numbers like:

  • Bank accounts
  • Credit card numbers
  • Insurance numbers
  • Birthdates of family members
  • Emergency numbers
  • Numbers involved in programming
  • Historical dates
  • Applications in memorizing music
  • Tools for learning numbers in foreign languages with greater ease

Simply put, it only makes sense to learn a number system.

But it’s worth repeating:

Be specific.

The mnemonic imagery of many beginners can be bland and abstract.

Avoid this mistake.

Boring imagery makes it too complex to exaggerate. That’s the major reason people struggle.

Why is such imagery so difficult?

The answer is simple:

It is not easy to associate an abstract idea with a vague image in a sequence. (Unless you have these visualization exercises.)

For instance “a pen fights with a bottle” will never be as memorable as “Thor fights with George Bush.”

Mnemonic Example of the Dominic System with Thor and George Bush

When utilizing specific individuals, your brain has the ability to visualize them in a more effective way. You can further enhance your ability of getting a mental image with the memory systems by performing visualization exercises.

The emphasis O’Brien placed on being specific when selecting the character has helped many people. memorize longer sequences of numbers.

However, this point is important:

This Is A P.A. System, Not A P.A.O. (Person Action Object) System

The Dominic System is a Person-Action system. If you want to learn a full P.A.O. please watch this video about creating your first P.A.O. list:

How Does The Dominic System Work?

In the Dominic system, you have to break long numbers into two digits. Each pair of digits represents an individual doing a certain action. The numbers are converted into letters for number by utilizing the rules mentioned below for easy remembrance:

  • The digit 0 is O
  • Initial five digits (1 – 5) become the initial five alphabets (A –E)
  • The digit 6 is S due to similar sounds
  • The digits 7 and 8 becomes G and H
  • The digit 9 becomes N due to similar sounds

With a little effort, you will be able to learn these substitutions, making it easier to learn this system. Here it is visualized

The Dominic System Visualized on a Graph

When you memorize this table, go on to learn the next step.

Determining Names for Digit Pairs

Start by noting down the numbers from 0 all the way to 99. Review all these numbers and mentally translate them into Dominic letters. Notice if any initials are suggesting anything. For instance, the digits 20 become BO. It might suggest a Buddhist meditating under a Bo tree. It might suggest something else to you.

Typically, the pairs have no associations or meetings. However, there are some exceptions.

For example, 07 can be associated with James Bond, 13 can be associated with bad luck, 100 can be associated with a century, 16 can be associated with sweet sixteenth birthday, and so on.

Always utilize whatever the first link is formed in your mind when you look at the pairs as this will be the most effective way to continue this system.

Assigning Actions to Names

The character you select must also have an associated action, which is unique throughout your list of 100 names. Therefore, if you have utilized Serena Williams for 60 then avoiding using Andre Agassi for 11. Since for both you will associate playing tennis as an action.

The Dominic system distinguishes actions from characters in order to remember longer numbers. Therefore, the action you select must be “performable” by other selected characters. Therefore, select the actions that are obvious and distinctive for an individual.

How Do You Make This Memory System Work?

In order to make this system work for you, it is best to create the list of names with a mixture of celebrities, your friends and family members.

There would be certain letters that will give obvious solutions. For instance “Ho” suggests Santa Claus riding his sleigh.

If you get stuck thinking of characters and associated actions, you can look at sample lists for ideas.

However, keep in mind that it is better to create your own names and associations. Copying someone else’s list would be difficult for you to remember, unless the list includes famous characters and associated actions that you are pretty familiar with.

Here is a list of possible characters you could create using this technique:

  • 00 (Olive Oyl) – going on a date with Popeye
  • 22 (Bugs Bunny) – stealing a carrot
  • 86 (Hans Solo) – on his spacecraft

You can assign names to each digit and then associate a relatable action to help you remember.

For more, check out the 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques for Memorizing Numbers.

Memorizing Two Digits

So, if you want to remember the house number of your friend which is 86, all you have to do is imagine Hans Solo piloting his spacecraft to your friend’s apartment’s roof. It crashes on the roof or laser cannons are being shot to save the people from an alien invasion. This will make it rather easy for you to remember the house number.

Memorizing Three Digits

You can easily memorize three digits by linking the image you have created for the initial two digits with the shape or rhyme of the third digit. For instance, 244 could be something like Bugs Bunny stealing a carrot.

For the action, Bug could be running away using two “dingy” style boats (one under each foot). Just imagine the glee on Bugs Bunny’s face as he successfully sails his boat with a carrot in his mouth.

Memorizing Four Digits

You can memorize four digits by simply splitting the numbers in pairs. Utilize the image of the character you have assigned to the first digit with the associated action for the second digit. For instance, if you want to memorize the sequence 8042 (Santa Clause) and (David Beckham), you can picture Santa Clause trying to help David Beckham score the winning goal!

Memorizing Longer Numbers

Memorizing longer numbers is easy too since you can simply break them down into pairs and a single digit, if any is left over. You can utilize a sequence of a character, associated action, character action, and then form a story through these images in mind.

For instance, you want to remember a café’s phone number 68221656. There here: 68 will be Sherlock Holmes, 22 (action) will be Olive Oyl (dating), 16 will be Arnold Schwarzenegger, and 56 (action) will be Scissorhands (cutting bushes).

You can now form a story with these images that can be linked to the phone number of the café. For instance, Sherlock Holmes is sitting in a restaurant dating Olive Oyl and Arnold Schwarzenegger enters the café with Edward Scissorhands and starts cutting off the plants in the café.

Who wouldn’t remember such a story?

Pitfalls You Must Avoid

Believe it or not, people search the internet for a Dominic system generator.

But that’s not the real skill here.

The skill is to use the system to match what you already have in your memory with a phonetic number system that allows you to translate numbers into letters.

Put in the work and you will receive the benefits. Otherwise, you risk deskilling your creativity and locking yourself outside of the very same skill you’re trying to develop.

Dominic O'Brien with a deck of playing cards

Dominic O’Brien about to memorize a deck of playing cards

Memorizing a Deck of Cards

While the Dominic system is utilized to memorize longer numbers, you can also use it for remembering other sequences like deck of cards.

This works by systematically associating numbers with cards.

For instance, if you associate the nine of clubs with 39 then you can associate Chuck Norris (3+9) in a story where he is using 9♣ in an active way.

This is definitely a powerful memory technique that you can use to your advantage if you have any of these 13 reasons to memorize cards.

But of course, you will have to invest a good deal of time and effort to prepare the sequence beforehand to fully benefit from the Dominic system.

It might be the right memory system for you, however, so get some training materials and learn how to complete a memory course with these tips.

Can You Use “Hotel Dominic” with a Memory Palace?


Imagine that every Magnetic Station in your Memory Palace has a number.

That number would be your character based on the alphanumeric system.

For example, on Magnetic Station 22 in a Memory Palace, you could place Bugs Bunny, or perhaps B.B. King. He would be another great example of a figure you could use with this system:

Mnemonic Example of B B King for 22 in Hotel Dominic

Mnemonic Example of B. B. King for 22 in Hotel Dominic

As you can see, it’s a simple matter to place any figure on any numbered station in a Memory Palace.

Why set up a Memory Palace in this way?

Although it might not always be worth the effort, it essentially combines linking with space, creating a double-whammy when you need to memorize a list.

Don’t know how to create a Memory Palace? Let me help you out:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Obviously, adding characters based on numbers to each Magnetic Station in a Memory Palace is an intermediate-advanced memory skill.

But why not start building up to that level of proficiency now?

And it’s not just about Memory Palace deployment. You can also link your characters to mind maps as well.

Should You Use The Dominic System or The Major System?

Now that you know the difference, you have more insight that will help you choose.

But, at the end of the day, it’s entirely up to you.

I personally find the Major a more direct method of creating relationships between numbers and letters that leads to more solid word and image creation.

Yet, I’ve heard from many people who absolutely love the Dominic System. Some people are even able to use O’Brien’s images without creating any of their own. David Thomas is one example I’ve heard from. He broke the Guinness World Record for memorizing Pi in 1998 (22,500 digits) using “Hotel Dominic” virtually unchanged.

That is not only utterly amazing.

It’s also a demonstration of just how powerful O’Brien’s contribution to the art, craft and science of memory improvement this number memorization system has been.


Recommended Readings

O’Brien, Dominic. (1994). How to Develop a Perfect Memory. Trafalgar Square

O’Brien, Dominic. (2000). Learn to Remember : Practical Techniques and Exercises to Improve Your Memory. Chronicle Books

O’Brien, Dominic. (2003). How to pass exams. England: Duncan Baird Publishers.

O’Brien, Dominic. (2014). How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week: 50 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Memory Skills. Watkins Publishing

O’Brien, Dominic. (2016). You Can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-Changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro. Watkins Publishing

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How to Rapidly Complete A Memory Course: Tips And Guidelines Thu, 04 Apr 2019 02:21:43 +0000 6 <p>Taking a memory course can be daunting. Read this post for tips on how to complete a memory training course quickly (or any course you need to learn from).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Rapidly Complete A Memory Course: Tips And Guidelines</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to Rapidly Complete A Memory Course MMM Blog Feature Image of Anthony Metivier on iPhoneEver signed up for a memory course or read a memory improvement book and thrown your hands up in the air?

If so, that frustration ends today. You’re about to learn some simple guidelines for completing and benefiting from any memory training course you take.

I’ll show you how to cross any barriers or obstacles you encounter along the way too.

What kind of barriers?

How about the ugly situation where someone takes many classes and loses their notes on a computer?

I’ll share that story with you in a moment.


I’ll show you how to never lose your precious notes from the courses you take again – a hard learned lesson I hope no one ever has to suffer!

But first…

You Deserve A Big Compliment!

Let me pay you a compliment and congratulate your for your interest in completing a memory improvement course.

In fact, I’d like to pay you that compliment in person with this video:

Why the compliment?


Not everyone is so considerate to the long-term health of their brain, nor the short-term benefits that come from learning how to train your memory.

These benefits include more than just remembering information and having more “memory power,” after all.

You’ll also experience:

  • Enhanced focus and concentration
  • Mental clarity
  • Improved confidence
  • Boosts in your professional competence
  • Improved emotional control
  • Increased critical thinking skills

And that’s just for starters.

The Key Reasons People Do Not Complete The Courses They Begin

The question is…

How are you going to get yourself to complete the course? From beginning to end? And why do you need to complete the course in such detail?

These are important questions, and luckily there are answers.

First, let’s understand the key reasons people do not complete courses.

It’s rarely a lack of discipline or a problem with the courses.

In fact, the first problem usually comes from the fact that people want to instantly have the skills they hope to acquire.

And when they see that there’s still some distance to go between wanting the memory skills and having them, the brain can feel overwhelmed.

The Brain Pain Secret Behind Failing To Complete Courses

According to learning and memory expert Barbara Oakley in Mindshift, the insular cortex of the brain fires off a pain signal.

It’s possible the brain creates a pain response to the sight of anything that requires effort to cause you to preserve energy.

We don’t know exactly why our brains do this, but the Savanna Hypothesis would suggest that we are evolutionarily designed to preserve energy for when we need to quickly move for survival.

This would explain why pain is usually only a motivator when we’re suffering so much we have no choice but to take action.

But when the pain subsides by doing nothing, we’re instantly satisfied with the return to a state of no pain.

How to Deal With Overwhelm

Now, it might be hard to understand why what I’ve just said can help you complete a memory training course.

But here’s the thing:

Knowledge truly is power.

And the reason I include relaxation training in all of my memory courses is because I once felt that pain too.

Fortunately, I knew about the body’s propensity to create pain and the Savanna Hypothesis.

This insight into why the brain makes things that should be so simple seem so difficult has helped me immensely in many areas of life.

So the first thing you should do is learn to first recognize when a learning task has triggered overwhelm.

Then learn to associate that overwhelm with relaxation. I suggest meditation, which also improves focus and concentration.

How the Internet Has Corroded Our Ability To Learn

Second, it’s important to understand that the Internet has changed how we look at information.

Whereas we once appreciated the structure of books that a variety of thinkers innovated over hundreds of years, now we scroll and swipe through content.

These behaviors have changed how we perceive content and created something called “dual path readership.”

This term means that we’re often grazing through content. That’s absolutely no way to help us improve our focus and concentration whatsoever!

The Internet has created many genius innovations that help us quickly perceive what an article is about, but at the cost of making it difficult for our eyes to focus on what used to be normal paragraphs. Now we call them “walls of text.”

Likewise with videos.

Illustration of man with brain on fire to illustrate digital amnesia

Anything over ten minutes seems like an eternity.

Worse, we’ve often trained ourselves to watch videos at 2x speed while we have 32 other tabs open and are engaged in other activities, often on other devices.

It’s not uncommon for people to also have a smart phone or tablet beside their laptop while both of them chime and draw our attention away from the training that will help us the most.

This learning environment creates Digital Amnesia.

Why The “Hunter-Gatherer” Impulse Is Ruining Our Brains

Finally, it’s important to realize that the Internet has switched on our the gatherer part of our “hunter-gatherer” nature. We scour the net and bookmark information or download PDFs we’ll read later.

All too often, later never comes because we’re already off gathering a bunch of resources for the next subject we want to learn about. The promises of hypertext that are still truly rewarding and powerful have also become the enemy.

So, given this “new normal,” what do we as learners of memory courses do?

We’re going to protect our schedule, shield ourselves from interruptions of all kinds and use a bit of ancient technology to help guide our path.

And as soon as you know how to do these things, I want you to register for this:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

How To Protect Your Schedule When Completing A Memory Course

Let’s talk about protecting your schedule first.

This practice is quite easy.

Count the time

If you enter a video course, first count all the videos. You can either estimate or count the minutes required for all the videos and add them up.

You now have a picture of how much time you need to go through the content.

Plan of attack

Next, if you want to memorize information fast, design a plan of attack.

For example, if the video course amounts to an hour, get out your calendar and plan out 4, 15 minute viewing sessions.

If it’s 6 hours, figure out how you can get through the content over a week in short blasts of time that are right for you.

Scale back

As a pro tip, whatever you think you can handle, scale back by five minutes or so. If you think you can sit and watch a video without interruption for 20 minutes, scale back to fifteen minutes.

I make this suggestion because many people overestimate their discipline.

They often underestimate it too, and I personally find that this technique makes sure I’m more or less in the middle of what is the true amount of time I can sit through a video course.

Being realistic is one of your best weapons when it comes to organizing your time.

After that, it only makes sense to go through a course from beginning to end without skipping around. We’ll talk more about how to do this in just a bit.

How To Shield Yourself From Distractions

Next, you’ve got to shield yourself from distractions.

First, you have the environmental distractions of where you watch your memory training courses.

If there are people moving around and making noise, you won’t be able to concentrate.

Perhaps you can get away with watching video courses in a cafe, but I’ve always preferred a quiet corner of a library.

The human traffic is minimal and it makes it easy to take quick breaks by looking at interesting books or just gazing out the window for a while.

Why You Must Turn Off The Competing Devices

Second, you have the distractions of your devices.

Personally, I like to leave my smart phone at home.

I can’t always do it depending on how I might need to connect with my wife, but usually she’ll know where to find me and those sessions without being tethered to technology are pure bliss.

Not only will no one be able to interrupt me via the phone. I won’t be able to interrupt myself because there is no device to look at.

Browser tabs are a bit trickier when watching an online memory course.

But you can still close all of your tabs and have just the one needed for your course open.

I love a Chrome extension called OneTab for rapidly funneling all of my tabs into a single tab for opening again later when a project requires me to have a bunch of them open.

How to Guide Your Own Path Through An Online Memory Course

Third, you need to guide your path through the course.

I use an ancient device called a “notebook” for note-taking.

And it’s very simple to open up to a fresh page and write down the words “video one.”

Underneath that heading, jot down the notes pertaining to that video before moving on to “video two.”

I know this is painfully obvious and complete common sense. But I’m making the suggestion precisely because common sense just isn’t that common.

My Top Secret Video Course Index Card Method

The great thing about this note taking strategy is that it helps you keep track of where you are in the course in a linear format and look back through your notes in the order of the videos you watched.

I don’t always use this technique, however. Sometimes I will use index cards.

For the notes pertaining to video one, I will place “V1” in the bottom right corner. Then for all the cards pertaining to video 2, I’ll put “V2” and so on.

Like this:

Example Index card with notes from completing a memory course

This course-taking technique is useful for two purposes.

First, if I want to memorize anything from the course, it’s easy to flip quickly through the cards and pull out just the ones with information I want to memorize.

The index cards can then be placed in a logical order or order of preference for any number of reasons and corresponded with Magnetic Stations in a Memory Palace.

Secondly, if I later want to write an article, I can likewise pull out whichever cards I might like to refer to in the article.

In both cases, it’s an easy matter to reassemble the cards according to the video they belong to because they’ve all been marked.

And if you’re worried that you’ve lost the exact order in which you took the notes, don’t be.

You can always add another digit, such as “V1.1” to indicate that a card belongs to video one and is the first note you took from that video.

Likewise, “V2.7” would indicate the seventh note you took from the second video.

The Amazing Re-Assembled Note Taking Trick

In this way, you’ll easily be able to reassemble your notes. And in case you’re wondering, yes I do this and it is in fact exactly how I researched my dissertation, multiple scholarly articles and many of my books.

And to keep the individual books and video courses I took notes on cards together, I stored them in individual ziplock baggies and then arranged these inside of shoe boxes.

Super low tech and kind of nerdy, I know.

But back when I wrote my dissertation, backing up your computer wasn’t so easy and there was no such thing as “cloud computing” (at least not to my knowledge).

The Horrible Grad Student Story You Don’t Want To Experience

More than once, I saw my fellow graduate students lose hundreds of hours of work because they had pumped their notes into computers they didn’t back up on floppy disks and they had to start again.

One person I recall even dropped out of the doctoral program altogether because the devastation of starting over again was just too much to handle.

That tragic story aside, the point here is to give your mind something to do while focusing on the memory course and have a powerful means of revisiting your notes.

Plus, by handwriting your notes, you’ll get several additional learning benefits.

As Gary Dean Underwood, one of our cherished MMM Mastermind members recently noted:

Gary Dean Underwood Magnetic Memory Method Testimonial on Why Note Taking Helps Him Complete the Memory Course

The same principle applies to any memory course you take, and indeed any training you might invest time, money and energy into completing.

Focus Is The Key

So what do you say?

Do you think these simple recommendations might help you dive into a course and complete it over a few days or less?

Myself, I had to learn these tactics and strategies through a ton of trial and error. Like everyone else, I love shortcuts and anything that lets me skip to the head of the line.

But I learned long ago when watching how my fellow university students struggled with their books that the shortcut is often just buckling down and getting the reading done.

It never takes nearly as long as one thinks, and it’s really the bouncing around from one thing to the next that takes up most of the time.

Focus, my friends, and understand how and why focus falls apart. Knowledge truly is power, but only when it’s applied.

You really cannot afford to not finish the courses you start, so let me know if this helped you and keep the conversation going below.

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How to Memorize Scripture And Verse Numbers In 5 Minutes Or Less Fri, 29 Mar 2019 02:05:07 +0000 4 <p>You can learn how to memorize scripture and verse numbers fast. The steps are easy, fun and fast. Learn how to memorize verses now.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Memorize Scripture And Verse Numbers In 5 Minutes Or Less</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of book to illustrate the How to Memorize Scripture MMM Blog PostNeed help memorizing scripture and want an easy and fast way to do it?

You’re in the right place.

On this page, you’ll learn how to memorize scripture quickly and make it stick for the long-term.

All by spending no more than 5 minutes per day.


You’ll learn to create a robust Memory Palace Network to do all the heavy lifting.

You’ll also learn how to create effective associations to use within your Memory Palaces. This “Magnetic Imagery” will pop any verse back into your mind almost instantly.

You’ll next learn how to follow-up for long-term recall and the bad memory habits you must avoid.

Are you ready?

Great – let’s go!

Why Memorize Scripture?

Before getting started with your strategy for memorizing scripture, it will be helpful to put some thought into why you’re doing it.

Here are some reasons:

  1. Memorizing scripture creates an internal source of inspiration
  2. By having scripture memorized, you will feel closer to your traditions
  3. Memorizing even just one more verse can make you feel incredibly closer to your source
  4. Deeply internalized knowledge can help heal spiritual wounds
  5. Having scripture memorized potentially makes you a better contributor to your community

Experiencing even more benefits is guaranteed, such as an increased ability to interpret and explain scripture.

Please post any additional reason you can think of in the comment section below.

What To Do Before Memorizing A Single Verse

Once you know why you’re embarking on a scripture memorization journey, it’s important to plan.

Your plan should include:

  • A Memory Palace Network
  • Practice time
  • An arrangement of the material you plan to memorize on your first outing

If you’re missing any of these essential ingredients, you likely won’t experience the outcome you seek.

For finding practice time, follow my P.E.A.C.H. formula (practice encoding at calm hours):

The Memory Palace Network for Scripture and Verse Numbers

Think you can memorize a ton of scripture without a Memory Palace Network?

Many people do.

Others think it can be done with just one Memory Palace.

But without several in play, success is highly unlikely.

The truth is that your brain is going to be challenged.

The best way to manage that challenge is the Memory Palace technique.

How does the Memory Palace technique help with that?


By reducing the cognitive load. It’s like having a canvas to paint on, instead of trying to paint on thin air. Do that and you risk having your colors splash on the ground in a mess.

What Is A Memory Palace?

A Memory Palace is a scientific tool used for transmitting any kind of information into long term memory as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Unfortunately, few teach this ancient mental tool in this way, which is sad. More people will get better results when someone just tells them the simple truth.

Here it is laid out in the form of a simple free memory course:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

What To Do During Scripture Memorization

Once you know how to create a Memory Palace Network and have it in place, it’s time to learn how to associate words and phrases with locations.

The course covers everything in detail, but as a quick example, let’s use these wise words:

Proverbs 18:13 (NIV): “To answer before listening — that is folly and shame.”

How to memorize the book and chapter will be covered later. For now, let’s focus on the verse itself.

Focus on the words themselves

Personally, I’m a quick study. As a result, I usually I don’t spend a bunch of time on the meaning of a passage. That comes after I’ve memorized it.

However, you might benefit from understanding the meaning first, If that’s you, be sure to reflect before you start memorizing the exact words.

Next, sort out the keywords. In our example verse, they are:

  • Answer
  • Listening
  • Folly
  • Shame

If I may explain the process from example, here’s what I did next:

I asked myself…

Who do I know who relates most closely to either the form of the verse or its meaning.

My friend’s sister Andi comes to mind.

In a Memory Palace, it’s easy to see her typing out an email. Like this:

Mnemonic example of memorizing scripture from Proverbs 18:13

What kind of email?

An email in response to an episode of Faulty Towers she’s just seen on television. She does this before she even heard the end of the sentence that offended her, and as a result, feels ashamed.

Why Faulty Towers?

Because it has a sound similar to “folly” in it. Note that I thought of and chose Andi as my “Bridging Figure” for this verse because I was focusing on the first word “answer.”

The “an” in Andi and the “an” in answer “magnetically” attract each other. Weave these associations together in a Memory Palace and one will “trigger” the other.

By looking for natural parallels that are already in your memory and imagination, you can often come across just the right set of images. This happens much more quickly than if you try to create abstract associations.

Abstractions in your associations must be avoided as much as possible.

They’re difficult to recall, create weak associations and cause more frustration than they’re worth.

How To Memorize All Those Little Connecting Words

Now, I know what you’re thinking.

What about “to,” “before,” and “is”?

Before you spend time memorizing them, stop and think it through.

Do you really need to memorize them? Or can you allow your mind to fill in the blanks?

In my experience, most people do fine with letting their mind fill in the blanks, provided they follow the rest of the steps on this page.

But if you need to come up with associations for all these little words, I suggest you consider creating a “stockpile.”

If you use a tutu for “to,” always use that same association.

If you use a bee driving a forklift for “before,” always use that every time you need this word.

Don’t worry. It’s unlikely that your mind will mind the repetition. The Memory Palace will provide more than enough differentiation.

The important point is that you’re drawing upon information, ideas, people and objects already in your memory.

That’s where the real memory magic happens. And sadly, this is a point that is too often missed by many memory experts who otherwise mean well.

For Bible Memorizers Who Want To Remember Chapter and Verse

Now, you might be a person memorizing the Bible and wonder about memorizing book, chapter and verse.

In general, I suggest that you have one Memory Palace Network per book.

So if you’re working on the Proverbs, have a Memory Palace Network just for that purpose.

This way, you’ll never have to wonder what your MP Network is for – it will always be clear to you.

Next, you’ll want to develop skills with a simple technique for memorizing any number. It’s called the Major Method or the Major System.

For more help with memorizing numbers, you can also learn the 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers.

Mnemonic Examples For Verse Numbers

Once you’ve understood this technique, it will be simple to create little associations to precede the associations you use for the verses themselves.

Have a look at this:

A mnemonic example for memorizing verse numbers

For Proverbs 18:13, for example, I see a large TV set that I actually owned vacuuming J Edgar Hoover using a Hoover vacuum.

Weird and memorizable, right? It is!

But why these images?

Because 18 for me is always represented by a few things, one of which is a TV set.

Not just any TV set, but a particular TV set that has meaning for me.

And when you know the Major Method, you’ll know that there’s a very good reason that it’s a TV and not some other object.

Likewise with J Edgar Hoover with a Hoover vacuum.

It represents 13 because I’m following this simple chart:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

Sometimes for 13, I see Hoover vacuuming on the Hoover Dam. There’s actually a way to make that dam a Virtual Memory Palace that I’ll talk about in the future. For now, here are 5 Memory Palace Examples you can learn about to enhance your practice.

In any case, having multiple images to draw upon is the Magnetic Memory Method Principle of Compounding. It’s part of the joyful science of creating and using a “Magnetic 00-99 P.A.O.” Learn more in the MMM course on memorizing math, equations and all things related to numbers.

I know that this process might sound complex.

It really isn’t once you get into it. After all, as Jeannie Koh explains in her Magnetic Memory Method Testimonial, using these techniques helped her reach her goals immensely:

Jeannie Koh Testimonial about memorizing scripture in Greek

And it’s a skill worth having for more than just memorizing verse numbers. It makes committing all numbers fast, easy, effective and fun.

What matters most is that you associate everything with information that already exists in your mind and that is meaningful to you.

Following Up: What To Do After Your Memorize Scripture Verses

Now comes the fun part.

What you want to do is mentally walk through your Memory Palaces one at a time.

Do this as many times as it takes to recall the verses accurately. Be sure to recall them both verbally and in written form. There are a few more tips on this practice below.

How many times exactly is a question no one can answer. At least 5 times the first day and then 1 time per day for a few weeks is a good rule of thumb derived from Dominic O’Brien.

As you develop your skills, you’ll find that different verses enter your memory at different rates and each presents its own form of brain exercise.

The varying levels of challenge is a good thing. It keeps you on your toes, keeps things interesting, and in fact, you don’t want it to be easy. If using memory techniques suddenly became easy, they’d be boring and you would stop using them.

It’s very important to set a time aside for practicing recall to ensure that you do it.

I suggest using a Memory Journal to gather all your Memory Palaces and record your recall.

There’s no perfect journal, but one I recommend is called The Freedom Journal. It has just enough space for an effective Memory Palace drawing and lets you create 10-day “sprints” over the course of 100 days.

How To Recall One A Verse-By-Verse Basis

As you go, “trigger” off the associations you made and let them bring back the information.

For example, I would start with the specific Memory Palace and the specific station.

How does one remember that?

If you’ve correctly planned and organized your memorization activities, then the answer will be known to you without any stress or strain.


You create the Memory Palace Network to serve the outcome you want. This process alone will help you remember what is memorized where.

If you’re properly numbered each Magnetic Station as taught in the free course, then you’ll have even more “autopilot familiarity” with your Memory Palaces.

How the Memory Palace Tells You The Right Word Order

And if you are memorizing verse numbers and memorizing the scriptures in verse order, order itself acts as a clue. It will tell you where in your Memory Palace the information is located.

Next, I would recall Andi and simply ask myself: “What was she associated with?”

Asking questions during recall is important because you’re encouraging your memory to do a bit of work.

Sometimes the entire line will blast back at you, almost like magic. Especially if you complete these powerful visualization exercises.

Other times, you’ll have to piece it together, word for word.

In all cases, if you have a pen or pencil in hand, recall the verse first, then write it down. Say the line out loud as well.

At more advanced levels, you can certainly remove the writing part, but I don’t recommend it. Even when I’m memorizing names of people I’ve met, I almost always write them out in my Memory Journal.

This simple, 1-2 minute practice ensure that I receive the full benefits for my memory and successful recall.

The Big 5 of Learning For Long Term Memory

In full, these are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening…
  • …from and into Memory

Visualized, the levels of processing effect for memory looks like this:

Graphic illustration of the Big Five of Learning

I’ve just mentioned writing out what you’ve memorized and speaking it out loud.

Writing automatically leads to reading, and you’ve already ready read the verses before, during and after memorizing them.

However, it’s good to also read interpretations by multiple thinkers where possible.

Plus, there are often more comprehensive commentaries available that you can read on various scriptures that will give your mind more context to help create deeper connections in both your imagination and the physical structures of your brain.

A Solo Way To Hear Memorized Verses Out Loud

It’s also important to also hear the verses spoken by others, so try to find recordings that you can listen to and recite along with them.

You can also record yourself and listen back to your own voice.

I also suggest making memorization a family or at least a community occasion.

Reciting with others and hearing others share what certain passages mean for them is very useful for creating long term memory impact.

The Biggest Levers You Need For Memorizing Any Scripture

In brief, you’ve got to commit to creating the time for scripture memorization.

Logical, isn’t it? If you really want to get something done, you’ll make the time.

How much time do you need?

No one can honestly say just how long it will take for you to reach your goals.

However, once you’ve started, chances are that this question will no longer be very interesting to you.

You’ll be enjoying the process so much and become completely satisfied that each new verse gets you closer to the goal. The journey will become so much more important than the destination.

And when those destinations are reached, you’ll be excited and want to create new ones. The benefits for the sharpness of your mind will be very clear to you.

Common Questions And Answers About Memorizing Scripture Quickly

Does The Length Matter?

Yes and no.

I recommend starting with short verses in the beginning. The sooner you develop the skills needed to quickly and accurately memorize short verses, the sooner you’ll be able to tackle longer verses.

The trick is in seeing that longer verses are usually just shorter verses fit together. In such cases, it can be very helpful to spend more time ensuring that you understand the gist of a long verse before committing it to memory.

Should you use flash cards and sticky notes?

No, I don’t recommend this because it doesn’t create the needed skills of memorization that a Memory Palace and association develops.

These forms don’t create brain exercise either. The only exception to the rule is if you are memorizing individual words or terms and don’t have the answer on the back of the card.

Instead, feature the Magnetic Imagery you created on the opposite side of the flash card or sticky note. In this way, you’ll ask your brain to do a bit of memory work and jog itself into action. The benefits of doing this will be incredibly rewarding.

And as soon as you can, leave the index cards and sticky notes behind.

Why Memorizing From Online Scripture Sources Is A No-No

Many people want to memorize from online sources such as the Scripture Typer app and Bible Memory Kids.

To be honest, these Bible apps look great. They’re clean, well-organized and perhaps even fun to use.

But they’re also creating Digital Amnesia.

If you must source your scripture from a screen, at least write it out in your handwriting and memorize from that. This practice will deepen the importance of the verse to your mind and is a win-win from the get-go.

What Scripture Do You Want To Memorize?

At the risk of being repetitive, knowing why you want to memorize scripture does matter.

For myself, I like to memorize the odd line from the Bible. But overall I prefer scripture from the non-dual tradition, Advaita Vedanta.

In this memory demonstration, you’ll see me recite 32 verses from a text called the Ribhu Gita: 

Although I didn’t memorize a verse every single day, I rarely spent more than 5 minutes on any single verse. It just isn’t necessary when you have these skills.

Ultimately, what really matters is that you learn the skills and ground the project on a solid reason reason why you want to commit the scripture to memory.

And remember:

Long-term memorization is a marathon, not a sprint.

Plan, show up consistently, and enjoy the multiple benefits as they increase, one verse at a time.

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Aphantasia Cure: How Alec Figueroa Helps Clear The Self-Diagnosis Confusion Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:17:12 +0000 2 <p>If you've been looking for an aphantasia cure, you're in luck. Alec Figueroa of Aphantasia Meow has the best aphantasia test and the most likely paths you might need to find a lasting solution.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Aphantasia Cure: How Alec Figueroa Helps Clear The Self-Diagnosis Confusion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> AphantasiaMeow Logo for Interview with Aphantasia Cure Expert Alec FigueroaIf you’ve been looking for an aphantasia cure, you’re in luck.

Here’s why:

Alec Figueroa of AphantasiaMeow has been developing an objective aphantasia test while working with real people.

As a result of his research and helping create change with clients, Alec has uncovered some of the most likely paths you might need to find a lasting solution.

Not Sure If You Need The Aphantasia Cure?

Try this quick test:

Imagine you are on a beach at sunset.

Can you hear the waves crashing against the shore?

Do you feel a gentle breeze against your skin and the sand between your toes?

Can you taste the faint saltiness of the ocean? Can you picture the fiery hues as the sun meets the water on the horizon?

Red, orange, yellow, purple, and blue. Beautiful, isn’t it? Peaceful. Serene.

More questions…

When you close your eyes and picture this scene is it vivid?

Is it an experience as if you are really there? Can your sensory memory pick out a variety of sensations?

Or is your experience lost in fog… dull, distorted, and distant?

Or… is there nothing, only blackness?

If you see nothing in your mind…

Listen To Someone Who Cares About Curing Aphantasia

On today’s Magnetic Memory Method podcast I speak with imagination and aphantasia expert, Alec Figueroa.

Also known as “AphantasiaMeow,” Alec has been helping many people remove aphantasia from their lives.

We discuss his work with those who struggle with the idea that they do not have a “mind’s eye.”

And those who may not have been able to picture that beautiful beach at sunset have experienced tremendous relief.

Although this phenomenon was first introduced in 1880, it wasn’t until the mid-2000s that the idea of mental blindness began to be explored.

With studies still in the early stages as compared to other mental health fields Alec is on the forefront of bettering the lives of those whose imaginations are not as vivid as they would like.

Why People Seek Help When They Can’t Visualize

You may be skeptical of this idea of aphantasia, finding it hard to believe that someone couldn’t close their eyes and picture a juicy red apple, a shiny new bicycle, or freshly fallen snow on command.

But I feel empathy, because I don’t really see pictures in my mind either. And if curiosity is driving you, read on and click play on the episode to hear Alec’s approach to removing the problem.

You may have come here searching for answers because (depending on the source) you are the 4-5% of the population, or the 1 in 50, who is affected by aphantasia.

You may have heard of Alec’s work and wondered “Can he help me?” or, better still, “Can he help me help myself?”

Whatever the case, you are here now. And there really does seem like Alec’s aphantasia cure will help you.

And it seems to me that part of the reason Alec’s approach works is because many people seek help due to FOMO (fear of missing out).

That means they might be forgetting to focus on the glorious experiences they do have (such as we’ve seen from Penn Jillette).

But if you’re on this page, you’re either on a self-help journey for yourself, a loved one, or simply seeking to expand your knowledge on cutting edge brain health discoveries.

Interview Highlights

By listening to this interview today, you’ve taken the first step and congratulations are in order…we’ll be imagining ourselves sipping memory friendly drinks from coconuts sooner than you think!

All you need to do is press play and you will discover:

  • How to define the concepts of aphantasic, hyperphantasic, and prophantasic
  • Aphantasia versus a disorder (you don’t have to feel at a disadvantage to others)
  • The confusion surrounding aphantasic self-diagnosis techniques
  • Why a visual imagination may not be present
  • How to develop the mind’s eye through mental exercise
  • Image streaming as aphantasia therapy
  • “Imagery” as a multisensory concept
  • Parallels between meditation and mind’s eye development
  • How to overcome mental blocks and learned helplessness to improve mental imagery through some powerful visualization exercises

In sum, there are many brain training exercises out there. But if you have aphantasia, what Alec offers is most likely the best. Follow up with him and let him help you!

Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast, and the MMM Blog:

Aphantasia Meow. This is Alec’s official website. It includes the VIVIQ (Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire). This test was originally developed at the University of Exeter and is still under development.

As I mentioned above, Alec is doing hands on work with people and creating positive transformation. Book a time with him if you need help!

AphantasiaMeow on YouTube

Scientific American – When the Mind’s Eye is Blind

Aphantasia: Experiences, Perceptions, and Insights

Aphantasia: Develop Your Memory Even if You Cannot See Mental Images

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5 Sensory Memory Exercises For Better Memory Palace Success Thu, 07 Mar 2019 23:41:35 +0000 4 <p>We don't usually think of sensory memory as something that can help us use a Memory Palace bettter. These 5 sensory memory exercises show you how.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">5 Sensory Memory Exercises For Better Memory Palace Success</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Illustration of a sensory memory exercise with Anthony Metivier with Cheshire catAs someone who is not very visual, I’m so glad I learned how to use sensory memory to help me use memory techniques better.

But at first, it was really hard coming to grips with the fact that I don’t really see pictures in my mind.

After all, how is a “Memory Palace” supposed to work if you can’t “see” images in your imagination?

Well, whether you’re low on the visual scale, like me, or have full-blown aphantasia, I’ve got 5 simple memory tricks.

Each involve a different kind of sensory memory you can combine with your Memory Palace Network.

These tricks will help you create and use Memory Palaces and your own mnemonic examples (a.k.a. Magnetic Imagery) quickly.

And more importantly than learning to create a Memory Palace Network and mental imagery quickly, you’ll use sensory memory to make the information stick in your mind. It’s actually very easy.

But here’s a quick warning before we get started:

There’s going to be some people who will still insist that they can’t do any of these exercises.

If that’s you, keep reading until you reach the final tip. Few, if any, will find an excuse for the final tip I’ll share.

The Strange History Of My (Non-Visual) Sensory Memory Blessings

It’s true. I don’t really see pictures in my mind.

Although it’s not true that I see nothing at all, if anything, I find what I do see almost useless, if not distracting.

When I tell my memory athlete friends this fact, they either:

  • Know exactly what I mean
Use some of the same processes I’m about to share
  • Sometimes are purely “visual” in some sense I have yet to understand…

I say “some sense,” because even with our current technology, it’s not possible to peer into anyone else’s imagination.

Anyhow, if you know the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you may have heard some of these conversations before.

If not, I recommend you listen to some of them – I’ve learned a ton that have improved my practice and even re-listening to some of them will help your practice too.

Here are some of my favorite episodes that touch upon sensory memory:

Of course, you need to listen to these episodes with yourself in mind.


Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what others do in their minds. Each of us experiences only one mind – the mind we’ve been blessed with.

And what a blessing indeed! (Unless you decide not to make it the most incredible experience it can be.)

But I understand that some people currently have miserable experiences, and not being able to use memory techniques must be very miserable indeed.

So, if you can’t see images in your mind, here’s the first memory trick that will help you find more Memory Palaces and use them:

Sound illustration for The Auditory Sensory Memory Palace Trick

#1: The Auditory Sensory Memory Palace Trick

Think about a familiar place.

Take your school, for example.

When I think purely about sound, I hear the voice of Mr. Andrews:

“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”.

He used to say this every time we were supposed to hand in our homework.

I have an idea of what the classroom looked like, and since he was a big fellow, I have a general sense of his physical presence. But it’s his voice that really stands out.

Likewise, I think of my various band teachers and can even place where different sections of the orchestra were in the different rooms without needed to render a visual picture.

Zero Visualization Needed

There is a way to turn this into a picture that requires zero visualization, but we’ll get to that soon.

For now, is this a cool memory trick or what?

The more you focus just on sounds, the more you’ll explore powerful dimensions of your memory.

This auditory focus will make a huge difference – especially in connection with the video I’ve created for you on mining your autobiographical memory for more Memory Palaces. (Coming soon. Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog and complete these episodic memory exercises in the meantime)

Illustration of a hand with hands on each finger to illustrate a kinesthetic sensory memory exercise

#2: The “What do you feel?” Exercise

Let’s go for something soft with this exercise.

When I completed this exercise, I thought of my Cheshire cat.

I’ve had two in my life – once from when I visited Disneyland around age 10 and one my mom sent me just a few years ago to fill in the gap.

I had to get rid of the old one during one of my epic moves around the globe. Thanks, mom!

In terms of the Memory Palace this brings to mind, it’s not Disneyland, though I have used parts of the park as a Memory Palace.

Rather, in this case, I think of the plane ride home.

Now, you might think that an airplane is not great Memory Palace material.

Au contraire, and we’ll talk about using them one day soon. Make sure you’re subscribed for when the day comes.

A Smiling Sensory Memory Example

Anyhow, I have this vague memory of being a 10 year old hugging the Cheshire cat. He joins me here:

To make this brain exercise work, I really dig into what that felt like in my memory. 

Then I dig further.

And there are indeed other physical sensations related to flying that come to mind.

Try accessing these different levels of sensation-based memory for yourself:

  • The softness (or hardness) of the seat beneath you
  • The temperature of the glass when you touch the window
  • The feeling of anticipation as the plane accelerates down the runway

Suddenly, all kinds of sensations emerge when you complete this simple memory exercise.

Now It’s Your Turn

Think about flights you’ve taken. (Or train trips, road trips, etc.)

When I completed this exercise, all kinds of flights I’d forgotten emerge.

Write the ideas that come up into a Memory Journal and include all the sensations you can think of.

Think of it as a kind of personal, private sensory memory test.

Bang presto!

When I completed this exercise, I found myself with oodles of airplane and airport Memory Palaces to work with along with a wide variety of sensations.

Memory exercises like these are the closest thing to real magic that exists, don’t you think? Especially when used in the context of these additional recovered memory exercises.

Give them all a try!

Illustration of a futuristic king for the Concepts Are King Sensory Memory Exercise

#3: The Concepts Are King Exercise

In a nutshell, this exercise helps you explore what you think and remember conceptually.

Now, this one is a bit of a stretch, I’ll admit. But stretching is good.

Start with one of the most basic concepts: Truth.

What comes to mind when you think of the truth?

