Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast Learn, Memorize And Recall Anything Using Memory Techniques, Mnemonics And A Memory Palace Fast Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:51:14 +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 How Mike McKinley Memorized 66 Psalms WITHOUT A Memory Palace Thu, 19 Sep 2019 02:18:00 +0000 2 <p>Struggling with the Memory Palace technique? Good news: Mike McKinley memorized 66 Psalms without one shares with you how he made it happen. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How Mike McKinley Memorized 66 Psalms WITHOUT A Memory Palace</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Dresden sculpture of man with Bible for Memorizing Psalms without a Memory Palace podcastDo you struggle with the Memory Palace technique to complete large learning goals?

For example, have you always wanted to memorize a substantial body of scripture, but…

Kept putting it off?

I know, I know…

We all have something in our life that continuously gets pushed to the bottom of our never-ending to-do list…

We all say “I’ll eventually get around to it”…

We’re all guilty of never making moves to cross that item off our list.

And yet…

My guest for this podcast, Mike McKinley, has managed to AVOID that mistake when it came to making steps toward completing one MASSIVE goal.

Portrait of Mike McKinley

Mike is an alumni of the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass. He is also an electrical engineer and specialist in the area of radio frequencies.

On top of those duties, Mike is a husband, father, seminary graduate, and full-time employee. Using the memory techniques he’s learned from the MMM Masterclass, he completed a three-year seminary course and memorized 66 chapters of the Psalms (and counting)!

Image of a Latin Hymn Bible

So if you’re intimidated by the idea of undertaking an entire course to improve your memory…

If you feel as though you don’t have the time to commit in an already packed schedule…

Or you think, “How could I ever memorize something so lengthy?”…

Just click play on the button above now and learn from Mike all about:

  • Why information is easier to remember in story form
  • The reason early Christians memorized the scriptures
  • Why recitation is an important memory improvement exercise
  • How actors and memory students are one and the same
  • The way manufacturing “spoiled us” with uniformity
  • The importance of small memorization goals and practicing the loci method when taking on large learning projects
  • The role of visualization exercises in memorization 
  • The role of compounding or compressing in memorization 
  • A tip on how to “reuse” celebrities, like actors, multiple times as symbols in memory work
  • The way long-form memorization is like running a marathon
  • The reason dogma has no place in the world of memory training and why memory is a creative event

Of course, you might be thinking…

What if I Want To Memorize Scripture In Another Language?

No problem!

Check out this incredible success story from one of Mike’s fellow Magnetic Memory Method students:


Jeannie Koh Magnetic Memory Method Review for Bible Memorization


(For more success stories, please visit the Magnetic Memory Method review page.)

Like Jeannie, I also use a Memory Palace for memorizing scripture in other languages.

Here’s a demonstration and discussion of how I make it work with a Sanskrit text called Ribhu Gita:

What’s the secret to this memory method?


Take it one S.I.P. at a time:

Study memory techniques

Implement what you learn progressively so you improve your…

Practice (daily is best)

It really doesn’t get any easier than that, and the outcomes of having scripture in your mind and heart are profound.

Dive in!

Further Resources on the Web, this podcast, and the MMM Blog:

How to Memorize Scripture And Verse Numbers In 5 Minutes Or Less (MMM Blog)

The Good, The Bad & The Wicked Charlatans of Vocabulary Memorization

3 POWERFUL Elaborative Encoding Memory Exercises (MMM Blog)

4 Powerful Ways to Use the Pegword Method [10 Examples Included] (MMM Blog)

12 Brain Exercises To Improve Memory (Step-By-Step Tutorial) (MMM Blog)

How Do You Choose What Bible Passages to Memorize?

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Struggling with the Memory Palace technique? Good news: Mike McKinley memorized 66 Psalms without one shares with you how he made it happen. Struggling with the Memory Palace technique? Good news: Mike McKinley memorized 66 Psalms without one shares with you how he made it happen. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 1:02:48
Semantic Memory: An Example-Driven Definition And How To Improve It Thu, 12 Sep 2019 04:42:57 +0000 4 <p>What is semantic memory? It differs from episodic memory, short-term memory and other levels in key ways. This post explains all and helps you improve it.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Semantic Memory: An Example-Driven Definition And How To Improve It</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of a Woman with Information Surrounding Her HeadDid you have toast and eggs for breakfast while reading the newspaper?

Well, even if the answer is no, check this out:

The fact that you know and recognize objects like toast, eggs, and newspaper (without being told each time) is the working of your semantic memory.

However, recalling that you had toast and eggs for breakfast yesterday is part of your episodic memory (more about that later).

In this post, I’ll explain what is semantic memory and why is it important, how is it formed and how can you improve it.

Here’s what I’ll cover:

  • What is Semantic Memory?
  • History of its Discovery
  • Is it Different from Episodic Memory?
  • A Brief Deep Dive into Types of Memory
  • Why Is Semantic Memory Important?
  • What Affects Semantic Memory?
  • How are Semantic Memories Formed?
  • How to Improve This Kind of Memory?
  • Higher Attentiveness = Improved Memory

What is Semantic Memory?

Semantic memory is the structured record of facts, ideas, meanings, and concepts about the world that we accumulate throughout our lives and our capacity to recollect this knowledge at will. It is part of your long-term memory. 

The breadth of information stored in the semantic memory can range from historical and scientific facts, details of public events, and mathematical equations to the knowledge that allows us to identify objects and understand the meaning of words.

For instance, understanding what the word “memory” means is part of your semantic memory.

Semantic memory is independent of the context of learning and personal experiences like how we felt at the time the event was experienced or situational properties like time and place of gaining the knowledge.

The level of consciousness associated with semantic memory is noetic because it is independent of context encoding and personal relevance. This was the finding of Endel Tulving in 1985.

For instance, you “know” that Mr. Darcy is a famous character from Pride and Prejudice, which is written by Jane Austen. 

You may have read the book, seen the movie or someone may have told you about this character and the author. How you acquired the knowledge and in which context is not essential. What is important is that your semantic memory stored that bit of information as general knowledge. 

You can now recall this bit of general knowledge whenever necessary independent of personal experience and of the space or time context in which it was acquired. That is the beauty of your semantic memory.

Usually, the recall semantic memory is automatic when particular information is prompted. However, there might be cases where you have to really think hard about certain facts stored in your semantic memory. 