I think of libraries.

And when I think of libraries, a ton of them come to mind. In fact, I’ve worked in three of them, and studied in dozens more. Each make great Memory Palaces.

Next, think of a concept like justice.

It’s true:

During high school I once wound up in the drunk tank. It sucked back then, but makes for an interesting Memory Palace now.

I took law in high school and observed a few court cases too. I had a friend who was a lawyer before he went to the great Memory Palace in the sky and he comes to mind too – all from thinking about the concept of justice.

The concepts of math, chemistry, weather all bring multiple associations – and not a single one of them can be seen visually, strictly speaking.

They’re just concepts.

And thinking about Einstein for math, Breaking Bad for chemistry and a meteorologist I know named Dave don’t require me to make mental images either.

Remember: lowering the cognitive load always helps you learn faster and remember more.

Illustration of Anthony Metivier in Beijing for The Delicious Aroma Exercise

Anthony Metivier during a rare cheat in a Beijing dumpling restaurant

#4: The Delicious Aroma Exercise

I’ll bet at least one person in your family has some kind of secret recipe.

And even if it isn’t secret, there’s a dish they make really well that you adore. Maybe even something based around foods that improve memory.

Now, although I can’t eat a large number of things I used to love, my mom’s zucchini bread comes to mind.

My dad also makes a mean spaghetti. And since we moved around a lot, quite a few kitchens come to mind for use as Memory Palaces.

Then I think of a few romantic meals I’ve had over the years. These took place in buildings ranging from the CN Tower in Toronto to the Pizzeria Monte Carlo in Rome.

Even as someone who isn’t a foodie, there are oodles of tastes and aromas that come to mind all over the world.

Fruit juices and dates in Cairo, Lingonberry jam in Sweden, dumplings in Beijing… all wonderful Memory Palaces just waiting to be unlocked from memory.

I’ll bet you have dozens of options.

Anthony Metivier Brain Exercise Memory Palace of Berlin Apartment

An “Un-visualized” Berlin Memory Palace

#5. The “Un-Visualization” Memory Palace Exercise

What? How can you “un-visualize” something?

Let me answer that question for you:

Unless you’re dead-set against it, lazy or uninterested in the most miraculous memory tool in the universe, the answer is yes.

All you have to do is draw your Memory Palaces.

Instead of trying to juggle space in your mind, make it simple.

Rather than trying to imagine the rooms and hallways and garages and driveways and all kinds of things that you might not be able to see clearly in your min, break it down into simple squares.

On paper.

When I first encountered memory techniques and the Memory Palace, I couldn’t fathom how on earth I was supposed to see myself moving through a building I wasn’t in.

And that’s a very good thing, because the strange explanations I was reading prompted me to solve this issue for myself. I got my head out of the books written by memory competitors and I went deep into the history of these techniques.

And reading between the lines of texts like the Rhetorica ad Herrenium, I discovered that they weren’t really talking about visualizing their Memory Palaces.

And the notion of making them tactile and strategizing them before using them  gave me the idea to make them tactile in the simplest and easiest way you can:

With pencil and paper.

And as soon as I got results from doing this, I couldn’t stop exploring!

I am still amazed by just how many buildings I can visit in my mind. Making them visual simply by drawing squares on paper makes memory training so much easier.

No More Excuses Along Your Memory Training Journey

Let’s face it:

People with no hands can draw Memory Palaces with their teeth, their feet or even ask for others to help.

I know this for a fact because I’ve had correspondence from people who can’t move anything but their mouths.

Yet, each have created and used Memory Palaces by drawing them nonetheless.

In sum:

There really are no excuses.

Of course, if you don’t want to join the great memory tradition, no problem. I don’t want to learn how to pack a parachute and jump out of a plane. Some things just aren’t for everyone.

But if you do and you’ve ever struggled with the visual element, here’s a bold promise:

You really can rest assured that you can use memory techniques and they will work for you even without seeing pictures in your mind.

Here’s the best way I can show you how:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

In fact, due to an interesting turn of events, I wound up competing once at a competition with memory athlete and memory expert Dave Farrow.

Based on that experience, I can tell you that there’s really no time to create pictures in your mind when the cameras are rolling and the clock is on.

The mnemonics I created in that short competition were almost purely conceptual and I was pleasantly surprised by just how well I did…

Especially as someone completely unprepared and with zero competition practice, history or particular interest in throwing down the gloves.

So even if you are hyper-visual, you’ll want to consider the advantages of adding these other senses to your memory practice.

What do you say?

Can you imagine yourself moving from a purely visual approach to using memory techniques to a multi-sensory approach?

I promise you’ll enjoy better results from memory techniques as a result. And if you need more, here are 5 Memory Palace Examples to improve your memory training practice.

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21 Study Tips [Fast And Easy Ways To Learn Faster] Fri, 22 Feb 2019 04:31:48 +0000 6 <p>Looking for study tips? Here are 21 speed learning suggestions from a Ph.d. with 2 M.A.s who combatted depression, and learned fast anyway.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">21 Study Tips [Fast And Easy Ways To Learn Faster]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> 21 Study Tips Image of LibraryAre there any study tips that I’d kill to know if I were going back to school?

I get this question all the time.

And although I wouldn’t kill for anything, a few suggestions do come to mind…

Fewer pints of Guinness, for one thing (and I’ll explain exactly why).

More time in the library.

Perhaps even committing to another area of study altogether.

(Even if that might have lead to an entirely different career path.)

So with some reflection on the years since I’ve earned my B.A., two M.A.s, and a Ph.D., I’ve assembled 21 study tips for you.

Let’s jump in.

#1. Learn Memory Techniques Earlier

This is, without a doubt, my no. 1 criticism of my own learning career.

(Yes, even more than all those blurry post-study session happy hours!)

I wish I would have started learning memory techniques sooner.

Cruising altitude

We are all familiar with the expression “cruising altitude,” right?

Generally this is the point in the flight where the “seat-belt light” is turned off, you’re free to move about the cabin, and everything is smooth sailing.

What if I told you this cruising altitude was attainable…faster? All it takes is getting started. Seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?

If you commit to learning memory techniques sooner you’ll develop this intuition – knowing what to do, how to do it, and when.

The true roots of inspiration

Growing up, we all had that mother figure that just knew what we needed.

The decision to learn memory techniques will serve you and reward you tenfold.

You’ll be able to:

  • Adopt them on the fly because you’re always prepared.
  • Learn more, and more precisely because information will have a place to be stored.
  • Avoid decision anxiety because you will know which memory techniques work for you.

As Brian Tracy once said, “The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you seem to be naturally motivated to continue.”

Start there, and I promise, you won’t regret it.

#2. Keep a Memory Journal

What do you do to remember those important points from a professor’s lecture?

Surely you don’t just sit in the classroom and hope you remember what was discussed that day come finals week. You take notes don’t you? Of course you do!

Well, why aren’t you taking notes in all areas of your life? Valuable information can slip away too easily if it’s not recorded. It’s such a simple fix, taking minimal time to physically write things down.

To learn faster, to really learn the information you need to know, you must sort through the “junk.”

The ultimate “decision tree”

This means deciding:

  • What must be captured in your memory
  • What you can legitimately reduce
  • What will relieve cognitive load
  • What you can let go of completely

In other words, prioritize.

I’ve found using The Freedom Journal as my Memory Journal works great for helping me discover and determine the big levers I need to be focusing on.

Anthony Metivier using the Freedom Journal

Anthony Metivier using the Freedom Journal

If you put in the work of creating and maintaining a Memory Journal, here’s the best part:

Flipping back through the pages will show you not only how far you’ve come, but where you can make improvements.

#3. Double Down on Memory Palaces

Excuse the casino speak, but I would undoubtedly double down on the number of memory palaces I created.

Let me be clear, I made a ton, but when I think about the benefits of memory palaces I know I should have created a lot more. By creating memory palaces you’ll unlock your:

  • Spatial memory
  • Autobiographical memory
  • Episodic memory
  • Procedural memory
  • Figural memory
  • Semantic memory

I know creating Memory Palaces may be overwhelming. I know you may not know where to start, but this is something that you just need to dive in and try.

My free course will guide you, step-by-step, in this creation process:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

#4. Complete a 00-99 P.A.O. sooner

This is another one of those special memory techniques that my best advice is to just dive in and get it done.

Think about what a sizzling fast memory would be like, learning as fast as you want to.

That guiding vision, that inspiration, is possible when you have a P.A.O. (Person Action Object System) in place.

If you want guidance in creating one, check out How to Memorize Math, Numbers, Simple Arithmetic & Equations.

In brief:

  1. Start with the Memory Palace.
  2. Learn the Major Method.
  3. Then use the Memory Palace and the Major together to complete your PAO.

Simply put:

If numbers are involved in how you need to study fast, this number-memorization skill is essential.

Avoid perfectionism

Your first P.A.O. doesn’t have to be perfect the first time. Mine wasn’t.

In fact, I still make changes to mine. It is in a constant state of flow, of refinement.

One step at a time forward…sometimes sideways to tweak your P.A.O. You’re always moving towards your goal if you try to be. As long as you’re putting forth the effort you will always be progressing.

#5. Read even more memory improvement books

Understand this:

The more you know, the more you can know.

The more you expose yourself to literature, you will get the benefit of the primacy effect, the recency effect, and serial positioning effect.

Anthony Metivier with Tony Buzan Books on Mind Mapping In Beijing

Anthony Metivier with a Chinese translation of a Tony Buzan book

Continually returning to a wealth of information, that repetition makes a huge difference in learning.

There is almost an infinite amount of memory literature on the market these days (including some great information from not-so-great teachers).

Patience is the key

My advice:

  • Cast a wide net
  • Use discernment to find what’s good for you
  • Be open to a variety of writing and teaching styles
  • Always continue to invest in your education

You will read more critically to retain information, and develop patience by reading a wide variety of literature from the memory tradition.

In short, read as much as you can.

#6. Teach memory techniques sooner

This goes for any profession. The more you want to learn something, the sooner you need to teach it.


You’ll learn what you seek to teach better because you’ll see where your understanding is lacking.

Plus, you’ll see where your ability to effectively enunciate and describe the information is lacking.

The science of feedback loops in learning

Then, you’ll figure out how to improve in real time as you receive feedback.

There’s even a name for this, the protégé effect.

The most important science in the article is this:

“Researchers have found that students enlisted to tutor others work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately, and apply it more effectively…[These students] score higher on test than pupils learning for their own sake.

[Studies have shown] that first-born children are more intelligent than their later-born brothers and sisters…contributing their higher IQs result from the time they spend showing their younger siblings the ropes.”

The Roman philosopher Seneca said:

“While we teach, we learn.”

Now that this ancient wisdom has been proven by science, why not apply it in your own learning journey?

#7. Keep up card memorization practice

I took a break from my card memorization practice too soon in my educational career, and I know I would have learned much, much sooner incorporating this as a daily practice.

I found many, many benefits to card practice once I returned to routine practice. You will learn to:

  • Deal with multiple levels of information at the same time.
  • Deal with information that is repetitive and similar, yet still distinguish it.
  • Deal with long sequences of information along well-crafted Memory Palace journeys

#8. Language learning

From complicated formulas and symbols, to mathematical equations everything is language based.

The sooner you learn how to memorize words and phrases, the better you will build your skills for learning any information because any information you encode into memory palaces will be in words and phrases.

Languages = connections

Learning language gives you more sounds to work with. A greater range of sounds gives you the ability to work with abstract and concrete examples more easily. You mental dexterity will increase as well.

But this goes beyond you…

Just as teaching others accelerates your learning, learning a language and being in contact with more people sooner is a powerful tool to increase your learning speed.

Take advantage of those connections you build with others, because people are one of your greatest assets with memory work.

#9. Read WAY more history

Whenever you are using memory techniques you are using information that already exists in your head.

Put it this way:

The more information that you have already in your head, the more you’re able to use it in your memory encoding, using mnemonics.

Makes sense, right?

The more that those are real, substantial people, then the more real and prominent they’re going to be in your mind.

Even better:

This knowledge will be more accessible. Raw accessibility will reduce the cognitive load on your mind because you’re working from the real instead of wrangling with the imaginary.

Off the deep end with history

Reading history gives you a greater pool to draw from in your Magnetic Imagery. This, in turn, increases your ability to learn faster.

No matter the subject – choose something that interests you – and get your nose in a book about it.

Heck, I even read while walking just to make good use of the time:

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Anthony Metivier Walking While Reading

Walking and reading in Denmark

I know it may seem counter-intuitive to add another “to-do” to your list, but think of the long-game.

There may even be unusual ways to complete note taking on the fly too. (Not to mention creating and using impromptu Memory Palaces)

All these steps are beneficial to your overall brain health, not just accelerated learning (though it is something to desire).

#10. Do more leadership/community work

Leadership is a huge skill. You can read people better, seeing their strengths and where they need support better.

Developing your qualities as a great leader and expert in your field, partnered with the idea of teaching, with help you learn more, more quickly.

Everything leads back to the Primacy and Recency effect.

The more you are continually coming across the topic, the deeper it will get into your memory.

Learn the natural way

This truly makes learning natural.

Plus, in-depth conversations will occur in these group settings. You will be effortlessly immersed in your topic so that you are continuously learning without even realizing it.

Easy peasy, no?

Image of Anthony Metivier helping some local entrepreneurs use Thinkific in Brisbane

Helping some local entrepreneurs use Thinkific in Brisbane

#11. Apply for more scholarships

Though I received some great scholarships, doubling down on the amount I applied for is another thing I would do, without questioning, if returning to university.

I would do whatever it took to apply for more, and there’s a number of reasons why:

  • Alleviating money worries frees you to “worry” about the future.
  • Concentrating on your education instead of whether you can afford rent and tuition creates a more powerful resume.
  • You’ll improve your application skills.
  • Not only will practice create a better application essay, but your collection of reference letters will grow. You’ll extol your own great qualities more eloquently, but so will others.

It’s amazing what a little positive mental attitude and encouragement from others can do to transform your life.

#12. Invest in more training

There is so much more you can learn by supplementing the core subjects you’re learning.

You can learn so much more by applying what you’re learning in other areas.

You can also learn more about areas you’re already expert in. That’s why I attended a ThinkBuzan memory training, after all.

Anthony Metivier with Tony Buzan

Anthony Metivier with Tony Buzan

Whether its CPR certification, martial arts training (those were just a few of my “should haves” when I think about things I should have learned sooner), a combination of short-term certifications and long-term training can be beneficial to developing learning skills.

They don’t have to be related to what you are studying per se, but will be beneficial if they were.

For example, I know I would dive into memory training a lot sooner had I realized the impact it would make on my life in the future.

Whatever you’re learning, find ways to apply it to other disciplines for maximum return.

#13. Get a writing mentor


Your goal here is not to become the next William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, or Jane Austen (though I’m sure none of us would mind the accolades). It’s simply to improve your writing skills.

The best way to do that is by having a writing mentor.

Jon Morrow Blogging and Writing Mentor and King of Blogging

Jon Morrow of and

My main writing mentor for this blog is Jon Morrow. If you compare his life lessons post to my life mistakes post, you’ll see why he’s considered the King of Blogging.

Free writing mentors are everywhere

But if you can’t afford a mentor, here are some suggestions:

  • Have a graduate English student look at your writing
  • Join a writing club
  • Find online people for whom writing is more than just their passion, but also the kind of career you want to experience

This focus will help you find people who genuinely care for the end product. Their suggestions can lead to greater ways of packaging ideas, and better mental organization, and, in turn, greater powers of expression.

You can improve the world with your words and should strive to do so in every sentence.

#14. Hire a proofreader/editor

To further improve your writing skills, not only is a mentor a great asset, but a proofreader or editor as well.

This doesn’t necessarily mean hiring, or exchanging money for their services.

This can also be a great chance to peer mentor with others.

Exchange writing, give each other feedback on clarity, grammar, sentence, structure, etc.

I did this a lot in university – just not nearly enough.

Hiring is worth it

And if I were to do it again, I’d just hire someone for help.

After all, writing my dissertation twice… really sucked.

The question is… why is this a study tip?

  1. If you have an editor of any kind work with your writing, you’ll save time – time that can be applied to more studying.
  2. You’ll study what your writing looks like after it has been improved.

Both of these outcomes are incredible.

#15. Write non-fiction sooner

While I wrote a lot of fiction while in university, I didn’t write nearly enough non-fiction.

If you are already honing your writing skills with the help of a writing mentor and proofing/editing, the writing process itself can be beneficial to accelerate your learning.

With nonfiction you are putting in the work of research, through reading, and, many times, interviews – conversations about your topic, as discussed above, create an atmosphere of immersive study.

Again, this sounds a bit off topic when it comes to study advice, but it really isn’t. Practicing different kinds of writing directly amounts to studying those kinds of writing.

#16. Research more before following medical advice

This is something that may be hard to hear, but sometimes doctors are wrong.

It’s the brutal truth, though.

Medical Anatomy skeleton image related to memory techniques

And if you’ve ever sought out a second opinion when you felt a diagnosis or treatment option was incorrect, you know it.

In fact, in Principles, Ray Dalio shares a frightening story about how he avoided a completely unnecessary removal of his throat by getting multiple medical opinions.

Oftentimes, as a college student you may not feel like you have the means or the time to seek out that second opinion.

Advocate for your own health

Think of it this way:

What could be more important than advocating for your own health?

I’ve shared my Bipolar memory adventures before, and still think I would have been better off getting a second opinion. I just didn’t know that I could or even should have sought it out.

Double check the advice you are given against medical and scientific literature.

Do your due diligence

Doing your own due diligence before following the advice of a medical professional can save you time, stress, and money, leaving you free to concentrate on your education.

This is another example of an obstacle that can be prevented easily, with care on your part.

It’s also another area that will give you practice in the kinds of study tips that can save your life.

#17. Move to another country sooner

Moving to another country, for even a short period of time (studying abroad for a semester, for example) is a great tool to help you learn faster.

There are numerous benefits, including:

  • Learning another language
  • Exposure to many different people, giving you the opportunity to learn multiple topics through experience with them
  • Unlocking parts of your brain
  • Inspiration for building more Memory Palaces
  • Your numeracy skills will improve by dealing with different currencies and banking systems

Avoid the “some day” trap

Many people toy with the idea of starting a new life by reinventing themselves in a foreign country.

Anthony Metivier Magnetic Memory Method in a Berlin Memory Palace

My favorite Berlin Memory Palace

But they see this as a “someday” dream.

Don’t do that. If you think of the practical reasons and benefits to a “big move” you’ll just start packing.

And the research you do along the way will build your study skills and give you the adventure of a lifetime.

(I saw this as a person who has lived in 4 countries and visited over 30).

#18. Be clearer about my purpose sooner.

Having a big vision to pull you through mundane tasks is the key.

Get clear about your goals and what you seek to achieve, and you will have the motivation to “power through” all the steps we’ve discussed.

If you know what you want to do, if you have clarity in purpose, you will put forth the effort to make your vision a reality.

#19. Diet, sleep, fitness, relationships

University is the time when many young people are “on their own” for the first time.

Students are figuring out their newfound freedom, and oftentimes this is an experiment in self-control.

Mental garbage is a barrier to learning faster, and is a result of not eating well, sleeping well, and engaging in, sometimes, toxic relationships.

Everything consumes

Understand this critical point:

Your brain is an energy consumption device. It’s consuming energy.

A great relationship can fuel it with energy.

A bad relationship can rob it of energy.

Remedy this by setting simple goals about the kinds of relationships you want.

The big picture

Remember that “big picture” vision we just talked about? From friendships to romance, and stick to this vision. Your energy will flow properly, and not hinder your ability to learn.

Otherwise, your study time will be chewed up on searching for a new or replacement mate. And that can seriously mess with your focus.

#20. Meditation for Better Memory

I had many, many opportunities to meditate, but I didn’t start my practice soon enough.

I would have began my practice earlier had I realized one important, yet simple fact:

There are multiple kinds of meditation.

Walking Meditation works for improving focus and concentration

Walking meditation works too!

For years, I imagined it as purely mental, or sitting just to sit.

But meditation is much more than a mental activity.

No matter the form, they all help with mental organization, concentration and focus.

Focus is a fact

Obviously, the better you are able to focus on information. The better you can focus on the things that matter in life, you do not get caught up in all the little things that don’t.

Explore the different types to find what works best for you, be it mindfulness meditation, transcendental meditation, or guided meditation, among others. Experiment to find out what works best for you.

#21. Cut out the booze

Yes, you read that correctly, and, no, it’s not a typo.

Alcohol is a brain killer.

I’m not going to preach about it any further than sharing my story.

I drank like a fish in university and it was almost certainly the true cause of my many depressions.

These horrible mental states interrupted my ability to focus, concentrate and remember.

Sure, memory techniques helped me get through. In fact, I used to flaunt the fact that I could remember names and do memory-related magic stunts while completely inebriated. All that sounds foolish to me now given the price I’ve paid.

How to avoid mental and physical misery as a student

If I had only been smart enough to eliminate alcohol in my life a decade sooner, I would have saved myself a ton of mental agony and physical pain.

All that misery?

It caused serious personal conflicts too, which on top of everything else, interrupted by ability to learn as quickly and thoroughly as I wanted.

If I had a time machine, I’d slap myself silly for inviting so much chaos into my life!

Short And Sweet Final Thoughts

Does any of this make sense to you?

If so, here’s how to get started:

Begin by incorporating one or two of these techniques into your routine. Then gradually expand.

You will find that with each new addition or removal I’ve suggested on this page that your learning, over time, has accelerated.

You will remember more, much faster. So much so that you’ll be able to enjoy much more of life, all guilt-free, all as a reward for a job well done.

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3 Memory Palace Training Exercises [Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced] Fri, 15 Feb 2019 01:30:08 +0000 6 <p>Looking for Memory Palace training exercises? I've got 3 for you today, ranging from beginner, to intermediate and advanced level memory training.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Memory Palace Training Exercises [Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Memory Palace Training Exercises Feature Image of Athlete with a thought bubbleAre you searching for Memory Palace training exercises and an easy way to build your first (or second) Memory Palace Network?

And do you find yourself frustrated by:

  • Memory training apps that fail to deliver?
  • Endless how-to posts on the Internet that “guarantee” results?
  • Memory improvement books that leave you entertained but you still find yourself no closer to using the tools that will help you build your memory? 

I know it can seem like an endless loop of information when it comes to memory training on the Internet.

It’s almost as if you’re on a hamster wheel, getting no closer to your destination. You may feel discouraged, or worse, ready to give up…

But before you throw your hands up in the air and admit defeat, know this:

The problem isn’t you.

The problem is the “quick fix” methods full of empty promises.

And here’s the very good news:. 

I have developed three simple Memory Palace training exercises.

And I know these exercises will help you to build an effective Memory Palace network. (Scroll down for proof.)

No, the exercises on this page are not a quick fix, hack, or shortcut.

But what you’re about to discover is a simple and proven method that will help you create and implement Memory Palaces so you can:

  • Learn the language you always wanted
  • Pass your exams with flying colors
  • Improve your life by improving your brain heath.

Are you ready?

If so…

Brace yourself for these three, mind-blowingly simple Memory Palace training routines.

1. The Alphabet Memory Palace Exercise

Before we get started, a quick question:

Do you have a memory journal?

Anthony Metivier with The Freedom Journal for memory improvement and language learning

Keeping a journal is a fun way to help you remember more about your life and can even help your daily productivity.

And let’s be honest, we all need a boost sometimes to be more productive.

I can dedicate (and have) an entire blog post to the benefits of memory journaling, but let’s assume you are keeping a dedicated Memory Journal (and if not, you should).

For the Memory Palace creation exercise, here’s how to get started.

Take your Memory Journal and begin on a fresh page.

Start with the letter A. Ask yourself “Who do I know that has a home whose name starts with an A?”

The Alphabet Memory Palace Exercise Image of Letter A

Remember not to limit yourself here.

Your choice doesn’t have to be a home.

It can be the names of movie theaters, bookstores, or other places that have significant meaning to you.

Be flexible, and let your mind wander.

Progressively move through the alphabet, one letter at a time.

I recommend you continue until you have advanced through all 26 letters, jotting down names and places as you go. The alphabet will help you “walk” spatially through the associations one letter at a time.

Do you have to complete all 26-letters?

No, of course not, at least not in one go.

But I find that most people who complete this exercise need between 1-5 hours to complete it.

At the end, they have a vibrant and robust Memory Palace Network. Here are just a few Magnetic Memory Method Testimonials to tell the stories of success in their own words.

Still not convinced you can do this, or should? If so, then check out the incredible science that backs up how and why the Memory Palace technique works.

Memory Palace Example for the Letter A

For example, say your elementary school best friend’s name is Allen.

You can remember Allen’s home fondly, with sleepovers, and Mario Kart tournaments.

And that’s one Memory Palace you can create.

This initial memory produced by thinking of the letter “A” could lead to other memories with Allen:

  • Birthday parties at the local skating rink…
  • Trips to the local movie theater to see the latest Ninja Turtles film together…
  • Rock concerts, etc.

Anthony Metivier Brain Exercise Memory Palace of Berlin Apartment

Simple Memory Palace drawing “recovered” by completing this simple Memory Palace training exercise

Need more? Here are 5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice.

You can also see how Kevin Richardson used multiple Memory Palaces for Japanese. They’re beautiful!

In this simple example with Allen, I uncovered three Memory Palaces! All from familiar places I wouldn’t have thought of at all without having completed this exercise.

Summing Up The Alphabet Exercise

Multiple Memory Palaces are available and can be unlocked with each letter of the alphabet. Use your Memory Journal to record these places, then build your networks from there.

As a bonus you’ll exercise your brain with the physical act of writing, engaging over 150 muscles in the process, and your penmanship will improve. Win win.

And if you want to turn this alphabet exercise into a 100-day Memory Challenge, consider using The Freedom Journal.

2. The Teleportation Memory Palace Exercise

Any chance you’re a Douglas Adams fan?

If so, you might be a bit wary of teleportation, as it’s “not quite as fun as a good solid kick to the head.”

Perhaps you prefer teleportation in the style of Doctor Who via transmat. Or maybe it‘s Star Trek’s transporter you prefer.

How about the the good “old fashioned” superior ability of teleportation of the X-Men’s Nightcrawler (my personal favorite)?

In all cases, the concept of teleportation in pop culture is familiar…

(And not just for Sci-Fi fans. Remember Dorothy Gale’s ruby slippers?)

The Teleportation Memory Palace Exercise Image of Wormhole to illustration the concept

You can harness that same power of teleportation in a practical way. Yes, it’s true.

But first you will need multiple Memory Palaces. This is where the first exercise, and Memory Journaling will be to your benefit.

Teleportation, in this sense, means that when you reach the end of a Memory Palace journey, you will make a logical leap to the next one.

Seek And You Will Find Natural Memory Palace “Bridges”

Just like the adventures with Allen we talked about earlier, you can find a natural “bridge” between two Memory Palaces.

For example, when I think about yet another Allen I know, he has a niece named Sophie.

Sophie and I were in a class with (yet) another Alan in high school. Now that classroom can “bridge” naturally with the original Allen’s home. It’s a simple matter to “teleport” between them.

Then, the more I think about this Alan and his character, the more my episodic memory gets valuable exercise. Yours will too.

Autobiographical memory gets a boost as well. To that end, here are two more “recovered memory” exercises to try.

If you can’t find a simple way for two Memory Palaces to relate, once again, move in a linear fashion through the alphabet.

But for practice and the benefit of this activity (which is also great brain exercise,) list in your “teleportation associations” in your Memory Journal.

Chances are, you’ll be able to come up with dozens in a very short period of time.


Be flexible. Allow your mind to naturally progress from one memory palace to the next. It’s easier than you think.

3. The “Heavy Metal” Exercise

Even though we’re talking about easy memory exercises, this is important:

Challenge yourself.


Think of memory training in the context of physical exercise.

Then think of elite level bodybuilders.

Are they able to “bulk up” without adding more weight to their routines?

Of course not.

They cannot build strength or mass without increasing the challenge of weight or number of reps.

With that in mind, think of your memory training as exactly what it is: training.

You cannot expect to improve your mental elasticity without constantly challenging yourself.

You just need to make sure you’re pushing your limits in a healthy way.

To do this, add barriers to your memory training.

The Heavy Metal Memory Palace Exercise Image of Anthony Metivier with Sergio Klein of The Outside circa 2013

Anthony Metivier with Sergio Klein during a performance in Berlin with The Outside in 2013

Example of the Heavy Metal Exercise

Here’s how:

Go to a noisy café or listen to loud music.

If you like Heavy Metal and want to use one my old bands, I think you’ll dig The Outside.

No matter what music you choose, combine the two.

Actively allow yourself to be in an environment full of distractions as you travel through your Memory Palaces or encode information into them.

Naturally, when you return to an ideal environment for studying, you will find you can:

  • Focus with less effort
  • Concentrate more easily
  • Study for longer periods of time.

For more examples of how putting obstructions in your path can help improve your memory, check out these memory training secrets with 208 USA Memory Champion John Graham.

I was practicing this way just by coincidence on trains throughout Europe while listening to metal before I sat to compete with Dave Farrow. It helped!

To make the exercise happen:

Crank up that heavy metal in your headphones, or immerse yourself in a public place with people walking by and conversations surrounding you.

Then encode information you want to memorize into one of your Memory Palaces.

Decode it immediately to test the integrity of your Magnetic Imagery.

Then, work at decoding later in the most distracting circumstances possible.

You can also just practice some of these visualization exercises when you’re in the eye of the storm.

Just like a round of pushups becomes easier when you remove a weighed backpack, you will find your mind unlocked and strengthened by this challenge.

Give these three simple exercises a try along with this:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course


Incorporate these techniques into your memory training exercise and you will get results.

No smoke and mirrors and no cheesy guarantee. With a little bit of intelligent work, and a little patience, you will reach your goals.


Here’s the replay of a live stream we in the Magnetic Memory Method Family held on this topic. Some great questions were asked!

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From Mnemonics Beginner To Memory Palace Mastery with Sunil Khatri Thu, 07 Feb 2019 02:00:29 +0000 2 <p>Sunil Khatri returns to the MMM Podcast to update us on his incredible feats with memorizing Japanese vocabulary. We also talk about visualizing Memory Palaces with an app.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">From Mnemonics Beginner To Memory Palace Mastery with Sunil Khatri</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Portrait of Sunil Khatri for Memory Palace Mastery interview on Magnetic Memory Method PodcastDo you find memory techniques like the Memory Palace daunting?

Not sure where to begin with your Magnetic Imagery?

And are you having a hard time getting creative and wish you could just leave the “heavy lifting” to the experts?

Believe me, it’s not just you.

I receive so many emails from students of memory and lifelong learners just like you.

People searching for help…

Asking for mnemonic examples…

Guidance that will make creating and using their Memory Palaces easier…

Tips that will turn the average imagination into a fast-acting mnemonics dictionary.

Need A “Hand Up” With Memory Palace Creation

While I still believe you learn the most by doing it yourself by creating your own Memory Palaces and “00-99 P.A.O.” from “scratch,” I understand that people sometimes need a “hand up” to get started.

In fact, I’ve learned over the years that for some people, personal guidance is a key element. That’s why I created the MMM Memory Dojo.  It’s a weekly option for MMM Masterclass members who need additional help with priming their minds for committing information to memory using memory techniques.

And since this option only has the value its members bring, I’m delighted to have some of the best and brightest thinkers about memory techniques participating in the Memory Dojo week after week.

On today’s episode of the Magnetic Memory Method podcast, my long-time student, Sunil Khatri, shares his experiences of progressing from a beginner memory pupil with a desire to learn Korean and Japanese, to a visionary app-builder, seeking to help students more easily develop and visualize spatial memory.

Just check out his concept for a Memory Palace memory training app that will help you memorize the Periodic Table of Elements:

Now, you may remember Sunil’s name, as he has guest-hosted the podcast before, detailing his Speech Success Story.

And if you are searching for an inspirational success story to motivate you to start creating your own victories in memory improvement, or perhaps need a bit of guidance, Sunil’s experience is brimming with answers.

Press play above now to hear Sunil and I share:

  • How to make a great first (and lasting) impression on others by remembering their names
  • How to use everyday surroundings in new ways to create memory palace networks
  • The potential of apps as legitimate memory training tools
  • All the most important details of Sunil’s massive success with learning Japanese using mnemonics
  • Why you need a flexible memory method
  • The truth about Using Remembering the Kanji by James Heisig for language learning
  • How to develop memory reserve with memory techniques and language learning
  • Writing as a study technique to commit terms to memory
  • The importance of group discussions in experiencing success with mnemonics
  • How virtual reality may be the future of memory techniques

EPISODE BONUS: Exciting Bridging Figure Mnemonic Example

It turns out that Sunil is also a pretty adventurous guy.

When he sent me this image I instantly realized he is now a great Bridging Figure:

Picture of Sunil Khatri Skydiving Useful for a Mnemonic Example Bridging Figur

Any time you can use images like these of people you know, you’re already using memory techniques better.


Because this image of Sunil skydiving is naturally exaggerated.

It’s also colorful, large in the frame, and indicates a lot of speed.

Keep an eye out for images of your friends and actors like these!

And as if this bonus from Sunil wasn’t enough, check out these…

Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast, and the MMM Blog:

How to Enhance Your Memory with Virtual Memory Palaces

Remembering the Kanji on Amazon

How to memorize hiragana

How to Learn and Memorize the Vocabulary of Any Language Course

Teach Yourself Using the Best Language Learning Books by Olly Richards

How Kevin Richardson Turned His Memory Palace Network Into The Best Japanese Learning App

Why Bilingualism Makes For A Healthier Brain

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3 Powerful Visualization Exercises [Step-by-Step Walk-Through] Thu, 24 Jan 2019 23:57:19 +0000 4 <p>Would a few simple visualization exercises help you experience more success with memory techniques? Effecive visualization is possible. Here's how. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Powerful Visualization Exercises [Step-by-Step Walk-Through]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> 3 Visualization Exercises For Better Resuls With Memory Techniques Feature Image with a woman imagining a cityWhat comes to mind when you think about visualization exercises?

Does the simple phrase conjure up images of some woo-woo, fluffy mind game offered by a two-bit guru?

Or are you ready for the real deal from a guy who struggled to see pictures in his mind and almost failed, but…

… after hundreds of hours of struggle, finally found a way?

(I‘m that guy, by the way)

And what if I told you that I’ve discovered something profound about visualization?

Why Visualization Is Not Just About “Seeing Pictures” In Your Mind

I’ve discovered a simple process that suggests everything you thought you knew about “seeing pictures in your mind” is wrong?

Especially when it comes to memory techniques, the Memory Palace and everything related to mnemonics

There are at least 8 Magnetic Modes:

  • Kinesthetic
  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Emotional
  • Conceptual
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory
  • Spatial

And “seeing” is just one of them!

Multiple Modes Of Visualization Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t “See” Mentally”…

Now that you know there are so many different ways to visualize, would you give few alternative visualization exercises a try?

If you said “yes,” or are at least nodding your head in the affirmative, that’s wonderful. Read on.

Did you know that visualization is so much more than meditation, and can actually serve you in your everyday life as a mature learner in a practical way?

Again, it’s more than seeing pictures in your mind.

But don’t get me wrong!

Aphantasia Image Streaming Magnetic Memory Method PodcastThe ability to conjure up mental pictures is a great skill. Some people with aphantasia can’t do it at all.

But let’s not disregard our other senses.

Visualization is at its most powerful when embedded in a multi-sensory experience.

Here are three exercises that show you exactly how:

3 Beginner Visualization Exercises Anyone Can Master

1. The  Candle Exercise

Try this:

Take a moment and close your eyes. Imagine that when you open them a candle has appeared in front of you.

Image of An Angel with a Candle to Illustrate The Candle Exercise For Multi Sensory Visualization Exercise Projection


  • What size is the candle? Is it a tea candle, long-stem candle, three-wick candle?
  • How heavy is it?
  • How much of the candle has burned away? Has it burned down to the base or do you see it still newly lit?
  • How far away is the candle from you? Within arm’s reach? Across the room?

The Lit Candle Variation

You can also try gazing into a lit candle then closing your eyes.

What do you see?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll experience an after burn effect.

You can no longer “see” the candle, but can still see its effects.

Using this after burn as a kind of canvas, mentally trace over the shape in front of you.

2. The Apple Visualization Exercise

Gradually you will be able to visualize, in great detail, a candle and flame of your own making.

We can take this simple visualization one step further and incorporate our other senses once we have mastered the “visual” aspect.

Try visualizing an apple.

The Apple Visualization Exercise Using Interaction With The Body For Better Results With Memory Techniques

Feel its smooth peel, observe its perfectly ripe sheen, and then imagine yourself taking a bite.

How does it taste?

Imagine its crispness and taste its sweetness.

The Interaction Variation

Take this apple visualization exercise further:

Follow the apple through your body as your entire digestive system interacts with it.

Don’t take this exercise too seriously or get too granular. Just play with the idea of being able to follow one bite of an apple through your system.

And ask yourself periodically as you go through the process:

How real is that apple to you?

The Negative Space Variation

Once you feel like you can move beyond seeing and feeling a simple, everyday object, try to visualize that object in relation to space in the room.

Imagine the corner of a table.

The Negative Space Visualization Exercise

Where is it in the room? What is the negative space surrounding it?

Think of this exercise almost as an optical illusion.

We are all familiar with Rubin’s vase, though we may not know it by name.

Rubin Vase to Illustrate the Negative Space Visualization Exercise

This is the optical illusion where one can see either two faces or a singular vase from an image.

The key is being able to toggle between the two.

To be aware of the negative space as well as the image.

This exercise is helpful when using mnemonics, a Memory Palace and other memory techniques because we need to “suppress” mental imagery at the same time we manipulate it.

3. The Number Skipping Exercise

Hopscotch to illustrate the Number Skipping Visualization Exercise

Think about this:

How abstract are numbers?

They are representations of concepts, right?

Take the number three, for example.

Three only “exists” when we conceptualize a group, or a set of objects, and call it three due to concept of three things we call “one” placed together.

How is three represented exactly?

Well, lots of ways. The Chinese character differs from the Roman numeral, which differs from the character 3.
Images to represent three ways to symbolize threeThree is represented based on a mark society agrees it will call “3.” You can see the 3 your culture uses, or multiples versions used by multiple cultures.

You can also visualize one to 10, to 20, or even to 1,000.

Start with a small goal…

…but the goal is not to reach the highest number!

It’s to stay connected and concentrated in your mind.

If you find this becomes so easy that your mind is wandering, you can build up to higher and higher numbers, eventually going forwards and backwards.

And that’s when the real challenge begins:

Skipping numbers.
Happiness Beyond Thought By Gary Weber Book Cover for blog post on memory training practice habits

I first encountered the idea of skipping numbers in Gary Weber’s Happiness Beyond Thought. This is such a simple idea, but yet it’s such a challenge.

Don’t believe me? Give it a try.

Visualize the number one.

Easy enough, right?

Now try to suppress the urge to visualize the number two.

Next, is three, correct?

Skip, or visualize a blank space in place of the number four.

Keep building, skipping numbers as you go.

Once you reach the highest number you can without losing concentration (say, for example, 10), then go in reverse. Visualize 9, skipping 8, 7, and skip 6, and continue on.

You may be asking “How is this useful? Isn’t this a bit counterintuitive? Am I not supposed to be visualizing? Why are you suddenly telling me to suppress visualization?”

I get you. I do. But hear me out and keep reading…

The Negative Space Variation

Remember, for memory training one of the keys is Recall Rehearsal.

You will find ways to use memory palaces in different orders, and actually need to, and want to, for memory benefits, get the von Restorff Effect working.

You can shut down thoughts so that they do not interfere with other thoughts. This visualization exercise will undoubtedly aid you in further memory training.

In other words, the ability to not visualization helps you visualize because you can shut out competing images.

Speaking of further training…
Visualization Mastery Course in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass

The New Visualization Mastery Course in The MMM Masterclass!

If you’re still struggling to visualize when using memory techniques…

I just finished producing a powerful course that is already helping Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass students use mnemonics better.

This result happens because the Magnetic Imagery they use in their associations are far stronger than ever before.

Do you want that?

Do you want to “own” any information every time you place it in your brain?

Cool. I can help.

But take caution:

As we’ve discussed today…

It’s not that easy if you’re only using visualization techniques to “see” pictures in your mind.

The solution begins when people take things to the next level of use a kind multi-sensory visualization approach.

And in this new course, Visualization Mastery

I didn’t JUST come up with these exercises out of nowhere.

I did it with the help of dozens of memory athletes, memory experts like John Graham, thousands of MMM students and hundreds of hours of my own practice.

In this course, Visualization Mastery, you get the insights, skills, and ability to develop the strongest mental imagery for your Memory Palace efforts ever…

And the calm confidence that tells your brain that you’re serious about memorizing information quickly, efficiently and permanently.

This course in visualization and visualization meditation includes:

  • Video 1: Multi-Sensory Projecting
  • Video 2: Exercises for Conceptual Visualization
  • Video 3: “Details” Exercises For Multi-Sensory Self-Study
  • Video 4: Visualization Meditations
  • Video 5: Auditory-Visual Exercises
  • Video 6: Mental Rehearsal Exercises
  • Video 7: Conclusion & Next Steps

For more information, here’s the course trailer:

If you’re already in the MMM Masterclass, please login now to take the course.

Or, if you’d like access this special training course and much, much more, you can read all about the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass here.

The Bottom Line When It Comes To Effective Visualization For Memory Improvement

Complete these visualization exercises regularly and consistently. Don’t expect results from just one session.

Also, mix and match these exercises. For example, try number skipping with candles or apples, both forward and in reverse.

Really, the sky’s the limit here. The more you play with this visualization exercise, the more benefits you will receive and the more ideas for more brain exercises will emerge.

Above all, keep challenging yourself and your memory for growth. It’s when we stop getting brain exercise that we go downhill. These visualization exercises will help you keep moving forward.

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Idriz Zogaj On The Truth About Memory Training Apps Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:47:41 +0000 6 <p>Renowned memory expert, memory competitor and memory entrepreneur Idriz Zogaj joins me to talk about the truth of the "Virtual" Memory Palace and his new memory training game, Memotopia.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Idriz Zogaj On The Truth About Memory Training Apps</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Idriz Zogaj Memory Expert and creator of Memotopia a Memory Improvement AppEver wondered if you can just invent a Memory Palace… or have a memory improvement app invent one for you?

Turns out, the answers to these questions are more than just interesting…

They could be the answers that turn you from a person struggling to improve your memory to a leading memory athlete.

After all, Idriz Zogaj has done just that.

And chances are, you know the name.

After all, he’s the man behind what is probably the world’s most viewed memory improvement TedTalk.

In addition to being a world class memory athlete and memory coach, he’s also an entrepreneur.

And when I heard about his initiative to launch a memory game and app called Memotopia, I reached out to learn more.

Best part?

We recorded our call just for you!

Key Points About Memory Training Apps

The highlight of the episode for me involved two key points:

  • Idriz has figured out a way to create a memory training app that lets you train solo and with others. And it’s all focused on getting you to use the skills in your mind, not on the screen. To learn all about it, please watch the Memotopia video on this page for the project.
  • In his previous experience with memory apps, Idriz has shown how people of even very young ages can use technology to learn the basics of association.

Why is this demonstration with younger people so profound?

Because association is the core skill of using memory techniques. 

And the best part is this:

Anyone can learn to associate.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just check out Idriz’s explanation of how easy improving your memory is in this epic memory training video:

You’ll hear Idriz talk about the history of his apps for memory training on the podcast, and can check out the earlier Zogaj Gym here on the Apple Store and here for Android.

The Truth About Virtual Memory Palace Creation And Use

My second favorite part of the episode involves our discussion of creating and using a Virtual Memory Palace (or even dozens of them).

I’ve talked about my reservations about using Virtual Memory Palaces and even movies and TV series to improve your memory, but Idriz opened my eyes to an incredible fact I did not know before.

The point?

My own advice to keep studying the memory tradition and all the people who use it keeps paying off – there’s so much to learn!

More Memory Training Resources From Idriz Zogaj

Idriz’s website

Idriz’s YouTube channel

How to Become a Memory Master

Follow Idriz on Facebook

Follow Idriz on Twitter

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Renowned memory expert, memory competitor and memory entrepreneur Idriz Zogaj joins me to talk about the truth of the "Virtual" Memory Palace and his new memory training game, Memotopia. Renowned memory expert, memory competitor and memory entrepreneur Idriz Zogaj joins me to talk about the truth of the "Virtual" Memory Palace and his new memory training game, Memotopia. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 54:47
1200 Digits: How to Memorize Pi And Recite It Live Thu, 10 Jan 2019 05:56:27 +0000 6 <p>Marno Hermann currently holds the top spot on the Pi World Ranking List. Learn how to memorize Pi and recite it in 10 minutes and 15 seconds flat!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">1200 Digits: How to Memorize Pi And Recite It Live</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Portrait of Marno Hermann Memorizing Pi to 1200 Digits And Reciting It Publically Magnetic Memory MethodEver wondered how to memorize pi?

Marno Hermann did…

… and then he got busy memorizing as much of pi as he could.

The amazing thing is just how far Marno got based purely on rote learning!

Then it happened.

Marno discovered memory techniques and vastly accelerated his progress.

In this interview, I ask Marno about the differences between memorizing so many digits of Pi using rote and using Memory Palaces with mnemonic imagery.

Before long, Marno had memorized 1200 digits and secured a top spot on the Pi World Ranking List!

Marno Hermann Number One Record for Memorizing Pi to 1200 Digits

“Always believe in the impossible,” is what Marno wore on his shirt when he stepped up to the podium to recite 1200 digits of Pi.

And he recited all 1200 digits in just 10 minutes and 15 seconds!


How To Set The Record Straight When You Memorize Pi And Make A Mistake

Even as Marno proved to himself and the large crowd of people assembled to hear him recite Pi…

Something went wrong.

You’ll need to listen to this powerful episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast to learn all about what happened and how Marno set the record straight.

Portrait of Marno Hermann Reciting Pi From Memory In Front of a Crowd

I’m very impressed by Marno’s story, and you will be too.

Do You Want To Memorize Pi?

If so, you’re not alone.

And Marno isn’t the only Magnetic Memory Method Family member to use the techniques.

Check out Paul Deery’s incredible performance in front of a crowd:

The trick?

Well, as we’ve learned from Marno, you actually can get quite far with rote learning.

But obviously you’re going to want to have mnemonic tools to help.

Why Should You Memorize Pi?

Great question.

Although I’ve never done it myself, the benefits are obvious:

1. Memorizing any amount of Pi will help you prove to yourself that you can do it.

Still doubtful? Here’s 3 Reasons Why Skeptics Success With Memory Techniques Better Than Anyone Else.

2. You’ll be able to memorize any banking number, phone number, historical date, plane seat or price with ease.

3. You’ll experience the real magic of memory techniques in a way that will inspire you to take on more challenges.

4. If you’re a parent, you can demonstrate the technique to your kids and wipe out their anxiety around math for the rest of their lives.

5. It’s great brain exercise.

6. You can extend the skills to memorizing a deck of cards for memory stunts and magic routines.

7. You’ll become an active participant in this great tradition of using your natural creativity and the Memory Palace.

Further Resources That Will Help You Memorize Pi

First, consider learning the Major Method.

You’ll want to use that to create a 00-99 P.A.O. More on that coming soon, so to be notified, if you’re not already part of the MMM Family, start here now:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Brad Zupp has helped us learn how to memorize numbers when he shared his mnemonic tips for turning your brain into a passwords manager.

Florian Dellé has shared his Major System Secrets on the show as well.

Nelson Dellis has great training on this extensive interview tutorial on visual memory techniques based on his book Remember It!

You’ll also want to learn the 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers to supplement your success.

(For the musically inclined, here are some ideas for applying memorized numbers to music mnemonics).

So what are you waiting for?

Scroll up, click play and listen to Marno share exactly how he memorized 1200 digits of Pi and how you can easily do the same.

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The Wise Advocate: Become A Better Leader Of Your Memory Thu, 03 Jan 2019 04:53:15 +0000 2 <p>The Wise Advocate shows you how cutting-edge discoveries in neuroscience can help you become a better leader of your memory and your life.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">The Wise Advocate: Become A Better Leader Of Your Memory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p>

Authors of the Wise Advocate for the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast with Josie Thompson and Jeffrey SchwartzThe Wise Advocate wants to help you avoid the terrible habits that keep you locked into habitual thinking…

Thinking that is deeply connected to your memory.

Yet, after reading a new book on the topic, I was puzzled…

Why in the 21st century are we sophisticated humans still being yanked around by our lizard brain?

Especially in the midst of so much knowledge about how the brain and memory works?

I’m talking about impulsive thoughts, terrible decision making and paying too much attention to horrible mental content that arises in memory.

To find out, I asked co-authors of The Wise Advocate: The Inner Voice of Strategic Leadership to explain.

In this incredible new book, Jeffrey Schwartz, Josie Thomson and Art Kleiner provide simple ways to overcome impulsive thinking and create greater leadership in your life and for others.

About the Authors of The Wise Advocate

Jeffrey Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at UCLA and a leader expert in neuroplasticity. He is the author of You Are Not Your Brain and books on overcoming obsessive-compulsive disorder amongst other topics.

Josie Thomson is an award-winning executive coach, speaker, author, and two-time cancer survivor.

Art Kleiner is the Editor-in-Chief of strategy+business and author of The Age of Heretics and Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege and Success. 

Show Notes And Stand Out Topics

Since my passion for memory can get the best of me in matters of business, I was very interested in the discussion of creating more distance and rationality in decision making.

Plus, I learned a lot from the discussion on group think, or tribe mentality, and how to overcome some of the knee-jerk reaction to appease others we see happening more and more on the Internet.

The Wise Advocate Book Cover By Art Kleiner Josie Thompson Jeffrey Schwartz

As a solution, Jeffrey suggested a kind of self-inquiry in place of visceral reactions:

“You become more aware of who you’re trying to please, why you’re trying to please that group, that person. [Thinking instead] ‘What are the implications of what you’re doing?’ You start planning and thinking more long-term.”

Finding Your Wise Advocate Is A Trainable Skill

When we train ourselves to contemplate questions like, “Why do they (others) want that?” we open ourselves up to being an impartial spectator of the world.

This impartiality leads us into a higher level of thinking to overcome this “lizard brain.”

If you want to know how your decision making can drastically improve with a shift in focus, or a directed, conscious effort to revamp your mindset in order to be a better leader, or even just lifelong learner, this podcast is for you.

You will unlock the secrets to active mindfulness through simple practice and awareness to be a quality, individualistic, strategic decision maker.

All you need to do is press play above and you’ll learn:

  • What exactly mindfulness is and how it can help you clarify your own goals, objectives, and ways of approaching everything in life
  • How to be transparent in your own thinking to achieve your long-term goals and plans
  • How memory can set you free with decision parameters that you make every day
  • The inner narrative of “gut impulses” versus the big picture of decision making
  • Identifying the difference between emotional reasoning and rationalizing
  • How obsessive-compulsive disorder relates to brain structure and value judgements
  • Understanding how you arrive at decisions gives you wiser choice options
  • The idea that habits are largely unconscious
  • The concept of mentalizing (not “What do others want?” but “What are they thinking and why?”)
  • How the desire for “fitting in” influences our decision making
  • How community-oriented perspectives achieve win-wins in business relationships
  • Rewiring the brain to a “wise advocate” frame of mind to inform decision making (for students who want to know how to study fast, this one will be key)
  • Applying the understanding of human behavior to goal-oriented activities
  • Deceptive brain messaging in the role of executive thinking
  • Self-directed neuroplasticity as an influencer of thought and attention of focus
  • Balancing non-judgmental thinking with assessment in your thought processes
  • How memory practice and working memory is important in taming impulsive behavior
  • The four steps to correct the cognitive distortions you might be making every single day

Although The Wise Advocate is directed at people in leadership roles, I highly recommend this book to all memory improvement fans.

After all, you are the leader of your memory. It needs you to be performing at your best!

Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast, and the MMM Blog:

Homepage of Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D.

Josie Thomson’s website

Further Reading from Art Kleiner

Wise Advocate Enterprises

Order The Wise Advocate from Amazon

More About Habits (How to Hack Habits with Joanna Jast)

Goal-Setting with Memory Palaces

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7 Powerful Mind Mapping Examples For Better Method of Loci Success Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:56:01 +0000 2 <p>Mind mapping improves memory and creativity. These mind mapping examples for using the method of loci better will help you find more Memory Palaces.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">7 Powerful Mind Mapping Examples For Better Method of Loci Success</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Mind Mapping Examples for better Method of Loci Results Featured ImageWe all know about mind mapping and the Method of Loci as independent learning and memory tools, but …

How many people use the mind mapping technique to help them use the Method of Loci better?

The answer is simple:

Not as many people as I would like!

Worse, some people struggle unnecessarily with how to find Memory Palaces.

They know they need many of them in order to get the Method of Loci operating properly, but they struggle to find enough of them.

Let’s put an end to this struggle right now.

On this page you’ll discover how they can work together to help you create dozens, if not hundreds of Memory Palaces by creating a simple Mind Map.

How To Get Started With Mind Mapping For Finding More Memory Palaces

If you’re anything like me, there’s only one frustration that comes with learning a new skill.

You want things to be perfect… instantly!

Seriously – who doesn’t?

Well, let me caution you that using mind mapping to help you benefit from the Method of Loci is NOT for perfectionists.

Be willing to drop your perfectionism and progress towards consistently becoming better.

Bring your flexibility, your willingness to “just do it,” and joyously make mistakes for the purpose of growth.

Mind mapping is not a final destination, a journey from point A to point B.

The Biological Secret Behind These Mind Mapping Examples

Instead, it is like a brain cell on paper, with multiple tributaries that radiate outwards from a central point.

It’s kind of like how rivers flow from lakes out into the oceans.

In other words, mind mapping is organic.

And the process is not a linear race to some end point. Rather, it is a process and a journey – not unlike the “journey method” of the method of loci itself.

Except, in this case, we’re “unlocking” as many journeys as we can assisted by mind mapping.

Understanding this concept is the first step to success. Then understand the process.

Why is this point so important?

Because as a lifelong learner, you will always be stepping into an unknown future.

But if you have a hyped-up destination in mind based on bankrupt ideas about how your brain works, you’re just begging for frustration.

Indeed, you’ll be paralyzed by inaction before you can even begin.

So just relax.

Take a deep breath. Put pen to paper.

The First Step In Mind Mapping For Generating Memory Palace Ideas

The starting point to creating an effective mind map, as taught by Tony Buzan in Mind Map Mastery is to have a large central image that uses at least three colors.

This central image should be inviting, one you’ll want to revisit.

You don’t have to be a great artist.

Once again, don’t overthink it!

Let your mind wander as you draw, but wander in a focused way.

The First Mind Mapping Example: 
The Parthenon

To mind map the Method of Loci, for example, our central image could be a Parthenon-esque column to represent the origin of this incredible mnemonic device.

Mind Mapping Example with the Parthenon for Memory Palace Discovery

I chose the Parthenon due to an association with Simonides of Ceos and stories that link the origin of the Memory Palace with ancient Greece.

But you might choose something else, perhaps from even earlier in history based on Lynne Kelly’s discoveries about this technique in The Memory Code.

A Simple Process That Unlocks the Power Of The Method Of Loci

From that central image, we travel outward by creating a radiating tributary.

Then use a simple process of asking yourself questions. For example, ask:

Where do you spend a majority of your time?

What surroundings are most familiar?

What environment is the most recognizable?

For most people, the answer is home.

Memory Palace ideas for different homes unlocked by this Mind Mapping Example

How To Use Mind Mapping To Find Multiple Homes For Memory Palaces

Whether you list your childhood home, college dormitory, a beloved first apartment, or your current residence, “home” is a place that you know frontwards and backwards, inside and out.

List every “home” that comes to mind.

This choice already opens up so many possibilities for multiple Memory Palaces, doesn’t it?

Thank the Mind Map process. And this:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course


Why Mind Mapping Helps You Start Finding More Memory Palaces

Don’t worry. This is just the beginning of the ideas I’ll share on this page.

But it will help you even further if you understand why this process is so valuable to your progress.

Think of your brain as a garden.

You have this rich soil (your brain cells).

Let’s say that about 10-20% of that soil is involved in your spatial mapping and spatial memory abilities.

Well, without “excavating” more Memory Palaces from the soil of your mind, you’ll never have enough rows to plant seeds of memory using association-based mnemonics.

But when you get this right, you’ll have multiple perfectly tended rows to load full of seeds that will eventually create an incredible harvest every time you wish to remember new information.

More Incredible Mind Mapping Examples For New Memory Palaces

Consider the remaining blank space on the page with your mind map.

What other homes are you familiar with?

Friends’ homes?

Extended family?

Amazing “Virtual” Memory Palace Ideas You Can Experiment With

What about homes of fictional characters?

Aren’t we all familiar with Monica’s iconic apartment on Friends?

What about the Addams’ mansion, or the lush greenery of The Shire, home of Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings?

Relax, extend, and cultivate to expand your mind map.

Then think about schools, movie theaters, video rental outlets and even think about how to increase memory by watching movies and TV series.

Mind Mapping Example using TV shows and movies to improve memory

The possibilities are endless for exploration.

Once you realize this fact, mind mapping lends itself to a natural flow.

The only warning I have is that you might need additional training so you know how to enhance your memory with Virtual Memory Palaces properly.

Branching Out Further For More Method Of Loci Tools

Once that flow has been created, get out of your own way.

You may associate home with your childhood home, then, in turn, your childhood years in general, which naturally leads to reminiscing about “school days.”

Given about seven hours a day, Monday through Friday, for over a decade were spent in school, this is another familiar place that can lend itself to a branch on your mind map.

Then there are churches, libraries, movie theaters. These are all big, grand, familiar places from which we can expand our web.

All of these places have specific areas inside of them, details that you can, and should, allow your mind to explore, and revisit.

Then use a central image and let the ideas flow.

How Mind Mapping Helps You Creatively Follow Chains Of Association

As you relax into the process, the combination of keywords and images will trigger memories.

For example, in your elementary school there was likely a playground, gymnasium, library, and cafeteria.

Thinking of your library may lend itself to thinking of your favorite books, then favorite authors, or favorite movies that were adaptations of those books.

Exploring the idea of your cafeteria may lead you down a path of your favorite lunch day, or a memory of your Batman lunchbox.

Where does that notion of the Batman lunchbox lead? Perhaps back to the early television series with Adam West, then back to a notable “home,” the Bat Cave.

How To Uncover Amazing Car Memory Palaces

You can also use cars. I have four that I use – the same four that I drove during high school and early university.

Mind Mapping Example of Finding 4 Car Memory Palaces

It’s pretty simple:

Just reflect back through all the cars you’ve owned.

You could also add cars your family members and friends have owned and potentially cars from movies that stand out in your imagination.

Use these places, these ideas that seemingly come at random and record them onto a mind map, taking note of how they weave together.

It’s just part of how to study fast. Fun, isn’t it?

How Mind Mapping Can Unlock Dozens Of Churches For The Method Of Loci

For example, I drew a simple cross to represent the idea of a “church.” This instantly led me to think of churches I’d been to as a kid and that I’d visited while living in Europe.

As luck would have it, the Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church in Berlin (Gedächniskirche) leapt to mind. It’s a powerful Memory Palace!

Mind Mapping to find a Memory Palace for the Method of Loci from the Gedaechtnis Kirche in Berlin

With more practice, you’ll see that these ideas aren’t random at all. The mind mapping technique is helping you make better associations that lead to more familiar and powerful Memory Palace options.

Mind Map Your Body, Furniture, Musical Instruments & More

Yes, you can use your body as a Memory Palace.

Your guitar, your sofa, anything goes.

Mind Map Example Large Image With Many Memory Palace Ideas

The important thing is that you:

  1. Get out a large piece of paper.
  2. Create a central image that represents the goal: Identifying multiple Memory Palaces for developing your method of loci skills.
  3. Understand that the tributaries “radiate” outwards.
  4. Allow these tributaries to radiate further (i.e. from “home” to the homes of your friends, family and even fictional characters.
  5. Use both keywords and simple drawings.
  6. Relax before you get started.
  7. Focus on progress, not perfectionism.
  8. Draw each Memory Palace you identify.
  9. Use the Memory Palaces as soon as possible.
  10. Come back to mind mapping to find more Memory Palaces and get more out of the method of loci technique.

Summing up, the ideas I came up with this process were:

  • Homes:
    • All the homes I’ve lived in
    • The homes of all my relatives
    • Homes of all my friends
    • Homes represented in movies and TV series
  • Movie related areas:
    • Movie theaters I love
    • Old movie rental outlets (remember those?)
    • Film sets I’ve visited
  • Churches
    • From when I was a kid
    • From years of travel
  • Cars
    • Cars I’ve owned
    • Cars of family members
    • Cars of friends
  • Body Memory Palace ideas
    • My own body
    • Bodies of friends
    • Bodies of actors
    • Bodies of fictional characters
  • Furniture for small Memory Palaces
  • Musical instruments for use with music mnemonics

In sum, this amounts to seven categories and dozens of potential Memory Palaces.

The Mind Map Template That Never Ends

There is more stored in your mind than you might realize. Use mind mapping to tap into it.

It’s all there. Waiting to be retrieved. Waiting to be used.

Your brain really is the mind map template you’re looking for. You just need to exercise this powerful memory technique so you can use all other memory methods better.

Let mind mapping help you bravely tap into your creativity and revitalize your memory.

But your journey doesn’t stop there!

Just the opposite in fact.

This is truly just beginning…

To fully utilize these Memory Palaces mind mapping has helped you identify, use them a.s.a.p to store the information that’s important to you.

Need more? Check out these 5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice.

Enjoy the process as a practice to use again and again for life!

BONUS! Mind Mapping Examples Unpacked Live

This blog post was originally created on a live stream with help from the Magnetic Memory Method Audience.

Feel free to watch the replay while you’re here:

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How to Memorize Vocabulary: A Step-By-Step Guide Thu, 20 Dec 2018 21:06:07 +0000 17 <p>If you want to know how to memorize vocabulary quickly and permanently, this step-by-step guide is your one-stop resource.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Memorize Vocabulary: A Step-By-Step Guide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to memorize vocabulary Count Von Count Mnemonic Example for Magnetic Memory Method Blog Featured PostYou’d love to know how to memorize vocabulary at epic speeds, right?

Whether it’s for improving your mother tongue or learning a new language, the desire to expand your vocabulary is natural.

In fact, if you don’t want to get better with language, you really need to sit down and think about why you aren’t devoted to lifelong learning.

Knowledge truly is power, after all, especially when you apply it to speaking.

People who speak well perform better at all aspects in life, love and professionalism.

A Brief History Of How I Fell In Love With Memorizing Vocabulary

During both high school and university, I loved looking through my thesaurus.

I would regularly “beef up” my term papers with “five” and “ten dollar words” to make my writing more interesting and to teach myself more words.

For example, I learned the word “solipsism” when researching and writing a 3rd year university paper in “Shakespeare and his Contemporaries,” taught by Dr. Derek Cohen.

Anthony Metivier with lots of books

He noticed that I used this word when grading the paper and this encouraged me to explore interesting vocabulary even more.

Soon I was talking about “architectonic tautology,” “paratexts” and whipping out all kinds of ancient Greek and Latin terms in my writing.

And never for the sake of my ego.

It was for the love of language and the knowledge that using words well brings.

These days, you can access an online dictionary and thesaurus in ways that are a lot simpler than thumbing through a well-worn set of word collections on your desk.

But no matter how you access your words, you really can make vocabulary acquisition effortless and limitless.

Why Rote Learning Any Word Is Painfully Slow

Back then, I used rote learning to memorize those words.

It was painful!

Why is rote learning so annoying?

image to express a student bored with learning

For one thing, it’s repetitive and boring.

It’s also not fun.

And research typically shows that you get only about a 40% rate of recall.

With mnemonics, on the other hand, anyone can boost that rate of recall to 80%.

And when you practice with memory techniques regularly, that rate will rise even higher. Here’s how to practice memory techniques for studying anything, including improving your language abilities.

I’m so glad I learned about memory techniques like the Memory Palace during my Ph.D. years.

This special strategy taught me how to memorize oodles of difficult vocabulary quickly.

So what if I told you that you could become an absolute Titan of word power in a way that is fast, easy and fun?

Well, you can. And you have this ability within yourself right now.

You have all the tools you could ever need to drastically expand your vocabulary, by improving your ability to memorize words.

Basic Rules That Let You Memorize Vocabulary Forever

Let’s begin with a bird’s eye view of vocabulary memorization.

Let’s face it:

You may be overwhelmed at the beginning with questions about where to start.

This feeling is normal.

After all, there are well over a million words in the English language alone.

How could you even make a dent in this number, never mind if you are learning a second or third language? Let me break it down in simple terms.

1. Your goal is to memorize the sound and the meaning of a word.

2. You do this by having a Memory Palace Network prepared in advance.

3. When you know how to navigate the Memory Palace Network well, you “encode” each word using Magnetic Mnemonic Imagery.

4. You use Recall Rehearsal to get the words into long term memory.

5. You use the Big 5 of Learning to speed up the process and ensure longevity.

If you have any doubts about putting these steps into action, please remember that bilingualism makes for a healthier brain. You owe it to your long term health.

The Amazing Truth About How To Memorize Word Meanings

Now, when I talk about memorizing the sound and meaning of a word at the same time, this doesn’t mean EVERY meaning of a word.

We’re talking about one, or at most two, meanings of any given word when we start.

Image showing a man frustrated by crossword puzzle multiple word meanings


Be willing to let the 430 other possible definitions and usages listed in the Oxford Dictionary go.

The same thing goes for German or any other language.

Speaking of German, here’s The Story Of How To Learn and Memorize German Vocabulary  It’s about my very first book on memorizing vocabulary and includes more mnemonic examples to help you memorize vocabulary forever.

You Do Not Have To Commit Every Meaning To Memory To Learn A Word

Again, just because multiple definitions exist, this fact does not mean you should commit them all to memory.

You need only to memorize the one, or very few, meanings relevant to you.

You do this by thinking about the Magnetic Station in your Memory Palace.

Then you create Magnetic Images that remind you of the sound and one core meaning of the word.

Then, take a deep breath.


Walking Meditation works for improving focus and concentration

Come back and do Recall Rehearsal later and encode a few more words.

Or you can come back and add an entire phrase to the word.

Often less is more. Keep that principle in mind.

The Powerful Rule Of Difference In Vocabulary Memorization

Each word is different.

Words have varying syllables, different origins, and are fluid in certain grammatical contexts.

Words might also be changeable when you add prefixes and suffixes.

Don’t turn these changes into the enemy!

Just treat these changes like the beautiful differences in a diverse experience of language that they represent.

And then memorize them as individual examples like you would any other word.

If you want to scale the process, you can sometimes create a Memory Palace series just for regular and irregular verbs.

If you’re still unclear about what this technique involves, here are 5 Memory Palace examples. Even better, try this:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

But only use Memory Palaces if you find them helpful.

Whatever you do, don’t generalize the process too much.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” magic bullet that will work with every single word when it comes to memory techniques for language learning.

15 Reason Why Language Learning Is Good For Your Brain

Words do not all behave the same, and we cannot treat them as if they do.

Once we understand that we must work with vocabulary individually we are ready to hit the ground running.

The Magic Of Word Grouping for Memorization

Do you remember learning to count syllables as a kid?

Perhaps your elementary school teacher taught you to clap with each syllable as you said words out loud.

Maybe he taught to you hold your hand under your chin and count every time your jaw would “drop” when you said the word aloud as a syllable.

I have a friend who remembers practicing se-ven, el-e-phant, yel-low, and rock-et as a young child. She made a game of it.

She found it exciting!

And it is exciting. You can take a little bit of that wonder, that excitement, and put it into practice with vocabulary memorization techniques.


Group words with the same number of syllables together.

Arranging words in a like with like form based on syllable is a powerful tool to help with memorization.

You can also experiment with arranging words by vowels.

Another professor I learned a lot from named Christian Bök spent a long time arranging words by vowel for his excellent book, Eunoia. Here’s a sample:

Do you notice what he’s doing here?

All of the words in this passage feature only one vowel. “I.”

Although you might not do exactly this in your own Memory Palace Network, I’m sure reading more of Bök’s works will inspire you to think up many games you can play with language learning.

Sure, organizing words takes a bit of initial legwork.

The Horrible Price Language Learners Pay When They Fail To Plan

But what happens when you don’t craft a vocabulary list and arrange it for strategic memorization?

Random chaos!

But when you tackle it strategically for use in Memory Palaces, you will have a simple key to success with memorization.

Why Practice Makes Progress Better Than Any Memorize Vocabulary App

Once you have your target vocabulary organized and know what you need to commit to memory, you are free to practice using memory techniques for language learning.

You can now focus solely on the task of expanding your vocabulary.

It really is that simple.

How do you improve your abilities with memorizing vocabulary with consistent growth over time?


You memorize vocabulary.

Commit to practicing a word list every single day.

The Freedom Journal used for language learning will help because I’ve shown you how to combine it with a Memory Palace technique.

Gradually you will notice improvement – if not very quickly.

Chart this improvement in your Memory Journal. You will soon see how far you’ve come.

The Power Of Context For Memorizing More Words Quickly

Then, use your memorized words in context.

Just as with any other memory technique, the key is immersion.

Use your vocabulary when reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Use The Big Five techniques to your advantage.

How To Choose The Words You Memorize Wisely

Another rule of context that is so simple, yet profound is to choose the words you memorize carefully.

Just as we discussed the bird’s eye view of memorizing relevant definitions, the actual words you seek to memorize should only be ones that will improve your life.

If the list of words is not improving your life and moving you towards your goals, then the words really have no business being memorized.

There are many sources of word lists, but Ogden’s Basic English is a great and free source for figuring out what words you might want to learn in any language.

You just need to make sure you have goals – meaningful goals.

Image of Scrabble letters saying Carpe Diem to express the need to take action now with memorizing vocabulary

What are some goals you might have for memorizing vocabulary?

* Learning a foreign language

* Studying Medicine

* Preparing to pass a law exam

All of these goals add meaning to your efforts, which is essential to the formulation of a life long skill that becomes habitual.

A Review Of The Fundamentals With A Few Mnemonic Examples

Why does meaning matter so much when memorizing vocabulary?

To really commit words to memory they must be more than just words.

In addition to having a reason for memorizing them, meaning will help you come up with associations, especially when the going gets tough.

For example, there are a lot of Sanskrit words I’ve been memorizing and it’s only because I have a meaningful goal driving my project that I’ve been able to push through.

In addition to the mnemonic examples in that video, recent research further validates the notion that the signing and chanting element also play a role in memory formation.

Of course, we usually aren’t singing the vocabulary we learn. Definitely do that in the shower if you’re worried that people won’t like your voice!

And with singing on your side, here are some every day words in English that are quite challenging.

All you have to do in addition to having a Memory Palace ready is to associate each word with images.

And think about how these examples apply to the words you want to learn and memorize.

“Account” Mnemonic Example With Magnetic Action

Think of the word “account.”

If you’re like me you grew up with Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and a host of other characters on the children’s show Sesame Street.

Who taught you numbers? Count von Count, right?

He’s the one who taught me, and because he is deep in my brain’s chemistry, he’s the perfect “sound-match” for “count” in “account.”

But we have an additional “AC” to add to that word.

For that, think of an air conditioner falling out of a window onto the Count.

To get the meaning into the image, this air conditioner also looks a fair amount like a calculator – the tool used by an accountant while engaged in the act of accounting.

This action and object-based visualization with a meaningful character from pop culture almost guarantees you’ll not forget that word.


Because movement catches the “mind’s eye.”

Even if you have “aphantasia,” you will likely find this imagery shocking to you.

The only “trick” is that the images and actions are meaningful to you.

The next example will demonstrate this principle a bit further.

“Agreement” Mnemonic Example with Personal Magnetic Imagery

As with the Count in “account,” the word “agreement” needs some tender loving care.

Since I took Agriculture 11 in high school where we learned to farm and about different cuts of meat, I can visualize my teacher of that class, Mrs. Sanderson.

Although I never saw here getting greedy with mints or cackling like the Wicked Witch of the West at her desk, it’s useful to think of her that way.


Because she taught Agriculture and her being greedy over her drawer full of the red and white disc peppermints helps create the sound “agreement.”

Mnemonic example of how to memorize vocabulary words like agreement with teacher greedy for mints

Next, all I have to do is see, feel and hear myself agreeing with her greed so that I’m in agreement with her actions.

This visualization easily helps me commit the word agreement to memory as I paint this picture in my mind.

The Truth About Mnemonic Examples For Learning And Remembering Vocabulary

Mnemonic examples like these can only get you so far.

You need to understand and then practice the mnemonic principles that underly the memorization techniques.

Take what is relevant to you from these examples and apply the techniques to the words that will help you achieve meaningful goals.

Create engaging mental pictures that come to life in your mind as you break the words down into parts.

You can also create stories from the actions you create if that helps you.

Here’s the best part:

Because you have taken the time to play with these words and interacted with them you will naturally start to remember them.

It’s so simple once you break it down, word by word, piece by piece.

Why Memorizing Vocabulary Is The Most Important Skill In The World

Memorizing vocabulary is not only the easiest skill, but it’s also the most important skill you’ll ever have.

Almost all of the most important information we use to survive is transmitted through words. They are the building blocks of all language and information.

Vocabulary is crucial and essential to improvement in all areas of life. In short, words are fundamental to success as a lifelong learner.

To grow you must have a solid foundation.

So let me know:

What vocabulary are you going to memorize now that you know these memorization secrets?

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How to Study Fast: A Guide To High Volume Learning At Speed Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:35:26 +0000 6 <p>If you'd like to know how to study fast, this practical podcast shares the best tips from my experience as a PhD graduate with two Masters degrees and other certificates.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Study Fast: A Guide To High Volume Learning At Speed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to Study Fast Magnetic Memory Method Blog Featured ImageIf you’re serious about learning how to study fast, get ready to say goodbye to those horrible emotions of anxiety and fear.

That’s right.

Instead of wringing your hands in terror every time you’re facing an exam or professional certification…

You can simply sit back and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

How can you trust me?

Great question. Here’s the answer:

I’ve got a Ph.D., two Masters, a BA and several certifications.

And I’m here to tell you that you really can study quickly and effectively without all the stress others go through.

Let’s get started.

How To Plan For Speed Studying Using Effective Scheduling

First things first, please understand this:

You should always schedule a planning session for how you’re going to get enough studying done.

Now I know you may be thinking that this seems contradictory. After all, you want to study quickly, and planning feels like it takes more time than it’s worth.

But think of it like this.

You’re throwing a backyard barbecue for your friends and family. It’s late summer and still quite hot outside.

What’s the number one thing your guests will need?

A cold drink!

You wouldn’t be prepared for the party if you just relied on your three measly ice trays in the freezer to chill everyone’s drinks would you?

Certainly not!

Illustration of Red Kit Eagle To Illustrate How Preparation Helps You Study Fast Magnetic Memory Method Blog

You’d stock up on bagged ice from the store along with all your other BBQ essentials. You could only be prepared for your guests if you planned ahead.

The same goes for your study sessions.

Just like making a list of all your barbecue supplies saved time and stress of filling up all those ice cube trays last minute, having a plan in place for studying is a real time saver.

How To Craft Your Studying “Plan Of Attack”

Planning can be as simple as writing down your plan of attack on paper.

Like this:

“I will commit X number of hours,” (or even minutes) “per day to studying.”

If you’re attending university and you have a syllabus, refer to that to plan your study sessions. It will tell you WHAT you need to study, then use your calendar to plan WHEN you will study, and even where you will study.

Why You Must Plan Your Study Breaks

It’s also important to plan for breaks.

Giving your mind a reprieve is essential for effective studying.

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Anthony Metivier Walking While Reading

When I was in university I would study in the library, usually near a section that was music related.

This way, after I had studied for my predetermined amount of time, I could read about a topic I was generally interested in.

Or I would take a walk and read.

Unusual, I know, but it’s actually very relaxing and helps you keep learning while getting a break at the same time.

Plan For Unexpected Interruptions To Your Studies

We must remember though that life happens.

If we have a perfect plan in place for our study sessions then an emergency comes up, what then?

What if there is an illness in the family or a professor strike at university?

Because such things do happen, we must be flexible and revisit our plan.

Plan, and plan again, because life truly is unpredictable.

Finally, as you create and revise your plan make sure to schedule time for creating Memory Palaces.


Because a solid Memory Palace strategy is, without a doubt, the most effective way to study efficiently.

This fact is true because this memory technique unlocks your spatial memory and spatial mapping.

Just ask my friend and fellow memory expert Nelson Dellis.

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The more you create and use Memory Palaces, the more they unlock multiple levels and layers of memory that you can use in order to learn faster.Which levels of memory exactly?

These ones:

  • Autobiographical memory
  • Episodic memory
  • Semantic memory
  • Procedural Memory
  • Figurative memory

And more… all unlocked through a Memory Palace devoted to improving your memory for studying to make your study sessions faster and more powerful.

In sum:

Benjamin Franklin famously said “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Nothing could serve as a better, literal reminder for you to schedule those study sessions along with breaks and ideas for what you’ll do when things suddenly change gears.

Final Exam Study Tips That Will Simplify Your Life

The most important tip I can give you in terms of simplifying your learning life is this:

“Don’t cram.”


Illustration of man with brain on fire to illustrate digital amnesia

Cramming makes you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and keeps you asking questions you cannot answer under pressure.

I’m thinking of questions like:

“Where do I start? How do I do this?” and “Where do I even begin?”

Now, overwhelm and frustration is totally normal.

But the kind of frustration that comes from cramming- it’s totally avoidable!

The Best Study Shortcuts Provided By The Big Five Of Learning

Aside from the obvious “Don’t cram,” I highly encourage you to truly understand the “Big Five” of learning, which are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking about the topic
  • Listening to others
  • Doing all of this from memory to help you remember everything better.

And you want to put the Big Five of Learning into action as frequently as possible.

This process will help you truly process and retain what you’ve read and make deep connections in your brain.

Here are some suggestions as to how you can make the Big Five easy and fun:

  • Listen to podcasts on the topic, or even a loosely related topic.
  • Write summaries of what you’ve read.
  • Join a study group (either online or offline – ideally both) to discuss the information you need to know. Discussion helps especially if you’re stumped on grasping a certain concept, or have a mental block about a subject.

All of these approaches help you gain a fresh perspective, especially if student with those in different disciplines that compliment yours).

When Push Comes To Shove: How to Study in One Night

But what if the unthinkable happens and the night before the exam you’re faced with the prospect of having to pull an all-nighter?

In the immortal words of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, “Don’t Panic.”

First, break the study material down.

For example, if you had an exam solely based on one book and you procrastinated all semester and didn’t do the assigned reading.

Illustration of a cool and calm student who knows how to study fast

Ask yourself “Okay, so how many chapters does this book have?”

Then ask, “How many pieces of information am I actually likely to remember tomorrow?”

Break this down further and say “There are 10 chapters in the book. The maximum I can memorize is three things per chapter,” then read for those three big ideas in each chapter.

For more on this technique, please see, How to Memorize A Textbook.

Use The Major Method (Or Major System) To Help Rapidly Remember Numbers

You can also use a memory technique called the Major Method.

This technique will help you remember where those pieces of “need to know” information are located in the book as you read because it helps you memorize the page numbers.

This helps you easily go back to those pages and commit them to memory.

Here’s where the Memory Palace, again, is key.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

A Memory Palace lets you commit a room or station to each of these pieces of information.

Can’t Keep Up? Find Syllabi And Example Exams From The Past

Secondly, find example exams if you can from past semesters.

If your school won’t provide them, contact other schools. In the Internet age where virtually everything is available online, use that limitless database to your advantage.

Can’t find example exams on your own?

Network. Consult with others even at the last minute.

If you can work together to capture the big ideas, the “need to know information,” this will go a long way if you find yourself cramming the night before an exam.

The Most Effective Study Techniques For World Class Learning At Speed

Many students’ number one go-to strategy for studying is re-reading assignments and notes.

This learning technique, however, is simply not as effective as we believe.

Mark McDaniel, a Washington University psychologist said:

“On your first reading of something, you extract a lot of understanding. But when you do the second reading, you read with a sense of ‘I know this, I know this.’ So basically you’re not processing it deeply, or picking more out of it. Often, the re-reading is cursory – and it’s insidious, because this gives you the illusion that you know the material very well, when in fact there are gaps.”

Instead of the somewhat flawed, yet popular, re-reading, I suggest pre-reading instead.

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What is pre-reading?

It’s simply this:

“The process of skimming a text to locate key ideas before carefully reading a text (or a chapter of a text) from start to finish.

Prereading is essentially an overview that “can increase reading speed and efficiency. [It] typically involves looking at (and thinking about) titles, chapter introductions, summaries, heading, subheadings, study questions, and conclusions.”

Another technique for active learning and effective studying is Magnetic note taking.

I’m not talking about the boring rote note taking that you’re likely used to.

I’m not suggesting you copy information down on an index card.

Instead, you need to be engaged, present in the moment and taking creative notes.

I detail everything about this in the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast here.

You can also use this style of note taking to create your Memory Palace networks. Add mind mapping for best results.

The Speed Learning And Memory Magic Of Acronyms

Use acronyms. We’re all familiar with them, especially in the digital age. ASAP, MIA, BTW, LOL, FYI – the list could go on.

Take a look at those acronyms again.

I’ll bet that you could identify all of those shorthand phrases with ease, and for good reason:

These are powerful memory tools that can help you instantly recall information.

Do you remember PEMDAS? Many learn this acronym in school for parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction.

Why does this information stick with people for 20 years or more? It’s because the simple, if odd word that the acronym creates makes the information more engaging and real to the mind.

More Memorization Tricks That Make You An A+ Learner
(At Any Age)

Email yourself. Remember those summaries I suggested writing? Take a few seconds and email them to yourself. You can read back over them with fresh eyes.

Just the act of doing more with the information is helpful. That small, extra step can work to your benefit.

Next, find and visit the examination room. This can be very helpful, not only to remove the pre-exam jitters, but to turn the room itself into a memory palace.

And now for the elephant in the room, the distraction of the Internet. Be cautious of the time you spend on Facebook.

Although Messenger can be great for communicating with the study groups you formed and Facebook groups can help you organize those study sessions, you can lose focus with the temptation to constantly scroll through your newsfeed.

Block those apps that cause distraction during your study sessions (I use Kill News Feed).

Remember: Digital Amnesia is real.

Your concentration can be interrupted merely by the thought of those apps. If possible, go offline for your study.

Read from physical books instead of digital screens.

Remove the physical temptation for “just a quick check-in.”

Technology doesn’t have to be a distraction.

If you’re going to go online, why not have your notifications filled with useful information? A handy tool for this is Google Alerts. Use that study preparation time to subscribe to alerts relevant to your material.

You’ll receive emails at your chosen frequency about new books, blog posts, news articles, and podcasts that can further help you incorporate the Big Five into your studies.

Reinforce the information you need to know by any avenue you can.

Concentration Tips For Learners That Eliminate Brain Fog

Meditation is by far the biggest lever.

If you are in a high stress state of mind, your concentration will be shot.

A simple walking meditation can “take the edge off” so you can make the most of your time.

Happiness Beyond Thought By Gary Weber Book Cover for blog post on memory training practice habits

If you want to go deeper into meditation I recommend Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Gary Weber. He’s my go-to teacher for everything related to meditation that helps you learn more faster.

Become a Master of Real Speed Learning By Playing The Long Game

All these techniques and additional tips are geared towards helping you learn more, faster.

But to be a true master of speed learning, you’ve got to play the long game. Yes, even if you’re dealing with boring topics.

Remember the tortoise and the hare? Who ended up being the winner of the race?

Be the tortoise who wins the race. Be in this for life.

Don’t think about the short-term exam. Think about how that this is all going to wrap up to your future.

Set your goals, both long and short term.

Use those all-important planning sessions to put a plan in place to reach those goals. Then don’t just “set it and forget it,” but go back to your plan again and again to make sure that you’re online, and in line, with your goals.