Here are a few use examples of semantic memory:

  • Naming the state and capital city of your country correctly.
  • Knowing that trees give oxygen or fish swim in water .
  • Remembering your favorite drink or food or color.
  • Being able to understand what the other person is saying.
  • Knowing what the words you read mean.
Giordano Bruno Statue of Mnemonist and Memory Palace Innovator With Anthony Metivier

The fact that this is a statue of Bruno in Rome is a semantic memory. My personal recollection of visiting it is an episodic memory.

History of Semantic Memory

Canadian experimental psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist Endel Tulving introduced the idea of semantic memory as a distinct memory system in 1972. 

Portrait of Memory Expert Endel Tulving

Memory Expert Endel Tulving

Before Tulving, there had not been many in-depth studies or research in the area of human memory.

Tulving outlines these memory types in his book Elements of Episodic Memory. He notes that semantic and episodic differ in how they operate and the types of information they process.

Here’s Tulving’s definition:

Semantic memory is the memory necessary for the use of language. It is a mental thesaurus, organized knowledge a person possesses about words and other verbal symbols…

(Episodic and semantic memory, Tulving E & Donaldson W, Organization of Memory, 1972,  New York: Academic Press)

Cover of Elements of Episodic Memory by Endel Tulving

After Tulving, two other experiments noting the differences between episodic and semantic memories were conducted by Kihlstrom (1980) and Jacoby/Dallas (1981). 

The study by Jacoby and Dallas was the first to note that implicit memory does not rely on depth of processing as explicit memory does. (Jacoby LL, Dallas M. On the relationship between autobiographical memory and perceptual learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 1981)

J.F. Kihlstrom’s study showed that a suggestion for posthypnotic amnesia produced impairments on episodic but not semantic memory tasks. (Kihlstrom, J. F. (1980). Posthypnotic amnesia for recently learned material: Interactions with “episodic” and “semantic” memory. Cognitive Psychology, 12(2), 227-251.)

These experiments paved the way for further investigation into semantic memory. 

However, it is only in the last 15 years where interest in semantic memory has greatly increased.

One of the reasons for this newfound interest is an improvement in neuroimaging methods like functional magnetic resonance imaging. These neuroimaging methods reveal that the brain does not have one specific region dedicated to semantic information. Semantic memory is organized throughout the brain.

It is now also known that semantic memory can be divided into separate visual categories such as size, color, and motion. Since specific parts of the brain are responsible for the retrieval of specific semantic memories, semantic memory can be divided into categories.

For instance, the parietal cortex retrieves semantic memories of size while the temporal cortex retrieves memories of color. (, Feb 2, 2011, Semantic Memory) 

Is it Different from Episodic Memory?


Both semantic and episodic memories are part of your long-term memory and are known as declarative memory or explicit memory (memories that can be explained and declared). 

However, while an episodic memory involves the conscious recollection of specific events and experiences; semantic memory refers to the mere recollection of nuggets of factual knowledge collected since childhood. 

Image of clocks to illustrate concepts related to episodic memory and semantic memory


Let me simplify it for you.

Episodic memory allows us to consciously recollect past experiences (Tulving, 2002), while semantic memories are devoid of information about personal experience. 

For example, to be able to recall what happened during the last football game that you attended is an episodic memory. However, “knowing” that football is a sport without ever watching a game is a semantic memory. 

Here’s another example:

When you say “summers in India are hot,” you are drawing that knowledge from your semantic memory.

But when you remember walking down the streets of Delhi on a summer afternoon, licking ice cream, you are drawing on episodic memory

A Brief Deep Dive Into Types of Memory

We cannot comprehend the entire concept of semantic memory without knowing a bit about the brain and different types of memory.

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Our brain has three major components: the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brain stem. The cerebrum – responsible for our memory, speech, the senses, and emotional response – is covered by the cerebral cortex (a sheet of neural tissue).

About 90% of our brain’s neurons are located in the cerebral cortex. This cortex is divided into four main regions or lobes –  frontal lobe, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, and occipital lobe.  

Now, the part of the frontal lobe that plays an integral part in processing short-term memories and retaining long-term memories is known as the prefrontal cortex.

When we generally talk of “memory,” it is long-term memory.

However, there are two other memory processes – short-term memory (also called working memory) and sensory memory (it retains sensory information after the original stimuli have ended). These must be worked through before a lasting long-term memory can form. 

This model of memory works as a sequence of three stages from sensory to short-term to long-term memory and is known as the Atkinson-Shiffrin model after Richard Atkinson and Richard Shiffrin who developed it in 1968. It is the most popular model for studying memory systems.

Now long-term memory can be further divided into explicit (or declarative) memory and implicit (or procedural) memory. 

Declarative memory or explicit memory is the type of memory that deals with facts and events. It refers to memories that are consciously recalled. Procedural memory or implicit memory is the type of memory that deals with how to do things – like riding a bike or playing the piano. 

Here’s a fascinating fact:

The hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, and perirhinal cortex encode declarative memories. These are then consolidated and stored in the temporal cortex and other brain regions. Procedural memories, on the other hand, are encoded and stored in specific brain regions – cerebellum, putamen, caudate nucleus, and the motor cortex.

Image of two brains beaming with light

Declarative memory is further subdivided into semantic and episodic memories (now you know the context  of our brief deep dive into types of memory).

Another category of declarative memory known as the autobiographical memory, is similar to episodic memory in that both are personal memories from the past. However, while autobiographical memory is more general, for example, when you recall the street name of a house growing up, episodic memory is more specific to time.

Why Is Semantic Memory So Important?

We all need semantic memory to function smoothly in our daily lives. We use it every day to learn, retain, and retrieve new information. It is part of our cognition.

Children and teenagers use it to retain new information that they learn at home or in school, while adults need it to know the sequence of tasks necessary to do their job.

Without semantic memory, you wouldn’t know that the sky is blue or that birds can fly. Your concepts about time and space or meanings of emotions like love and hate are incorporated in your semantic memory.

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If your semantic memory is damaged due to any type of disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, you may not be able to identify or name everyday objects, understand the concepts of liberty or know what the word “coffee” means.

There are many benefits to strengthening your semantic memory.

A stronger semantic memory would result in improved long-term memory in students – enabling them to do better in studies.

More importantly, strengthening your semantic memory would enable you to perform better in all aspects of your life without taking vitamins for memory.

How are Semantic Memories Formed?

We all learn new facts, tasks, or concepts from our personal experiences. So, in general, a semantic type of memory is derived from the episodic type of memory.

For example, when you learn a new piece of information, your short-term memory relays it to episodic memory. Initially, you remember the exact time or place where you gathered the information. 

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However, over time a gradual transition from episodic to semantic memory takes place, where your association of a particular memory to a particular event or stimuli is reduced so that the information is then generalized in your working memory as semantic memory.

When it comes to the encoding process, both semantic and episodic memories have a similar process. 

However, semantic memory mainly activates the frontal cortex and temporal cortex, whereas episodic memory activity is concentrated in the hippocampus. The other areas of the brain involved in semantic memory use are the left inferior prefrontal cortex and the left posterior temporal area. 

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Visual,  acoustic, and meaning are the three main types of encoding used to commit information to semantic memory. 

Individuals may encode information to semantic memory through pictures or reading words and numbers, by repeatedly hearing the information, or by connecting the information to something else that has meaning in the memory.

Different people have different learning styles. One person may do very well with visual aids. Another type of person may encode semantic memory through meaning or repetition. 

At the end of the day, there is no single route to semantic memory formation. But you can study better using mnemonics. Just make sure you don’t get into some of the issues we’ll discuss next.

What Affects Semantic Memory?

Some diseases and disorders may cause memory impairments in older adults

For instance, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, there may be impairments or deficits in your short-term memory or working memory.

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Kasper Bormans demonstrating what happens to a brain suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Notice the Memory Palace allusion.

However, as the disease progresses, patients experience more long-term memory loss and deficits, including erosion of episodic and semantic memory.

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty identifying objects or finding words to describe something. They may also suffer from impairments in their ability to recall significant events, such as weddings.

Other types of dementia can also affect short-term memory and long-term memory. For instance, a person with dementia of Alzheimer’s type can find it difficult to store information in the long-term memory, and also can have challenges with retrieval

Any damage to the medial temporal lobe that plays a critical role in acquiring and retrieving both semantic and episodic memories can also affect your semantic memory.

Studies have also been done on different effects that semantic dementia and herpes simplex virus encephalitis has on semantic memory (Lambon, Lowe, & Rogers, 2007). The study revealed that semantic dementia has a more generalized semantic impairment.

Brain scan to illustrate how memory techniques can light up the right side of the brain

Moreover, amnesic patients also have great difficulty in retaining episodic and semantic information.

Your semantic memory function also is extremely susceptible to cerebral aging and neurodegenerative diseases

A neuropsychological evaluation can reveal how your brain functions. Neuropsychologists use neuropsychological tests to characterize behavioral and cognitive changes resulting from disorders of the central nervous system or injury, like Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders.

While you may not be able to protect your memory from all types of diseases, there are ways to improve your memory so that it doesn’t fall victim to age-related memory loss or dementia.

But don’t worry. As Nic Castle found, it’s possible to recover, even from ailments like PTSD.

How to Improve Semantic Memory?

Here are 3 simple ways to improve your semantic memory:

1. Magnetic Memory Method

The easiest and most powerful way to improve your semantic memory, as well as episodic memory, is by learning how to build Memory Palaces using the Magnetic Memory Method.

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The Magnetic Memory Method Memory Palace approach is better for remembering and learning than something like mind mapping on its own.

It is an incredible combination of intelligence and memory strengthening tool. Combined with Recall Rehearsal, this holistic process lets you move information from short-term memory into long-term memory faster and with reliable permanence.

What’s more?

You can use all other memory methods inside of Memory Palace, however, you cannot use a Memory Palace inside other memory techniques. This unique approach maximizes the power of the loci method and combines nicely with the pegword method.

All that matters is that you don’t overthink the technique. We all learn it by doing it.

2. Exercise Your Brain

It is essential.

Exercising your brain regularly is the most effective strategy to improve memory and retention. 

Memory impairment or memory loss in older adults is common. However, there is a strong relationship between brain exercises and improved cognition and retrieval in older adults.

Brain Exercise Bootcamp

Numerous tools and exercises can help you to assess your memory and enhance it through games and training exercises. It is a known fact that the more you utilize your neural circuit, the stronger it will get. 

This fact can also be applied to numerous neural networks associated with contextual memory, auditory memory, visual memory, short-term memory, working memory, naming, and more. 

You can improve your skill of identifying the right word to use for a concept or an object by training the neural network in your brain accordingly.

Here’s a video that will inspire you to use memory techniques and treat them as the ultimate brain exercise

Brain Games [Memory Improvement Inspiration!]


3. Learn a New Language

When you learn a new language, it requires you to learn and expand new sentence structures, grammar rules, and vocabulary. 

Such activities ensure that your semantic memory is continuously being utilized and strengthened as you make progress with the new language. 

Here’s a video that helps you learn and memorize the vocabulary of any language.

Learn The Vocabulary of Any Language


Higher Attentiveness = Improved Memory

Your relationship with the world around you is dependent on your ability to learn and recall factual knowledge accurately. 

Being mindful of the things around you and paying attention when you come across new information is essential to creating long-term memories that can be recalled when necessary.

When you practice mindfulness in everyday activities, you are more attentive. Attentiveness, in turn, helps you encode information better in semantic memory.

Moreover, when you combine attentiveness with the Memory Palace method, your ability to retain and recall factual knowledge is stronger and faster.

If you are interested in the Memory Palace method, please don’t hesitate to get started. I want to help!

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Now then, time for a quick test of your semantic memory:

Can you recall the name of the character in the novel I mentioned near the start of this article? 

You could, if only you devoted yourself to more memory training. Ready to get started? 

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How To Stop Overthinking The Memory Palace Technique Thu, 05 Sep 2019 07:36:59 +0000 2 <p>It breaks my heart when I see people overcomplicating the Memory Palace technique. The good news is that there are ways to get out of "analysis paralysis." Listen in and learn all about them.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How To Stop Overthinking The Memory Palace Technique</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of a man with a lightbulb head overthinkingAre you overthinking the Memory Palace technique?

If so, you’re interrupting your progress.

Worse, you’re delaying your ability to memorize information at lightning speed.

And no memory expert or memory champion wants that for you. That’s why we all keep working so hard for you to share in the miracle of life after you have the tools for memorizing anything.