By approaching your learning in this way, you’re going to be able to play the long game at a much higher level that serves for a very long time.

Always remember: The quality of your memory is directly related to the quality of your life. The more you invest in it, the greater it will be.

So what do you say? Are you ready to study faster and learn more?

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12 Brain Exercises To Improve Memory (Step-By-Step Tutorial) Wed, 05 Dec 2018 06:02:58 +0000 4 <p>Will you put these 12 Brain exercises to improve memory into action? I hope you say a resounding, "Yes!" because the memory improvement and mental clarity you'll experience will take you far beyond mere "neurobics."</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">12 Brain Exercises To Improve Memory (Step-By-Step Tutorial)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Brain Exercises to Improve Memory Magnetic Memory Method Blog Featured ImageLooking for brain exercises to improve your memory?

You’re in the right place!

On this page, you’ll discover:

  • Exercises using your mind only
  • Exercises that combine your mind and body
  • Exercises that work with your thoughts and feelings
  • Exercises that work with your sleep

But before we get started, this distinction matters for all mature learners who want to unlock mental adventures and experience better memory, focus and concentration:

The Important Difference Between Brain Exercises
For Memory Improvement And “Neurobics”

It’s common knowledge that there are many benefits of exercise on the body, but brain exercises to improve memory is all too often overlooked.

Sad, but true.

In our regular routines of cardio Mondays, weightlifting Tuesdays, and, yes, even the dreaded “leg day” – the most important muscle to target is sometimes overlooked, our brain!

In their book, Keep Your Brain Alive, Dr. Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin coined an altogether appropriate term for this mental workout, neurobics.

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Catchy term, right?

The authors make the case for brain exercises in everyday life.

It really can be as simple as stepping out of our routines to create a gymnasium of sorts for your brain so you get a regular mental workout.

Exercises to improve memory and concentration produce these results because:

“Different, underused nerve pathways and connections get activated. The result is the production of a kind of natural brain fertilizer that strengthens nerve connections and helps them and your nerve cell receivers stay younger and stronger.”

In our modern world, with its fascination with the “fountain of youth” isn’t that something we all want?

But there’s a huge difference we need to consider:

Neurobics does not always exercise your memory because these exercises rarely directly involve your memory.

But if we want to see continual growth and stability for life when it comes to memory, we need to include memory in our fitness regime.

Brain Exercise Games You Should Play Every Day

Now it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the mere mention of brain exercises.

After all, a simple online query in your favorite search engine will return seemingly endless choices for brain exercise apps.

You might even breath a sigh of defeat (gasp!) trying to decide which one is best and simply give up on the thought of brain exercise all together….

But what if I told you the answer was simple?

What if the solution to how to make your brain sharp naturally is not a $3.99 app in the Google Play store?

Brain Exercise apps illustration questioning the wisdom of installing brain games on your phone

What if all the tools you needed to make your brain work faster is already in your possession?

It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Good news…for once it’s not.

The Zen Of “Game Theory” To Guide Your Brain Exercise Efforts

I know you may be asking “Why do we need theory in the first place?”

Theory matters because we need something that leads us to practice.

Then, our practice with memory training leads us to theory that improves our practice.

In short, the game theory that underlies true memory improvement is cyclical.

That’s not the whole story, either:

Your brain development is not something you should approach haphazardly. Each of us must ask ourselves these questions to discover our “ideal brain workout”:

  • How do we play brain games that get results?
  • How do we know what those games are?
  • How do we play only those games that we will cheerfully play, that we enjoy, and that we want to play again, and again, and again?

That’s game theory in a nutshell.

How To Pick The Right Brain Exercises For Maximum Memory Improvement

With the New Year approaching it’s easy to let our mind wander to the idea of New Years’ resolutions. It’s a time when gym membership numbers skyrocket and the billion dollar industry of sports and fitness apparel clothing has its time to shine.


The no. 1 resolution, year after year, is to stay fit and healthy, whether that means losing weight or eating cleaner.

The sad fact is that approximately 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. What is the key to success for that remaining 20 percent?

Why are they still putting in work in at the gym come March when attendance has dwindled for spin class and CrossFit?

They only do the workouts they enjoy.

Let that sink in.

Let that resonate.

Those that stick to their goals are not the ones that trudge through a 3-mile run daily if they hate it. They don’t suffer through the latest trendy group class twice a week because it doesn’t bring them joy.

To achieve their fitness goals they start with an activity that interests them, trusting the process to find what they love.

Applying this same principle, you too can find the neurobic exercise you enjoy, not just for enjoyment’s sake, but one that works, that you see results from, which keep you motivated and cheerful in your practice.

Where You’ll Find The Best Advantages
From Memory Improvement Brain Exercises

The greatest advantage we can give ourselves when it comes to brain exercise games is to, whenever possible, create games from the information you’re learning.

In other words, information that you’re already seeking to commit to memory.


This is information that matters to you, that you’re already invested in, that is practical and applicable to your life.

Think back to the narrative about going to the gym, or even just a physical exercise plan in general.

This is the greatest example of starting with an activity that interests you. You are building upon a foundation that already exists. You are setting yourself up for success by playing to your strengths.

1. Fun Brain Exercises Using The Alphabet

For example, the alphabet learned at an early age, as well as basic addition and subtraction can be used as powerful brain exercises.

This foundation of general knowledge, so engrained, can be used as a basis for a brain game.

Try to recite the alphabet backwards in another language, or forwards-backwards by saying A, Z, B, Y, etc.

2. Amazing Brain Exercises Using Numbers

Use “math facts” to your advantage.

Think of a number important to you and decide on a pattern to work with that number, say add four, minus five.

If your anniversary is July 22nd (722) and you have a 9-year-old child (4 and 5), you could use this number and pattern to recite 722, 726, 721, 725, 720.

You are using information that is already in your knowledge-base to challenge your thinking.

Time Out! Maximize Your Mental Fitness By Managing The Challenge-Frustration Curve

As you complete this exercise, or any others, work to find a balance on the challenge-frustration curve.

Think of a total body workout.

If you wanted build muscle a key component of your routine would be weightlifting, right? Too little resistance and you wouldn’t achieve growth, but adding too much to a free-weights system would only lead to frustration (and a barbell never making it off the ground).

image with Train Your Brain message

For optimal results you would gradually add to your total, a few pounds at a time, to constantly challenge yourself.

The same idea applies to building on the knowledge you already have.

If you’re no longer challenged using an addition and subtraction pattern try addition and multiplication.

If the alphabet backwards is no longer a challenge, try recitation in English and another language, switching with each letter in succession.

Try larger numbers for your mental rotation.

Use historical dates (birthdates or inauguration dates of Presidents, publish dates of pieces by your favorite composers, etc.). These larger, four-digit numbers are a challenge to build upon.

Go beyond the elementary school basics and create a real-world gymnasium for even more of a challenge.

Instead of suffering through a mindless morning commute, use your drive into work to memorize license plates.

Use these random sequences of letters and numbers as a jumping off point for the alphabet and summation exercises we just discussed.

3. How To Increase Mental Fitness By
Using Popular Culture In Your Brain Games

Even sources of entertainment can be used as brain exercise.

Take a favorite actor or director and see if you can list their filmography either in historical order or reverse historical order.

Then take it a step further:

See if you can list all the actors in your favorite film.

You’ll easily create connections, or a web of sorts, of actors, directors, and movies. From a casual observer to a movie buff, this “celebrity cultivation” exercise is a great activity for any level.

4. Powerful Brain Games With Language For More Exciting Challenges

Building upon the alphabet to increase the level of challenge, try suppression or skipping.

For example, think of A, skip B, think about C, skip D forwards, then go backwards, with Z, skip Y, X, skip W, and so on. The patterns for skipping around are endless just for the alphabet.

Move on to whole words next.

Image to express language learning combined with memory techniques

If you don’t want to work with the language you’re learning, take your list of celebrities you cultivated earlier.

Instead of simply naming Angelina Jolie as a favorite actress try spelling her name with suppression. A, skip N, G skip E, and do the opposite for her last name:

Skip J, O, skip L, etc.

You can use this method for a database of historical figures if history is your concentration, medical terms, elements of the periodic table, or even just to memorize the names of your colleagues at a new job.

5. Brain Games with Foods That Improve Memory

Ask any fitness expert and they will agree that exercise alone is not going to cut it if one is trying to shed extra pounds.

There is a golden rule that weight loss is approximately 20 percent exercise and a whopping 80 percent diet. Weight loss happens with a caloric deficit, meaning more calories are burned than consumed. Basically food is the key element to healthy living.

Image of fruit to illustrate a concept relating to vitaims for memory improvementDiet and exercise work as a team to achieve overall health, so naturally brain games involving food are a great way to work out your mind. These games might even be better than vitamins for memory improvement you’ve heard about on advertisements.

So the next time you head out to the grocery store, add these mental exercises to the physical fitness you’ll be getting while on the road.

Memorize the ingredients to a favorite recipe, equivalencies in baking (3 teaspoons are equal to a tablespoon), or try to imagine the result of a flawed recipe by using suppression or skipping to purposefully overlook an ingredient.

Imagine omitting baking powder from a pancake recipe or eggs from a cake. Visualize the results.

Then, take the healthy approach and try “brain active” foods.

Mentally calculate the amount of baby carrots you could eat to equal a serving of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, or the cups of baby spinach to amount to the calories in a serving of New York style cheesecake.

6. Get Your Mouth Into The Physical Exercise For Brain Boosts

Make a game of memorizing your shopping list in another language. Even pig latin will do.

Or if you must do it in your mother tongue, try this instead of rote learning the list:

Commit to memory that you need milk, eggs, and bread, by reversing the letters of each word. Recite that you need K-L-I-M, S-G-G-E, and D-A-E-R-B.

After spelling and pronouncing your list backward, practice the same list using the skipping/suppression exercise to spell your items.

7. Physical Brain Exercises That Improve Concentration

I learned the metronome exercise from Matthew Clark at York University. It is a great exercise to improve concentration with minimal equipment.

Image of a Metronome to illustrate a Brain Exercise Magnetic Memory Method Blog

By using either a physical metronome or any of the widely available apps for smartphones try to synchronize your claps or snaps with the beat, then gradually slow the beat down, increasing the distance between claps or snaps.

By mixing both a mental exercise with a physical action this will increase your concentration over time. For an even greater challenge, once you’ve mastered this, try the same exercise with your eyes closed.

8. The Four Details Exercise

If you want to incorporate elements outside yourself, try the four details game I learned from memory expert Dr. Gary Small. When you are introduced to someone new try to memorize four details about them.Image of Gary Small Author of 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain

This could be their eye color, what color shirt they were wearing, or hair color. When you recall their name, recall these details.

You can add even more of a challenge to this passive exercise (simply noticing details about someone) by making these details magnetic.

For example, if your new acquaintance has a red jacket, you can associate a mnemonic, magnetic image to that red jacket.

Or, if your Magnetic image of red is an apple, you can associate Amy’s red jacket to apples.

Finally, build upon the celebrity list you learned about earlier.

Take one of the films you named and try to recall the movie’s plot points in order. How many times have you tried to tell a friend about a great movie you watched the weekend before, only to find that a lot of the details were fuzzy.

You could remember the beginning that pulled you in and grabbed your attention and the action packed finale that left you clamoring for a sequel, but everything in the middle wasn’t so clear.

Instead of shutting your brain off the next time you turn on Netflix, try, instead, to keep yourself engaged so that you can recall the entire film. It’s a great way to satisfy the need for entertainment while giving your brain a workout.

9. Yoga For Mental Sharpness:
The Ultimate Physical Brain Exercise

Incorporating a physical practice, just like the metronome exercise is a fantastic way to increase the power of your memory.

If you already have a practice in place, you can use as few as three poses and flow between the movements, using your flow to rehearse memorized content.

If you are new to yoga you can learn a few simple, beginner poses followed by an easy way to shift between them.

After finding what works for your body, balance, and skill level, combine the sequence of movements with reciting information that you have committed to memory.

To build on this idea, if you want to take your yoga practice off the mat, or if you find yourself frustrated with your physical yoga practice, you can shift into the more mental practice of karma yoga.

The purpose of this practice is to humble your ego, serve your community, and causes you to become part of something bigger.

You are acting selflessly in service to others, doing good things for others with no expectation of anything in return.

You are putting a selfless action out into the world with no expectation of return. Letting go of the outcome, by sampling taking action because it is the right thing to do.

10. Why Karma Yoga Is The Ultimate Brain Exercise

How does this kind of yoga count as brain exercise?

The answer is simple:

You are constantly reminding yourself, keeping yourself in check, that once you have set an action out into the world it is no longer yours to control.

This consistent reminder to one’s self, in itself, is an exercise in staying present, building concentration through self-awareness.

Think back to your childhood.

If you were anything like me you loved Super Mario.

Image to express a concept related to brain exercise

Was there that one level that you just couldn’t seem to get past? Whether it was being eaten by a piranha plant or missing a jump, you would get frustrated if you ever got stuck, right? It’s a natural reaction…but it doesn’t have to be that way.

A great mental exercise would be to revisit those sometimes tantrum-inducing games as adults. What if you could play simply for the sake of enjoyment?

What if you could laugh off constant defeat by the goombas a koopa troopas and just have fun? What’s stopping you from finding joy just in the action of play? Absolutely nothing but your own mind.

You can enjoy the journey, powering your way through the levels, with a karma yoga mindset, letting go of the expectation of saving Princess Peach, and simply playing the game.

Over time, you’ll find with the act of letting go the levels pass easier, because your practice will be enjoyable and your skills will then improve.

With reevaluation and consistent review of your mindset to one of karma yoga practice, concentration is less forced, and thereby memory improved, because your focus is shifted.

Karma yoga concentrates the mind, crumbles bad memories, makes life a bright and shiny game, and creates a wonderful treasure-trove of memories, all through a shift in mindset.

11. The Brain Game of Bhakti Yoga

To take mental yoga even further, another branch of yoga, bhakti yoga, is a practice of “love for love’s sake,” or “union through love and devotion.”

Simply put, bhakti yoga is a practice of devotion, in its broadest sense.

This word can be interpreted in many ways, with the idea of devotion being such a general term, but it goes effortlessly hand-in-hand with memory palaces.

By physically visiting inspiration for memory palaces, such as a childhood home (even if yours was a turbulent one), practicing forgiveness in order to build a memory palace from a place that perhaps heartbreak resided is a powerful manifestation of bhakti yoga.

Committing to a life of love, with receiving nothing in return – incorporating the karma yoga ideals is a mental exercise, again, to constantly evaluate your thoughts, and therefore shapes your actions.

You can also turn this practice inward, through devotion towards self-inquiry.

Evolving Beyond Thought Gary Weber Book Cover

We must all constantly look inward, examining our own thoughts in order to have a mindset of karma, or mindset of love.

Instead of passively having thoughts, or being passive, letting those thoughts control us, we must constantly examine our thoughts, asking ourselves:

  • “How do my thoughts behave?”
  • “Are they useful?”
  • “Just how real are my thoughts?”

For more information on questions like these, please read Evolving Beyond Thought by Gary Weber. It is excellent and the source of these questions.

With this devotion to self, a devotion to the health of our own thoughts, developing a concentration, an active mental state this will prime our brains for memory growth.

Walking Meditation works for improving focus and concentration

And like many of the other exercises, you can perform these self-inquiry questions while on a walking meditation.

12. Magnetic Dream Recall as Brain Exercise

Finally, training does not have to be limited to our waking hours. With a few simple techniques all 24 hours of our day can be productive, and we can exercise our brains in a dream state.

First start with the concept of lucid dreaming. In order to utilize your dream state, you must realize you are, in fact, dreaming.

A practical way to know if you are dreaming or awake is to draw a symbol on your hand (a star, heart, smiley face, etc.) with a permanent marker. You will know that you are awake if you look down and see your symbol. If it isn’t on your hand, it is likely you are asleep.

By knowing you are in dream state, you can sort through alternate realities you perhaps have created for yourself, or are punishing yourself for.

You can separate fantasy from reality, and understand what a healthy reality is subconsciously, so that your waking life is no longer filled with suffering-inducing expectations caused by a dream state.

Practically, you will also be able to practice your autobiographic, episodic, and figural memory. If you incorporate dream journaling and autobiographical (the events of your day) journaling into a daily mindfulness practice you will be able to not only remember more of your dreams, but remember more of your waking life. Over time your memory will improve by focusing on its improvement, setting a goal of improving it.

Final Thoughts On Keeping Your Brain Well Exercised And Your First Steps

All of these techniques are beneficial to memory improvement, and will improve your concentration through disciplined practice, incorporating neurobics into your everyday life, however, you cannot improve if you don’t know where to start.

If you have no idea of where you are with your memory health, you cannot take the steps to make it better.

But if you want the steps you need, I recommend taking some complimentary memory training. So let me ask you:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Join me now to begin the journey of self-awareness and the first step to better brain health.

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Will you put these 12 Brain exercises to improve memory into action? I hope you say a resounding, "Yes!" because the memory improvement and mental clarity you'll experience will take you far beyond mere "neurobics." Will you put these 12 Brain exercises to improve memory into action? I hope you say a resounding, "Yes!" because the memory improvement and mental clarity you'll experience will take you far beyond mere "neurobics." Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 51:23
How To Learn Faster With The AFT Learning Model Thu, 22 Nov 2018 04:23:48 +0000 2 <p>Having trouble making sure you're taking action on memory training? You probably need feedback and a trigger. Edan Kertis of MyQuest explains how you can add the AFT model to learn more faster. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How To Learn Faster With The AFT Learning Model</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Learn Faster WIth The AFT Learning Model Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Feature ImageIf you’ve been trying to learn faster and keep getting stuck, chances are you haven’t got the AFT Learning Model on your side.

And if you’re someone who invests in coaching so you can reach your learning goals and they’re not aware of how learners need Action, Feedback and Triggers, then you need to reconsider the person you’ve got on your side.

To clarify just why the AFT Learning Model (Action, Feedback, Trigger) is so important to learning, Edan Kertis of MyQuest joins me on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

Success is something we understand very well at a neuro chemical level.

The questions is…

How will our educators use the best 21st century technology has to offer to magnify their ability to coach us toward results?

And is it even possible?

Can Coaching Apps Really Help You Learn Faster?

As a memory blogger, vlogger and podcaster, I truly believe that it is possible to learn faster and remember more  using the kind of software Edan has created.

And there is a long track record of seeking insight into the matter…

  1. I’ve posed similar questions to Gabriel Wyner, creator of the Fluent Forever app.
  2. Olly Richards and I have also discussed the ins-and-outs of this topic when it comes to getting the most out of online language learning courses.
  3. I’ve talked about mnemonics and language learning in “virtual Memory Palaces” with Timothy Moser.
  4. I hope to get Jaron Lanier on the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast to talk about Dawn of the New Everything and his views on VR as a kind of Memory Palace.

And the reality is…

I keep my mind open, but…

Not so open that my brain falls out.


Because the threat of Digital Amnesia is real.


Some people are taking related technologies into some pretty dark territory.

Then there’s Neuralink.

Don’t think it can’t happen.

And before you open your skull to receive, understand that there are at least 7 Reasons Having A Memory Implant Would Really Suck.

Yes, the technology really can grow so small that our coaches start crawling into our heads.

The Future Of The Magnetic Memory Method App…

Despite my concerns over these technologies, I’m still open to designing a Magnetic Memory Method app.

In fact, a wireframe for a very good “passive training app” already exists.

This app is probably best used in hospitals for helping stroke and brain trauma victims recover their memory abilities. But it could help every day people remember more and learn faster too.

It’s pretty clear that MyQuest could help create a “guided” version of the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass.

We shall see what the future brings as I continue to explore the discussion Edan and I started a few years back in Tel Aviv.

In fact, Edan introduced me to Hummus Mshawsha, one of the city’s best kept secrets. It’s also become one of my favorite Memory Palaces.

Mshawashe Hummus Restaurant in Tel Aviv

I’m very honored to have an ongoing discussion like ours with such an accomplished entrepreneur and technological innovator.

If you haven’t heard our previous discussion about the role of questing in your education, you’ll learn a lot from Edan. And you can fill out our survey about the MMM app yet to come on that page.

How Fast Do You Want To Learn? 

At the end of the day, today’s episode of the podcast will help you discover the AFT Learning Model so you can make better education choices.

It will always be based on your learning style.

Whether you’re into using Stoic Secrets For Using Memory Techniques With Language Learning or…

You want to reach your memory improvement goals with “Atomic Habits”

This discussion will put you in good stead.

Let us know in the discussion below just how the ability to learn at a faster speed would improve your life – and what you’ll do when you can.

That’s your call to action.

You’ll get feedback when you post.

And I promise I’ll say something that triggers further action to keep the right kinds of action flowing towards the right kinds of feedback and triggers in your learning journey.

Sound like a deal?

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Having trouble making sure you're taking action on memory training? You probably need feedback and a trigger. Edan Kertis of MyQuest explains how you can add the AFT model to learn more faster. Having trouble making sure you're taking action on memory training? You probably need feedback and a trigger. Edan Kertis of MyQuest explains how you can add the AFT model to learn more faster. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 54:05
Next Level Memory Training Secrets with USA Memory Champ John Graham Fri, 16 Nov 2018 05:42:22 +0000 4 <p>John Graham, 2018 USA Memory Champion teaches you the habits and strategies that helped him unlock his Superhuman memory through training with memory techniques. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Next Level Memory Training Secrets with USA Memory Champ John Graham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Next Level Memory Training Secrets with USA Memory Champ John GrahamWant memory training secrets from a bona fide memory champion?

You’re in the right place.

And even better than talking about mnemonic examples, Memory Palaces and general mnemonics…

When you click play on the recording above…

John Graham, the 2018 USA Memory Champion shares the mindset, strategies and habits needed to train your memory…

Under pressure. 

And the ability to perform under pressure matters for everyone, whether you’re recalling information on TV…

Names at a meeting…

Or information during an exam at school.

Why I’m So Impressed With John’s Memory Training Know-how

As a memory enthusiast and blogger specializing in memory techniques, John’s skills and the information he offers through his memoryjohn website and email newsletter are top notch.

And as you’ll hear today…

John originally didn’t think he could use memory techniques!

He went on an incredible journey to find courage, consistency and competence with memory training.

The same levels of laser-sharp mental clarity you can find too…

Just by listening to the right memory training mentors.

Why You Need To Train Your Memory For The Long Term

And John is indeed one of the best because he helps you see both the short and the long term benefits of memory training…

All while making sure that you find ways to stay with it for the long term.

Why does that matter?

Because life’s rewards go straight into your memory… nowhere else.

Think about it:

Cars… houses… money…

They all change, get lost, lose value.

But memory?

The more you can hold onto, the greater its value increases the longer you can call it your own.

And if you can’t remember the great things you learn, then you risk losing life’s treasures forever.

So follow John’s lead and overcome whatever mental rubbish might be holding you back from success with memory techniques by following his lead.

And if you want to see John working his memory magic with your own eyes, just click play on this incredible video:

Then, as you’re listening, make sure you follow John on Twitter.

The Next Level Memory Ideas I Enjoyed Learning The Most

Personally, I benefitted the most from hearing John talk about:

  • Crafting the mindset needed to develop memory competitor-level skills
  • Deliberately using additional difficulty to increase your memory chops quickly
  • The correct use of memory training apps and software to avoid falling into the traps Digital Amnesia
  • How to incorporate consistent training into a busy travel schedule

All of these points will help you in your memory practice just as they helped me.

Even better:

After listening, you can leave us a comment below with your questions and comments so you too can experience “next level” memory skills!

Further Free Memory Training Resources

How to Win the USA Memory Championship

8 Reasons You Need A Flexible Memory Method Not A Memory System

5 Note Taking Techniques That Force You To Remember More

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John Graham, 2018 USA Memory Champion teaches you the habits and strategies that helped him unlock his Superhuman memory through training with memory techniques. John Graham, 2018 USA Memory Champion teaches you the habits and strategies that helped him unlock his Superhuman memory through training with memory techniques. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 1:07:48
Brain Games, Sommelier Studies And Avoiding The Oliver Cromwell Effect With Christian Fitzharris Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:47:24 +0000 2 <p>What kind of brain games do you think will help you focus better and remember more? If you’re like most people, you’re probably searching for an app. Well, not Christian Fitzharris. Actor, musician, sommelier and author, Christian plays brain games with words. And to make the brain exercise even more effective, he adds juggling to …</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Brain Games, Sommelier Studies And Avoiding The Oliver Cromwell Effect With Christian Fitzharris</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Christian Fitzharris Brain Games Magnetic Memory Method PodcastWhat kind of brain games do you think will help you focus better and remember more?

If you’re like most people, you’re probably searching for an app.

Well, not Christian Fitzharris.

Actor, musician, sommelier and author, Christian plays brain games with words.

And to make the brain exercise even more effective, he adds juggling to the mix too.

In fact, I was so blown away when I saw a video of Christian playing an authentic brain game, I could help but record a response!

For the original video that started it all, check out:

Then click play on the interview above and discover:

  • How Christian first encountered memory techniques and mnemonics.
  • The differences between different kinds of acting.
  • The role of memory techniques in becoming a sommelier.
  • The role of using mnemonics while imbibing alcohol in a professional role.
  • How to avoid the “Oliver Cromwell Effect” when learning to use mnemonics.

This final point will be especially important for those who want to become a living mnemonics dictionary.

The alternative?

Getting endlessly lost the constant hunt for mnemonic examples and be trapped in learned helplessness forever.

The ultimate cure? Play Brain Games as Christian suggests. In case you want to follow along with his rap, here are the wonderful lyrics he created…

“Brain Games”

 BY SCHOLAR & Anthony Metivier

“I Define Establish

Exercise and Practice

Externalize Spatial maps

As I attack the path of, “mature learner”.

“Bottle Burner”

But I yearn to max memory reserve

In earnest/

I’m a furnace.

An anomaly.

Sibling of Simonides, known.

To Reduce Cognitive load.

And oh-

How I ro-tate

Juggle-ing space

Makin’ a case

For Brain Games so Digital Amnesia

Leaves ya.

Digital dementia is censored.

Did ya all tag Herrenium on your mind wall?

Re-view recall? (We will evolve!)


Brain Games synapses flashin’

Mind Palace crashin’

With the Brain Games

Info encoded, mental high roller.


Brain Games, don’t need an app for that

I just attack with the path of a lab rat.

I mean, scientist.

I’m an annihilist finalist

Illuminist mneumonist

Doin’ this, provin this.

Who is this? SCHOLAR!

Dopamine fiend

Clean sheen like the Pleaides.

Enemies, ill at ease.

Killin’ with abilities.

Strollin’ with affinity.

Rollin’ with my Kennedy’s.

Brain Games-

Healthy snacks!

Build a palace.

Peg some facts.


Learn to Balance

While you rap!

Unleash talents, don’t look back!

For More On Christian Fitzharris…

Christian is a man of many talents. Connect with him on:





Further Resources

For more ideas on how to keep your brain fit, check out these 5 Brain Exercises That Ensure Memory Improvement.

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What kind of brain games do you think will help you focus better and remember more? If you’re like most people, you’re probably searching for an app. Well, not Christian Fitzharris. Actor, musician, sommelier and author, What kind of brain games do you think will help you focus better and remember more? If you’re like most people, you’re probably searching for an app. Well, not Christian Fitzharris. Actor, musician, sommelier and author, Christian plays brain games with words. And to make the brain exercise even more effective, he adds juggling to … Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 1:19:12
 How To Practice Memory Techniques For Studying Tough Subjects Tue, 30 Oct 2018 21:56:59 +0000 2 <p>Memory techniques for studying are a dime a dozen. They're also completely useless if you don't know how to practice them. Read this for real memory skills.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href=""> How To Practice Memory Techniques For Studying Tough Subjects</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Feature Image Memory Training Practice Tips For the Magnetic Memory Method BlogYou know success with memory techniques for studying requires practice, right?

That’s a no brainer. But here’s the catch that stops many people cold in their tracks:

Because people also know adding another skill will require time…

Getting started with memory improvement kind of freaks them out!

But what if there was a way for memory techniques to save you time instead of costing you time?

One that lets you cut like a laser through even the toughest subjects and most challenging languages?

And in a way that creates more energy instead of making you feel burned out all the time?

In this post, I’ll share with you exactly how you can make that happen.

But first, please understand this:

My Memory Techniques For Students Started With A HUGE Dream

Let me ask you something:

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? 

An astronaut, firefighter, veterinarian, princess, or cowboy?  

Perhaps it was something more … heroic. 


Well, long before I wanted to be an author and a professor…

wanted to be Batman. 

Batman mnemonic example for the Magnetic Memory Method Mastermind

Yes, the caped crusader and defender of Gotham himself, Batman.

Of course, I eventually grew up.

As we grow older, our ambitions change and we tend to choose professions that are more practical.

Or we select careers that will make us financially secure, which is usually not the same thing as following  those childhood dreams. 

But because I learned how to integrate memory techniques into my every day life through proper practice with them, I actually did follow my childhood dream and grew up to be something like a “Mnemonic Batman.”

Why The Right Memory Techniques Will Make You A Real Life Superhero

Wait a minute!

How is that possible?  

After all, I’m certainly not the billionaire playboy, Bruce Wayne.

But that doesn’t matter.

You see, the thing that makes Batman, Batman is not superhuman strength, intelligence, or any number the of supernatural powers possessed by our favorite comic book heroes.

It’s practice.

And for anyone who knows the full Batman story, anyone who practices the right things can wear the Batman mask for a few simple reasons:

1) Batman is a trained scientist who practices science

2) Batman creates the tools he needs to get the job done (and practices creating them)

3) Batman trains with the tools needed to get the job done (including training his body, which is also a key part of memory improvement along with eating foods that improve memory)

Other than that, Batman is just a normal guy with a utility belt loaded with knowledge and tools earned through practice.

The Most Important Memory Improvement Tool Of All

I’ve equipped my tool belt over the years with many memory techniques. 

But at the end the day, the most important tool of all is discipline

Is discipline itself a memory technique? 

Yes. When you train yourself to remember to practice, your ability to implement becomes stronger. 

Your ability to experiment (like a Batman-level scientist) with new memory techniques also becomes stronger. You learn to have courage through disciplined practice.

And you understand that all memory training you undertake is worth the time you risk because memory practice causes you to stretch and grow.

The best part is that you already possess two things:

1) A vast ability to develop the discipline of practice with memory techniques

2) A massive depository of mental imagery in your episodic memory to practice with

But at this point, you may be wondering…

What Are The Right Memory Techniques For Studying Tough Topics And Complex Languages?

The answer is…

It depends.

We’ll talk more about the options, in this post, but for now, here’s a roundup of the best:

The Memory Palace is foundational across the board. You need to know this technique because every other technique can be used inside of a Memory Palace.

Some people call this technique the Method of Loci, but I think that term is flawed. To learn more about why, check this out:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

The important thing to understand with the Memory Palace is that they work best in a network. 

That’s what allows you to expand your spatial memory and get the most use from your Magnetic Bridging Figures.

You may also need the Major System (a.k.a the Major Method). 

But you might not need it right now, so it’s fine to save it for later. 

Next, you need Recall Rehearsal. This process is what lets you load the information you memorize into long term memory.

But These Three Major Memory Techniques Sound Like A Lot Of Effort!

Yes, and no.

Please don’t let yourself get overwhelmed.

If anything, you should consider overwhelming yourself on purpose, if only for a short while.


Dive in and practice what my friend Jonathan Levi calls “brute force learning.”

That means instead of trying to cover every last detail, you rush in and get the broadest possible overview as quickly as possible.

Only after that has been accomplished, do you zero in on the fine details.

Can You Really Improve Memory Like Sherlock Holmes?

And only then can you discover what memory techniques are really all about without getting caught up in the Sherlock Holmes mythology that traps many students who wish they could use memory techniques as well as they want.

The point is:

You need to bring a sense of adventure and a sense of play.

That will make learning and practicing memory techniques easier and more fun.

To help you discover this sense of fun and adventure…

Think Back … (A Quick Memory and Brain Exercise)

Think back again to your childhood. Whether you begrudgingly took piano lessons, played Little League baseball, or had a starring role in the school play, the one key to your success was practice.

With practice you could play scales from memory, throw a faster pitch, or recite your lines flawlessly (while your peers still had their noses in their scripts).

If this idea worked for us as children, why have we abandoned it as adults?  Its importance is clearly evident, especially in the world of memory improvement. 

Take the professional musician. Practice is something that is a part of their everyday lives, especially “dedicated practice.”

Musical notation to illustrate a concept in practicing memory techniques

Musicians learn and repeatedly perform physical actions. The play the notes on written sheet music or their own composition with “specific sounds and visual patterns (musical notation) while receiving continuous multi-sensory feedback.”

It is believed this “association learning” or training of the neural network can lead to brain plasticity, actually changing the structure of the brain,

In short, with practice, the brain’s ability to modify itself (i.e. rewire its connections) over time is strengthened. 

You may ask “Why is that important? Why would my brain need to change if it is the control center of my body? Isn’t it kind of static?”

Your Brain Has An Extraordinary Knack For Learning Memory Techniques

It’s just practicing using them where most people fail.

Now, you might not feel that they are easy in the beginning, but your brain is actually perfectly suited to learn memory improvement tips and tricks.

And the only reason why people struggle in the beginning is because they haven’t used their memory muscles in quite this way before.

But once they get started, a very exciting fact kicks in that isn’t just for musicians:

Every Brain Has The Ability To Modify Itself Through Practice!

Not only during childhood (when the majority of formal learning takes place), but especially during adulthood, perhaps even most crucially in one’s senior years.

You know what that means, right?

It means you’re never too old to get started!

And your brain adapts so readily to training.

Think about it:

With everything from recovery from injury, alleviating chronic pain, to enabling easier use of prosthetic devices.

Your brain can even adapt to artificial hearing devices. Neuroplasticity is not to be taken for granted!

All your brain needs is care, cultivation, and training through extended practice.

Using Memory Techniques Is Creative Repetition, Not Rote Learning

When training your memory, practice is more than just repetition.

Most repetition is boring and painful, after all, and so it’s no wonder so many of us easily dismissed it in our everyday lives.

Anthony Metivier in shock from memory training with a system for memorizing playing cards

Yet, in the beginning, practicing by memorizing cards or setting up your first P.A.O. with something like Florian Dellé’s Major System may make you think:

“But isn’t this practice with the techniques just doing something over and over?”


Thoughts like that instantly take you back to those hours behind a piano, or reciting lines from your third grade play script until they were committed to memory when you would have rather been playing video games or splashing in a mud puddle after a good rainstorm.

But practicing with memory techniques is not like that at all, once you get used to them.

An Unusual Source of Inspiration For Practicing Memory Techniques For Your Studies

Right now, I’m studying a lot of Sanskrit for a large learning project about Advaita Vedanta.

In his book, Happiness Beyond Thought, author Gary Weber explores this idea of the importance of practice, serving as a practical guide to awakening.

Gary Weber might not be a memory expert, but he’s memorized a ton of Sanskrit and has some skills. Recently, I’ve been following suit by memorizing his selections from the Ribhu Gita:

Back to Happiness Beyond Thought and what it teaches us about practice:

Basically, the book is about bringing yourself to a state where you are no longer troubled by worry, concern, or thoughts that impeded your conscious state.

Even better:

You essentially escape the traps of the ego, of the self, and you experience this wonderful state of “happiness beyond thought.” I’ve certainly been having a good taste of it.

Now, “happiness is a complicated word.” I often think of eudaimonia which is ancient Greek for happiness, though it is said to be better translated by experts as meaning “flourishing.”

But then, you might be thinking … How can having a still mind be flourishing?

Especially when you’re filling it with Memory Palaces and Magnetic Imagery!

I know, I know. It does seem contradictory.

How Memory Practice Positively Changes The Structure Of Your Brain

But here’s the thing:

As we’ve just discussed, neuroplasticity shows that the brain can change.

And when you’re training to memorize information that is good for your brain, your brain cannot help but change in positive ways.

The more you practice, the more you create flow and a level of ease that can come only as a result of practice.

From this state you will develop a stillness. An inner peace.

But only if you show up and put in the work can the discipline of practice grow and fortify those neural pathways and strengthen existing connections in your brain.

Why Smart Phones Are Destroying Your Ability To Practice Memory Techniques

In this age of smartphone addiction where we essentially have a computer in our pocket, long division is a thing that seems straight out of the Stone Age.

Smartphone Addiction Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

But again, think back to when you were learning long division in elementary school.

Do you remember how frustrated you were with the first couple problems you tried? Your little pencil eraser probably got quite a workout!

But, with practice, how were those same problems by the end of the year? You could fly through them with ease, without a second thought. You developed those connections and were able to solve 936 divided by 2 almost automatically.

And if you had to learn it all over again, those rules of math are still true. You would just need to put the cell phone aside for long enough to learn how to make the calculations again either on paper or in your mind.

This is why I teach people about Digital Amnesia and the importance of “digital fasting.” If you don’t take time away from the devices to exercise your memory, you will lose the ability to use it altogether.

How To Choose Your Memory Improvement Habits Wisely

So how does one develop good practice habits to help us in memory practice? First, start small. Not to say you don’t want to “dream big,” but think about your goals. Really think about them.

You can have different kinds of goals.

You can have very big, huge, hairy, snarly, real over the top goals, where you must build a long-term path to achieve that goal, or smaller goals, for the more short term.

James Clear says in his book, Atomic Habits, “If you choose a habit that’s very small and it accumulates with a bunch of other small changes to form a larger system then you can end up with a very remarkable result, or an immensely powerful outcome.”

And so the practices that you will do need to have some focus on what it is you want to achieve

How To Make A Practice Plan For Using Memory Techniques In Your Studies


  1. Create a “Memory Journal.”
  2. Personalize your Memory Journal so that you feel more connected with it (draw on the cover, add stickers, etc.)
  3. Set a specific and measurable learning goal.
  4. Use this Memory Journal to gather together the floor plans  of your Memory Palace Network.
  5. Use the Memory Journal to describe your Magnetic Imagery and guide the encoding process.

Will any of this really help improve your memory for studying?

Yes! Even if this is a manual activity, it will actually speed up the process of learning how to practice.

Practice with what? The information you need to commit to memory!

But that’s not the whole story…

When you personalize your Memory Journal, it will not only have more meaning, but visually stand out from other books in your learning space.

If you’re already an intermediate or advanced memorizers you can squeeze small Memory Palace drawings into The Freedom Journal, which I highly recommend.

Practice The Right Kind Of Memorizing Based On Your Desired Outcome 

If it’s speed, if it’s length of retention, if it’s volume of information or if it’s a combination of all those things, then a combination of all those things for what, specifically?

Is it for memorizing playing cards? Is it for foreign language vocabulary? What is it for?

These questions really matter!

Next, build the practice routines that will help you achieve those outcomes and those goals.

More importantly, pick the right techniques that are going to get there.

Why Is The Memory Palace Always The Right Technique?

In a word, it’s because all memory techniques are spatial in nature.

To take just one example of a relatively week mnemonic technique:

If you are using acronyms, each letter exists in relation to the next (either to the left or right of the preceding letter).

And since all information is laid out in a linear and temporal order, you might as well start with the foundational technique. Master the Memory Palace, and then use all the other memory techniques inside of Memory Palaces to harness the power of sequentialization.

And to do this well, to tailor your practice with making information linear so you can memorize it, you must have a plan.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Atoine de Saint-Exupery

Whether you’re a culinary wizard or a novice baker who struggles to make box brownies for their child’s school bake sale fundraiser, one thing you know if you’ve ever been in a kitchen (and who can live on take-out alone these days, right?) is you must have a plan.

Think about it:

You cannot go into the kitchen to make beef bourguignon with only 30 minutes to get dinner on the table, and you wouldn’t dream of trying to craft the perfect macaron without eggs or sugar.

You must have a plan…or in the culinary world, a recipe to achieve your end result, and a good plan takes organization. Kind of like my wife and I had a plan when we made these memory-friendly pancakes:

This level of organization is what we teach in the Magnetic Memory Method, to organize your mind with a Memory Palace, so that when you sit down to memorize you can do it in an organized manner.

Remember the musicians we talked about earlier?

They wouldn’t simply sit down behind a music stand with a piece out of order and attempt to play it.

No, in order to practice effectively, to make the most of their time, they would make sure their sheet music was in the right order.

They would make sure they were warmed up properly, and their instrument was at its peak playability (i.e. they were in tune, all valves were clear, and they had a fresh reed or strings, given their instrument of choice).

Your Next Step With Memory Techniques For Studying Well

In a word, you need commitment.

There are more components to practice than simply setting a goal and getting organized. There is the greatest element of practice of all:

Your habits.

This is where the idea of improvement comes into play, and the idea of flow that we discussed up above.

In order to improve, to achieve that state of stillness, of awakening, and of peace as skillful individuals, we must show up and put in the work, consistently.

Yes, you must be committed to mastering your habit to see results. In that way our outcomes are linked to practice and our practice to our outcomes.

Again, the greatest thing we can do to achieve our goals is show up, and show up consistently.

For example, every morning before my wife wakes up I practice my memory training. Today my goal after working some Sanskrit into memory was to memorize a selection from a deck of cards.

As I mentioned the morning I recorded this live stream, I got through memorizing only four cards:

Granted, that’s a low number for me in my practice, but my time was limited.

Even so, l made the time to practice. I exercised the discipline needed to sharpen my skills, and you can do the same, even if it amounts to only minutes a day.

But I “Can’t…” The Ultimate Memory Training Excuse And How To Eliminate It

You may feel like you don’t have the time, the energy, or the willpower…

You might be frustrated because you feel like your memory work has stalled.

You may be comparing yourself to those that have achieved the goals you aspire to, or who simply seem to “get it” more easily.

Happiness Beyond Thought By Gary Weber Book Cover for blog post on memory training practice habits

Stop. Just stop and breathe. 

And then consider learning to mind map and explore how you can commit to practicing to improve your memory for large learning goals.

Finding commitment is important because the most empowering key to Gary Weber’s idea of practice is finding resources inside yourself.

Weber writes:

“Insisting that you follow precisely the path that worked for your teacher is guaranteed to be inadequate in some way. Any student, no matter how diligent and well-prepared, is going to be different from the teacher in conditioning, experience, age, genetics, family history, bodily and mental capability, etc. How could something as complex and comprehensive as awakening not be a personally tailored process?”