On this page, I want to help you get out of the “analysis paralysis” problem.

If you take the right steps without getting caught in mental sand traps, I’m confident you can develop your first Memory Palace Network quickly and easily. If not, you risk having a skull that is still spinning its gears long after death, having missed out on so much fun and adventure.

Image of a skull with gears winding away to illustrate the problem of overthinking the Memory Palace technique

Ethical “scare tactics” aside, here’s another reason to read this page in full:

I want to help you escape overthinking in other areas too. Having the tools to feel that something is complex and do it anyway is important because too much thinking has been proven to carry many ill effects.

The truth:

Thinking is involved in using the Loci Method, no doubt about it. But thinking without overthinking is achievable, and today you’ll learn precisely how.

How To Defeat The Over-thinker By Becoming A Mnemonic Mechanic

The first problem with overthinking is how it slows you down.

For example, imagine walking into a business meeting.

You meet three potential investors. Learning their names, on the spot is pretty important, wouldn’t you say?

Well, if you want that ability, you don’t have the luxury of time to overthink the situation.

Feature Blog Image of a person with lots of ideas to illustrate overthinking the Memory Palace Technique

Instead, you need a system in place so you can deal with those three names, without thinking about the technique needed to memorize them. Everything should happen (almost) on autopilot. You just plug those names into your system and recall them effortlessly on demand.

To make this outcome possible, let’s start with a higher-order guiding metaphor:

Consider the mechanic and his toolbox.

A mechanic is so familiar with the contents of his toolbox that he knows exactly what he needs for each job. He knows which tool can perform which function and in which instance he would use each one. He just knows when he needs a 10mm socket or a flathead vs. a Philips screwdriver.

Memory techniques can be these tools in the toolbox of your mind. What’s the key to the mechanic’s innate knowing?

Two words:

Preparation and practice.

Prepare Your “Mental Lego” Before You Need It

The speed of making associations in your Memory Palaces comes from not having to think about the technique and how it works.

How is this possible?


The “thinking” part is already done before you need to use any of the tools. Your “in the moment” thinking is minimal. 

It’s just like being a mechanic who has the right tools in the toolbox so he can perform the job onsite without a passing thought.

So, what are the tools you need? If nothing else, I suggest you develop:

  • A Memory Palace Network
  • At least one alphabet list/celebrity list
  • The Major Method/Major System

Think of the Memory Palace as a foundational field. The “Magnetic Imagery” of your lists and systems are the “Mental Logo” that you plug into place.

For example, if you meet someone named Rose and you put Axel Rose on her shoulder, Rose is the Memory Palace and Axl Rose is the Mental Logo.

If you have Axl Rose doing something memorable using the Magnetic Modes, then he becomes a Magnetic Image.

When you have these three components ready to go and practiced, you’ll be prepared to perform, every time the need arises.

Let’s look further at each tool.

How To Master The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace, like a hammer, is the most basic of tools. Every toolbox has a hammer. Every memory technique arsenal has a Memory Palace Network.

What is this network?

26 Memory Palaces, one based on each letter of the alphabet. Would you like some videos and worksheets that walk you through how to develop this powerful system?

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Mastery of the technique seems to occur about halfway between creating all 26 and filling each with approximately 10 pieces of information each.

Anything less just isn’t leading you to the “Magnetic” effect I have in mind for you.

Skeptical about this techniques? No worries. Here’s the science behind why this memory technique works so well.

Enter The Alphabet List

Some people may call the alphabet list by another name, such a celebrity list, bestiary or “sun list.” No matter what you call it, the principle is generally the same.

An alphabet list is simple a list of figures that you’re able to draw upon that you have figured out in advance. It’s not unlike one of the four pegword systems out there. 

Your Memory Palace Network can help to generate your alphabet list. Here’s how:

If you have one Memory Palace with 26 Magnetic Stations, place one Magnetic Image on each station in alphabetical order.

Remember Axl Rose?

He’s a perfect ‘A’ figure for station one of this Memory Palace.

How about Bill Murray for ‘B’? Christian Bale for C?

(Now, I know what you might be thinking:

“Didn’t he just use Axl Rose for Rose? Is he an ‘A’ or an ‘R’?!?”

My friend, I’d be dumbing this down too much if I didn’t tell you the truth:

Every Magnetic Image with a first and last name can be both. Is that too hard to grasp? 

If so, I suggest you catch yourself, because it really isn’t that difficult. Every shoe lace is one shoe lace, but we still make two ears to tie a single bow, if you catch my drift.) 

Cartoon of a man overthinking making a simple PAO list

Go ahead and try this by simply writing out A-Z on a sheet of paper and filling in 26 celebrities.


Just get a pencil and some paper and make it happen.

Then, the next time you have to memorize something, look at the first letter of the information and use your “Magnetic Image” to help you.

A simple Alphabet List, Celebrity List or Bestiary

This simple Celebrity List took 2.5 minutes to create. In medieval times, mnemonists called this technique the “Bestiary” and would have used primarily animals that symbolized concepts with which they were deeply familiar.

For example, I memorized a Chinese word yesterday that had ‘Z’ for the first syllable and ‘G’ for the second. I saw Zorro playing Sega Genesis, guided by several of my lists.

Should you create several lists?

Yes! Having more than one list is essential if you want to become a human mnemonics dictionary (recommended).

But there’s a catch:

Although you want fixed references that you draw upon, you also want flexibility.

For example, I might meet someone name Rose, but perhaps Axl Rose won’t appear that day (for whatever reason).

For that reason, I’ll want to be able to spontaneously come up with another, equally powerful version option.


By practicing creating lists. That’s what makes it easy to come up with mnemonic examples spontaneously when something from your lists doesn’t appear.

Why The Major System Simplifies Everything
(Even If It Appears Difficult At First)

Let me be blunt:

Everyone needs a technique in place for number memorization.

Although the Dominic System is a strong option, I’ve always preferred the Major.

In case you’re not familiar with these terms, both help you transform numbers into sounds that you can turn into words. The grid you need to memorize is this:

Major System on the Magnetic Memory Method


Once you’ve got this in your mind, it takes just a bit of practice to spontaneously generate words for numbers.

For example, I might think of “chuck” when I need to remember the number 67.

However, remember the principle of preparation.

As with the alphabet list, it’s far better to have all of your possible characters ready in advance.

A list based on either the Major System or the Dominic System is often called a 00-99 list or a P.A.O. (Person, Action, Object.)

This is where you might think…

I thought you told me not to overcomplicate this process!

And you’d be right, which is why I suggest beginners focus only on the grid listed above in the beginning. I used it with no problems for a few years before assigning a character to each two-digit number combination.

It takes four minutes to memorize if you just notice a few things about each association:

  • D and T both have a single downstroke that looks like the digit 1.
  • N has two downstrokes, and Noah took the animals onto the ark in pairs.
  • M has three downstrokes, and looks like a mustache or McDonalds logo on its side.
  • R looks kind of like a rounded 4, but it’s facing the wrong direction.
  • L is exactly the shape you’ll see your left hand thumb and forefinger make if you hold it out in front of you.
  • Ships kind of look like the number 6 if they’re tipped on their side… especially if they’re hauling jars filled with chip.
  • K is kind of like two 7s lying on top of each other.
  • F and V are produced by making the same basic shape with your lips. Go “vroom” for a few minutes while thinking about a V8 engine.
  • B and P either contain or look pretty much like the number 9.

Don’t make it more complicated than this – because it isn’t.

Practice until you’ve got it down pat and then start listing your words. Here are some tips for that:

Next, practice memorizing real world numbers:

Go to the store and memorize the prices of the items you see.

Commit historical dates of movies to memory, or even the release dates of your favorite artist’s discography.

Whatever numbers are important and applicable to your life, make those your learning goal. Use these Memory Palace examples to help you understand how to store the imagery.


Practice Makes Progress

Once you have your tools in place, what next?


You must practice “snapping” your Mental Lego together. Your Magnetic Imagery has been doubled checked and organized. All the heavy lifting is done.

Image of a brain shining with radian light

But seriously, where do you start?

Here’s what I suggest:

Names are the most essential information on the planet.


Because every piece of information, every item, every action and every place is assigned a name.

Even better:

There are several low-pressure, low-stress memory exercises that let you practice name memorization.

Sheet music

Try this:

Go through your CDs at home, or your records, or your tapes, if you still have tapes, and then think “Do I know every member in this band?” If not, practice with these names in the comfort of your living room. 

If you like movies, you can work with movies.

For example, you can go through movie collection and think “Okay, what are the directors of these movies?” 

What’s important about these kinds of practices is they’re all low stress. You’re not going into a room and memorizing a bunch of names and only stressing yourself out.

But when you’re ready for the challenge, go into restaurants and memorize the names of staff members. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about. They’ll forget all about it and you can analyze what went wrong with your Magnetic Imagery and Memory Palace strategy. 

The Power Of Practicing With Vocabulary and Phrases

Once you have a firm grasp of names, you can practice vocabulary and phrases.

You can either search out a Random Name Generator on Google, or take the exercise analog with a real dictionary if you want to avoid digital amnesia.

Image of Scrabble letters saying Carpe Diem to express the need to take action now with memorizing vocabulary

For phrases, this is where a larger memorization project comes in. Is there a particular famous speech you want to memorize, a poem, or other text? Break the entire piece down, phrase by phrase, and apply your memorization tools to this exercise.

Why This Time Commitment Pays Huge Dividends

You might be asking, “How long should all of this take?”

It’s an okay question, but not the best one.

The reality is that only you hold the answer for how long memory mastery will take. After all, your definition of “good” may differ wildly from another person’s, depending on how laid back your practice is, or how many perfectionist tendencies you possess.

But let me be direct based on nearly a decade of teaching these skills:

On average, within two to five hours, most people have all of the tools we’ve talked about on this page covered.

Compared to other fields, this is only the amount of time it would take to:

  • Run a marathon.
  • Cook a stellar three course meal.
  • Assemble a dresser from Ikea.

Isn’t your memory worth this truly insignificant amount of time?

Sure, it’s a couple of hours. But that’s not a huge time commitment considering the lifelong value you get out of the tools.

Plus, the development of your systems is as important as the systems themselves. It really all comes down to finding a starting point.

The Secret To Just Getting Started

If you don’t know where to start, you need to come up with a learning goal. What is it you would like to achieve? What would you like to accomplish? If you can figure that out, then the starting point will become clear.

Here are some further tips on setting goals and crafting a Magnetic Vision Statement:

Take the time to set a proper course, and you will be rewarded with focus.

But don’t just settle for goals.

Build the systems that enable you to make steady progress towards accomplishing those goals. It’s about bringing vision and step-by-step planning together. Speaking of which, here are…

Your Next Steps

Once you have your starting point and the desire for creating your own systems, complete your first Memory Palace and Celebrity List. As we discussed, your Memory Palace will help you to memorize all the other tools. Consider developing these tools both the first and most important step.

With these tools in place your next step is to choose a meaningful learning project.

My suggestion:

Learn and practice these memory tools with something that will improve your life:

  • What will lead to a promotion at your job?
  • What doors will learning a new language open for you?
  • What skills can you learn that will truly transform your life?

In sum, you will learn way more by doing and reflecting, than just overthinking the process in advance.

Think of it this way:

If you are tasked with walking a mile, what is the only thing that causes you to travel that distance?

Putting one foot in front of the other.


Don’t stress yourself out over these techniques. 

And don’t let your need for “success” stop you from taking action.

Need a “guaranteed” outcome is the biggest flaw of overthinking. It’s the worst kind of overthinking and leads far too many people to a standstill. Overthinking leads paralysis analysis, which is like being caught by the dark side.

And that is something we should all use the “force” of memory to resist.

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Loci Method: 9 PRACTICAL Memory Palace Practice Tips Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:58:02 +0000 12 <p>The loci method is easy to understand, but hard to practice consistently. These 9 PRACTICAL tips will help you accomplish your Memory Palace learning goals.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Loci Method: 9 PRACTICAL Memory Palace Practice Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of a glass ball magnifying a mansion to express a concept related to the loci methodAre you intimidated by the idea of building your own Memory Palace using the loci method?

After all, the word “palace” brings to mind an elaborate dwelling. 

It’s huge. 

And complicated, right?

It doesn’t have to be that way. 

Just think of the phrase “Memory Palace” or “Mind Palace” as a name that helps you cherish the knowledge you put into it. It’s not really about the place itself.

And the term “loci method” really just means that we’re turning space itself into a mnemonic device. I think of this memory tool as a “location-based mnemonic.”