That’s a solid point, and it’s why I’ve always talked about the Magnetic Memory Method as a “method,” not a system, because I already know this truth:

You cannot simply adopt someone else’s system. Rather, you need to create your own, because everyone’s needs are different. My goals are not your goals. My learning style is not your style.

Notice also the word “precisely” in this quote from Gary Weber.

Weber doesn’t mean that you don’t follow the path of your teacher at all.

Instead, you must avoid the fantasy, the hoping, wishing, and praying, that anything will play out exactly as it did for your teacher.

To try and recreate anything “precisely” is the trap of expectation. And expectation always leads to suffering.

But rest assured that you really can follow in the footsteps of teachers.

Gary Weber talks about how he has done this himself and there’s truth to that old phrase about standing on the shoulders of giants, which is even older than Isaac Newton. In many cases, it’s the only way we get to see beyond ourselves.

And using the teachings of Giordano Bruno and many others as my own guide, please use the Magnetic Memory Method as it was intended to be.

It is a technique, a tool in your utility belt, a method of practice to reach your memory goals. And as someone who used them to earn my Ph.D., I crafted the approach I now share with thousands of people around the world with studying in mind.

With practice, you can achieve any learning goal. Along the way, you can also achieve the inner stillness that comes with mastery or your mind and memory.

It just takes practice, discipline and the right teacher.

Get all that together and you too can be a “Mnemonic Batman.”

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Reach Any Memory Improvement Goal With These Atomic Habits From James Clear Thu, 25 Oct 2018 08:48:39 +0000 2 <p>James Clear shares with us the Atomic Habits you can use for memory improvement, your Memory Palace Network and any goal in life that you wish.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Reach Any Memory Improvement Goal With These Atomic Habits From James Clear</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> James Clear author of Atomic Habits portraitDo you struggle to reach your memory improvement goals? If so, you probably need “atomic habits.”

To help you have the best possible habits, in this episode of Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you will hear from habit expert James Clear.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes:

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

– James Clear


Who Is James Clear And What Are Atomic Habits?


James Clear is an author, entrepreneur, travel photographer and founder of The Habits Academy.

In this episode, James shares interesting topics and science-based ideas for living a better life, creating small habits and improving them.

James gives us a picture of how one can master and start a good habit. He also demonstrates just how much impact good habit formation is to achieving your goals.

If you are a person who fizzles through your to-do lists or suffers Digital Amnesia to the point that you can’t remember what you wanted to do at all, this episode with James Clear will definitely help and encourage you. James makes the habit formation process easy from the get-go and easy to maintain.

Learn more and discover how you can put these habits into action with consistency and improvement.

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • How James started with Atomic Habits
  • What “Atomic Habits” means and how it can change your perspective of putting habits into action.
  • How you can create the best environment to make success easier
  • The importance of consistency and being organized.
  • The meaning of “system building” as a way to approach life improvement.
  • The wisdom of putting ideas into action.
  • How to handle criticisms in life.
  • How one can establish a habit and improve it over time.
  • Practical strategies for building habits.
  • The importance of mastering a habit and how you can dramatically save time in the process.
  • How building habits can impact decision making and your ability to continuously improve.

James Clear Resources

James Clear’s website

James Clear’s Habits Academy

Atomic Habits by James Clear on Amazon

James Clear on Entrepreneur’s website

My Favorite James Clear Post Of All Time:

The Difference Between Professionals and Amateurs

Related Episodes:

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Using 3 Memory Boosting Habits

Joanna Jast On How To Hack Your Habits

Mind Map Mastery

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Optimizing Evernote And Other Productivity Software For Better Memory Tue, 09 Oct 2018 02:07:37 +0000 2 <p>Evernote and other productivity software programs can help your memory by freeing up your time and energy. Learn how to optimize Evernote for better memory.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Optimizing Evernote And Other Productivity Software For Better Memory</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Evernote for better memory Magnetic Memory Method Blog Feature ImageEvernote for better memory?

I was skeptical too.

Until I met Charles Byrd.

As a 15 year Silicon Valley veteran with an extensive background in technology and software, Charles needed Evernote to work better. His success demanded it.

But although Charles has some great things to teach us about optimizing Evernote for better memory, he’s also part of the larger memory improvement community. Just wait until you hear how he still uses lesson from Dominic O’Brien he learned a long time ago.

As a public speaker, trainer, and life long learner, Charles has combined his understanding of mnemonics with technology and productivity and become a recognized expert in the field.

He is also the founder of the company Byrd Word, LLC – specializing in productivity training, marketing, and technology to expand his reach.  He specializes in the tools and workflows that will organize your team, reduce your anxiety, and x2 your business, school progress and personal improvement journey.

Charles Byrd Evernote Expert on Magnetic Memory Method Podcast to discuss software for productivity and better memory Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

To learn more about how Charles can help you use Evernote in ways that improve your memory and productivity, I recommend his Kill the Chaos presentation.


Evernote For Memory Vs. Mind Mapping

After recording the interview with Charles, one of the first questions I had was how technologies like Evernote compare with Mind Mapping.

As you know, Mind Map Mastery is a worthy skill every lifelong learner should develop.

After you listen to this interview, I think you’ll have ideas on exactly how you can apply Charles’ core process to your mind map strategy.

Although how you would apply these techniques differ in time, what I love about the information Charles shares in this interview is that you can apply the “decision parameters” to all kinds of media.

Indeed, I am thinking about ways to combine mind maps with Memory Palaces and Evernote in one fell swoop as we speak.

Anthony Metivier with The Freedom Journal for memory improvement and language learning

This also includes how you use The Freedom Journal and other note-taking devices and approaches for organizing life in our current ocean of information overwhelm.

The simple process even applies to your memory training practice with Memory Palaces.

In many ways, I’ve been applying a similar process for years, but Charles has streamlined everything into a kind of ars combinatoria that any mnemonist can quickly link to their hand for use with any information you encounter in life.

Wouldn’t Evernote Cause More Digital Amnesia?

It’s a great question.

Illustration of man with brain on fire to illustrate digital amnesiaThe answer is…

It depends.

Digital Amnesia is a real issue, one that all mature learners in the 21st century face.

But as Charles demonstrates beyond all doubt, it’s more about our habits around technology than anything else.

In other words, we need to avoid the traps of technological determinism. We cannot blame the technology for how we behave. But we can use the technology to help ensure we operate in better ways.

Can Evernote Provide Brain Exercise?

Although we didn’t talk about this question on the interview, I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

When thinking about brain exercise apps, memory experts are divided.

As a question of application, I think this software certainly can be used for brain exercise.

As a quick example, imagine using Evernote to capture all of the 00-99 images you create based on the Major Method for your PAO.

Likewise, you could enter a number of mnemonic examples of Magnetic Imagery you’ve drawn and placed in a Magnetic Memory Palace for review in Evernote:

Drawing of Magnetic Imagery mnemonic example for helping to memorize information

Then, simply schedule in a review period that exposes you to your drawings without revealing the answers. This is a fantastic way to keep learning and give your brain an extra workout throughout the day.

This process also provides a simple and direct way for you to challenge your brain without feeding it the information, all within a simple app.

The trick is in making sure you have some “desirable difficulty” as part of the process so that you’re challenged. Sans Forgetica has been working in this area recently around reading, and using obstacles to move your memory forward is what personally applied Memory Palace science is ultimately all about.

But if you’re looking for the best memory improvement exercises, just make sure that you match the desired outcome with the processes and the information that will get you there.

Further Memory Improvement Software Discussion & Resources

There are many other learning opportunities related to technology and memory on the Magnetic Memory Method site.

For language learning:

The Fluent Forever App

How to Consistently Get Quick Victories With Language Learning Courses

Learn Languages Online With Skill Silo And These 9 Fluency Tips

For General Technology and Human Memory Discussion:

7 Reasons Having A Memory Implant Would Really Suck

MyQuest For Your Memory Improvement

Why I Only Read Physical Books Instead of Digital Ebooks

In all cases, the danger I see above all in discussions like these is the human element. Whether its “organic” memory techniques like the Memory Palace or a software, we always risk too much self-involvement with the information.

So after listening to this podcast with Charles Byrd, I encourage you to think about how all of these strategies apply to you getting more out of your human relationships.

To that end:

I’d love to hear your thoughts and more about your memory improvement journey in the comments below.

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How To Train Your Memory By Phil Chambers [Memory Improvement Book Review] Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:46:01 +0000 6 <p>When it comes to memory training, Phil Chambers is one of the best on the planet. How to Train Your Memory gives you real world and memory competition examples that will help you improve your memory quickly.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How To Train Your Memory By Phil Chambers [Memory Improvement Book Review]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to Train Your Memory Feature Blog Post Image Magnetic Memory MethodIf you want to know how to train your memory, the journey to greatness begins with recognizing something odd about that brain between your ears:

You sometimes forget enormous things!

That’s how Phil Chambers begins his fantastic book, How to Train Your Memory

When you start your memory improvement journey by acknowledging just how easy it is to forget where you parked your car, you start from practical realities we all face

After all, vehicles are the biggest things we own apart from our homes. 

Yet, the location of a car can still easily disappear from memory!

Acknowledging this fact gives us a sense of just how strange and mysterious an entity you’re dealing with. 

Of course, there’s something even bigger than cars and houses we forget that How To Train Your Memory helped me recognize, but we’ll get to that in just a bit.

How To Train Your Memory by Phil Chambers Magnetic Memory Method Memory Improvement Book Review

First, let’s talk about:

Why You Should Learn How To Improve
Memory Recall From Memory Expert Phil Chambers

It’s a good question, and a delight to answer. 

First off, Phil’s a great writer. When learning how to improve memory and concentration, clarity matters. 

Second, Phil’s got street cred. 

More than being a leading memory expert, he’s the Chief Arbiter of the World Memory Championships. We talked a few years ago about what this role involves in the interview called Phil Chambers and the Outer Limits of Memory. 

Phil is also one of the few memory trainers who has thought deeply about combining Memory Palaces with Mind Maps. He is a World Mind Mapping Champion, after all, and author of the incredible guide, 101 Top Tips For Better Mind Maps

And if that wasn’t enough, get this:

Phil has taught memory improvement and mind mapping alongside Tony Buzan himself for many years. In fact, I made it a point to attend a live Thinkbuzan training and learned more than I ever would have dreamed possible.

Having them both in the same room is a blessing you won’t want to miss! 

Why Memory Training Is The Best Way To Improve Memory And Concentration

I remember taking courses with the filmmakers Atom Egoyan and Peter Greenaway while studying at the European Graduate School. 

Both of them have encyclopedia knowledge of Film History. 

But because I know how to convert semantic memory into episodic memory, I listened to those lectures differently than my fellow students. 

Sure, I took notes using my approach to note taking

But using the same tools Phil talks about in How to Train Your Memory, I remembered tons of names and details simply because I was actively connecting imagery with the information as the professors spoke. 

And I was able to do so even though I was star struck to be in the same seminar rooms with these legends of cinema. 

Kind of like how I was star struck to be in a room with Phill and Tony!

Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers at a ThinkBuzan memory improvement and brain exercise event

In other words, using memory techniques help you zone in on details by using association that pushes away distractions. 

Phil explains why and how association works. He also gives additional tips and examples that will help you. One skill in particular that you’ll get better at after reading this book is the one that matters the most:

The ability to convert abstract information into concrete images better and faster. 

How does Phil’s book help you develop this skill? 

Each chapter gives you exercises to complete.

And you really should complete them. 

In fact, getting a physical copy of How To Train Your Memory will help make sure you complete the exercises. I talk about why I’ve been reading only from physical books for memory training here:

(Oh, and physical books make it easier to use the Major System to memorize page numbers so you can easily find good passages you want read again.)

When Acronyms For Learning Help Your Memory Excel &
When They Lead To Failure

One of my favorite parts of How to Train Your Memory is when Phil Chambers lays out the pros and cons on using acronyms for memory training. 

Basically, it comes down to calculating the margin for error. 

The same thing goes for using rhyming as a memory technique. Sure, it can work, but when using mnemonic devices, too many things can go wrong. 


It comes back to the science of memory: 

If you don’t convert semantic information into episodic memory through the use of mental imagery, you will find it harder to reproduce. 

But there is one acronym that Phil gives us that demonstrates when this technique is super powerful, and I’d like to demonstrate how and why. 

Image to Illustrate the mnemonic Seahorse in How to Train Your Memory by Phil Chambers

The acronym is SEAHORSE.

You’ll need to read the book to learn the memory training lessons packed into that single word, but when you get it right, you’ll have the keys to the memory improvement kingdom permanently locked into your mind. 

The reason why this acronym works so well is that: 

1. The mnemonic acronym SEAHORSE creates an image. You can picture the creature in your mind.

2. SEAHORSE creates an image that looks like a part of the brain that plays a huge role in memory. 

This is the hippocampus, which is names in Greek after its resemblance to the animal. (Hippo = horse and kampos = sea monster).

3. You can connect the SEAHORSE acronym to the author himself when you realize that the name Phillip (i.e. Phil Chambers) relates to the word hippocampus. 

How To Use A Mnemonic Acronym In A Memory Palace

As I’ve already shared, I’ve met Phil Chambers in a room. In fact, Phil and our group turned that room and its surrounding area into a Memory Palace. 

Now I can use it again and see where Phil sat in the room. I can place the image of a Seahorse over his head to remember the acronym. 

I can also place as a hippopotamus with a horse’s mane over his left shoulder and a camping tent over his right shoulder.

These images remind me of the Greek word origin of hippocampus. I am encoding both the sound and meanings of these words by converting facts into images. 

These images automatically receive episodic memory characteristics.

This “transfer” happens because:

  • There is a story behind why I was in that room.
  • The stories I know about Phil
  • The “image-story” of why a hippo would have a horse’s mane in the first place (it’s because the seahorse in his brain is driving him insane…)

Anthony Metivier with Phil Chambers, World Mind Map Champion

This image-story takes just a few seconds to generate.

And yes, my brain is aided by the fact that I’ve met Phil and I’m drawing upon neurochemical changes.

This is why you should focus on drawing from your own experiences too. It’s related to the multi-sensory memory experiences fellow memory expert Nelson Dellis talks about in Remember It!

Then, by charting out 8 Magnetic Stations throughout the room, I can then layer on some Magnetic Imagery for the parts of the acronym itself. 

For example, the first word of SEAHORSE is “Senses.” In the corner of the seminar room, I can see Superman. He is tasting his hearing aid while blind and suffering from a belly ache. 

Why? Because a blind Superman tasting a hearing aid while in pain reminds me of most of the senses. I can even change his name to Super-Sense-Man to tap into the cognitive mode of the mind and memory and seal the deal. 

All that needs to happen next is to move to the next station and create a memorable image for the acronym word that starts with “E.” 

The Fullest History Of The Major System In The World

I’m a huge fan of the Major System and use it every day in the memory training I use based on memory training techniques from around the world. Even if it feels invisible, the Major (or Major Method) is actually behind the 00-99 I use for phone numbers, playing cards, birthdates and everything based on digits. 

I learned a lot from reading Phil’s take on both the history of the Major and how he mixes it with the number-shape technique. 

Why is the history of our tradition so important? 


Knowing the story of the memory tools you use gives you even more mental connections and imagery! 

In terms of the actual technique, Phil points out something that I try to make sure everyone understands: 

The techniques you use for competition are not necessarily the same as the ones you would use in every day life or for large learning projects. 

Before I continue, let’s review the Major Method. There are some variations and different approaches to the Major System, but this arrangement is quite common:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

Now, for many people learning how to memorize numbers, this approach will be more than enough for daily life. Except…

How do you deal with 3 digit numbers without creating a 000-999? 

Phil demonstrates exactly how to do it in ways that I do all the time. For example, 358 would be the mail man based on the Major and a snowman based on the number-shape technique. 

For me, 35 is the mail man Mr. McFeely from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. So I just see him shoving envelopes into Frosty the Snowman.


However, here’s the problem: 

In a competition setting, the context might tempt you to mix and match the Major with the number-shape technique and impoverish your results. 

And that’s exactly what happened to me when Phil gave us a number memory test. I was half-using the Major and half-using the number-shape approach. 

In real life, when you have time to review your images and re-shape them when needed, no big deal. But when the heat is on during a competition, there simply isn’t time. You are working at the level of practical strategy. 

Both involve what Phil describes as “creative innovation.”

But in the case of competition, you need your mnemonic systems set up and well-practiced in advance for competition purposes. Learning life is usually – though not always – more forgiving. 

Mind Maps For Memory Training & Memory Improvement?

One of my favorite parts of How to Train Your Memory involves the limitations mind mapping has for memory improvement. 

Phil explains the ins-and-outs clearly and continues giving incredible tips.

And the best part is this:

The book includes a number of his own mind maps that explain the memory techniques taught in the book. It’s also a great supplement to Tony Buzan’s Mind Map Mastery.

In sum, Phil gives you a decision matrix for knowing when to use mind maps for memory and when to go to more dedicated techniques and strategies. 

More and more, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned from him about mind mapping and often impose a “mnemonic clock” on the page built from the Major so that each position has a ready made image. 

For example, 12 is Tin Tin, 13 (one-o-clock) is J. Edgar Hoover vacuuming the Hoover Damn with a Hoover vacuum, etc. 

Although this approach is a bit rigid, as Tony Buzan said while I trained with this Dynamic Duo of memory improvement, “The Rules Will Set You Free.”

And as Phil makes clear, the context in which you choose the rules you will follow matters the most above all. 

Why You Need To Read How To Train Your Memory

Memory training is a bit of an odd world. 

On the one hand, there are many books you can read and be set for life. You just need to keep using the techniques you’ve learned.

On the other hand, there’s always more to learn and top performers in every field constantly revisit old ideas and scour the world for new angles. 

Plus, we simply don’t know what we don’t know. 

That’s why I’ve was delighted to re-experience some familiar concepts through a new lens in How To Train Your Memory and learn things I didn’t know before. 

I highly recommend you do the same. 

Oh, and about that issue with people forgetting things bigger than their car or their house. 

It’s this: 

People forget to pursue their passions. 

That’s even stranger than forgetting where you parked. 

And if your passion involves the need for better memory (how could it not?), make sure you read How To Train Your Memory by Phil Chambers.

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Nelson Dellis On Remember It! And Visual Memory Techniques Thu, 27 Sep 2018 05:10:37 +0000 4 <p>Looking for visual memory techniques? And I mean truly visual. In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, Nelson Dellis takes us behind the scenes of his new book, Remember It! No kidding: It is the most visual memory improvement book I have ever seen. Even better, Nelson shares his unique way of using …</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Nelson Dellis On Remember It! And Visual Memory Techniques</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Nelson Dellis Featured Image For Remember It Interview Magnetic Memory MethodLooking for visual memory techniques?

And I mean truly visual.

In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, Nelson Dellis takes us behind the scenes of his new book, Remember It!

No kidding:

It is the most visual memory improvement book I have ever seen.

Even better, Nelson shares his unique way of using the Memory Palace technique to get the best results for both competition and learning.

All on an incredibly visual basis unlike anything we’ve seen since Bruno’s On the Shadows of the Ideas (and then some).

I really appreciate the visual memory techniques in Nelson’s new book for the way it will help so many people who get lost in the technical details involved in memory techniques.

No one is to blame for that. It does have it’s “cerebral” aspects and we’ve needed people who can teach that.

But never before has someone both exposed the need for visual training we all need and taken so much care and attention into making mnemonic examples truly visual.

Seriously, Remember It! is almost like a visual mnemonics dictionary.

But you might be asking yourself…

Who is This Nelson Dellis Anyway?
Some Kind Of Memory Champion?  


As a matter of fact, yes.

And he’s got some of the best memory improvement tips in town. Here’s a quick summary of some of the best:

Nelson Dellis Magnetic Memory Method Infographic

You see? Nelson’s even inspired me to up my game and get more visual too. Hence this infographic summary. Thanks Nelson!

More Reasons I Find Nelson Dellis Inspiring And Influential
For The Life-Long Study Of Mnemonics

Nelson Dellis is a 4x USA Memory Champion, Memory Athlete, Memory Consultant, Published Author and highly sought-after Keynote Speaker.

Nelson is also the Founder & CEO of Climb For Memory, a non-profit charity that aims to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease research. He does this through mountain climbs all around the world.

Nelson approaches memory techniques scientifically and as part of living a good and healthy life.

If you’d like to learn more of the memory techniques Nelson has crafted for himself and how imagination can play a big role in your memory improvement, download this podcast now.

No. Wait. First do this:

Order a copy of Nelson’s new book, Remember It!

Oh okay… still not convinced?

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • Exactly what inspired Nelson to write down his approach to championship-level memory techniques
  • How the visual memory techniques illustrated in Remember It can help you better understand memory techniques
  • How to make use of all your senses for memory improvement
  • The importance of establishing and keeping trust in your memory
  • How physical objects can help your memory
  • Different ways of managing Memory Palaces and making sure they are truly visual
  • The true meaning of “Multiple Memory Palaces” and why you must create a number of them (never rely on just one)
  • How to use the “Body Peg List” in an interesting way
  • How the alphabet can help in remembering
  • Tips on quick memorization for when you just have to Remember It!

If you want to see Remember It and just how visual it is, check out this video:


3 Reasons Nelson’s Visual Memory Techniques Are The Best So Far

Let’s face it:

1. There are thousands of books and programs on memory improvement.

But never before has anyone gone to any great length to make their mnemonic examples leap from the page.

Nelson does.

And this is very powerful because you sense through your eyes what needs to be happening in your mind.

2. Even if you have aphantasia, Nelson’s book will help.

This is because Nelson makes it clear that memory techniques are always visual for all people, and all people are visual. Yes, no matter what.

But he also makes it clear that you need to make your approach multi-sensory.

And he gives you great ways to dive in and experience memory techniques. The visual prompts make it difficult not to want to give them a try.

3. Nelson is aware of the real value of memorization techniques.

It’s not just about winning prizes, learning languages or conquering your exams at school.

It’s about conquering life itself.

And to do that, you’ve got to bring the body and the mind together.


Should You Buy Remember It?

In a word, “yes!”

Remember It will become your go-to book for ideas, inspiration, guidance and strategic know-how.

You’ll discover the best mix of scientifically proven visual memory techniques with practical application in both memory competition and in life.

Grab it from your favorite local or online bookseller now and then reach out and let Nelson know loud and clear that you appreciate with a review on Amazon and a follow across his presence on the web.

Well… What are you waiting for!?!

Get started with these resources now! 🙂

For More On Nelson Dellis:

Nelson Dellis’s website

Remember It on Amazon

Climb for Memory

Nelson Dellis on Twitter

Nelson Dellis on LinkedIn

Nelson Dellis on Facebook

Nelson Dellis on YouTube

Related Episodes on the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast:

The 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers

5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice

System For Remembering Cards? 13 Reasons You Should Have One

Remember Names At Events: Quick Start Guide To Memorizing Names

Extreme Memory Improvement With Memory Champion Nelson Dellis

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Teach Yourself Using The Best Language Learning Books By Olly Richards Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:14:22 +0000 2 <p>Olly Richards shares the background to his Teach Yourself language learning short story series of books.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Teach Yourself Using The Best Language Learning Books By Olly Richards</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Olly Richards Teach Yourself Author Portrait Best Language Learning BooksLooking to teach yourself a foreign language and need the best language learning books? Let me introduce you to my friend Olly Richards.

Well, they’re aren’t necessarily.

Unless they’re built by someone who deeply understands the needs of language learners.

Enter Olly:

He’s the man behind the new Teach Yourself Short Stories For Beginners series.

He’s also the man behind the hit blog and podcast, I Will Teach You A Language.

But still I hear you asking…

Why are his short story books the best language learning books?

Well, here’s just one reason that Olly mentions in this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast:

A book that is on your lap, and is exciting and contains lots of stories that make you want to read, is a an unbeatable source of continuous learning in the language.”

How does a book make you want to read?

That is exactly what you’re about to find out.

Even better:

In this episode, Olly Richards gives us interesting tips and techniques about language learning through his great new Short Stories for Beginners language learning books.

Discover The Best Language Learning Books
From A Master Polyglot And Learning Expert

Olly Richards is the founder of I Will Teach You A Language and speaks 8 languages. He started learning his first foreign language at age 19 when he bought a one-way ticket to Paris.


Olly Richards Teach Yourself Best Language Learning Books
And now you can discover the keys to quickly and easily learn any language with Olly by selecting the most effective language learning books.

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • Simple techniques to learn new languages quickly
  • The power of story in language learning and how to choose the best language learning books
  • The important skills your need for learning any language fast
  • How to develop reading skills in the language
    Short Stories Teach Yourself Best Language Learning Books By Olly Richards
  • How to get confidence in speaking a language
  • How to learn a foreign language by growing your vocabulary in a simple way
  • Techniques for improving your comprehension (remember, bilingualism is good for brain exercise and brain health)
  • Simple short stories for beginner level learners
  • How to find fun resources for learning new languages
  • Tips to keep you motivated in learning the language
  • Great for those studying to conference interpreters

It was also a great honor to be invited to read from Short Stories in German during Olly’s Festival of Reading:

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to speak in German, but it seems like my memory for this beautiful language is holding up. So grateful to have some cool stories to read auf Deutsch – thanks Olly!

To be one of the first to get Olly’s new series of books, claim up to $777 in language learning courses now.

Further Resources For Language Learners:

About Olly Richards

Olly Richards on Amazon

Olly Richards on YouTube

Follow Olly on Twitter

Related Language Learning Episodes:

Olly Richards Talks About Language Tech And Real Communication

Stoic Memory Improvement Secrets For Language Learners

The Freedom Journal For Language Learning

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Mind Map Mastery: 10 Tony Buzan Mind Mapping Laws You Should Follow Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:40:08 +0000 10 <p>Tony Buzan shares the 10 Laws of Mind Mapping in his excellent book, Mind Map Mastery. I go through each law in detail and share an idea for combining these laws with the Major System for combing your mind maps with the Memory Palace technique.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Mind Map Mastery: 10 Tony Buzan Mind Mapping Laws You Should Follow</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Tony Buzan Mind Map Mastery Book ReviewA lot of people search the Internet for Mind Map software. And that’s great… provided they’re getting it from Tony Buzan. Most especially when you’ve read his book, Mind Map Mastery.

Why read this book?

First of all:

No one else alive has thought so thoroughly through this incredible technique for externalizing the brain and interacting with it.

Even better, no one else has shown so thoroughly how:

  • A proper Mind Map boosts creativity.
  • How Mind Mapping as a practice improves memory.
  • How the process of mind mapping sets you mentally free (more on that in a bit).  

It gets better too because…

No one has given more Mind Mapping examples than Tony Buzan.

And in Mind Map Mastery, Tony Buzan provides exactly what the subtitle of this book promises:

The Complete Guide To Learning And Using
The Most Powerful Thinking Tool In The Universe!

In this extensive book review, you’re about to discover:

* Why Tony Buzan’s Mind Map Mastery delivers on this promise

* Why making your thoughts visible eliminates mental exhaustion

* Why colors create mental focus and energy

* How simple limits create an infinity of ideas

* How a proper Mind Map can serve as a Memory Palace

* Bonus: How to fuse a Tony Buzan Mind Map with the Major System!

If all that sounds good to you, please read every word on this page. I promise I will earn your agreement that Mind Map Mastery by Tony Buzan is the most important book in the world!

The Future Of Mind Mapping Begins With The Past

Tony Buzan begins Mind Map Mastery with a short history.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, “history” is the right word.

Buzan has been teaching the skills of mind mapping for quite some time. Just check out this video from 1974:

This video is from the same year Use Your Head appeared. This is what one of its many book covers looked like:

Tony Buzan Book Cover of Use Your Head Early Mind Map Teaching Magnetic Memory Method Blog

As he explains in the latest book we’re discussing today (released 44 years later!), the Mind Map emerged from an understanding of the brain as a spatial arrangement of neurons.

But That Realization Didn’t Happen Overnight!

And Buzan drew upon other influences to arrive at this powerful conclusion. For example:

Buzan’s understanding of the method of loci was integrated into mind mapping.

Buzan also encountered the Major System from day one of university.

(The Major is also spatial in many ways. More on that with these 3 Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers.)

With the method of loci that underlies the Memory Palace technique and the Major, Tony Buzan brought the first Mind Map to life.

Yet… there was a problem!

How Tony Buzan Solved Problems With The Early Mind Map

As Buzan reflects, his first Mind Maps had problems.

In his words, they were “monochromatic, monotone and monotonous.”

Worse… he struggled to answer this question:

Is Mind Mapping Note-Taking?

In short, no. Far from it.

In essence, Buzan had revolutionized note-taking.

But for Buzan, this was not good enough. So Tony Buzan did what all great innovators do:

He showed the technique to others, particularly learners left behind by the system.

Next, Buzan observed how these learned used his early mind maps to improve their lives.

Finally,  Buzan took his observations back to the Mind Mapping process so he could improve the technique.

How Tony Buzan Mind Maps Mimic The Organic
Brain Better Than Any Software

As we know from many great geniuses, solvitur ambulando.

That phrase means, “it is solved by walking.” Here’s how I memorized that term:

And solve the problems with mind mapping by walking is exactly what Tony Buzan did:

To help himself understand more about why his early Mind Maps were helping people, he walked in nature.

As a result, thoughts about how to better “mirror” the cellular nature of the brain on paper emerged.

Radiant Thinking

Observing the Mind Maps combined with walking and reflecting led to revelations about “Radiant Thinking.”

By giving people a means of connecting thoughts on paper like the brain connects ideas through cells, Mind Mapping broke free from note-taking.

Like the brain when it is operating at its full power, “Radiant Thinking” through Mind Mapping is:

  • Multi-faceted
  • Colorful
  • Associative
  • Multidimensional
  • Verbal and Pictorial
  • Imaginative and Analytical

Isn’t that exciting! Imagine being able to think in these ways all at the same time without the costs of multi-tasking!

The good news is this:

You can!

Tony Buzan Use Your Head Secrets Mixed With The Laws Of Mind Mapping

For all of these accomplishments, there was still a problem…

No matter how clear the instructions…

Some people are teaching Mind Mapping without understanding the method.

Instead of following the Laws of Mind Mapping, they are calling other techniques like these mind maps:

  • Spider Diagrams
  • Pyramid Diagrams
  • Concept Maps
  • Fishbone Diagrams
  • Sunburst Charts

To be clear:

None Of These Techniques Count As Mind Maps!

Look, there’s nothing wrong with using such visualizations, but to call them Mind Maps can never mirror the human brain cell.

Think about it:

What does a spider have to do with mind mapping? With human thought? With human memory?

Spiders are fantastic, but if we know one thing about human memory and learning going back to Ad Herrenium, it’s that metaphors matter.

For that, I’m glad Tony Buzan wrote Mind Map Mastery to help correct the record.

He reminds us of the Laws of Mind Mapping. He refocuses our attention on why they mirror the neuron, the central location of thought.

The Natural Reason Why Mind Maps Must Have A Central Image

Like a brain cell, a Mind Map must have a center. Without a central image, your Mind Map has no focus.

Without color, the Mind Map lacks power. Imagine going on a walk through nature in black and white.

A Fishbone Diagram built from straight-lines has nothing to do with the curves of human thought.

Concept Maps are usually overloaded with words (I am often guilty of this). As a result, they quickly become unwieldy, awkward and collapse.

Without care for balance and distribution, a Pyramid Diagram places your focus on concentrated areas. These do not help your brain create new solutions or remember more.

Would You Like An Abundance Of Mind Mapping Examples?

Tony Buzan demonstrates the validity of his claims with nearly two dozen examples.

The images in Mind Map Mastery are just as they should be:

  • Clear
  • Balanced
  • Colorful
  • Keyword focused
  • Evocative
  • Understandable at a glance
  • Compelling
  • Easy to emulate as you create your own

How Mind Map Mastery Helped Me Improve My Practice

To be honest, I’m like a lot of learners.

I get a few tips and put them haphazardly into play.

This is NOT a problem.

If anything, it is a blessing.

But no serious, mature learner can stop there.

You’ve got to return to the well of knowledge and refine your practice.

Here’s a Mind Map example from 2015 shortly after I met Tony Buzan at a ThinkBuzan training.

Anthony Metivier Mind Map For A Book Without Tony Buzan Mind Map Mastery Tips

Then I recorded a chat with Phil Chambers about how to combine Mind Maps with Memory Palaces.

So, what’s the problem here?

After all, I used this Mind Map to:

* Write a book

* Turn the book into a video course

* Launch the course successfully with Jonathan Levi.

(This Mind Map is the first brainstorm of what became Conquering Content in Branding You Academy.)

Yet, for all that success, there are quite a few problems.

The Whole Mind Map Is Overloaded (For One Thing)

Yes, there are colors, but…

I had attended the ThinkBuzan training to learn about memory.

We did a bit of Mind Mapping, but I was so focused on the memory aspect (and not embarrassing myself) that not all the lessons got through.

And I’m just one of those learners who need to go back to the well and refine my practice through repeat exposure. For this reason, I still reread one book per month.

But… I had yet to go back to THE ultimate book on mind mapping I’d read as a kid. This lapse happened mainly because I was revisiting Buzan’s books on memory.

And I hadn’t quite learned enough Chinese to read him in Mandarin, even if he was suddenly following me everywhere!

Anthony Metivier with Tony Buzan Books on Mind Mapping In Beijing

My lack of attention to the Laws of Mind Mapping was tragic. It meant that I wasn’t getting nearly the results that I could have been.

So even though my mind mapping was successful, it was still dampened.

Then came the incredible announcement of Mind Map Mastery. I ordered it immediately.

The wait inspired me to revisit Mind Mapping in earnest.

Perhaps pretentiously, I released this video:

But what I’m talking about wasn’t advanced at all!

Though there is one virtue evident in every word I speak in the video.

Here’s why:

I was advancing my skills and practice by taking it one S.I.P. at a time (study, implement, practice).

Then, when Mind Map Mastery finally arrived, I started reading it.

I applied what it said, and before you know it, my Mind Maps improved!

Here’s a Mind Map example from one of the best YouTube Livestreams I’ve ever held:

Anthony Metivier with a Much Improved Tony Buzan Style Mind Map

(If you want to watch this replay and join future live streams, here’s the memory improvement books ultimate list hangout replay for you. Click subscribe and choose to be notified so you can join us next time we go live.)

What Made This Mind Map Better Than Any I’d Created Before?

The answer is simple. I just followed…

How to Mind Map Using The 10 Laws Of Mind Mapping

One: Blank paper in the landscape orientation.

Why is blank paper so important?

I believe it’s because the chemical makeup of the brain is more closely related to paper than, say, computer.

Also, the inner landscape of the mind is unlined. If you use lined paper, you are placing a barrier between your thoughts and the laws of mind mapping.

Landscape orientation is critical too because we see the world horizontally more than vertically. Peripheral vision is freer left-right than it is up and down.

I also believe landscape orientation allows for greater mirroring of another essential structure:

The clock. It is the clock formation that lets us instantly turn any Mind Map into a Memory Palace at a glance.

Two: Draw a central image in the center.

World Mind Map Day Mind Map By Phil Chambers

Tony Buzan says that the central image should feature at least three colors.

It’s a subtle point and one that I’ve missed many times. I look forward to putting it into practice many times in the future and observing the improvements.

The image should express your core concern with the Mind Map.

Three: Different images should appear throughout the Mind Map.

You should also use dimensions, such as drawing some of your keywords in 3D.

Four: Keywords should be capitalized.

For some reason, this is one of the toughest laws for me to follow. Maybe I read too much e..e. cummings when I was in high school. 😉

Five: Each Keyword should have its own “branch.”

This Law helped me squeeze far more from my Mind Maps.

It’s counterintuitive for a wordy sound-conceptual person like myself.

But the constraint works because it creates pressure on the keyword and your mind.

Think of it this way:

When you look at a clump of sentences and start reading, you’re assisting your memory in a way that turns it off.

Why should you remember what your Mind Map encoded when you can just read what you said?

But when you have a keyword, you give your brain a creative memory workout. This minimally assisted response to keywords is brain exercise par excellence.

Six: Your Branches Should Flow And Taper

If you look at an image of your brain’s neural networks, you’ll see precisely the tapering Buzan wants you to benefit from when creating your Mind Maps.

This law isn’t dogma. This correspondence to nature isn’t the totalitarianism of a control freak.

It’s the firm insistence that Mind Mapping mirrors your brain on the page. The closer you bring your mind and the Mind Map together in structure and flow, the more your creativity and memory perform.

Seven: Balance The Length Of Your Branches

The point about balance is another recommendation that needs more of my attention. But I think by following the other suggestions, adherence to this one happens naturally.

Eight: Use A Ton Of Colors

When I got back into Mind Mapping, I struggled with this as well.

After all, choosing colors can create a bit of decision anxiety. Questions like these might arise:

  • Which color should I use?
  • Is green really appropriate for this idea?
  • What if I make a mistake?

Sure, there’s a reason the brain pumps out these concerns. Barbara Oakley explains it well in Mindshift.

But if you dive in and start to practice the Mind Map technique, you’ll find you automatically make the right decisions.

Nine: Emphasize Points With Arrows And Lines

Connecting the different branches with arrows is one of my favorite parts.

For me, it’s like a “meta” Mind Map and corresponds with the Rhizomatic nature of the Magnetic Memory Method.

These measures, when combined, kick De Bono’s lateral thinking up a serious notch.

Ten: Maximize The Clarity Of Blank Space/White Space

Perhaps the most compelling Law involves the use of blank space for clarity.

In other words, you need to let your Mind Maps breathe. I never used to do this, which slowed me down.

How To Continually Improve Your Mind Mapping Practice

To improve, I just started creating more Mind Maps.

As with the Magnetic Memory Palace Network, you benefit more (and faster) by working with multiples.

This approach gives Mind Maps and Memory Palaces more space for your brain to fill-in-the-gaps.

This pointer also circles back to Buzan’s point that the Mind Map should be useful at a glance. If there is no breathing room and no blank space, you stifle your success.

But when you leave enough space between your branches:

“Your brain negotiates these gaps to understand where you are and where you are going. “

How To Bring The Mind Map, Major System and Memory Palace Together

First of all, don’t even get started unless you are on the path with well-formed Mind Maps.

Yes, I have some discoveries to share. And yes, they will work without precision.

But if I could turn back the hands of time and start all over again, I would have my Mind Mapping strategy in order first. Especially in the context of these sensory memory exercises.

That cautionary note aside, here’s what you can do if you know the Major Method:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

Once you have that committed to memory and are fluent in using the Major:

  1. Imagine that your blank page is a clock. Limit yourself to twelve branches or less.
  2. Create your central image and radiate your twelve branches from the center starting at 12 o’clock.
  3. Since the Major System tells most of us that 1 is D or T and 2 is N, mentally impose or draw that symbol at the 12 o’clock. Do this after you’ve created the branch.

Not: Personally, I never draw my Tin Tin image. That’s where the Keyword goes.

  1. After you complete the branch, think about how your Keyword can interact with your Major System image.

For example, if my keyword is “Ancient Greece” and my sub-branches involve Thales and Simonides, I will think of them all in a fistfight with Tin Tin.

But more than think of them, I will use all the Magnetic Modes to “Magnetize” them into my memory. To make the relationship between the Mind Map and the Memory Palace “Magnetic,”  I will touch upon the Magnetic Memory Method Principle of CAV KOG(S) and the Magnetic Modes:

  • Conceptual Magnetic Mode
  • Auditory Magnetic Mode
  • Visual Magnetic Mode
  • Kinesthetic Magnetic Mode
  • Olfactory Magnetic Mode
  • Gustatory Magnetic Mode

And finally:

The Spatial Magnetic Mode, i.e. the Memory Palace, which in this case is the Mind Map itself!

  1. Move on to the next branch.

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As you can see, bringing the Mind Map together with the Major and the Memory Palace helps learning.

Even better:

The Mind Map Mastery-Magnetic Memory Method Fusion helps teaching too.

The Empowering Truth Of Mind Maps For Kids

This point about the use of Mind Maps for teaching is essential.

Many people email me with questions about how to teach techniques like these to kids.

My belief?

Learn them for yourself. Develop your own Mind Mapping and Mnemonic Style.

Demonstrate the skills you’d like young people to learn.

Involve them in the process.

Make Mind Mapping a family activity. Like I did, when I went to meet the man himself:

Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers

Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers

Sadly, Tony died in 2019. Here’s the tribute live stream we held in his honor:

Despite the sad passing of this hero of mental literacy, he lived a good life and demonstrated incredible brain health and mental literacy until the end. 

And no doubt. There’s good reason to believe that Mind Mapping can help stave off problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s after all.

And once you’ve read and started using the ideas in Mind Map Mastery, add more from the Tony Buzan library to your expertise. The knowledge he created is evergreen and will be useful to you forever.

Other Tony Buzan Books You’ll Find Useful

Here are some of the other books by Tony Buzan I highly recommend in addition to Mind Map Mastery:

To be clear:

The more you read on the topic of mind mapping, the better your mind maps will serve your memory, thinking, creative and professional goals.

Have I Made My Mind Maps Perfect Using Tony Buzan Mind Mapping?

No, of course not.

We are playing a game of progression, not perfection.

And as Buzan points out many times, when you follow the Mind Mapping Laws, you’ll develop your own style.

This point is important because “style” is precisely the outcome of the application of rules.

Think about fashion. You only have a fashion style when you know the foundational techniques of combining color with texture.

Think about music. You only have a style of music when you pick the right mode and use the right scales.

Think about movies. Directors and actors only properly create a genre or style when they understand the underlying principles and structures of the Western, Science Fiction or Action movie.

Likewise with Mind Mapping. And the more I practice following the rules, the more my style emerges.

Even better:

The more you allow your style to emerge based on the laws, the more useful the Mind Maps you create will become.

Why The Ultimate Map Map Software Is Always At Your Fingertips

Mind Mapping works because it helps you mimic the creative brain on the page.

Sure you can waste your time searching for how to make a Mind Map in Word.

You can ponder until you’re blue in the voice whether or not Evernote can function as a Mind map.

But speculation and limited Mind Map “tools” that deviate from the Mind Mapping Laws will only get you measly results.