Personally, whenever I get stuck on how to best use the technique, I mind map out as many method of loci examples as I can.

But on this page, I want to go further. 

I want to help you learn the loci method well and build your first Memory Palace Network in a way that is completely stress-free.

That’s why I’ve put together these nine practical tips that will help you practice the technique once you’ve learned it.

Let’s dive in.

#1: Learn To Use The Loci Method Simply

This means exactly what you think.

No clickbait here. Just keep it simple.

Don’t overcomplicate or overthink the Memory Palace technique.

It’s easy to overthink and analyze, of course. It’s in our nature, right? Well, we can still scrub it out. Here’s some help:


#2: Add Complexity As Your Skills Grow

Just because we want to keep things simple, doesn’t mean we’re going to stand still. 

Although you use of the method of loci should be simple in the beginning, naturally adding complexity as your skills grow is important.

For example, your first simple Memory Palace of your childhood bedroom can grow to include:

But before you expand, you’ve got to get good with just one Memory Palace.

Image of complex archicture to express how people use the method of loci in advanced ways too soon

That means starting with your existing competence. Don’t overcomplicate things.

With practice you will see that there are some places where simplicity will always rule and complexity is not desirable.

Ever heard of the phrase, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should?”

That’s a great rule of thumb to keep in mind when using this memory method.

#3: Use Different Sized Journeys

Once you have grown your practice to where you have built several Memory Palaces, you’ll want to have a way of linking them together, right? This is where the Method of Loci, or journey method comes in. 

Consider this:

You’re planning a road trip to a big music festival several hours away.

You can take several routes to get there.

You want to get there as quickly as possible, to get your tent set up, your campsite secure, so you won’t miss any of the bands on the lineup. You’re not wasting any time between loading up your car and pulling up to the front gate. 

Then on the way back you need some time to decompress. You’ve spent four days in a field, listening to the biggest names in music from sun up to well past sundown. You’re not in a hurry to get back to the “real world.”

You take the scenic route home, stopping at greasy spoon diners and tourist traps along the way. You make a game of it by telling Google Maps to “avoid highways” even.

Both these routes got you from point A to point B (or B to A as the case may be) but they were significantly different. They had a different purpose. Think of your journeys linking your memory palaces in this same way. You have shorter and longer journeys, more complex and simpler journeys, all to serve you differently.

#4: Use White Space

“Less is more.”

While it can be useful to have very condensed Memory Palaces, and those memory palaces can be filled and overloaded with tons of stations, it can also be very beneficial to see what happens when you have less. Try working in a manner that’s spaced out, instead of overloaded.

Photo of an empty room with white walls

You can apply this idea to not only your Memory Palaces, but what you encode in them. Memorize less, encode less, and see if you’re able to have more recall from focusing on fewer pieces of information. 

The goal is to avoid the “Dr. Faust effect.”

The legend of Faust warns us against a downfall caused by a greed for all knowledge. He was unsatisfied with a mastery of law, logic, science and theology, and turned to the dark arts, where he eventually was damned after he sold his soul to Mephistopheles for more knowledge.

Instead of just collecting information, and never feeling satiated, why not be satisfied with the big ideas, and having an appreciation of the “white space”? You’ll find that your mind will fill in the blanks and you don’t need that overload of information. The white space will take care of itself. Let your Memory Palaces breathe.

#5: Complete Both Short Term And Long Term Projects

To keep your practice fresh, have both short and long term projects you are working towards.

A classic short term project is to have a daily run through of memorizing playing cards. Keep a deck handy (maybe beside your coffee pot in the morning, or near your reading nook) so you can shuffle and memorize a handful in your downtime.

For a longer term project, this may be learning a new language or memorizing a collection of poetry.

Toggling these two projects will keep you from becoming bored and burnt out with a singular goal. 

#6: Explore Indoor vs. Outdoor Memory Palace Options

As you move toggle between short and long term projects, explore using indoor and outdoor Memory Palaces for your memory journeys.

As an alternative to viewing your memory tools as simply one large Memory Palace, what if you thought of it as a collection of smaller memory palaces?

Kevin Richardson skydiving while wandering a Memory Palace

Okay, Kevin… Not that far outside!

For example, a home is a collection of room, a room a collection of areas and corners. A park can be seen as a playground area, hiking trail, community pool.

(Or you can skydive and wander your Memory Palaces like Kevin Richardson does while using Recall Rehearsal for learning Japanese with mnemonics.)

Be flexible and bring a sense of playfulness to creating your Memory Palaces. They will be far more beneficial as living and growing entities instead of a static, fixed creation.

For more on outdoor Memory Palaces, check out my discussion with Lynne Kelly on the craft of memory.

#7: Understand That Memory Palaces Are Pegs To Which You Can Add Pegs

Think of your Memory Palaces as pegs to which you can add pegs, or spaces to which you can add pegs.

When people first get started with memory techniques they may see these tools as mutually exclusive, instead of elements that can be used in partnership.

Yet, the Peg System works exactly how you would imagine, pegging or linking one thing to another. Building upon what you do know, you connect the new information to it in your mind. 

(No, peg system is not that different from the pegword method, but it’s worth exploring both.)

#8: Persist with S.I.P.

Now even though I’ve broken down mastery of the Method of Loci down to nine simple tips, it may not always be easy peasy. You will be faced with challenges along the way. There’s just no getting around it. Success with these methods is not about not having those setbacks, but that you know how to deal with them. 

And one of the best ways to deal with those challenges is to make sure you have a good library of memory training.

Use all of the information you have available to you. Utilize it constantly and consistently. Take S.I.P. to heart: 

S = Study the techniques for yourself consistently over time

I = Implement what you learn from you study of memory techniques and its tradition.

P = Practice these techniques with information that improves your life.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Be ever vigilant in tweaking your practice and improving it. As Nicholas Castle found, this practice can release you from some big problems in life, as it did with his PTSD

#9: Keep A Memory Journal

Finally, keep a memory journal. It is crucial to have a place, a record of what you’re doing, how you’re doing it. Only then are you able to proceed and know where you’re going if you know where you’ve come from.

Although you could use something like Evernote for better memory journaling, I personally don’t see the attraction.

Instead, consider going back to “keep it simple.”

Anthony Metivier using the Freedom Journal

And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, just start with just one of the tips on this page.