And as Buzan once said during dinner to me, “The Rules will set you free.”

Shakespeare knew this to be true when he submitted himself to iambic pentameter.

Painters follow the laws of color day in and day out.

Musicians cheerfully lock themselves inside of scales without complaint. All of them must have known these visualization exercises.

So why not let the Laws of Mind Mapping set your free?

Which Mind Map Software Is the Best?

You are!

Seriously. You are the best software on the planet for improving your creativity and memory skills.

After all, if we take the computer-brain metaphor to its extreme conclusion, both involve information chemically encoded in space.

In order for your computer to pump out a near-infinity of possible outcomes, it needs to follow rules.

And as I hope I’ve demonstrated today, the only Mind Map worth making is the one that follows the rules.

And Tony Buzan has accomplished the miraculous with his iMind Map Software.

When you read the book, you’ll see just how authentically Buzan has made this work. And just how wonderfully he’s going to evolve it as information technology evolves.

Mind Mapping = Digital Fasting Vs. Digital Amnesia

But if you want my not-so-humble, but always Magnetic two-cents, I’m sticking with colored pens and paper.

I believe it is faster, more human and more likely to connect with the Memory Palace technique by doing so.

And to be fair, the Primacy Effect keeps me preferring the original Tony Buzan Mind Mapping principles that I keep coming back to so I can learn more.

Not only that, but I like taking long breaks from the computer.

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Anthony Metivier Walking While Reading

And I predict that Digital Fasting is going to continue being the ultimate cure for Digital Amnesia.

So here’s what I recommend:

  1. Get a copy of Mind Map Mastery today.
  2. Put the Laws of Mind Mapping into practice immediately.
  3. Then come back to this post. Learn the Major System if you don’t already know it and try the “clock” technique I shared today.

Then let me know in the comments below just how excited you are by the results.

Happy Mind Mapping!

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Tony Buzan shares the 10 Laws of Mind Mapping in his excellent book, Mind Map Mastery. I go through each law in detail and share an idea for combining these laws with the Major System for combing your mind maps with the Memory Palace technique. Tony Buzan shares the 10 Laws of Mind Mapping in his excellent book, Mind Map Mastery. I go through each law in detail and share an idea for combining these laws with the Major System for combing your mind maps with the Memory Palace technique. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 32:46
Can You Really Improve Memory Like Sherlock Holmes? [Actionable 11 Point Checklist] Thu, 06 Sep 2018 03:39:23 +0000 10 <p>Lots of people want to improve memory like Sherlock Holmes. But what if there was a better and faster way? Just follow this Actionable 11 Point Checklist!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Can You Really Improve Memory Like Sherlock Holmes? [Actionable 11 Point Checklist]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Can You Really Improve Memory Like Sherlock Holmes?Imagine receiving thousands of emails from people asking you, “Can you really improve memory like Sherlock Holmes?”

What would you tell them?

Would you say…

“Oh yes, of course. Just use the best memorization technique all the hip kids are using these days.”

Or would you say…

“Sorry. Too busy. I must go to my Mind Palace!”

Well, as the man with all the memory exercises and memory improvement know-how…

I have to take a third path.

And I always give people an answer that breaks my heart!

But here’s the truth of the matter…

You Can’t Improve Memory Like
Sherlock Holmes Because…
The Dude Isn’t Real!


How can any honest and ethical person tell you that such a thing is possible?

How can you create a Memory Palace (or Mind Palace) like Sherlock Holmes and experience substantial memory improvement when that person doesn’t exist?

And yet other memory trainers use this metaphor all the time.

Sherlock Holmes in a Memory Palace

They use it as their “marketing hook.”

That’s right.

And even if it’s false advertising, it works.

But what those marketers are really saying is something more like this:

“Hey, how would you like to memorize information like a fictional coke addict who walks with a cane?”


“How about becoming like someone who treats his sidekick Watson like a dim-witted moron?”

No thanks.

I don’t know about you, but…

I Want Real Memory Improvement!

And as much as I’d like to stop the misrepresentation of the real glory of memory techniques, the world of marketing is what it is. Unless you know how to memorize these classical copywriting headlines.


I suggest you remember Caveat Emptor in the wild world of online memory training.

But here’s the very good news:

If you want to know about a memory method that really will help you improve memory, you’re in the right place.

After all, memory isn’t really at the core of Sherlock Holmes.

Here’s the real deal:

Medical Anatomy skeleton image related to memory techniques

It was medical deduction for the diagnosis of disease that influenced Arthur Conan Doyle, not detective work. And it’s this kind of medical detective the books and movies really base themselves on.

All that aside, here’s what we’ll be doing in this Sherlock Holmes continuation post:

I’m going to provide you with an 11-Point checklist that will make sure you’re on the right track.

Are you ready to get started?

You are?


Let’s go!

The Ultimate 11 Point Improve Memory Checklist

So with all that ground covered, let’s get started with the ultimate checklist for improving your memory.

Do all these things and you’re guaranteed to have a memory sharper than you ever dreamed possible!

1. Learn the Memory Palace technique first.


A few reasons.

First, there are a lot of terms out there for the different memorization techniques you can learn.

But the Memory Palace is the only one that taps into the most significant memory power:

Spatial memory.

Second, the Memory Palace enables you to use the other memory techniques you’ll learn about inside them.

I’m talking about the link method, the Major System, the mnemonic peg system and so on. There are lots of terms and we’ve clarified them in this post with 5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice.

Why seek so much clarity?

So we can master the fundamentals first. That’s how the Magnetic Memory Method ensures you can actually use the skills for life.

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Without struggle.

Without constant questions about what to do and how to do it.

Without fear of making mistakes at every corner.

The Major Path To Fast Success With Memory Improvement

2. Learn the Major System.

“The Major” as the memory technique veterans refer to it involves associating numbers with letters of the alphabet.

The Major has also been called the phonetic mnemonic system and the digit-consonant system.

Whatever you call it, here’s what it looks like:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

Why learn to memorize numbers?

First, even in the age of smartphones and online calculators, they’re still super-important.

You still need to know the phone numbers of your loved ones in case you lose your device.

Not only that, but when you create a Magnetic Memory Palace, you can give each Magnetic Station within a number.

That way, when you’re using the Memory Palace to encode and decode the information, it’s easy to move directly to the information you placed inside.

Once you have the Major System working, you’ll also be able to:

Remember passwords
Bank account numbers
Historical dates and birthdays
… and anything else involving numbers!

To make this happen, you’ll want to create what some people call a P.A.O or a 00-99 list.

If you’d like more information, I’ve included my own mnemonic examples in How to Memorize Math, Numbers, Simple Arithmetic and Equations.

How To Memorize History:
Mnemonic Example Of How Having A “Magnetic” 00-99 P.A.O.

When you have a proper 00-99, any time you see a number, you instantly have a Person, and action and on object pop into your mind.

This simple mnemonic tool is better than any vitamins for memory improvement on the market.

For example, I wanted to memorize some dates about George Washington not too long ago while reading Richard Brookhiser’s book on Washington’s leadership skills.

George Washington Mnemonic Example Magnetic Memory Method

According to Brookhiser, Congress made Washington Commander in Chief of the military in 1775. This post lasted until 1783.

I instantly memorized these dates by placing some Magnetic Imagery in a Memory Palace.

The mnemonic examples I used?

First, I used my image of George Washington himself. I’ve seen paintings and stone carvings of the dude, so I have a relatively decent idea of how he looks.

How To Mix Major System P.A.O. Mnemonics For Historical Dates

Second, I needed to remember that 17 is involved because these dates took place in the 1700s.

To do that, I have George Washington equipped with some very sharp tacks.

In the Major Method, 1 = d or t and 7 = k.

Put those two together to form a word like “tack.”

Next, to this image of George Washington with tacks, I have him shoving these into John Cale.

Yeah, that hurts, and that’s why it’s memorable (Sorry John Cale!)

Now, you might not know John Cale or his loose relationship to the history of binaural beats via Lou Reed, which is why you need to get into real memory training. It will help you instantly create these associations when you need them.

The point is that Cale (pronounced “kale”) starts with a hard “k” sound and ends with an “l.”

That’s perfect because all I need to do is think of George Washington putting tacks into Cale in my Memory Palace and then I can recall 1775 in a snap.

Just Get Started And The Rules of The Major System Will Set You Free

Tony Buzan

You can do this too if you dive into these techniques and start creating your associations from 00-99. Don’t overthink it. As my mentor, Tony Buzan says, “the rules will set you free.”

Briefly, I know this period for Washington ended in 1783 (according to Brookheiser) because, in the same Memory Palace, I can sense George Washington interacting strangely with George Orwell.

George Orwell wrote “Animal Farm” and he is spraying “foam” at the cast of “fame” in this image.


Because F = 8 in the Major System and 3 = M. “Farm,” “foam” and “Fame” all compound together to make the association bulletproof.

Animal Farm George Orwell Foaming Cast of Fame Mnemonic Example

Brookheiser tells us that the actual Washington presidency took place between 1789 and 1797, two numbers I now know by heart.

Why? Well, as strange as it is:

I see Cobra Commander with his viper symbol bashing Peter Parker with a puck.

Viper = 89
Parker/puck = 97

It’s that simple. Every 2-digit number has an image like this. All that needs to happen in your mind is this:

Get them interacting in weird and unusual ways in a Memory Palace. With a small amount of practice, you’ll learn to remember vast amounts of information.

Ever hear Sherlock Holmes talk about doing stuff like this in his “Mind Palace?”

No way, hombre. Sherlock Holmes isn’t real.

3. Learn Recall Rehearsal (a.k.a. Spaced Repetition)

You know why we call it “Recall Rehearsal” in the Magnetic Memory Method universe.

A few reasons:

First, it doesn’t count as spaced repetition. That sounds hard, annoying and… lame.

Second, a well-formed Magnetic Memory Palace Network is like a series of theaters.

In these theaters, you call your players for “rehearsal.”

So when I ask my mind about the dates for George Washington’s terms as a military commander and the first President of the United States…

I’m NOT replaying a movie.

No, I’m a theatre director. I know which theatre the play takes place in and I call my actors to the stage.

Then I ask:

What were they doing there?



And other questions to trigger back the associations.

And I do it only as many times as needed to get the information into long-term memory for as long as I need the info.

But spaced-repetition…

I find it’s a waste of time without Magnetic Imagery involved.

Plus, Recall Rehearsal puts the Magnetic in the Magnetic Memory Method by making it easy, fun and effective.

And it’s the only way to develop a mnemonics dictionary in your mind for instant and rapid use of memory techniques.

Dominic O’Brien And The Rule Of Five

With practice, you can reduce the number of repetitions needed to a shockingly low level, though of course, Dominic O’Brien’s Rule of Five is worth your attention, but…

Don’t go wishing and praying for a magic number.

Learn these skills for yourself and the principles that make them work.Dominic O'Brien

That’s the fast and easy path to real memory magic. And it’s better than even the best improve memory games on the market.

But some other guy’s “memory system” or spaced-repetition number will never be as robust as your own. Earn the success you want through experience. It’s a beautiful thing.

More on How To Improve Memory Recall Better Than Sherlock Holmes

Now that you know the truth about using a Memory Palace and use it to place information into long-term memory, here are some additional tips that will help.

Pay attention to each of these because they are essential to your success. These tips are critical to the long-term health of your brain and memory.

4. Eat a memory-friendly diet.

It’s true:

Foods that improve memory – and foods you should avoid – can make or break your memory.

Walnuts, blueberries, green tea – these have all been shown to give your memory a boost better than any improve memory supplements on the market.

5. Exercise.

I go to the gym three days a week. It keeps my body fit, as well as my brain.

The best part?

I’m able to perform Recall Rehearsal while pumping iron and hitting the treadmill.

I also walk frequently and do pushups and yoga at home.

Every bit of fitness helps protect your brain and memory.

6. Reduce Multitasking

(Except when using the particular form of multitasking in a Memory Place we’ve been talking about today.)

Seriously. People who want to learn faster are damaging their chances of success by holding multiple open tabs and reading from devices enabled with notification options.

Speaking of which…

7. Sleep Without Devices In Your Room

If you want to improve your memory, improve your sleep.

It seems unrealistic these days, but it’s getting more important every day:

We need to unplug from the Internet.

We need time away from the machines that use algorithms to shape what we see and how we think.

Personally, every time I stray from my computer curfew…

I regret it.

Not only does my memory suffer…

I make bad decisions.

I get a bit paranoid.

I feel less well.

By protecting the bedroom and using my re-reading strategy with real books, I create a buffer zone around my sleep that works very well.

Oh, and I use a sleeping mask too. Highly recommended.

8. Use app-free brain exercises

Brain exercises are important. And the best evidence shows that when you use apps to get it…

You’re getting horrible results.

The only ones ever shown to work in any impressive way set you up with one-on-one coaching on the other end. In other words, it’s not the app alone getting you the mental fitness results.

But if you’re willing to learn some of these brain exercises, you’ll quickly find boosts in focus, attention and memory.

I’ve shared many exercises to improve memory and concentration, so please be sure to listen to the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast frequently so you don’t miss any of them.

9. Learn new mental and motor skills.

The obvious suggestion here is music. Pick up the guitar, piano and French Horn.

But it could also be painting where you learn about shapes, lighting and the color wheel.

Or you could learn to juggle, code a website or learn a language. There are many things you can do. The important thing is to take action and get results.

10. Know the difference between mild forgetfulness and full-blown memory loss

Every person must take full responsibility for the state of their memory.

Just as we monitor our heart rate and respiration, we need to put thought into the functioning of the mind.

To understand this critical difference, I’d start with listening to this memory loss with Jennie Gorman. She was able to recover her memory quickly with just one simple tweak. It’s the kind of solution many people would never think to investigate.

Then there’s brain trauma. Listen to Michael Gusman talk about how he used memory techniques to overcome these issues following a nearly fatal car accident.

Continuing to educate yourself about the role of memory in your life and the health of your brain is indeed your best weapon.

11. Learn to use a variety of mnemonic devices (and never stop)

If there’s one thing we can find legitimately inspiring in the Sherlock Holmes stories, it’s that the dude seems to keep learning.

And more than learning, he keeps thinking about the things he knows.

So although no one can improve their memory to be like an unrealistic fictional character, you can be you.


You can be the best possible version of yourself. All you need to do is keep learning how to use your mind.

That’s what the Magnetic Memory Method website is here to help you accomplish.

Are You Ready To Take Your Skills To The Next Level?

If so, pick something you want to learn that will improve your life. Now you have the tools to learn it quickly and easily.

And when you need more information on how to improve memory for any learning goal, remember to come back to the well.

The Magnetic Memory Method Family will be here for you.

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Lots of people want to improve memory like Sherlock Holmes. But what if there was a better and faster way? Just follow this Actionable 11 Point Checklist! Lots of people want to improve memory like Sherlock Holmes. But what if there was a better and faster way? Just follow this Actionable 11 Point Checklist! Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 47:12
Brain Exercise Apps: Do They Help Or Hinder Cognitive Development? Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:45:50 +0000 0 <p>If you've ever wondered if brain exercise apps really improve your memory, the truth will shock you. In fact, you might be destroying your cognitive development and memory without even knowing it.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Brain Exercise Apps: Do They Help Or Hinder Cognitive Development?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Brain Exercise apps illustration questioning the wisdom of installing brain games on your phoneHave you ever installed a brain exercise apps on your smartphone?

If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Let’s face it:

The allure of increasing your brain’s cognitive performance has tempted over 70 million users to a famous app in the course of just one decade.

And to be honest:

The attraction is justified.


Because every functioning human uses their brain. Increasing its capability can only serve us better as we go about our daily lives.

Now, look:

There is no doubt that technology has made our lives more convenient. Mobile clearly makes technology more portable. And the nature of mobile technology has made many apps completely free.

However, “free” is not always a good thing.

Many brain exercise apps cause undesirable habits that can be toxic to our overall health.

This leads to the following question:

Are brain exercise applications really effective in improving the brain, or do they actually hinder its development?

Brain Exercise Apps – The Big Lie

According to research by Joseph Kable, Caryn Lerman, and John Glick at the University of Pennsylvania, there is no evidence that brain exercise apps improve cognitive performance, working memory, or decision-making.

Image to illustrate how brain game apps disrupt decision making

The study enlisted two groups for testing several brain functions. To begin, the scienctists recorded some baseline scores.

Next, one group played brain games, while the other played regular video games. After the initial experiment, the researches tested both groups again and both showed improvement in their brain function scores.

These results imply that the brain games did not do any better in terms of significant effect and both groups improved because they became more familiar with the test. This comfort, not improvements from brain training, caused the high scores.

In fact, the test participants developed a better understanding of the games they played. The exposure enhanced their playing strategies instead of the presumed increase in the brain function.

This University of Pennsylvania study was not a fluke.

You’ll find similar results in a study by Neil Charness, Wally Boot, and Dustin Souders of Florida State University. Their research showed that skills from these mobile apps were very specific and didn’t have a lot of carryovers to other tasks.

Are You Sabotaging Your Brain By Playing Brain Games?

At worst, brain games could simply waste our time. But could it be possible that these apps are also insidious and cause a hindrance in cognitive development?

Or is it possible that the complexity that mobile technologies introduced to our lifestyles explain the decline of our brain function?

Thinking about cognitive development may reveal answers. The growth of children and their capability to perceive, think, and maneuver through their surroundings involves intelligence, reasoning, memory, and language development.

Cognitive development is not only dependent on genetics but also on the environment in which the child grows. Moreover, cognitive development depends on the stimulus and interaction that he or she experiences.

No one can control genetics but you can try to provide stimulating learning materials and experiences to support the development.

But whether brain games fall into the category of stimulating learning materials is a question that needs more exploration. Like the real data you should know about Cogmed for brain exercise.

Parenting For Dummies, 1936 Edition

To determine the relationship of these apps to cognitive development, Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development will be useful. What follows is a kind of walk-through, if you will, of how the human brain assimilate information throughout its developmental years.

Jean Piaget on Cognitive Development helps us understand brain exercise apps better Magnetic Memory Method

This process of assimilation is important because the brain uses it to navigate the world. According to this theory, the progress takes place gradually and in four successive stages.

First Stage – The Adjustment Period

The first stage is the sensorimotor stage. This first stage of cognitive development occurs during the child’s infancy.  Infancy may seem like a short time but from birth the infant experiences a variety of physical and psychological interactions that cause many changes in a short period.

For soon to be parents, some highlights to expect are:

  • Newborns may already be able to focus and track moving objects
  • 3 months, recognize faces and familiar sounds.
  • 6 months, recognize their own parents and imitate familiar sounds
  • 9 months, understand simple words
  • 1 year, speak a few of these simple words and even associate names
  • 1.5 years, vocabulary continues to grow

Your Baby Has Her Own Tablet?!

During this infancy, some parents will hand smartphones over to their children as a distraction. They think that because their kids can already manipulate the tablet and interact and tap images and symbols displayed on the screen, this activity is fine.

No one really knows. Smartphones and tablets have only been with us for a short while and the children that have been able to use smartphones and tablets early in their lives have yet to be studied. Smartphone addiction does seem to be a real thing though.

Young Children exposed to brain exercise apps good or bad illustration

Yet, this much is already clear:

Too much screen time and less social interaction inhibit emotional and social development. Aside from that, studies also show that high-energy visible (HEV) light or blue light emitted by the screen can damage the eyes.

Why not get prepared to teach your kids memory techniques now so that you’re ready when they need you?

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Second Stage – Pre-School Years

The second stage is the pre-operational stage that encompasses toddlerhood to early childhood.

Again, here are some cognitive development highlights:

  • 2 years, vocabulary will have significantly increased again
  • 3 years, familiarity with everyday routines like changing clothes and playtime
  • 3 – 6 years old, capability to use imagery and memory skills

Spotting Early Signs of Disability

Of course, it is a different scenario when the child has autism or learning disabilities. Such conditions manifest as difficulties in oral and written language, coordination, and attention and can usually be spotted around the age of 3. Trouble understanding simple instructions or being confused with simple tasks are typical signs of cognitive problems.

A delay in cognitive development, as well as several other factors, can contribute to these difficulties. It is best to consult a doctor before engaging in any brain exercise routines.

Tablets versus Toys

Ages 3-6 is a phase where children start learning to read and developing routines like doing chores. This is also the period where their attention span increases to about 15 minutes. Obviously, memory development is huge during this time.

Image to illustrate that brain exercise apps are not the best source of brain exercise Magnetic Memory Method

Since this is a stage that focuses on imagery, apps can provide much more stimulus and interaction than analog pictures.

Years ago, when preschoolers learned about tigers, teachers showed children pictures in books. Current technology allows preschoolers today to see that same tiger in a video, in vivid colors, and with sounds.

Of course, this type of app does not really fit into a “brain exercise” category but belongs more to “multimedia education”.

That said, many apps blur the lines and there are no studies pertaining to long-term effects on cognitive development because the technology is only recent.

In other words, this is unchartered water for scientists. Yet, far too often, people make conclusions about the use of apps during these early stages of life.


Parents now depend on these apps instead of multiple analog toys littered around the house.

On the one hand, it makes sense:

You only need one tablet for the child to play a nearly unlimited number and type of puzzles. The devices also distract children and prevents quarrels with siblings, (unless they quarrel over the tablet or smartphone itself).

Digital Friend versus Human Interaction

Based on studies, this is also the stage where the child develops social interaction skills such as playing and cooperating with other children.

Replacing physical activities and social interactions with too much focus on the tablet or smartphone will hinder social development. The research of Patricia Greenfield and her team at UCLA has done much to clarify this problem.

Of course, there are many other factors to consider at this stage. But no matter how you approach things, it’s best to be involved with your children as they play with tablets or smartphones so that they understand the limits as you supervise and provide them interaction while still allowing them the benefits of digital stimulus.

Third Stage – The Concrete Operations Stage – The Calm before the Storm

The concrete operations stage will be at ages 6 – 12 where a lot of physical and personality changes occur. The use of apps at this stage would be similar to that of the previous stage.

Image to illustrate a young person during the storm of cognitive development Magnetic Memory Method

But here’s a key difference:

During this stage, children are more able to think critically.

In terms of cognitive development, here is what you can expect:

  • 6 years, capability use logic in thinking and solving problems
  • 9 years, attention span will increase from 15 minutes to 1 hour
  • 12 years, increased use of logic

Fourth Stage – Formal Operations – Nightmare Teen years are not as bad as you think

This is the age group most parents dread.

Nonetheless, it is an important stage in cognitive development because between ages 12-18 is the formal operations stage where children start to think hypothetically.

They also become better at abstract ideas that lead to reasoning, logic and the ability to understand religion, philosophy, and mathematics. They can think in different perspectives, allowing them to conceive of social issues in sophisticated ways.

Whereas children think in black and white, right or wrong, adolescents can think in relative terms. They start to question authority and absolute truths. Socialization will be a key issue here as the adolescent spends more time facing a screen than interacting with friends. But if your teen is buried in an app, they risk not developing these cognitive abilities.

When Does Cognitive Development Stop?

Of course, in real life, hitting age 18 does not turn you into stone. You continue to age physically and mentally. Cognitive development does not stop because a person does not stop perceiving, understanding, and reacting to the environment in which he or she moves. You continue to learn and the physical structures of your brain undergoes continual change.

Why Adults Never Stop Learning

From age 17 to 45, the average individual will learn “practical street smarts”. He or she can still use reason and logic, solve theoretical problems, and understand abstract concepts, but he or she now has the added benefit of life experience.

For example, you may have realized that you get better brain exercise from reading physical books instead of ebooks:

In some studies, older adults tend to perform better in tests of crystallized intelligence. This intelligence is the ability to use learned information collected throughout the lifetime. This makes sense because they naturally have collected more information than a younger person.

Meanwhile, a young adult will perform better on fluid intelligence. This type of intelligence is the ability to think in abstract and new situations.

Generally speaking, younger adults have higher IQ than their adult counterparts. However, this difference may be due to the difference in technology.

Whereas many adults today only had access to television and printed reading material during their developmental years, younger adults had access to the Internet.  Differences in information consumption may be the source of the difference in IQ.

We can only guess what the effects are of earlier access to electronics, virtual reality, social media, and other modern-day education to the next generation of adults.

At 45-65, the years of insight typically allows the person to make compromises and work through disputes and contradictions in their religion and beliefs.

Senior Years – Retired but Not Expired

At age 65 and higher, research does not support that aging makes you lose the capability to use cognitive reasoning. And if there is a reduction, it will not be sufficient to be problematic in your day-to-day life unless you suffer from a complication (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease).

Image to illustrate the cognitive development of your senior years with or without brain exercise apps Magnetic Memory Method

However, many people complain that they are starting to have memory loss problems. Often, these reflect only short-term memory complaints because these people can still recall information from a long time ago but forget recent information.

During these advanced ages, studies like those completed by Alden Gross and colleagues in 2012 show that memory training would be very useful in arresting the decline of brain function in general.

For example, working memory allows us to retrieve and process several chunks of information to perform a task. For that reason, it is important that this function is retained for as long as possible. And using certain brain exercises, working memory can be trained and kept in top shape well into old age.

Unlocking Hidden Brain Performance

Instead of increasing the amount of “playing time” in these apps, you improve other aspects of your life that affect not only brain function, but physical performance as well.

One factor that affects brain performance is fatigue in the form of physical exhaustion. Check out a study by Hoda Abd-Elfattah, Faten Abdelazeim, and Shorouk Elshennawy for more information about this issue.

Of course, fatigue only means that it is harder for our brains to function when we are tired.

But physical activity, in general, is healthy for the brain. In fact, a study by Laura Baker and colleagues at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina showed that aerobic exercises improve cognitive function.

Avoid Poisoning Your Brain!

You really do need to take care of your physical body. Magnetic resonance images of the brains of alcoholics show decreased volume while smoking causes cognitive decline. Lack of sleep can also cause reductions in brain performance.

Diet also plays a key role. Ketogenic diets are currently popular and a study by Robert Krikorian and colleagues published in 2010 shows that dietary ketosis can enhance mild cognitive impairment.

But I Want to Play Brain Games!

There’s no doubt that brain exercises develop specific skills that benefit people from different walks of life.

For instance, old-time monks use methods like meditation while modern police forces use specific memorization techniques to improve the process of intelligence gathering. Most of these brain training activities are simple and require no external instruments.

Image of brain cluttered with brain exercise apps

Unfortunately, brain exercise in the minds of most people involves a tablet or smartphone full of brain exercise apps.

But the research just doesn’t support the claims that these apps are helping anyone.

Consider using mind maps instead. Or read 9 Brain Exercises That Ensure Memory Improvement.

Don’t fret if research shows that these brain game apps don’t work. There is a lot of other research on this site loaded with activities that do work to improve memory and brain function.

But, if you still insist on playing brain game apps, then go ahead if you find it enjoyable. Not everything you do must have a quantitative result. But don’t forget to spend quality time in the real world as well with your real memory.

And protect your memory at all costs. You’re the only one who can.

About the author:

Kelsey Clea Matthews or KC considers herself is a single mother of the digital age. She believes that the prolonged usage of gadgets is unhealthy for a child’s development, which is why she only allows her daughter to use the devices during weekends. While her kid is at school, she works manages the website Cost Figures.

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5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:26:23 +0000 0 <p>Here are 5 Memory Palace examples that will improve your memory training practice quickly, even if you don't use them for large learning projects.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">5 Memory Palace Examples To Improve Your Memory Training Practice</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Memory Palace Exercises Magnetic Memory Method Blog Feature Image Expressing Mental Memory TrainingHave you been looking for Memory Palace examples?

They can be tough to find, especially since many people, like Sherlock Holmes, prefer the term “Mind Palace.”

Plus, people use terms like “peg word system” and “Method of Loci” when looking for Memory Palace training, and it can all get a bit confusing.

Although we can’t cover every type of Memory Palace, get this:

On this page I’ll give you 5 powerful Memory Palace examples you can use to improve your memory training practice.

But before you read, I suggest you begin with this video:

Now that you have enjoyed that broad overview of Memory Palace Training Exercises and what to expect, let’s properly define the Memory Palace technique.

Why Nearly Every Memory Technique Serves
As A Method Of Loci Example

This point might be hard to grasp at first, but this is important:

The Memory Palace, sometimes called the Method of Loci, is based on the same core principle that governs all information.

This principle is space.

You see, your brain encodes information chemically in the brain.

Each neuron and neural network in your brain exists in space - the space of your brain.Click To Tweet

And according to Stephen Kosslyn, there’s a kind of one-to-one correspondence between information out in the world and where your brain stores it in the brain.

In other words:

Your Brain Is A Memory Palace Book

Hear me out:

Imagine that your brain really was a book.

Image of young woman with a book to express the concept that your memory and brain are like pages in a book

And each page of that book is covered in words.

Now imagine that each page in that book is a neural network that binds all of its words.

Likewise, the neural networks in your brain bind the neuronal chemicals that store you memories.

Of course, the brain and memory are much more complex than any metaphor or analogy can express.

But all of this leads to the same conclusion:

If Your Brain Is Like A Computer…
It’s More Like A Kindle Than A Laptop

Think about it:

If a book is an information storage and retrieval device that uses the space of pages, then the computer version of books do pretty much the same thing.

Kindle Device To Demonstrate Memory Palace Nature Of The Brain

This fact means that your Kindle app also stores each word in space on a hard drive and a screen.

And so if you think about how books and apps relate to your memory…


The Ultimate Mind Palace App Is Your Brain!

Isn’t that exciting?

I sure think so. And that’s why I produce so much Memory Palace training for the world.

Do You Have A Memory Palace Sherlock Would Admire?


We’re going to get back to the all-important point about space in a moment. But first:

To create a proper Memory Palace in the space of your brain, it’s important to move beyond fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes and get the right Memory Palace training:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Next, turn your brain into a Memory Palace app by studying from the best types of Memory Palaces.

1. The Bird’s-eye/3rd Person Memory Palace

This kind of Memory Palace involves looking down through the roof on a building. It’s as if you’re looking down at a floor plan.

Anthony Metivier Brain Exercise Memory Palace of Berlin Apartment

2. The 2nd Person Memory Palace

In this kind of Memory Palace, you look at yourself or a Bridging Figure move through your Memory Palace as if through the lens of an external camera.

Memory Palace Examples 2nd Person Looking At Yourself Through A Camera Magnetic Memory Method

3. The 1st Person Memory Palace

Using this kind of Memory Palace, here’s what happens:

You imagine yourself in the Memory Palace. You then imagine yourself seeing the journey you are following through your own eyes.

You can also pretend to be a character in a video game, series or movie and see through the eyes of that character.

For example, using an outdoor Memory Palace, I could imagine being this Giordano Bruno statue and see parts of Rome I’ve created as Memory Palace as if through his eyes:

Giordano Bruno Statue of Mnemonist and Memory Palace Innovator With Anthony Metivier

4. The Virtual Memory Palace

At some level, all Memory Palaces are Virtual Memory Palaces.


You are creating an imaginary construct. This construct is based on a building or area you’ve seen in real life. You are navigating it “virtually” in your imagination.

That said, when you’re basing a Memory Palace on a location you’ve seen with your own eyes, you seriously reduce cognitive load.

Image to express how all Memory Palace creations are Virtual Magnetic Memory Method

Think about it this way:

When you last moved into a new home, did you have to work hard to memorize the layout?

Probably not. That’s what makes calling it to mind so easy.

But if you’re using a video game as a Memory Palace, not only do you have learn the layout in a completely different way.

You also have to re-create that layout using more mental resources because you’ve never really been there.


This not may not be true for all people.

But I think for most us, Virtual Memory Palaces will cost more time and energy than they are worth.

5. The Magnetic Memory Palace

This kind of Memory Palace lets you fuse all the first four approaches together into one seamless Memory Palace strategy.

Recall Rehearsal also makes memory practice feel a lot like a Memory Palace game!

In fact, when you use the Magnetic Memory Method tools of…

  • Sea shelling
  • The Pillar Technique
  • & ample use of Magnetic Bridging Figures…

Everything gets much easier. That’s because it becomes more fun.

Not only that, but the Magnetic Memory Palace, when used as part of a full Memory Palace Network, makes Recall Rehearsal faster and easier as well.

(Recall Rehearsal is a fast and fun “memory game” way to get any information into long-term memory quickly.)

For a longer discussion of these five approaches to navigating your Memory Palace, check out this video:

The Best Memory Palace For Studying For
School Or Large Learning Projects?

Now, you might wonder, which of these Memory Palace approaches are best for studying for learning.
Ultimately, you need to experiment.

And I would suggest that you learn to use a Magnetic Memory Palace as quickly as possible. Then learn How To Renovate A Memory Palace.

The first three options require too much time and energy. You’ll spend more time visualizing your Memory Palace and your journey through it than necessary.

The Ultimate Truth About Memory Palace Examples & Exercises

Always remember that memory champions simply don’t have time to visualize their Memory Palaces.

They might “see” glimpses, but there’s something quite different going on.

And anyone can learn to reduce the need to visualize their Memory Palaces and journeys with just a bit of practice.

Practice Using Your Brain And You’ll Be The
Best Memory Palace App On The Planet

There are a lot of Memory Palace software programs available.

Frankly, they all present a deviation from developing true memory skills. Like the Giordano Bruno memory skills of legend.

For thousands of years people managed to memorize a textbook without apps or programs.

In fact, it might be precisely because computers have created Digital Amnesia that people no longer pick up these high level memory skills more often.

Why Real Memory Palace Training Is Always Organic

For research purposes, I’ve spent a lot of time in Memory Palace training with apps.

This activity has always been interesting, but ultimately always a waste of time.

Here’s why:

When you train your memory to use a Memory Palace with an app, you’re training in a digital environment.

And if you want to remember names at events, that will give you a bit of an advantage. Here’s more information on how to remember names fast on this live stream replay:

Just remember:

The only Memory Palace examples that matter involve the practice memorizing names at real events – unassisted by technology.

And I have found that training for names using a Memory Palace reduces my skills instead of increasing them.

And little wonder:

Real-life events do not take place on apps - they happen in the world!Click To Tweet

Just ask Jesse Villalobos about how he got a promotion, featured on this Magnetic Memory Method Review.

The Best Memory Palace Examples For Language Learning?

If you want to learn a language, you might like to use a Memory Palace strategy.

There are many ways to proceed, but I’ve found the best involves creating a Magnetic Memory Palace Network around the alphabet.

The alphabet is an interesting mental tool that exists in space. The letter B falls to the right of the letter A, R falls to the left of S and so on.

In other words, the alphabet is a fixed linking system that everyone knows by default – exactly like you know the layout of your home. This understanding makes memory training far more powerful than the old fashioned “method of loci” will ever be.

And that’s why it’s so easy for each letter of the alphabet can serve as a kind of mnemonic peg system you attach to a building.

I suggest that you start with just one Magnetic Memory Palace Network first.

Then create another one until you fully feel the effects of spatial memory working its magic in your mind.

You’ll begin to sense exactly why the Memory Palace is the most powerful technique and why all the other techniques, including the Major Method, are all spatial in nature.

That’s all for now, but I hope that these Memory Palace examples have given you some food for thought and ideas to model for your own memory improvement practice.

For more Memory Palace examples, see Improve My Memory: 3 Memory Palace Success Stories.

Then let me know in the comments below if you have thoughts or questions.

You got this!

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The 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers Wed, 08 Aug 2018 02:04:17 +0000 0 <p>If you want to know how to memorize numbers, you'll want the most powerful memory techniques for the job. This post includes the Memory Palace for PAO too.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">The 3 Most Powerful Memory Techniques For Memorizing Numbers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Rowan Atkinson dressed as a nun to illustrate using the Major Sysem to memorize numbers and create a Person Action Object systemIf you want to know how to memorize numbers, you might be getting frustrated…

After all, there is a ton of confusing information about the main remembering numbers technique known as the Major System.

There’s also the question of just how many numbers can a person remember? Not to mention how to remember numbers with a Memory Palace.

In this post, I will show you:

  1. The Major System that allows you memorize numbers with letters and words.
  2. How to connect the Major System with a Memory Palace.
  3. How to expand the Major System into a PAO or 00-99 system.

Or you can just watch the video version of this lesson:

No matter how you choose to learn these techniques, this is important:

Your goal is to shift the burden of memorizing numbers to remembering fun and straightforward images.

This simple activity will reduce the cognitive load on your brain and make learning and remembering any number exciting and fun.

Simple Mnemonic Examples Of How To Memorize Numbers

Have a look at this image:

Magnetic Memory Method Image of a Nun for the Major System (or Major Method)

This is a nun.

She represents the number 22 in the 00-99 Major System I use.

Every time I see 22, I bring this nun to mind (I actually imagine Mr. Bean dressed as a nun. More on why later…)

I do this because if I next see the number 235, I can see an animal, it’s easy for me to use the Major System (better described as the Major Method) to add another image.

Nun fighting and animal to express how to use the Major System on a how to memorize numbers post

When the nun interacts with the animal in an unusual way, I’m able to remember a longer digit with ease: 22357.

The Major System That Underlies The Remembering Numbers Technique

To get to the stage where you can use nuns and animals, you need to understand why 22 is a nun and 235 is an animal.

The Major System has different terms, including:

  • The Phonetic Number System
  • Phonetic Mnemonic System
  • Number Consonant System
  • Herigone’s Mnemonic System
  • … and more.

The exact history of it is not known, but in Mind Map Mastery, Tony Buzan attributes it to Johann Just Winckelmann.

Others cite Aimé Paris and Major Beniowski, from whom we most likely take the name, Mnemonic Major System.

And that’s just in the west. The Katapayadi system goes back at least to 869 BCE.

Although there are many variations and you can make up your own, a large number of people use an arrangement like this:

0 = soft c, s or zMajor System on the Magnetic Memory Method

1 = d, t

2 = n

3 = m

4 = r

5 = l

6 = ch, j or sh

7 = k

8 = f or v

9 = b or p

In this way, I came up with Nun for 22, but perhaps you would prefer a piece of naan bread. Try to make sure that you have a vowel between the two consonants, but if that doesn’t work for you, a word like “onion” is also acceptable.

It’s really up to you, but I suggest that you avoid abstract concepts like “noon.” If you want to use “noon,” make sure it is a clock with its hands pointed at noon, and maybe include Gary Cooper who starred in High Noon to make it even more concrete.

Likewise with a word like “anon.” This word could make an excellent Magnetic Image for 22, but only if you make it concrete, such as by having James Woods with a particular book.

Why James woods? Because he starred in My Name is Bill W. about the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous.

I realize this specificity requires you to stretch your imagination, but its excellent brain exercise (better than any app) and is the secret of how to get a solid 00-99 working from the beginning. (Instead of having to fuss with it for years and potentially give up, as others sadly do.)

How To Expand Your Major System Into A Full 00-99 List

To expand the rules that underly the phonetic Major System is easy. I suggest you take it 5-10 sets at a time.

But first, get a Memory Journal so you have a place to chart down your ideas on paper.

Overall, the best way to learn how to memorize numbers using this approach would go like this:

1. Get a Memory Journal for completing the creative task

2. On a new page, copy the start with 00 and write all the numbers up until 10.

3. Starting with 00, think of words that begin and end with ‘S.’ I personally use Thomas Szasz, but many use Dr. Suess.

Sissy Spacek would also work. Or a pair of eyeglasses built by Zeiss.

Many other options are equally concrete. If you choose Zeus, use the character from Planet of the Apes or a clear painting or cartoon of Zeus so you’re not relying on a vague concept.

4. Proceed to 01. For me, this is “sad,” and I see the tragedy mask worn by William Shatner in his performance of Oedipus Rex.

5. Keep going for about 5-10 minutes and take a break. It’s important to relax and revive your creative muscles.

How To Memorize Numbers Encoded With Images In A Memory Palace

First things first, you’ll need to know how to create a Magnetic Memory Palace. Here’s your ticket for that:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Next, start with your first Magnetic Station in the Memory Palace. If you used Dr. Suess, place him on the first Magnetic Station. If you used the sad tragedy mask for 01, place it on the next station.

You can do this in small sets or get more ambitious and work on larger sets. The critical point is that you use Recall Rehearsal to get the images into long-term memory.

For many people, this step will not be necessary because they can deduce like Sherlock Holmes what their images are by relying on the Major System.

For example, I didn’t learn my 00-99 using a Memory Palace. I only needed to think about the Major for each digit and track back to the image I chose.

The Major Mistake I Made When Creating My
First Phonetic Mnemonic System

When I created my first list for math based on the science of mnemonics, many of the images were not concrete enough.

To this day, I keep strengthening them and find many opportunities to do so. For example, I use to have a very generic idea of “fire” for 84.

But I later evolved this image to Chuck Norris in Missing in Action 2 with a flamethrower. I did not have to invent this image because there is a classic scene in the movie where he burns down a bridge with a flamethrower.

And that is the beauty of using the Major Method to memorize numbers. By letting its rules set you free, your imagination will come up with many powerful associations. It is also a great way to strengthen your ability to make associations if you need the developmental exercise. (Many people do.)

How To Extend Your 00-99 to A Person Action Object System

So far we’ve talked about giving each digit an image from 00-99.

Many people like to have a triple-whammy effect by having at least three different elements going on for each digit.

To be honest, I have never found this necessary or entirely useful in everyday life. However, in the world of memory competition, it is a must.

That said, my own method of working often includes most of Person Action Object criteria.

For example, the 01 tragedy mask is both a person and an object: It is the tragedy mask (the object) worn by William Shatner (the person). To add an action would be easy: he could be soaping it up with suds.

Although I would be making a leap of the imagination by turning “suds” into a verb, this could work very well.

To take another example, I have Jim Carrey with a lyre (stringed instrument) for 54. I could have him using it to “lure” something or someone to add an action, but I don’t need this specificity for my personal memory practice.

The reason I don’t have a full PAO (sometimes falsely lumped in as a Mnemonic Peg System) for each digit is that I prefer flexibility. In real life, you do not have to beat the clock the same way you do in a memory competition.

You are also using numbers you want to memorize for the long term, like banking info, phone numbers and passwords. These are not random digits heard or read at an event that you’re going to forget minutes after submitting your results.

To that end, I prefer to choose how my Magnetic Images interact with each other on the fly.