See how implementing it improves the ease and speed of which you can create memory palaces and progress through the Method of Loci.

Mix and match these principles to maximize your efforts and you’ll see just how effortless the process can be with practice over time. Then move on to these more advanced Memory Palaces training exercises

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Scott Young On “Ultralearning” In Your Self-Directed Education Journey Fri, 16 Aug 2019 04:25:39 +0000 2 <p>Ultralearning by Scott Young shows you how to master hard skills at a greater pace. Learn how following simple rules can help you outsmart the competition. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Scott Young On “Ultralearning” In Your Self-Directed Education Journey</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Scott Young author of Ultralearning profile pic for Magnetic Memory Method PodcastYou’ve probably spent time in your educational career feeling frustrated, right?

You know the routine:

It’s the night before a test, and instead of resting…

You’re “cramming” to try to remember the things that didn’t quite stick during a lecture.

Here’s the thing.

It’s not your fault.

And there truly is a better way to learn.

No, it’s not sitting and listening to a professor, reading or copying from a textbook, conversing with a language learning partner, or mindlessly practicing yet another skill suggested by a learning “guru”.

To help explain what really works, my guest today on the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast is Scott Young, author of the new book, Ultralearning. 

Ultralearning by Scott Young Book Cover

In this book, Scott shares the stories of people like language learner Benny Lewis, Eric Barone, World Championships of Public Speaking finalist Tristan De Montebello, and the French Scrabble world champion Nigel Richards.

These are people just like you. The only difference is they’ve discovered a better way to learn, through “aggressive,” self-directed learning.

Today’s conversation with Scott not only explores the concept of “ultralearning,” but Scott shares his own efforts to learn more, better, and faster.

To be frank, a lot of involves simply directing your energy towards what works. Isn’t that better than spending years trying to fit into a traditional learning model that may not work for you?

So, if you’ve ever struggled to learn a new language through books alone…

If you’ve sat in a classroom only watching a professor demonstrate a chemistry experiment and not been able to “get it” because you lacked hands on experience…

If you’ve used trial and error to make the perfect recipe and still ended up with a soupy mess for pancakes or an overly salty roasted chicken…

Ultralearning can be the breakthrough you’re looking for to finally discover what really works for you to achieve you learning goals.

Press play now and learn all about:

  • The definition of ultralearning and the origin of the term
  • The difference between autodidacticism and ultralearning
  • Why self-education is not always the best choice for effective and efficient learning
  • The importance of being a skeptic while being a reader
  • Why we really don’t know what we’re truly capable of…we’re actually shortchanging ourselves
  • How ultralearning can be masochistic, yet beneficial
  • Why you should actually care about the act of learning
  • Why self-testing and feedback are necessary, even with self-directed learning
  • The role of free will in education
  • What meaningful progress looks like in achieving your learning goals
  • The difference between procedural and declarative memory
  • How and when mnemonics are useful 
  • Overcoming challenges with consistency in a learning practice
  • Contrasting the traditional work model and entrepreneurship (pros and cons of each)

When it comes to consistency in scheduling, Scott is also tremendously generous in sharing how he schedules his time. Check this out:

So you see?

It’s really not so hard.

Does Ultralearning Get My Thumbs Up?

Ultralearning by Scott Young Book Cover

You bet!

I’ve actually been reading Scott’s emails for a long time and even sought out his okay to hold this live stream walkthrough of a piece on his blog about critical thinking:

I hope he and I will have a chat to discuss the role of critical thinking in learning more in the future. But for now…

Don’t miss this book and make sure you follow Scott Young!

Further Resources on the Web, this podcast, and the MMM Blog:

Scott’s official website

Scott Young on Twitter

Scott’s Facebook page

Scott’s YouTube Channel

Scott’s interview with The Leefkoe Institute

21 Study Tips on

Brain Exercise Apps: Do They Help or Hinder Cognitive Development?

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Memory Craft: Lynne Kelly On The Potent Power Of Ancient Mnemonics Thu, 08 Aug 2019 04:44:51 +0000 2 <p>Lynne Kelly joins the podcast to discuss her new book Memory Craft. We discuss the Memory Palace technique, her bestiary, rapscallions and much, much more. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Memory Craft: Lynne Kelly On The Potent Power Of Ancient Mnemonics</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Cover of Memory Craft by Lynne KellyIt only took three pages for Memory Craft to become my favorite book on the art of memory.


The answer is simple:

Lynne Kelly, the author of Memory Craft, is devoted to helping people memorize information that matters.

And in a world cramped with endless memory improvement books devoted to directing memory skills at insignificant trivia, Memory Craft is a breath of fresh air.

Here’s why:

Memory Craft concentrates on learning facts, languages and processes real people can use in every day life (like using the multiplication table directly from memory). She also addresses memory science and how these techniques can be used by young people.

Now, you may remember Lynne Kelly from a previous interview where we discussed her fantastic book, The Memory Code.

I’m thrilled to have her return to The Magnetic Memory Method Podcast to talk about her newest release. The full title is: Memory Craft: Improve Your Memory Using the Most Powerful Methods From Around the World.

For those of you not familiar with Lynne, here’s the lowdown:

Not only is Lynne Kelly the author of several books on memory, but she is a highly skilled researcher, science educator, author and memory competitor.

Lynny Kelly portrait with a cover of Memory Craft

Most known for her theory about Stonehenge’s purpose, she has also contributed to work in popular science and is a promoter of skepticism.

Lynne’s critical thinking and contributions to such a wide range of science subjects has led to awards from the Royal Zoological Society of South Wales among others. As a memory expert, Lynne Kelly is that rare practitioner who takes on large learning projects and shares the journey in addition to attending memory sport activities.

And that’s what makes today’s conversation with Lynne so special. Lynne helps us explore our need as a species to treat our minds as “muscles” that deserve ongoing development, ideally through a combination of learning and play.

Using tested memory techniques for completing fun and engaging memorization tasks, Lynne traces the timeline of the important role these skills have placed from ancient times to today’s memory competitors.

As a unique book on accelerated learning techniques, you’ll discover visual alphabets, medieval bestiaries, indigenous learning systems, and modern card memorization as Lynne has explored and updated them for citizens of the modern world.

If you want to learn a foreign language, you need to memorize and deliver a speech, or you’re a student preparing for an exam Lynne has a solution for your memory dilemma. The best part?