Obviously, this approach is different than the Dominic System (or Hotel Dominic) or the system Ben Pridmore uses, etc.

And at the end of the day, that’s the incredible and mind-blowing truth:

Tony Buzan was right:

The rules will set you free. Especially if you follow his approach to mind mapping.

Each person always uses these techniques individually. And although ultimately you must find your own path, you are free to do so by leaning on the classic techniques and paying attention to the Magnetic Memory Method principles of being specific and concrete. And of course there’s more to learn in How to Memorize Math, Numbers, Simple Arithmetic and Equations.

And now that you know the options available to you, you can easily learn how to memorize numbers quickly. Because…

Learning To Use Mnemonics For Numbers Is Easy And Fun!

Now that you have these strategies, I suggest you listen to my interview with Brad Zupp. He explains his story and perspective from the realm of competition and practical use of these techniques as a mental passwords manager.

How do these approaches to remembering numbers strike you?

If you have any experiences you’d care to share or have any questions, post them below.

You got this!

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How to Improve Focus And Concentration Using 3 Memory Boosting Habits Thu, 02 Aug 2018 03:56:07 +0000 16 <p>Confused about how to improve focus and concentration? Want a way that leads to memory improvement? Discover these three tips by reading this post now.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Improve Focus And Concentration Using 3 Memory Boosting Habits</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to Improve Focus And Concentration Magnetic Memory Method Blog and Podcast Feature ImageWhat if I told you I can show you how to improve focus and concentration in less than five minutes a day?

Would you believe me?

If you’ve just said…

I’m not sure…

In fact… I’m downright skeptical!

Good answer.

Skepticism is good.

In fact, as you’re about to learn, it’s one of the best tools for creating lasting focus and concentration.

You can use the tool of skepticism (and others I’ll share on this page) to create laser-sharp awareness that not only helps you understand information better…

It also makes you feel fantastic!

The best part?

Everything you do to improve concentration and focus also improves your memory.

And that’s exactly what the Magnetic Memory Method mission is all about:

Showing you how focus, concentration and memory are all sides of the same dice.

Are you ready?

Great! Then let’s get the focus and concentration party started with my favorite ways to improve concentration and focus.


1. Learn How To Improve Focus And Concentration By Resting More


Didn’t think I would start off with a wildcard, did you?

But it’s true.

According to Alex Soojung-Kim Pang in his book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, many people throughout history who displayed mounds of focus and concentration…

Took a lot of rest.

Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Book Cover

Charles Dickens, for example, wrote tons of books but spent huge chunks of his day walking.

And as Palle Yourgrau shows in A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein, part of Einstein’s success secret involved ample amounts of walking…

Just not walking alone. It’s actually hard to tell who was smarter: Einstein or Gödel.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to make any bets myself, but we know for a fact that both these men had these things in common:

1. They took lots of rest.

2. They walked a lot.

3. They were geniuses who changed the world.


The Two Secrets Of How Walking Increases Focus And Concentration…


According to Pang and the mountains of cool research he cites, walking isn’t restful because it’s not working.

Rather, walking lets the mind wander.

But wait a second!

Isn’t mind wandering the opposite of focus and concentration?

Not necessarily.

In fact, when you let your mind wander, your brain chemistry changes.

Yes, we’re talking about “drugs,” specifically dopamine.

And from a scientific perspective, it’s important to understand that most people get their best ideas when their dopamine levels are high.

These are, ironically, when we are the most distracted.

For example, you are most distracted and experiencing high levels of dopamine when you are dreaming, running, driving, walking, or, the most classic example of them all, taking a hot shower.

Why do we get more ideas when engaging in activities like these?

It’s not just the dopamine.

It’s also that we’re disengaged. Speaking of which, I’d like you to be engaged, so let me ask you this:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

For more information about this topic, please read Rest for more on the science of mind wandering.

Oh, and believe it or not, I didn’t just read this cool book and pass it on to you without trying the suggestions out for myself.

More on my results in a future blog post. For now, it appears that Pang practices what he preaches too. Just check out his blog.

In sum:

Walking works. Especially when you combine it with Digital Fasting, my own personal cure for Digital Amnesia.

How to Improve Focus And Concentration Anthony Metivier Walking While Reading


2. Remove Distractions And Read From Real Books


I don’t know about you, but I once had a love/hate relationship with Kindle.

It got so bad we ultimately broke up. I haven’t read a full book on Kindle for more than three years now.

The last time I tried, I gave up 1/4 of the way through and ordered the same book in print.


Maybe it’s because I’m getting older.

But I believe it’s partly because I never had a proper Kindle device.

I always used the Kindle app on an iPhone.

And that meant it was crushingly easy to open up a browser – or use the app itself – to fact check things.

Every disruption led to less U.S.S.R.

No, not the former Soviet Union!


I’m talking about Uninterrupted Silent Sustained Reading.

You see, physical books are like focus and concentration “engines.”

If you can just get comfortable with them and stay the course…

They pull you along page by page, increasing your commitment to paying attention…

Anthony Metivier with lots of books

Indeed, increasing your attention span itself (which in no way resembles the sharpness and clarity of a twitchy little goldfish).

The trick is in carving out time to read.

How to do that?

It’s easy:

Put the spotlight on all the things you do that are NOT reading.

Then ask yourself…

Do I want to improve my focus and concentration (and memory)?

Or do I prefer to sit on the couch and watch Netflix?

Or have a thousand tabs open or drown myself with music as my friend Joanna Jast talked about when she shared her tips on improving focus.

Increasing Focus And Concentration Requires This Secret Ingredient

In other words, the experts on these matters are talking about prioritizing.

Whether you prioritize with a calendar, a mind map, or even a Memory Palace to memorize your to-do list, this is how to get reading done:

1. Eliminate things that are not reading from your schedule. Things you really need not do.

2. Schedule time for reading. Even if it’s just 5 minutes a day, it’s a start that will do wonders.

(One neat book that takes just 5 minutes a day you can sink your teeth into is Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle. Highly recommended, especially if you want to memorize books.)

3. Bonus: Schedule time for reading books about how to improve your focus and concentration. Or how about a set of books on how to improve focus at work?

Yeah, that sounds good. Maybe books like Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

If you’d like other reading suggestions, check out why I make revisiting at least one book I’ve read before part of my Re-Reading Strategy.


3. Gamble Your Time With Focusing and Concentrating On Zilch


There’s a long history of scientific research showing a paradox stranger than what we just learned about mind-wandering…

Walking Meditation works for improving focus and concentration

It’s that meditation improves memory!

That’s right.

Sitting down and staring at the wall can and will improve your memory. Walking meditation will help too.

You don’t have to work hard at it.

You don’t have to do it for hours on end.

You just have to sit down and breathe.

And you really can start with just 5 minutes a day.

Here’s all the best research on meditation and memory I’ve got for you so far.

Now it’s time to take you deeper into my own meditation practice specifically for focus and concentration.

Again, calibrating your attention to laser-sharp levels of focus connect with memory in multiple ways.

Here’s a shocking fact:

These connections are not always simple to explain.

However, they are easy to spot once you start feeling them. And all the more so when you have a flexible memory method.


How You Will Notice This Special Technique Is Improving Your Focus And Concentration


Here are a list of some things you’ll notice when you start meditating:

1. Less mental chatter.

When the boardroom in your head settles down, your focus and concentration must improve.


Because you won’t get caught up in so much of what Gary Weber calls “blah blah blah.”

Please don’t expect it to disappear completely.

It seems possible that it can, but in my experience with what Jeffrey Martin calls Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience (PNSE)…

Complete silence in your head is not necessarily a desirable outcome.

(Kind of like how photographic memory is not really the blessing people think it is. As Jill Price’s story illustrates in that blog post, that kind of memory is much less a path to focusing help when you need to concentrate and can disrupt your life and sanity.)

2. The world seems more vivid.

Imagine if colors that used to be so boring you didn’t notice them now jump out at you.

Do you think that would sharpen your concentration?

It certainly did for me.

For example, after learning the Wim Hof Method and experiencing a breakthrough in my meditation practice, I remember heading to the gym one morning…

All of a sudden I noticed a traffic sign on a street corner in Berlin that I must have seen hundreds, if not thousands of times before.

Suddenly the sign itself and its faded green color leapt out at me.

I noticed every crack in its paint.

The rusted iron holding it in the air was suddenly so beautiful and precious.

I felt immersed in each and every detail.

And yet for some reason, although it must have been in my field of vision many times before…

Something so extraordinary had been completely invisible.

Of course, the goal when learning how to focus your mind is not to become autistic or continually overwhelmed by every little detail.

And that’s not at all what happened to me.

But this experience transfers directly to paying attention to what I’m reading in books.

I’m aware of both the characteristics of the page and the information at the same time.

And I’m aware of using memory techniques to remember dates and names and facts…

All without skipping a beat because meditation has helped me keep my brain focused on information. All while my awareness of the beauty of the material world feels blissful.

(Okay, I’m human too and sometimes slip from this bliss, but thanks to regular practice, it snaps back in place mighty fast.)

Would you like to know how to train your brain to stay focused?

In a word:


Illustration of man with brain on fire to illustrate digital amnesia

3. Feel Less Bothered By Worldly Events You Cannot Control

You know how it is, right?

You’re humming along. Everything’s great. Your mood couldn’t be better…



Something happens that completely ruins everything.

All of a sudden you feel horrible, hate everything and it seems like the end of the world.

Believe me, I’ve been there.

But it happens less and less.

And the more I focus on how to increase focus and attention span (and memory) through meditation, the more I can let go.

There’s a cool quote in The Fire of Self-Knowledge by James Swartz on why this might take place:

“To clean the mind, an inquirer needs to abandon gratuitous activities, dedicate essential desire-prompted activities to the field of life and take the results as a gift.”

The Fire of Self Knowledge James Swartz Book Cover

To be fair, Swartz says in this commentary on Shankaracharya’s Atma Bodha that meditation should not be your only strategy.

Far from it!

But when you meditate, you’ll find you can let go of one of the most gratuitous activities of all:

Grumbling at things you cannot change.

And because everything is so much more vibrant, you’ll see the results of actions you take as a gift, no matter what form the results take.


How To Bring Rest, Reading and Meditation Together
For A Focus And Concentration Triple-Whammy


Could I take another few moments of your time and share my own daily ritual?

I promise that it will help you, even if only to give you some ideas to play around with for your personal development.

Assuming you’re cool with that, here’s basically how I suggest anyone can improve their focus and concentration while developing their memory skills:

1. Remove all devices from the room where you sleep.

If you struggle at first, learn savasana. That’s a fancy yoga-word for lying still without moving.

I wrote a whole book about it called The Ultimate Sleep Remedy, but seriously, just lay without moving and train yourself to be comfortable with it.

The Ultimate Sleep Remedy By Anthony Metivier

I wander my Memory Palaces as I lay there and focus on breathing and some of the other things I’m going to share with you in this list.

2. Read physical books and use memory techniques (like the Magnetic Memory Method) to remember the information.

I’ve suggested a few books already, and here’s one I’m actively memorizing from at the moment.

Evolving Beyond Thought Gary Weber Book Cover

At the end of Evolving Beyond Thought, Gary Weber has included something extraordinary:

The best “self-inquiry” phrases from the Ribhu Gita.

Remember when I was talking about skepticism at the top of this page? What a powerful tool it can be for improving your focus and concentration?

Well, now you’ve hit pay dirt.

So far I’ve memorized the Sanskrit for:

How do my thoughts behave? Are they useful?

Just how unreal are my thoughts?

(I recited a bit on a recent podcast all about binaural beats and memory, which may or may not help with the focus and concentration issue.)

Why does this skepticism help improve my focus and concentration while enhancing my memory?

The answer is simple:

When I catch the boardroom in my mind running along, I remember to ask in BOTH Sanskrit and English these skeptical questions.

I’m exercising my memory while correcting course back to focus and concentration!

Because the answer is usually, “No! These thoughts are impeding my concentration!”

And when I realize that, thanks to meditation, I can let them go.

Even better:

Sometimes, thanks to persistent skepticism, I get the opposite the answer to the question. Sometimes I get to say, “Yes! These thoughts are useful!”

In fact, sometimes my thoughts are especially beneficial, such as when I’m thinking about how to teach you memory skills and better mental habits.

And how “unreal” are they?

Well, they are never unreal when people like Robert Martínez emails to say:

Dear Anthony,

Just to let you know that I’m really happy as I used my first Memory Palace to memorise 41 criteria for a teacher assessment scheme I work with and it took me only 1.5 hours to encode.

I then asked one of my colleagues to test me by asking me random criteria e.g. what’s 5d, 4m, etc. and it was exciting!

I was able to decode all the information and my colleague was really impressed. I told her about the MMM too. Anyways, I just wanted to share my excitement with you!

Bye for now,


Of course, I don’t let it get to my ego (much).

I just teach more.

And learn more, so I have more to teach.

Just like I recommend you do.

Because here’s the thing:

At the end of the day, you are in control of how you improve your focus and concentration.

There are lots of ways to get there, but all of them involve changing your perception of the world.

And resting, reading and meditation are the finest ways I know of making that happen while improving your memory.

The Truth About Perception According To Oliver Sacks

And you don’t have to take my word for it. Just listen to Oliver Sacks laying down the truth:

“Every act of perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.”

Oliver Sacks holding a model brain

When you follow the three suggestions in this post, you’ll find that you use perception to create better habits.

And that leads to better thoughts.

Thoughts that shape better behaviors.

Rest or do whatever healthy things switch your dopamine on to improve your focus and concentration.

Read real books and memorize the materials.

Then meditate. Wander a Memory Palace while you’re at it.

I have more steps you can follow related to the journaling elements and language learning if you want to really go for gold.

Do these things and the improvement of your focus and concentration will happen practically on autopilot.

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Memorization Technique Secrets: 5 Rarely Known Benefits Of Mnemonics Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:40:53 +0000 2 <p>Memorization techniques can be confusing because there are so many. Knowing these 5 benefits will help you decide which memorization technique is best. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Memorization Technique Secrets: 5 Rarely Known Benefits Of Mnemonics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Diamond to express the rareness of memorization technique benefitsAre you looking for the perfect memorization technique?

And getting frustrated?

Well, don’t blame yourself. Because it is frustrating, isn’t it?

I mean… everywhere you go people are using different terminology.


P.A.O. …

Mind Palace…

Roman Room…

Journey Method…

Mnemonic Peg System…

How Real Are The Promises Of Memorization Techniques
For Students And Mature Learners?


I mean, lets face it:

All those terms sometimes make the whole memory improvement world feel a bit like a hoax.

After all, even if science backs up memory improvement techniques 100%…

Why the heck can’t people get their terms straight!?!

Well, let’s get the painful truth about the world of memorization techniques out of the way:

Whether you want to know how to memorize a speech fast or are desperate for memorization techniques for studying…

You’re going to come across a lot of different terms.

That’s just the way the world of memory improvement. It has been since humans started developing memorization techniques to help them survive.

And it’s getting more complex!

But in reality, a lot of those techniques are essentially the same

Each and every one has a location-based element in one way or another.

That means that all memorization techniques are spatial.

And as Thales, the first person in the West to be considered a philosopher and scientist in the same body, said:

Megiston topos hapanta gar chorei

(Space is ultimate for it contains all things)

That’s the very cool thing about the discoveries here at the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

Once you understand this and practice with memorization techniques from this basis, your results will accelerate.

And the complexity eases down, even if there will still be ins and outs to consider.

And if you’re interested in more about the history of where mnemonics come from to help humans deal with complexity and how they used space to do it, please check out Lynne Kelly’s The Memory Code.

Just as we do here on this blog nearly every week, Lynne’s book will show you exactly how learning these techniques will help you deal with extreme complexity in modern life.

My course which you can subscribe to at the bottom of this post will take you through everything too. It’s free.

For now, let’s persist and do our best to get past all the confusing terminology.

Let’s talk instead about the…


5 Little-Known Benefits Of Using The Best
Memorization Technique Of Them All


Ultimately, what will help most people is the Magnetic Memory Palace.

At the end of this post, you’ll get an opportunity to learn how to create one of these for free, along with the best terminology we’ve got.

Forbidden City Memory Palace

No more “method of loci” or other confusing terms. Again, the truth is that the linking method and the peg method and the Roman Room, the Major System and all the rest…

You can use them all at the same time in a Magnetic Memory Palace.

And if you know the benefits of learning to do so…

Any overwhelm you face will be easy to handle.

Plus, you can experience these 5 benefits, starting with…


1. Use Fast Memorization Techniques To Make Learning Fun!


I get email every day from people who find learning a real challenge.

Some of them are struggling to learn and remember very boring topics.

That’s a real problem too because when you’re bored…

Your progress slows to a crawl.

Yet, when you have the right memorization technique for the job, things not only get faster…

The memorization techniques for studying you use make everything more interesting.

And more fun.

The Best Memorization Techniques Rapidly Increase Focus And Concentration


Why A Memory Method Is Better Than A Memory System Featured Image

Especially when you know how to to improve focus and concentration with a memorization technique like the Magnetic Memory Palace.

Of course, it helps too if you know about motivation in learn, such as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Basically, you just have to make sure that you’re always dangling a carrot in front of you instead of threatening yourself with a stick.

Don’t believe me? Self punishment is a real issue when it comes to memory. Please avoid it at all costs.


2. Memorization Techniques For Exams Reduce Stress


Imagine walking into an exam that you know you will pass with 100% certainty.

It’s totally possible if you have the right memory techniques on your side.

And in this episode about Giordano Bruno, Scott Gosnell talks about how you can create a Memory Palace out of the examination room itself.

Giordano Bruno Statue of Mnemonist and Memory Palace Innovator With Anthony Metivier

The stress reduction isn’t just about memorization techniques for college students either.

Many adults face certification exams at different points in their career.

And when you’re working full time, the stress on your memory can be huge. (And if you suffer Manic Depression like I did during university, these memory improvement tips for the Manic Depressive University Student will be especially helpful.)

For that reason, it totally makes sense to have the best memorization technique on the planet ready to go.


3. Using Effective Memorization Techniques
Create Long-Term Brain Health


Use it or lose it.

We hear the phrase all the time.

But how many of us actively complete brain exercises? (No, not the Cogmed variety, but real brain exercises.)

And more than just real brain fitness. Do you do it…


Whether you’re getting a brain workout from visual memorization techniques or memorization techniques for actors (because remembering cool lines from movies helps), regularity matters.

Sunglasses reflecting a scholarly bookshelf

Or as one of the supporters of the Magnetic Memory Method once said (Howdy, Alex!):

Use the right memorization technique for the job or go H.O.M.E.

The acronym stands for:





And let me tell you, if you want to know how to remember things you read or learn a new language, you’ll want to get started right away.

After all, the more you learn, the more you can learn.

And if you, like me, want to be sharper as a whistle in your old age, the time to start using the best memorization techniques on the planet is not now…

It’s right now.


4. The Right Memorization Technique Can Help You
Scratch That Language Off Your Bucket List


Sure, memory exercises are fun. They can perhaps even stave off Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

But knowing another language can also help. There’s even proof that bilingualism is a brain and memory health strategy.

Not only is language learning an ongoing source of mental fitness, but you get the benefits of more socialization.

You can literally meet more people and get to know them more deeply.

This exposure to people enriches the brain with chemicals.

Bilingualism Magnetic Memory Method Podcast

The other cool thing about the Memory Palace technique I suggest you learn and use involves the organized approach you can take.

I realize this is going to sound counterintuitive, but here’s the thing:

Language learning experts and polyglots like my friend Olly Richards are right.

They advise that you always learn words in phrases. Or at least think intelligently about the question, single words or full sentences?


Why Memorizing Words Is A Skill Instead Of Phrases Matters


But from the perspective of mnemonics – and especially the Magnetic Memory Method – this is right only after you know how to memorize individual words.

If you can’t do that, then memorizing entire phrases will be too complicated (at first).

You’ll be trying to build the house of your fluency from the roof down. You need to build up your memory skills from the foundations instead.

This fact is why my international bestselling course is called How to Learn and Memorize the Vocabulary of Any Language.

Not “the phrases” of any language.

Start with the foundations of individual words and you will quickly learn to memorize entire phrases.

Not only that, but you’ll learn to memorize any grammar rules you wish, including conjugation rules.

But you need a memory method willing to tell the truth.

And that truth involves mastering the basics first before going for gold.

Once that’s established, you really can experience massive boosts in fluency and learn entire phrases on demand.

If you’re skeptic, that’s a good thing. I’ve got two more resources for you:

First: Here are 15 Reasons Why Learning A Language Is Good For Your Brain.

Second: Here’s a live stream replay where you can watch me memorizing Chinese song lyrics in real time in front of an audience:


Anyone can do this and I would love if I could inspire you in this way, so give it a view. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there if you’d like to join me on a future live stream.

I really put my butt on the line to demonstrate for you exactly how these techniques work. And as you’ll see – I felt VERY good when I pulled off the challenge.

Wouldn’t you like to feel good like that too?


5. The Right Memorization Technique For The Job Eliminates Fear


Let’s face it:

Students suffer from examination phobia.

Language learners quake in their boots when they get the chance to speak with a native.

Doctors make mistakes with patient names that kill.

And so on.

The reality is that no one has to suffer from the fears of making mistakes.

Yes, sometimes they happen. That’s just part of reality.

Memory Destroying Foods - and What To Eat Instead

But the benefits of good memory with the right memorization technique can reduce mistakes dramatically.

Especially when people use their knowledge to remember to sleep, eat well and keep hydrated.

Memory techniques really are about more than just learning faster.

They’re about improving every aspect of your life and creating balance.



And ultimately, competence and control over your destiny.


How To Deal With The Global Abundance Of Memorization Techniques


Yes, there are a lot of terms out there as more and more people teach their favorite memorization technique.

But try not to get lost in the terminology.

Just find memory training and memory improvement courses you resonate with and trust.

Give those memory experts your attention.

Follow the instructions and recommendations.


You’ll be amazed by the memory improvement you experience.


You’ll be thrilled by the additional benefits using memory techniques brings.

Are you ready to be thrilled? Let me know in the discussion area below and then grab the Magnetic Memory Method Improvement Kit to get started today!
Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Kit

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The Real Data You Should Know About Cogmed For Brain Exercise Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:13:31 +0000 0 <p>Dr. Christina Till shares her scientific research on memory, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and other areas of mental cognition using Cogmed. The truth about this brain exercise software will surprise you.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">The Real Data You Should Know About Cogmed For Brain Exercise</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Portrait of Christine Till a memory expert on the Magnetic Memory Method PodcastHave you ever wondered about apps like Cogmed for brain exercise and memory improvement really work?

So have I.

And here’s the reality:

It is really difficult coming up with a clear answer when you read the research about general brain fitness and memory in the scientific literature.

Here’s the great news:

On this episode of Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you’ll hear from Dr. Christina Till.

Dr. Till is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Developmental Area in the Faculty of Health at York University.

As she shared her scientific research on memory, multiple sclerosis (MS), Huntington’s disease and other areas of mental cognition, this point leapt out at me: 

“My dream study [would] combine the benefits of physical activity with cognitive training.  To maximize brain growth, we should be doing both.”

If you’d like to peer behind the scenes of how memory research is conducted with softwares like Cogmed in the mix and what the conclusions really mean when it comes to improving memory , download this podcast episode now.

And get ready to dive deep because there’s a ton of substantial information you will learn from Dr. Till’s research and work and how scientists develop their studies and draw their conclusions.

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • How Christine came to be interested in memory.
  • What “environmental enrichment” means and how it can help you improve your memory.
  • What Huntington’s disease is and how it degenerates the brain over time.
  • The early manifestations of the Huntington’s disease.
  • The conditions or immune triggers that have been implicated in increasing the risk of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
  • The metaphor goal suggestion with “machinery” when it comes to the brain and memory.
  • How the cognitive network of the brain gets injured. (This may or may not relate to memory issues from other forms of brain trauma.)
  • Why some people’s cognitive performance can remain stable at early stages of disease.
  • What the term “memory reserve” means and how it can be measured.
  • How cognitive training can help your memory.
  • How the software called “Cogmed” helps people with cognition training.
  • The reasons for choosing “Cogmed” out of the number of programs for Christine’s study.
  • The conclusion of Christine’s research study and what it really means for memory.
  • The power of meditation and linking physical activity with cognitive training.
  • What’s coming up next for Christine and where can people learn more about her research and work.
  • And a special video interview with Christine:


Bonus Alternative To Cogmed For Brain Exercise

On this episode, I mentioned to Christine that I was learning to juggle and recite the alphabet backwards. Here’s a demonstration of this simple brain exercise and how you can learn it without any frustration by following a few simple principles:

Part Two:

Christian decides to share his juggling chops while reciting a poem in a video response:

And then another follow-up with coins!

Enjoy (and send us your video too if you’ve got one so we can feature your authentic brain exercise techniques)!

Further Resources on the Web, This Podcast and the MMM Blog:

Christine Till Profile profile on York University’s website

Till Lab

Memory training points to new directions for treatment of Huntington’s disease

Why Bilingualism Makes For a Healthier Brain

Coconut Oil and Memory: Can It Boost Your Brain [Advanced Study]

Binaural Beats And Memory: Can This Crazy Music Make You Smarter

The Wise Advocate: Become a Better Leader of Your Memory

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Dr. Christina Till shares her scientific research on memory, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and other areas of mental cognition using Cogmed. The truth about this brain exercise software will surprise you. Dr. Christina Till shares her scientific research on memory, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and other areas of mental cognition using Cogmed. The truth about this brain exercise software will surprise you. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 57:16
8 Reasons You Need A Flexible Memory Method Not A Memory System Wed, 04 Jul 2018 23:57:27 +0000 6 <p>Memory improvement gurus promise you can use their "memory systems." Here are 8 reason why a memory method is better and how to get started fast.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">8 Reasons You Need A Flexible Memory Method Not A Memory System</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Bruce Lee statue to express memory method flexibility benefitsHave you been looking for a memory method you can use to learn and remember difficult information?

I’m talking about foreign language vocabulary.

Programming codes.

Charts and diagrams.


Names of people from around the world.

And do you keep running into promises about how someone’s “memory system” will help you achieve your learning goals?

Maybe they offer you some brain exercises.

Or maybe they promise the keys to the memory improvement kingdom with a mnemonic peg system or some other list of mnemonic devices.


The BIG Problem With The Memory Systems
Of The Memory Improvement Gurus


There’s nothing wrong about checking out mnemonic examples from memory experts you admire. Except this:

Anytime anyone tells you that their “memory system” will work for you…

Cartoon to express why you should run from memory improvement gurus selling memory systems

Run away screaming!


Because memory systems don’t work!

Instead, you work the systems. And you’ll do that a lot better if you create the systems yourself (with a little authentic help from your Magnetic Memory Method friends).

It’s kind of like singing and playing the guitar. Bringing the two together is a lot easier when you wrote the song.

And the results are much more powerful.


Why A “Magnetic” Memory Method Always Outperforms
The Other Guy’s Memory System


So here’s what’s up:

On this page, I’m going to explain exactly why what you really need is a memory method  (not some other dude’s system).

And not just any old method with memory exercises and memorization techniques.

What you need is a “Magnetic” Memory Method that lets you combine all of the memory techniques available into a streamlined approach.

You don’t need all kinds of confusing terms and mnemonic examples. You need to execute your moves in one swift blow each and every time you encounter information.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

When you have this approach, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much your memory skills can grow.

Which means that the pain and frustration of forgetting information within seconds disappears.

If you’re ready, let’s dive into the 8 reasons having a memory method is the only approach that makes sense.


Reason #1:
Each Person’s Memory Is Unique And Needs A Unique Memory Method


Heart with fingerprint to show that you need a unique memory method because you are unique


Flexibility is what makes the teaching on this memory improvement blog unique.

Anyone can use the memory techniques I teach because you learn about yourself as you discover the methods so that everything fits into place quickly.

Why is figuring out how you stand so important?

A few reasons.

First, memory techniques rely upon association.

You’re taking information you don’t know and Magnetically weaving it together with things you already know.

For example, when learning some Chinese poetry, I wove the corner of a building together with some weird imagery that made it easy to recall the sound and the meaning of the phrase.

The images involved Lee jeans, a kite, E.T. (The Extraterrestrial), a burning cup of yen, Emil Zola, Che Guevara and sheep.


I Know That Sounds Like A Mouthful Of Mnemonic Examples!


But here’s the thing:

All of these images came to me freely and quickly because I have a memory method. It’s trained to be flexible, and that’s why it works so fast.

What exactly have I trained?

Speedy access to the same kinds of information each person has available to them now:


A Proper Memory Method Digs Deep Into Your Personal history


By using a flexible memory method, you can easily access a host of friends, family members, teachers, preachers and other members of your community.

I suggest listing them all out frequently. It’s a kind of memory improvement game you can play with your childhood anytime.


A Proper Memory Method Exploits Your Personal Culture


You also have your culture.

I often draw upon Canadian politicians. These are names that an international audience might not recognize, but that are deeply impressed upon in my memory. But I’m Canadian and so memorizing the Canadian Prime Ministers makes a lot of sense (maybe, lol).

Even if you’re not into politics, I’ll bet you have at least a couple local and regional figures you can bring to mind and use to make simple associations. Having them ready will help you improve your memory for studying a great deal.


Why Everything You Already Know Is Dying To Become A Memory Tool


Then there are musicians, actors and artists. These are all part of your culture. Only a flexible memory method will help you unpack them all.

Some other guy’s system? That’s probably the same guy who encourages you to memorize with a “Mind Palace” like Sherlock Holmes. (Yawn…)

Sorry, but the very suggestion that your memory can be like a fictional character’s is fraud.

How about you be you and use Sherlock Holmes as a Magnetic Bridging Figure in a well-formed Memory Palace instead?

Reality is far better than fantasy when you have a substantial memory method, that’s for sure.

You can go even deeper into your toy collection, video game collection and personal library if you wish. And I recommend that you do.

You are unique and the more you unpack all of the wealth of material already in your mind, the more you will succeed with memory improvement.

Reason #2:
A Proper Memory Method Helps You Avoid Learned Helplessness


Image of one person holding another down to illustrate learned helplessness


Perpetually on the hunt for shortcuts and memory hacks?

Totally normal.

The only problem with the perfectly understandable human desire to put the cart before the horse and succeed is that memory involves learning.

Learning takes place in time.

There is almost always a curve towards mastery that begins with initial exposure and leads to – not mastery – but the maintenance of mastery.

I don’t care if you’re Da Vinci or Jimmy Hendrix:

If you don’t maintain your skills in any area of talent, you’re going to lose them.


Why “Mastery” Is Just The Beginning Of The Memory Journey


In many ways, mastery is just the beginning of the journey.

You only truly start to understand your craft after you get good at it.

After the doors of perception open wide because you’re getting results using the memory techniques.

Because you’re creating your own mnemonic examples.

Using the real deal. Not memory techniques anyone else handed you. Techniques you crafted on your own using a method.


The Truth About Greedy Learners Hunting For “Hotel Dominic” 

Dominic O'Brien


Take Dominic O’Brien, for example.

He’s known for a lot of things. Hotel Dominic, the Dominic System, and winning multiple World Memory Championships and other competitions.

He may not agree with this assessment, but as I interpret what I’ve learned from him, he had a goal.

He learned the techniques.

He sat down and created all the figures he needed to remember numbers and cards with a highly personalized P.A.O.

How The Internet Creates Damaging Learned Helplessness


He shared some examples to get people started and serious students of memory improvement worked out the rest on their own.

Enter the Internet.

Next thing you know you’ve got thousands of people begging for his list, Ben Pridmore’s list, my lists, etc.

They want the fish, instead of learning how to fish for themselves.

Maybe I’m just jaded, but here’s the problem with giving too many mnemonic examples:

You can never create enough to solve the fundamental question of understanding the why and how we use these images based on our unique qualities and experiences.

Understanding how to tap into that rich pool of references in each person’s life (see point one above) is the ONLY thing that’s ever going to authentically help.


Use A Memory Method To Create Your Own Memory System Or Go H.O.M.E.


Otherwise, as longtime supporter Alex of this site (J.A. on YouTube) says, “Go H.O.M.E.”

It’s funny pun and paradox that mixes the acronym technique with an important message:

Huge Outcomes Means Exercising.

And to get the outcomes memory training can create for you, please exercise your mind with a proper memory method.

I know, I sound hardcore. Perhaps even dogmatic. But I’m sharing just one of several stoic secrets for using memory techniques that I know will help you faster.


How To Create Your Own 00-99 P.A.O In A Flash


Speaking of having a bunch of images for the digits 00-99, here’s all you have to do:

  1. Learn the Major Method to create your own system.
  2. Create a Magnetic Bridging Figure for each two digit number from 00-99.

Start small at first. Work from 01-10. Then 11-20 and so on. You don’t have to create them all in a single day.

  1. Use pen and paper. As Sharon did:

Sharon's 00-99 PAO for her card memory system mnemonic example


Notice that Sharon didn’t try to get it perfect the first time. Sharon just took action after taking my card memorization course in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass. (Like you should too if you want to experience incredible memory improvement fast).

Taking action is essential because:


Reason #3:
A Proper Memory Method Goes Beyond Method of Loci Training
By Creating Connection, Comprehension & Understanding


Image of a brain in a lightbulb to express having an integrated memory method


As Tony Buzan told us on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, there are multiple intelligences.

A proper memory method helps you bring them together.

Magnetic Stations replace the Method of Loci and you can add a Major System 00-99 character to each if you wish.

And as you develop one aspect of the memory method you choose, you’ll quickly discover other levels you want to learn.

Music mnemonics may come to mind. Or languages. Or philosophy.

Nothing will be out of reach as you continue to grow your skills.


Tony Buzan’s Incredible Memory Improvement Formula


Tony Buzan portraitAnd growth can be constant. In Buzan’s classic, The Memory Book, he gives this formula:

E + M = C ∞

It breaks to the idea that Energy + Memory = Creativity Eternally.

And although each of us will eventually pass on, I think he’s right about the eternal part to a degree.

After all, as long as good people like us keep the mnemonic tradition alive, it will be passed down through the generations.

And that means you and your influence truly can be eternal.

Speaking of which:


Reason #4:
A Method Based On Multiple Memory Improvement Books Involves You In A Powerful Tradition


Henna hands to express the importance of the memory tradition


Not everyone knows this about Aristotle, but he wrote a book about memory.

I wrote a commentary on it which is available with the original text in English and my commentary. In this commentary, I connect Aristotle with Plato’s thoughts on memory before him.

And then I connect the Magnetic Memory Method to more and then more and then more.

Why did I do this?

Because there’s so much untapped knowledge about creating the best memory method on earth to be found in writings about memory from the past.

In fact, the more I read the tradition, the more my memory improves. And that’s important because it translates directly into the help I can give students of the Magnetic Memory Method.

And it’s not just Aristotle. Here are some other figures from history whom you may not have known used memory methods:

  • Simonides of Ceos
  • The unknown author of Ad Herrenium
  • St. Augustine
  • Matteo Ricci
  • Giordano Bruno

And that’s to mention some interesting contemporary figures. I’ve already mentioned Dominic O’Brien and Tony Buzan, but there’s also:

  • Doctor Yip
  • Florian Delle
  • Nelson Dellis
  • Jonathan Levi
  • Alex Mullen

… plus, all the exciting things going on with technology with people like Gabriel Wyner for memory and language learning through the Fluent Forever app.

The list goes on and on, and the direct benefit is that this tradition provides an endless wealth of inspiration and new ideas.

Reason #5:
Memorization Techniques Based On Methods Create Learning Flexibility


Bruce Lee Painting expressing flexibile memory method benefits

“Be water, my friend.”

Wise words from Bruce Lee.

This principle matters for your memory improvement journey with memory techniques because information is like the wind.

And your brain is often like a brick wall.

Ever seen how the wind can pick up a tree and toss it against a building?

Suddenly that big and tough brick wall doesn’t look so tough anymore, does it?

But if it had been water, it could move out of the way and possibly even used both the tree and the wind as a tool for its own purposes.

So when you’re looking for the right memory method to help you learn and remember the information that will pass the exam or scratch that language off your bucket list, make sure it’s flexible.

No difficult information ever has to break your mind again.


Reason #6:
Brain Health Starts As An Idea You Need To Remember


Memory Improvement course store image for the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass


A lot of people are worried about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

For good reason:

Memory loss is a severe and life-destroying pain in the butt.

It doesn’t have to be a serious disease or brain trauma that drags you life down either.

Lack of focus and concentration sucks too.

And when you’re worried about these problems and the memory loss from stress they cause at work, your sleep suffers.


How To Avoid The Punishing Hell Of Poor Memory


You probably don’t focus nearly as much attention to your diet, and physical fitness as you should. As a result, things spiral further down into the hell of poor memory.

Luckily, having the right memory method can help. Not only will you perform better in your studies and at work.

You’ll also remember your to-do lists. You’ll remember which foods that improve memory you should be eating. You’ll remember the exercises you should be doing at the gym.

When you can keep your focus on all of these matters and consistently follow through, your memory will naturally experience a boost.

Reason #7:
The Right Memory Method Creates Belonging


Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers at a ThinkBuzan memory improvement and brain exercise event

Did you know there are entire communities of people who use memory techniques?

They have a special lingo. You’ve read some of the terms on this page already.

But there’s more to discuss:

  • The Roman Room
  • The Link Method
  • The Pillar Technique
  • “Ghosting”
  • The Ugly Sister Effect
  • The Telesynoptic Memory Palace

Yeah, okay, it can get a bit nerdy from time to time.


But that’s what makes it fun!


You don’t have to know all the terms. Certainly, no one is going to exclude you from the club if you don’t understand.

Far from it!

Everyone who takes their memory methods seriously will help you understand everything from The Wardrobe to the Millennial P.A.O.

Once you’re in the club, you’ll find a host of friends who share your interest in learning and remembering without the hassle of forgetting.


Why Friendships With Mnemonists Improves Your Memory


These friendships will help you find inspiration and accountability.

They’ll help you experience a sense of belonging.

They even challenge you from time to time.

They’ll help you accomplish the ultimate benefit of having a reliable memory method of all.


Reason #8:
A Life Devoted To Learning How To Memorize Reveals The Truth


Giordano Bruno Statue of Mnemonist and Memory Palace Innovator With Anthony Metivier


The main reasons I use memory techniques and teach them so passionately come down to this:

Mnemonics saved my life.

I was depressed, about to drop out of university and intensely suicidal.

Being able to remember complex philosophical terms and make progress on learning a language gave me hope, confidence and courage.

It also enabled me to live the life of my dreams and travel the world.

It allowed me to visit the statue of Bruno in Rome many times pictured above. He was a man who died for the truth and you can hear all about in this interview with Scott Gosnell about Bruno’s powerful memory improvement book.

And as I learned about how meditation helps improve memory, I added this tool to my daily practice of mental improvement.


You Can Easily Memorize The Truthful Information
That Genuinely Improves Your Life


Later, I applied my ability to learn and remember my goals of optimizing my health (big thanks to Jonathan Levi for mentoring me on the specifics. Also on bitcoin and generally what I need to learn and remember about finances.)

And eventually, I started to use the memory techniques I’ve been honing for my personal practice and teaching to memorize Sanksrit.

There still exist ancient tomes of philosophy that contain special formulas for scrubbing the mind clean of fear, worry, doubt, and stress.

Sure, I still fall prey to these things once in awhile.

But thanks to memorizing lines from the Ribhu Gita provided by Gary Weber in Evolving Beyond Thought, I feel more aligned with reality than ever before.

The tradition is sometimes called Vedanta, or Advaita Vedanta. It’s deeply related to memory because to use the mind-cleansing tools well, you’ve got to memorize them.

I won’t go into what this philosophy helps one achieve just now.

But maybe you can relate to wanting to hold sacred knowledge in memory.

Be it religious scripture, a speech, a quote, or the entire vocabulary of a sacred language you want to commit to memory.


If You Can Remember More Things That Are True, You Can Live A Better Life


The best part of having a reliable memory method boils down to holding the truth in mind.

Holding it close.

And using the truth to live a better life.

The truth will also help you scrub out the false illusions that bind you down and keep you in ignorance.

So what do you say?

Do you think you could use a better memory method to help you reach your goals in life?

If the answer is a resounding yes, let me know in the discussion below and post your questions about making these extraordinary memory techniques work for you.

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2 Powerful Recovered Memory Palace Training Exercises With Olivia Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:07:58 +0000 0 <p>Looking for some fast and fun Memory Palace Exercises? Listen in as Olivia experiences the power of recovered memory for creating her first Magnetic Memory Palace Network. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">2 Powerful Recovered Memory Palace Training Exercises With Olivia</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Powerful Recovered Memory Palace Training Exercises With OliviaWhat if I told you that recovered memory is a skill that you can use to create a better Memory Palace Network?

And what if you had a simple autobiographical memory test you could give yourself again and again to keep improving your memory?

If that sounds interesting to you, you’re in luck.

Tap or click play now and discover:

  • Exactly how to unpack memories from your past you may have lost – and turn them into a Memory Palace Network!
  • How I memorized the dates in Walter Ong’s Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue
  • More on Lynne Kelly’s amazing account of memory and memory techniques of the Aborigines and other prehistoric groups in The Memory Code
  • The simple steps of this incredible memory training exercise you can use to help recall more from your past
  • The significance of juggling information in your mind without the aid of technology and the quest of balance in the age of computers
  • How to map out a simple Memory Palace using your elementary school
  • The right questions to ask yourself while completing this autobiographical memory and episodic memory training activity.
  • How you can benefit from these brain exercises over the long term.
  • How these kinds of memory recovery exercises can help you deal with depression in ways that improve memory
  • The importance of taking consistent action along your memory improvement journey

And that’s just the beginning!

The Profound Reasons Why You Have A Super Autobiographical Memory

In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, I introduced a Memory Palace training exercise with Olivia.

Olivia had a blank spot in her mind when I met her.

So I took the opportunity to teach her a quick Memory Palace training exercise that anyone can do.

It will let you experience recovered memory at a profound level that helps you learn languages.

And when you unlock all of those Memory Palaces lying dormant in your autobiographical memory…

Recovered Memory Can Become
The Most Powerful Memory Training Asset In Your World

Autobiographical and episodic memory involve personal memories from the past. However, they are not exactly the same.

If you’re interested in improving your episodic memory, check out the links in the resources section below.

You can also watch this video version of the session with Olivia: 


The Truth About Your Magnetic Repressed Memory Symptoms

Okay, okay, I’m being a bit dramatic.

But having worked with thousands of people over the years, I’ve noticed something.

People are afraid to use Memory Palaces.

I call this fear “Memory Palace Scarcity.”

When so many people around the world just want to remember what they learn…

Only to get hung up on not having enough Memory Palaces…

Well, then, yes! I do think this problem counts as “repressed memory.”

You see, many people are chasing after a solid flashbulb memory definition.

The True Path To So-Called FlashBulb Memory

That search will never end unless you create multiple Memory Palaces and Dive in to the exercise I gave Olivia on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

It’s powerful because it completely eliminates Memory Palace Scarcity.

Kind of the same way using The Freedom Journal for language learning keeps you focused on making the most out of your time.

Give the quick autobiographical Memory Palace training exercises you’ll learn on this episode a try.

This process will improve your practice in creating and finding more Memory Palaces.

But you’ve got to use them for the future as well as the path.

Sure, the exercises you’ll learn will help you recover some of your past.

But the most important element is how you use your Magnetic Memory Palace Network to easily learn and remember information for the future.

How Accurate Are Your Memories?

I hope that Olivia’s openness to learning about brain exercises and the Memory Palace exercise I gave her inspires you to dive deeper into your autobiographical memory.

I’m confident too that you’ll be amazed by how learning more about your episodic memory helps you on your journey to remembering numbers, facts and vocabulary.

They are truly all intertwined.

And from there, you just need to give yourself simple memory tests. 

Oh, and if you’re a parent, combine this episode with these memory improvement techniques for kids.

Let me know in the comments below how you fare!

Oh, and if you haven’t got this yet:

Free Memory Palace Training Magnetic Memory Method

… don’t you think you should?

It will be useful for you if you master the basic foundations and fundamentals of creating Memory Palaces to make the most out of it.

Further Memory Improvement Resources:

Episodic Memory And How To Improve It: A Step-By-Step Training Guide

The Memory Code: Prehistoric Memory Techniques You Can Use Now

How to Find Memory Palaces

Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue by Walter Ong

3 Shocking Ways Smartphone Addiction Erodes Your Brain And Memory

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How Jessie Villalobos Got A Promotion – Magnetic Memory Method Review Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:11:41 +0000 0 <p>Looking for an extensive Magnetic Memory Method review? Listen to Jesse Villalobos show you how he got a raise and promotion by using the Magnetic Memory Method. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How Jessie Villalobos Got A Promotion – Magnetic Memory Method Review</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Portrait of Jesse Villalobos Magnetic Memory Method Review and Testimonial

This is perhaps the best Magnetic Memory Method Review online so far:

“The more you try it, the better you do. Every attempt is incrementally better than the last time.”

-Jesse Villalobos

Since constant improvement is what the memory method taught on this website is all about, I was delighted to hear these words from one of our course participants.

Even better:

In this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you can hear them directly from Jesse Villalobos too.  

Scroll up and click play. Listen in we talk about:

  • How Jesse based his PAO system on the Major Method for remembering numbers…
  • Jesse’s Magnetic Journey using the PAO system (Person Action Object)…
  • How Jesse used this approach to get a raise and a promotion at his job!

Of the many tips you’ll discover, here’s one of the most important points:

Jesse keeps listening to the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast for motivation week after week. Yes, even though he completed the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass.

This point is important. Jesse’s approach combines a solid study ethic and continually feeding himself with ideas and inspiration.

And when Jesse started, he was serious about getting results. He wanted to get really good at memorizing numbers.

His success secret?

Taking action!

It’s not just about learning about memory techniques. It’s about applying them in meaningful ways one S.I.P. at a time:


Study memory techniques

Implement memory techniques

Practice memory techniques with information that improves your life

It’s this approach that helped Jesse get the mastery over the Person Action Object (P.A.O.) and Major Method that he wanted. These are the techniques that lead to total success with memorizing any number.

Aside from remembering numbers, Jesse also learned how to remember names and faces. This skill provided other unexpected benefits from memory training that Jesse hadn’t even anticipated!

If you’ve been looking for an extra bit of insight about how the Magnetic Memory Method can help you, try Jessie’s advice:

Just dive into learning and using memory techniques.

Download this episode and learn from Jesse’s experiences and insights. You’ll learn exactly how improving his memory has helped his personal confidence and well-being.

Press play now and you’ll discover:

  • How memory techniques help Jesse in his work. It involves remembering a lot of numbers.
  • Why using memory techniques is an “out of body experience.”
  • Jesse’s feeling about how he gains more energy than he burns using memory strategies.
  • Mnemonic examples of a well-functioning Person-Action-Object system to memorize numbers based on the Major Method.
  • The process of how Jesse created his Magnetic Memory Palace Network and how it all works in detail.
  • The importance of drawing your Memory Palaces for total success.
  • How Jesse handles problems with ghosting or the Ugly Sister Effect.
  • How Jesse discovered the Magnetic Memory Method and what it has brought to him both personally and professionally.
  • How Jesse got a raise and promotion. By demonstrating competence, his co-workers started perceiving him as an expert thanks to Magnetic Memory Palaces and memory techniques.
  • A family-related memory issue that encourages Jessie to keep his mind active.
  • The positive influence of listening to Magnetic Memory Method Podcast over time.
  • Jesse’s perspective on avoiding perfectionism and still getting the most out of his sensory memory.
  • Other memory improvement books and courses that really impacted Jesse. 

Do you have questions about how the Magnetic Memory Method can help you perform better at your work?

Do you want more answers to your questions about mnemonics?

If so, please dive into the episode and learn more about how you can get on a call with me. If you want me to help you transform into a walking, talking mnemonics dictionary, I’d like to help.


Further Memory Improvement Resources:


Harry Lorayne

Get Good At Remembering Numbers

How to Memorize Numbers With A PAO System [Person Action Object]

Major System Secrets And The Future Of Your Memory With Florian Dellé


Want More Magnetic Memory Method
Reviews, Testimonials and Student Interviews? 


Lee Escobar’s Magnetic Memory Method Review and Testimonial

Paul Deery’s Memory Improvement Demonstration and Magnetic Memory Method Review

The Magnetic Memory Method Testimonials and Reviews Page

Rose talks about memorizing the Hindi alphabet

Marno Hermann talks about memorizing 1200 digits of Pi

Sunil Khatri talks about Memory Palace Mastery for Japanese

Kevin Richardson talks about memorizing 30 Kanji per day

Christian Fitzharris talks about brain games and using mnemonics for Sommelier studies




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How to Improve Memory for Studying (7 Powerful Tips) Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:46:28 +0000 14 <p>Want to know how to improve your memory for studying? From the Memory Palace technique to the Major System and acronyms, these 7 ways will help you learn more faster.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Improve Memory for Studying (7 Powerful Tips)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> How to Improve Memory For Studying Magnetic Memory Method Blog image with a frustrated studentDo you want to know how to improve your memory for studying?

Who doesn’t?

After all, it’s the 21st century and there’s so much to learn!


There’s too much to study in too little time – especially before an exam.

But it’s not just a time issue.

It’s not just an issue of volume when it comes to so many books and videos to consume.

The core of the problem isn’t any of those things.

The core of the problem is memory…

The things that your brain just can’t memorize no matter how many times you repeat them.


Because you don’t have a strategy for managing your learning and memory.

But don’t worry!

In this article, I will show you 7 powerful techniques to help you remember anything you have to study. You’ll learn everything far more easily – facts, dates, formulae, equations, whatever.

These techniques will make it far easier for you to ace your next exam.

Let’s dive in.

1. The Memory Palace (The Top Recommendation)


Want just one simple method that helps improve memory for studying?

Look no further than the Memory Palace.

Memory champions and experts all agree that it’s the most effective method to remember anything at all. In fact, one expert used the technique to memorize the value of Pi till nearly 112,000 digits.

Our own student, Marno Hermann memorized Pi to 1200 digits and recites them all for you in just over 10 minutes (!) on the MMM Podcast.

This memory technique was developed in Ancient Greece. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Method of Loci’ or ‘Cicero Method.’ You might also hear it called the ‘Roman Room’ or the ‘Journey Method’.

Although there are many variations, here’s the core of how it all works.

With the Memory Palace technique, you associate each piece of information you want to memorize with parts of a location that you are very familiar with – such as your house or your school campus.


Why “Method of Loci” Memory Technique Is Too Vague…


In the Magnetic Memory Method, we don’t use the term “loci.” It’s too vague.

Instead, we work with Magnetic Stations. On these stations we place our Magnetic Imagery.

For instance, if you wanted to remember a number of important dates about the Second World War, you could ‘file them’ in your medicine cabinet.

Or, better said, “Magnetize” them in place. Associating each bit of information with a physical object within a familiar space helps the brain store the information.

More than just store it, your brain stores the study material systematically and retrieves it easily when needed.

Just make sure to draw your Memory Palace first for the best results. Like this:

Memory Palace drawing by Anthony Metivier

Seriously go ahead and draw your Memory Palaces. Once you know the strategy behind why Magnetic Memory Palaces serve better than the rest, each one should take 2-5 minutes (or less).

The best part?

You can use this memory retention technique to remember complex terminology, numbers, formulae – anything at all.

If you are not a ‘visual’ person or have aphantasia, you can still use the technique.

You can also associate pieces of information with sounds, smells, touch – various sensory elements within the location. You do this by using the full range of the Magnetic Modes taught right here in this special infographic:

Magnetic Memory Method Magnetic Modes And Magnetic Imagery Infographic For Powerful Memory Palace creation


Probably the biggest strength of the Memory Palace technique is that you can combine it with other mnemonic methods to improve your long-term memory. I will show you a few examples of how to do this in the following sections.

To learn about the Memory Palace and what the Magnetic Memory Method brings to the game in more detail, check out this article.

2. Acronyms to Improve Memory for Studying


Acronyms are the most commonly used memory technique and are great for remembering short lists or sequences.

You have probably learned ‘PEMDAS’ in school – a sequence for solving equations. It stands for Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction.

Another common acronym to help you remember a geographical list of names is HOMES, which is used to remember the Great Lakes – Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.

Here’s a simple tip to create your own acronyms for remembering things better.

According to the Cambridge dictionary, acronyms are constructed with the first letter of each constituent word and they actually sound like words. That’s what makes them easy to remember.

We also use acronyms in the Magnetic Memory Method training, such us:


Doing is the Origin of Consistency

Doing is the Origin of Creativity

Doing is the Origin of Courage

Doing is the Origin of Clarity

Doing is the Origin of Control

To get into the “doing” of memory techniques that ultimately leads to control over your memory, all you have to do is S.I.P.:

Study memory techniques

Implement memory techniques

Practice memory techniques with information that improves your life

And as you saw in the infographic above, KAVE COG helps us remember all the Magnetic Modes:

  • Kinesthetic
  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Emotional
  • Conceptual
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory

And let’s not forget the Magnetic Mode of space. That’s the Memory Palace itself.

But moving from these examples of acronyms, let’s get back to the technique of using them.

You might be wondering…

What do you do if the first letters don’t form a ‘word,’ because of a lack of vowels in the middle or any other reason?

Forget the definition and get creative.

Try changing the word sequence or using the second or the last letter instead of the first. If there is no vowel, pick up a second letter from a word. A common example is AWOL (Absent Without Leave.)

If you like acronyms, try combining them with the Memory Palace technique. Since each acronym is a word, it’s easy to associate them with a specific object or location in your house. That will make it even easier to remember.

3. Spaced Repetition for Memory Improvement


Here’s a well-known fact about memory – the more you reinforce something, the easier it becomes for your brain to recall it.

However, to improve memory for studying, when you reinforce something is far more important than how often you reinforce it. Sisti, Glass and Shors called this phenomenon the ‘spacing effect.’

In the spaced repetition method, you practice remembering at the right time. The simplest way to apply this memory method is to use flashcards when you study.

While going through your flashcards, divide them into three bundles. If you remember something clearly, those cards go into the ‘Easy’ pile. You don’t have to study those flashcards again for a week or two.

If you moderately remember something, keep it in the ‘Medium’ pile and revisit it after a few hours or a day. And if you cannot remember something at all, place it in ‘Hard’ and study  it again within the next 10 minutes.

Simple, and yet effective! At least… lot more effective than spaced-repetition software.

And if you’re in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass, you’ll know how to combine the cards with the Memory Palace.

In brief: Anytime you have words that are ‘Medium’ or ‘Hard’, include them in a Memory Palace.

Then, use all of the Magnetic Modes to create Magnetic Imagery that helps you remember the target information. That will make the information on your cards far easier to recall.

4. The Major Method for Memory Improvement


Want an effortless way to remember numbers for studying –  in history, maths, physics, etc.?

Use the Major Method, also called the Major System or Harry Lorayne’s Number Mnemonics. Geeks also call it the phonetic mnemonic system and digit-consonant system.

Quite a mouthful! So, let’s just stick with the ‘ Major Method’! ☺

Here’s how it works.

In the Major Method, you associate each number with a sound, typically, a consonant. Here’s the system most people follow:

0 = soft c, s or z

1 = d, t

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method

2 = n

3 = m

4 = r

5 = l

6 = ch, j or sh

7 = k

8 = f or v

9 = b or p

Magnetic Memory Method Image of a Nun for the Major System (or Major Method)

The first step is to memorize these associations between numbers and letters. Then use these associations to form words from numbers.

For instance, 22 could be “nun” (n+n)


54 could be “liar” (l+r). Personally, I think of Jim Carrey in the movie “Liar Liar” with a lyre to help make it even more memorable.

To remember longer sequences of numbers, you need to combine the sounds you have made. If you want to remember the number 2254, you could visualize a nun punching Jim Carrey for lying!

Make the image as animated and ridiculous as possible, and it will stick in your mind!

If you can, create a fixed image for every number from 0 to 99. That will make it easier to combine them to remember longer sequences of numbers used in mathematics, physics, chemistry or engineering.

If that sounds like a lot to you, just associate a fixed object for each number from 0-9.

If you want to take the Major Method further, check out this article about how to combine it with the Memory Palace Technique.

5. Improve Your Focus to Improve your Memory


How often do you get interrupted when you study?

Texts, app notifications, YouTube, Netflix or just a noisy room – students face dozens of distractions and interruptions every single hour.

These factors make it close to impossible for you to reach a high level of concentration – which is terrible news if you are trying to improve memory for studying.

Researchers from MIT have found that it’s  easier to form a long-term memory when your mind pays close attention to a task. You will have to minimize distractions from devices or people around you if you wish to remember things better.

Here are a few ways:

  1. Mute all notifications when you study. If you have an iPhone, just activating the ‘Do not disturb’ mode will do the trick.
  2. Try to isolate yourself from people you know while studying. Go to a library or a café where you won’t be disturbed.
  3. Practice meditation for just a few minutes a day. Research (Maclean et al. 2010) has indicated that just basic meditation helps us focus far better. You can learn to meditate in only a few minutes from this article.
  4. Use app blockers like to block YouTube and other distracting sites while studying.
  5. Work on one topic at a time and avoid multitasking and switching tasks.

6. Lifestyle Changes to Improve Memory for Studying


Your lifestyle – your food, sleep and activity levels have a significant impact on your memory.


Most students try to gain more time to study by skipping out on adequate sleep. It just makes things worse because lack of sleep affects memory as well as several other cognitive  abilities.

Several studies by Diekelmann and Born have shown that sleep helps in procedural memory formation, learning and creativity. In fact, sleep deprivation can even make you remember things incorrectly.

Eight hours is ideal, but at least make sure you get seven hours of sleep every night.

And don’t fall for the idea that binaural beats will help you improve your memory while sleeping. Chances are that will just make you tired and forgetful.

Memory Destroying Foods - and What To Eat Instead

Video course and Ebook in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass


Foods abundant in saturated fats and trans fats such as red meat, butter, etc. are quite damaging to learning and memory. Students also tend to eat a lot of junk food (especially during exam time) which are worse for your brain.

Numerous studies have shown that these foods can even lead to Alzheimer’s disease in the long-term and other conditions that damage brain health and cause memory loss.

 Instead, to improve your memory power for learning, try to have more of fish, olive oil, whole grains, walnuts, blueberries. There are also other foods that fall in the ‘Mediterranean diet’ that are excellent for your brain.


Exercise is well known to improve cognitive performance in several ways such as improved mood, better concentration, more alertness, etc.

So, it’s naturally very effective for improving memory. Exercise also causes the release of a protein called cathepsin B in the brain. This stimulates the growth of neurons (brain cells) and forms additional connections in the hippocampus – an area of the brain vital to learning and long-term memory.

7. Recall Before Writing


Teachers encourage us to write things down to remember things better. Adding a couple of steps to this process can make a vast difference to your ability to learn and memorize things quickly – especially before an exam.

First, recall and mentally repeat what you have to write down rather than just copy it mechanically. You can even use movies and TV series as I discuss in how to improve memory using these tools

This process isn’t difficult to do because the information will stay in your short-term memory for around 10-20 seconds if you have paid attention. And mentally recalling it right then it an excellent way of transferring it from your working memory (short-term memory) to your long-term memory.

Next, take a few seconds to store that piece of information in your Memory Palace. That will consolidate that memory even further.


Are You Inspired To Try These Memory Techniques?


Out of all these techniques, the Memory Palace happens to be the most effective and versatile method. You can easily combine it with other techniques to build an excellent memory. To learn the Magnetic Memory Method at no charge, get started by enrolling in “Memory Palace Mastery in 8 Steps”:

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course

And let me know in the comments below:

Which of these ways to improve memory for studying are you going to try today?

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Binaural Beats And Memory: Can This Crazy Music Make You Smarter? Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:36:02 +0000 0 <p>Have you heard that binaural beats help improve memory? The truth is that music really can help improve your memory. But the truth about binaural beats for memory may shock you.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Binaural Beats And Memory: Can This Crazy Music Make You Smarter?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Binaural Beats and Memory Improvement Magnetic Memory Method PodcastIt’s a popular perception among many people that listening to binaural beats has a special effect on the brain.

They think binaural beats can help you follow a diet or stop smoking.

Or they think these sounds can amp you up for a competition or calm you down, or even improve memory recall, focus and concentration.

The question is…

Doesn’t listening to any type of relaxing music have a similar effect?


In this post, we’ll find out if listening to specific frequencies can have a better impact on your mental prowess than listening to Mozart for Pink Floyd!

What Are Binaural Beats?


The word binaural means “having or relating to two ears.”

The process works by sending a slightly different sound frequency to each ear. This has to be done simultaneously and through earphones or headphones.

When two different pure tones are presented separately but simultaneously to each ear of a listener, the listener hears the illusion of a third tone.

This third does “appears” in addition to the two pure-tones presented to each ear. And it is this third tone that is called a binaural beat.

Let’s break this down:

When you play a 350 Hertz (Hz) tone in the left ear and a 360 Hertz tone in the right, it yields a beat with a frequency of 10 Hertz. This third beat is the binaural beat.

The brain then uses a process known as ‘frequency following response’ to follow along at the new frequency (10 Hz). This process produces brainwaves at that rate of Hertz.  

However, this outcome (apparently) occurs only if the the difference matches the alpha frequency range that lies between 7-11 Hz.

Music or white noise embedded with binaural beats is very often used along with different meditation techniques and positive affirmations to gain varying results.

In the memory training and memory improvement world, some claim you will experience results ranging from improvement in recall, concentration, focus, creativity and alertness.

There is more:

Listening to these beats is also said to provide relaxation, stress reduction, pain management, and improved sleep quality.


Who Heard Them First?
A Brief History of Binaural Beats


Binaural beats were first described in 1839 by Prussian scientist H.W. Dove.

However, it was Gerald Oster’s article in Scientific American in 1973 that brought this process to modern attention.

According to Oster, the tones needed to produce binaural beats had to be relatively low-frequency and the beats themselves were in the range of one to 30 hertz. This is the range the human brainwave frequencies fall in.

What to know the real story?

Humans have the ability to “hear” binaural beats as a result of evolutionary adaptation.

“Many evolved species can detect binaural beats because of their brain structure. The frequencies at which binaural beats can be detected change depending upon the size of the species’ cranium. In the human, binaural beats can be detected when carrier waves are below approximately 1000 Hz.” (Oster, 1973)


The Binaural Process In Real Music


Of course, binaural beats in terms of therapy is quite different than the binaural process found in music. This process was apparently invented by Manfred Shunke who used models of the human head created with the help of computer design software.

As music historian Rob Bowman wrote in the notes for Lou Reed’s Between Thought and Expression:

“The detail was as precise as possible down to the size, shape, and bone structure of the ear and ear canal. Microphones were then designed to fit each ear so, theoretically, what they recorded would be exactly what a human sitting in the position the head was placed would actually hear.”

Binaural Beats To Manage Pain:
Why The Truth Matters For Your Memory


Chronic pain impacts between 10-50% of the adult population, while costing U.S. businesses over $61 billion annually.  

The neuromatrix theory suggests that the brain’s inability to return to a state of equilibrium is at the crux of chronic pain (Melzack, 2001; Melzack, 2005).

Binaural beats has been effective in synchronizing brain waves, also known as entrainment, with an external stimulus (Kennel, Taylor Lyon, & Bourguignon, 2010), and has been associated with a number of positive psychological outcomes (David, Katz, & Naftali, 2010; Lane, Kasian, Owens, & Marsh, 1998).

Research shows that an external audio protocol of theta-binaural beats is effective at reducing perceived change in pain severity.

How does this affect your memory?

The answer is simple:

Pain free people pay better attention to their surroundings.

Freedom from pain means that your levels of focus and concentration are automatically better than when impacted by ongoing or recurrent pain.

Being pain free is especially important for learning, something that requires high levels of concentration.

Kind of like crossword puzzles require high levels of concentration (not that there is much evidence they will improve your memory).

Speaking of which:

Do Gamma Brain Waves Improve Memory & Concentration?


The highest frequency brain waves are apparently called gamma waves. These waves can have a frequency of anywhere between 25 and 100 Hz.

People whose brains produce more gamma waves are said to have greater ability to concentrate, focus and experience higher levels of cognition.

A recent study by Jirakittayakorn and Wongsawat tried to find whether “modulation of the brain activity can lead to manipulation of cognitive functions. The stimulus used in this study was 40-Hz binaural beat because binaural beat induces frequency following response.”

According to the study, listening to 40-Hz binaural beat for 20 minutes enhanced working memory function evaluated by word list recall task.

Does that mean we can change our brainwave patterns by listening to specific sounds?


But also maybe not!

A research project by Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist, found that the brainwaves of trained monks who regularly engaged in meditation produced powerful Gamma waves. Whereas the control group – with non-meditating volunteers – had little to no gamma brain waves.

What does this fact imply?

One way to improve concentration is to go Buddha style and practice long-term or short-term meditation.

Within a week of consistent meditation, you can start to experience improved concentration. So long as you’re not letting binaural beats combined with smartphone addiction get in the way.

Meditation can be used to remember something because better concentration has a direct link to improved memory.

But Can Binaural Beats Help Memory?


Not in theory or practice according to a research article by David Siever in 2009 called Entraining Tones and Binaural Beats.

But before we go any further, the actual claims are important to look at.

So let’s take a step back and try understand how binaural beats work.

The proponents of binaural beats claim that it induces brainwave “entrainment.”

This entrainment supposedly influences and drives brainwave activity to a more desired mental state.

More specifically, entrainment is a “synchronization of two or more rhythmic cycles” and the process of brainwave entrainment relies on the natural phenomena of synchronization.  

Think of it like this:

When you strike a tuning fork and then place another one next to it, the second tuning fork automatically starts to vibrate at the same frequency.

This is a natural synchronization. Pendulum clocks, metronomes, fireflies are few other examples of natural synchronization.

However, Siever states that entrainment occurs only when a constant and repetitive sound of sufficient strength to “excite” the thalamus is present.

Siever also noted that binaural beats are not very noticeable because the modulation depth (the difference between loud and quiet) is very small at just 3db, a 2 to 1 ratio.

Here’s a longer quote:

“This means that binaural beats are unlikely to produce any significant entrainment because they don’t activate the thalamus. But they do have some hypnotic and relaxing effect by way of dissociation (as does white noise and music).

This outcome may be, in part, due to the Ganzfeld effect. The Ganzfeld effect is the process where the mind quietens as a result of having a monotonous sensory input.

A natural example of the Ganzfeld effect may be experienced while sitting in a large field in the country while staring into the wide, blue sky.  While sitting there, imagine listening to the white noise from the fluttering of leaves on the trees – away from the noise and other stimulation of urban life.

In other words, thanks to the Ganzfeld effect, binaural beats, through passive means, may help a person relax.

If, in theory binaural beats do not produce entrainment, do they produce entrainment and drive brainwaves in reality? The simple answer is NO!”

It’s not just Siever!

In another study, Gerald Oster used an EEG oscilloscope to conclude that binaural beats produce very small evoked potentials within the auditory cortex of the brain.

What does this?

It means that binaural beats are of little benefit in producing AE or auditory entrainment. (Oster, G. (1973). Auditory beats in the brain. Scientific American)

Researcher Dale S. Foster also found that binaural beats in the alpha frequency produced no more alpha brainwaves than listening to a surf sound.

Here’s Foster’s conclusion:

“The analysis of variance of the data revealed that there were no significant differences in alpha production either within sessions across conditions or across sessions.

Although alpha production was observed to increase in the binaural-beats condition early in some sessions, a tendency was observed for the subjects to move through alpha into desynchronized theta, indicating light sleep.

Subjective reports of “dozing off” corroborated these observations. These periods of light sleep — almost devoid of alpha — affected the average alpha ratios.”


A More Effective Way To Gain Mental Prowess


The beauty of the human brains is that it needs a goal to improve.

Your memory improvement training should always be linked to memorizing information that will immediately improve your life. 4x Australian memory champion Tansel Ali agrees.

Moreover, the memory improvement activities should always be measurable since tracking your outcomes leads to rapid improvement.

This is where the secret method of building Memory Palaces the Magnetic Memory Method way comes into play.

Using this Method, you not only get to remember the information faster, but also get predictable and reliable permanence that grows in strength each time.

Even better:

All other memory techniques including listening to binaural beats can be used inside of Memory Palaces.

But this never takes place the other way around (For example, you can’t use Memory Palaces inside of the Major Method the way you can use the Major Method inside of Memory Palaces.)

If you are looking for a complete brain workout try this brain fitness method…

Free Memory Palace Memory Improvement Course

You can also see more Unconventional Techniques Guaranteed To Help You Conjure Your Best-Ever Ideas.

The Ultimate Memory Improvement Beats?
Listen to Music That Inspires!


Use sound beats or music as a means of relaxation, rejuvenation or inspiration.

When you feel relaxed and inspired you can create effective Magnetic Imagery that will enable you to build better Memory Palaces to improve recall, retention and memory.

Now is that music to your ears, or what?

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3 Effective Brain Training Exercises for Mental Illness Sufferers Wed, 23 May 2018 05:48:40 +0000 0 <p>Brain training exercises are for everyone, including those suffering from mental illness. Alex Moore created this post based on his experience to share with the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast fans. Be sure to check the video for 4 more brain exercises!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 Effective Brain Training Exercises for Mental Illness Sufferers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Alex Moore Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Brain training exercise for mental illness sufferersThis guest post on effective brain training exercises for mental illness sufferers comes from Alex Moore. 

Take it away, Alex!

Would you like some brain training exercises to keep you sharp and on top of your game all the time?

I hope the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Here’s why:

Conditions such as mental illness and aging contribute to mental decay.

All the more so if you’re already suffering from mental illness, not to mention the medicinal side effects of psychiatric medicine. These medicines, even when useful, can cause your memory a lot of harm.

Here’s the good news:

Losing control over your cognitive functions can be hard, but it doesn’t need to happen. There is a way to avoid cognitive decline, and all it involves is training your mind.

In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about brain training exercises to help keep your memory healthy.


All About Brain Training


Although many people believe that brain training is a modern invention, it actually has a rich history. To take one example, check out the brain training exercises admired by the Edwardians nearly 100 years ago.

In fact, mnemonic systems were all the rage in 19th century Great Britain. Famous author Mark Twain even had one called “The Memory Builder”.

Then there’s Pelmanism.

Like the brain exercise training favored by the Edwardians, Pelmanism is a product of Great Britain, and became very popular during the first half of the 20th century.

Get this:

More than 500,000 people reportedly used it, and one of them was the Prime Minister of the country himself!

Why was it so popular?

First, the system revolutionized brain training because it targeted the same mental functions we focus on optimizing to this day:

  • Attention
  • Concentration
  • Creativity

The Pelman Scientific Mind Training Program focused on each of these to help people exercise their minds. Participants were mailed monthly booklets with games and exercises designed specifically to stimulate one or more of these functions.

All of which goes to show that brain training isn’t new. And of course, Anthony is always coming up with different brain exercises you can explore. Check these out:

Even better:

Here are 9 Brain Exercises That Ensure Memory Improvement.

We have even more scientific evidence than ever to guide us these days. Modern neuroscience has managed to prove beyond any shred of doubt that our brains are in fact malleable like plastic.

In fact, we all have to ability to modify the structure and functions of our brains.

Of course, a lot depends on the internal and external factors of our lives, such as other bodily processes or environmental changes. But overall, every single person can intervene and create a better mental life.

Sadly, though, cognitive decline is becoming increasingly common past the age of 30. One reason is that people don’t understand the difference between memory loss and forgetfulness.

Nevertheless, slowing down the aging of our brain through training is a prospect that fills us with hope. And research shows that it’s completely achievable.

However, if having a sharper memory is something you aim for, you need to know right now that it takes work.

In order to remain in a constant state of connectedness regardless of whether you’re 30, 50 or 80 years old, you need to push your mind to learn something new each day. There is nothing more stimulating for your synapses than being put at work.

In turn, this leads to tangible improvement in more than one aspect.

For example, according to Dr. Jee Hyun Kim of the Florey Institute, focus diminishes with age.

Due to this deterioration of focus, stimulating your attention regularly can be crucial. By activating the frontal cortex and the hippocampus, you are not working only on this function, but on your memory and thought as well.


How Brain Training Can Increase Focus And Attention

There are many ways to achieve better focus and attention. One possibility lies in a simple, yet intellectually stimulating mobile app.

Similarly, reading new books, especially with a re-reading strategy, or solving math and logic problems puts all the areas of your brain to work and boosts cognition in the process.

Then there’s meditation. You can do a walking meditation or sit just to sit Buddha-style for improved memory and concentration.

And recent studies that will be discussed shortly suggest that it might even help treat mental illness.


Treating Mental Illness With Brain Training Exercises

Let me give you some context:

I have spent the last couple of years researching alternative treatments for mental conditions that affect memory and cognition.

Why did I choose this path?

Well, three years ago, someone I care about deeply was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I have spent all my days since trying to educate myself on the topic as much as possible.

In my journey, I have found that many specialists believe that brain training can help prevent degenerative neural diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

And that’s not all. In fact, such practices can help with instances of mental illness as well. This comes as great news for the vast community of patients struggling with such afflictions.

Recent medical science-related endeavors back up this seemingly bold claim. A study conducted at McLean hospital in 2017 has uncovered the potentially beneficial results of brain training in the treatment of mental illness, namely bipolar disorder in particular.

The lead scientist was Eve Lewandowski, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and developer of McLean’s bipolar disorder and schizophrenia programs.

According toLewandowski, BPD affects the memory, processing speed and executive function of most of the patients who suffer from it. This impacts their daily existence and overall quality of life quite negatively.

Therefore, working on improving cognitive dysfunctions is crucial for symptom relief in this case. And what better way to achieve that than through brain training? Lewandowski’s research found that the participants who used techniques pertaining to this area exhibited visible betterment that was maintained for at least six months afterward, if not more.

She got the idea after noticing how effective this approach was in keeping the symptoms of even more serious conditions such as schizophrenia under wraps.

People going through the four stages of schizophrenia have exhibited visible improvement in their symptoms after cognitive therapy.

In fact, previous trials conducted under the supervision of professor Barbara Sahakian of the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge have shown that something as simple as playing brain-stimulating mobile games improves cognition among schizophrenia patients. And it helps in areas where drugs have previously failed, which is even more important to keep in mind.

Just imagine how beneficial the effects could be if this would be tried in the long run. Lewandowski and her colleagues support the importance of acknowledging brain training as a viable treatment for mental illness. Modern psychiatry should recognize its merits and integrate it into the roster of available therapies.

But until that happens, you can also try doing at home. To tap into the healing properties of this approach, you don’t need to download a mobile app or buy fancy books and puzzles to keep your mind sharp. There are plenty of mental techniques that you can try at home and see how they work out for you. Here are the best three.


The Best Brain Exercise Techniques


1. Memory Palace

If you’re looking to train your memory specifically, Anthony Metivier’s approach to the ‘Memory Palace’ technique is one of the best to get the job done.

Famous historical and fictional figures alike, such as Hannibal Lecter from the renowned Silence of the Lambs book and film series are perfect examples of how this works.

Association is the key to creating your own memory palace to walk around in whenever you need to retrieve certain pieces of information.

When these have been assimilated long ago, you need to correlate each of them with a specific part of a location. A good starting point is your own house because it is familiar territory. For best results, draw out the floorplan of your first Memory Palace by hand. Like this:

A Magnetic Memory Palace

But before you start drawing, walk around your house first.

Then,  once your’e done, assign various memories to various rooms.

To take it one step further, do the same thing but using objects within the same space. Fill your memory palace with everything you think is worth remembering, but make sure that you build a strong mental route in the process.

When the time to remember he information comes, simply retrace your steps along that path. It will take some getting used to, and you will surely fumble at first. Nobody is born an expert, and when you’re dealing with cognition-impairing mental illness, it might be even harder. But practice makes perfect, and it keeps your mind sharp too.

Of course, things might not be as simple or straightforward. Sometimes, direct associations simply aren’t possible. This is where your imagination and the ability to create allegories comes in.

For example, let’s imagine you want to remember something that has to do with a dandelion, a hose, and a Calico cat.

You are standing in your living room and there is a dandelion on the table. You go up the stairs, towards your bedroom. A hose is hanging on the door.

You enter, and the most adorable Calico cat is sleeping on your bed, purring. You have now memorized this sequence by simply making associations between its elements and actual, palpable places in your house.

2. Mind Mapping

The concept of mind mapping is a slightly similar one, but it is far more schematic and two-dimensional. In fact, it consists of a visual outline that starts with one core concept and then branches out into information that relates to it.

Some people prefer to do this on paper because they find it stimulates their assimilation of the notions even better.

World Mind Map Day Mind Map Created by Phil Chambers
Such a diagram can represent anything, from words and concepts to more specialized information such as tasks that need accomplishing.

And if you’re not a fan of writing it all out, you’ll be happy to find out that it can be used in combination with the Memory Palace technique. The two have a very strong meeting point between them.

In fact, you can listen to Phil Chambers discuss using mind maps and Memory Palaces together.

Chambers, a world mind mapping expert, mind maps serve even more complex purposes. A mind map follows all the principles of memory, but it also helps you think. But memory palaces are better for actually remembering information, while mind maps are more suitable for processing and understanding it.

Anthony Metivier with Phil Chambers, World Mind Map Champion

The two are sometimes useless when not together.

For this reason, finding a middle ground that includes mind maps into your memory palace can be a great way to stay sharp and on top of your game.

Furthermore, together they stimulate more essential areas of the brain, thus preventing premature decay.

3. Dominic System

The Dominic mnemonic system is one of the most famous brain training techniques in the world. It was designed by famous British mnemonist Dominic O’Brien, who also happens to be an eight-time World Memory champion. Most brain athletes use it nowadays to memorize long strings of digits for competitions. So, why is it so effective?

Portrait of Dominic O'Brien

Just like the Major system associates numbers with sounds, the Dominic system notoriously does a similar thing by assigning them the initials of a person’s name. It’s a highly effective person-action system that can be combined with the memory palace technique, thus creating the Hotel Dominic, as many experts lovingly call it.

But O’Brien’s contribution to the world of brain training doesn’t stop here. He also famously established that the strategical recalling of information following a five-step pattern is the best way to cement said information in your brain. This should happen in the following order:

• The first review takes place immediately;
• The second review follows it 24 hours later;
• The third review then happens one week later;
• One month later comes the fourth review;
• And finally, the fifth review occurs a total of three months later.

Thus, in the span of roughly four to five months, you will be able to remember anything.

By sticking to this routine, you will be able to fight the cognitive decay that many mental illnesses bring, too. When your schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are playing tricks on your mind, relying on a strict pattern to memorize relevant information can be a true lifesaver.


Final Thoughts


To sum up, it must be noted that medical science is just now starting to look more into the beneficial effects of brain training. Cognitive dysfunction can be caused by many things. These range from something as naturally occurring as old age to more complex issues such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Fortunately, practicing one or more of the three techniques discussed above can be beneficial. It is something that can help you refocus and even excel when it comes to memory and thought patterns. As a short recap, these are:

• The Memory Palace.

This famous approach is based on making associations between physical locations and various pieces of information. The best way to build the memory palace is by correlating them with specific spots around your home. The familiarity of the territory is prolific for this purpose.

• Mind mapping. It consists of a series of diagrams that represent two-dimensional connections between concepts. Creating mental maps works best when used in combination with the memory palace. This activates more areas of the brain than the two would alone, thus preventing decay and enhancing performance.

• The Dominic system. Focused on numbers, the Dominic system heavily relies on the connection between these and letters. These usually are the initials of someone’s name. When used together with the memory palace technique, it is known as the Hotel Dominic.

As it has been established, the three techniques are equally efficient standalone as they are when combined. In order to choose what suits your needs, you will need to try them. Presentations and explanations can only do so much.

Nevertheless, having this knowledge is essential for the future. If you or someone you love, as it happened in my case, are slipping down the slope of mental illness, take action now. Explore the possibilities given by brain training and build a better tomorrow.

About Alex Moore

Alex is a Psychology undergraduate who strives to discover the intricacies of the minds of the mentally ill, with the ultimate goal of helping them and those around them. When he’s not writing about the efficiency of memory improvement techniques, you’ll find him contributing to

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Why Bilingualism Makes For a Healthier Brain Wed, 02 May 2018 09:56:45 +0000 0 <p>Bilingualism is said to enhance your better problem-solving abilities, and improve your concentration and focus. That's the focus on this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, including the pitfalls you'll want to avoid.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Why Bilingualism Makes For a Healthier Brain</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Bilingualism illustration with words in different languages for Magnetic Memory Method PodcastAre you a polyglot?

No, I don’t mean a ghost that walks around the attic making loud noises and moving objects. That’s a poltergeist!

A polyglot, on the other hand, is a more tame individual who is fluent in several languages.

Then there are the hyperpolyglots – those who actively learn and master six or more languages, like Emil Krebs, a 19th-century German diplomat who had mastered around 65 languages by the time of his death.

While only 1 percent of people are polyglots; more than half of the world’s population is bilingual (those who speak fluently in two languages).

Being bilingual (or multilingual) is said to enhance your better problem-solving abilities, and improve your concentration and focus.

These are valuable resources in everyone’s life! And reason enough to start learning a new language.

If you are geared to pick up a new language or just want to get better in your mother tongue, use these five amazing hacks:

And while you practice your German or French, ask yourself this:


Will Being Bilingual Help You Get a Healthier Brain?



There is a ton of research backing claims that being fluent in more than one language is good for your brain.

More importantly:

Unlike other areas of science and memory, few articles evoke grave doubts on the advantages of being bilingual.

That said…

A 2015 article in the New Yorker by Maria Konnikova “Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?” makes an interesting point:

Konnikova says the bilingual advantage seems to have more of a protective effect on the aging brain than it does anything to enhance executive-control functions of healthy individuals.

Image to express the part of the brain involved in bilingualism

While the Konnikova’s arguments are persuasive, I am sure of one thing:

When you learn a new language and use new words and grammar rules, multiple areas of your brain work together. This is a great long-term workout for your brain.

And since your brain is a muscle, it needs regular workouts to remain strong, supple and stable!


The Inside Story:
Why Bilingualism Is Not Just About
Speaking Two (Or More) Languages


Contrary to general perception, bilingualism is not just about the ability to speak two languages fluently.

There are a lot of little nitty-gritty aspects involved.

For instance:

You could be a “simultaneous bilingual” who learns two languages from birth.

Or, you could be an “early sequential bilingual.”

What the heck do those terms mean?

“Early sequential bilingual” is a fancy term for those kids who speak one language at home but learn to speak the community language at school. There is also the “late sequential bilingual” – someone who grew up with one language and then moved to a country that speaks another.

Why are these terms important?

The differences in how and when you learned your second language often leads to different levels of proficiency and fluency. This, in turn, affects your level of being bilingual.

Image of a globe with many flags to express a Magnetic Memory Method concept related to bilingualism

For instance, if you were fluent in French (along with English) in high school but have been using only English ever since, your bilingualism and its related advantages may have deteriorated.

In fact, according to a study, simultaneous bilinguals and early sequential bilinguals show different levels of behavioral performance in a lexical representation task that measures how quickly you can classify a stimulus as words or nonwords. (Sebastián-Gallés, Echeverría & Bosch, 2005)

Remember this:

The more articulate you are in a language, and the more fluently you use both your languages in your daily life, the more bilingual you will be.

“You have to use both languages all the time. You won’t get the bilingual benefit from occasional use.” This quote is by the cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok who has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind.

A recent study by Yeh-Zu Tzou shows how working memory is important but language proficiency in the native language (L1)  and second language (L2) assumes a more critical role in a person’s ability to process and store information simultaneously.

Another study shows bilingualism is not a categorical variable (that is you are either bilingual or not) but rather the “bilingual experience is composed of multiple related dimensions that will need to be considered in assessments of the consequences of bilingualism.”


The Trouble With Knowing Two Languages:
Each Fight For Supreme Control


As a bilingual, when you use one language, the other is also active at the same time.

This creates a persistent linguistic competition which can result in language difficulties.

For instance, bilinguals are known to be prone to the tip-of-the-tongue syndrome where you can remember specific details about a word but cannot conjure the word fully.

Some mnemonists and memory