Lynne’s suggestions for incorporating mental exercise into your daily routines work even if you only have 5 minutes a day.

Intrigued? Press play above and you’ll discover:

* The real reason why stores play such upbeat, catchy music.

* Why outdoor Memory Palaces can be so helpful for memory retention.

* The benefits of “setting aside” time for memory training versus incorporating practice into everyday life.

* How vivid, violent, or vulgar imagery can bring abstract concepts to life.

* Why “rapscallions” are useful memory tools and not just mischievous little creatures.

* How art can help you remember more in a Memory Palace.

* The pros and cons to living with aphantasia.

* The key to using hooks and layering to create dynamic visuals.

Lynne Kelly holding a copy of her book Memory Craft* How to “dialogue” with your memory aids.

* Why we should encode using music and places for maximum mental skill (and possible mental health) benefits.

* The usefulness of memory techniques for school aged children and their long-term effects.

* The secret to overcoming “ghosting” when using memory techniques.

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

Lynne Kelly (The Memory Whisperer)

Lynne Kelly on Twitter

Lynne Kelly’s TEDxMelbourne Talk

Lynne Kelly on Amazon

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9 Awesome Accelerated Learning Techniques [Beyond Mnemonics] Thu, 01 Aug 2019 06:38:36 +0000 6 <p>Accelerated learning techniques are a dime a dozen. But there are two problems common to all of them. Listen now as we weed 'em out and focus only on the best from the highest possible level. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">9 Awesome Accelerated Learning Techniques [Beyond Mnemonics]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Image of a clock for accelerated learning techniques blog postDo accelerated learning techniques really speed up learning?

Well, if you’re looking for ways to maximize your study sessions and get the most “bang for your buck,” here’s the real deal:

Most of the shortcuts people associate with “speed learning” and “speed reading” actually make things longer and harder.

That’s right:

Speed reading is not a shortcut!

(This is because most people can neither comprehend nor remember when they’re skimming like a maniac.)

But if you want a collection of techniques that will truly accelerate your learning process and help you master your discipline in a shorter amount of time, then it really does need to be just that:

A collection.

And to be clear:

Learning “faster” isn’t always about efficiency.

In fact, the fantasy of efficiency throws up one of the biggest barriers around. People waste time trying to master shortcuts that are never going to work.


Because they haven’t mastered the fundamentals that allow the learner to even understand the shortcuts, let alone effectively use them.

And that’s why we’re going to start this training by busting some of the myths around learning techniques that some self-proclaimed learning gurus (strangely) vilify:

  • Highlighting
  • Re-reading
  • Keyword notes

We’ll cover when and why these 3 techniques can actually be great, and then explore 6 of the classic accelerated learning techniques everyone should know.

What Makes A Learning Technique “Accelerated”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally found highlighting and re-reading to be very helpful.

But there is definitely a right and a wrong way to perform these strategies. 

In fact, they are deeply problematic if you don’t take into account what matters:

Context and strategy.

(Especially with respect to effective note taking techniques.)

Whenever evaluating a learning technique, ask yourself important questions like, “What context am I in?” and “Does this apply to what I’m learning?”

Take into account your desired outcome and the application of strategy in context.

Use A Mind Map And Vision Statement To Help

Literally map out what you want to achieve and see how relevant a learning strategy is to that goal. I suggest you use Tony Buzan’s Mind Map Mastery to help.

I also suggest you create a vision statement. Here’s how:

Then, analyze your results with the technique you implement into your study sessions. It literally requires some trial and error before you pass final judgment on what works in different contexts.

Finally, you must be willing to conduct experimentation to improve your results. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes while searching for what works best for you. There is no end all, be all when it comes to study techniques.

It doesn’t matter what others say. Highlighting can be useful in context, and I’ll explain why. Re-reading can be a great strategy for learning. Keyword notes can be extremely beneficial to achieve your desired outcome.

My advice? Don’t listen to the critics who dismiss these techniques so easily…instead let’s explore them a bit more in depth.

3 Bad Learning Techniques Made Good (In The Right Contexts)

Image of Bible with Sharpie to illustrate how sensible highlighting can be an accelerated learning technique

  1. Sensible Highlighting

Highlighting can be useful for names, dates, key terms, and definitions.

Why is it a useful technique?

Certainly not because it helps you concentrate better while reading a text. After all, no matter how much you refine the approach, you’re still stopping and starting the reading process.

Nonetheless, the benefit of highlighting’s usefulness is rooted in delayed benefits.

For example, when you return to the text you can rapidly flip through the pages and say:

“That’s information I need.”

You don’t get the results immediately, but in context, the benefits can be powerful.

Used in a sparse and targeted manner, highlighting is a great alternative to having to search for specific kinds of information.

What kinds of information? When I was in university, I used highlighting for creating “beacons” that helped me rapidly gather:

  • Names of people
  • Dates
  • Key terms and definitions

I identified them on the first read, and then circled back to pick them up for memorization later.

Color Coded Highlights?

Should you experiment with color coding your highlighting?

If it helps you rapidly distinguish names from dates, why not? I’ve personally never found pausing to change colors worth the time, but you might.

For me, I limit this technique to specific “seek and find” tasks. Highlighting in just one color – sparingly – is the best strategy when I don’t mind marking up my books.

Alternatives to Highlighting

There are alternatives to highlighting as well. These are tidier and a bit easier on the eyes than a sea of neon in your text.

For example, try something I’ve coined the Marginalia Dot, a simple dot in the margins.

The Marginalia Dot learning technique illustration

You can also use squares, circles, stars, or some other shape. These are much easier to scan and I find they work a lot better than brackets or underlining in a text. Their non-intrusive nature preserve the aesthetic value and readability of the book too. 

Even better, this technique introduces an element of memory exercise. Instead of “feeding” yourself the information you wanted to remember, the Marginalia Dot prompts you to remember.

The book’s content helps remind you, of course, but you’re not taking the simple way out. You’re forcing yourself to grow.

What do I do after laying out all these tiny dots? I use this textbook memorization technique with index cards.

In all cases, develop your own system so you can discover what works best for you. Only you can, so dive in!

  1. Re-Reading

I’m no stranger to re-reading a text, as you know.

Personally, I feel that re-reading is always a good idea after pre-reading and priming as well as after reading a book, and even after note gathering and memorization.

Now, I know that one of the reasons why re-reading is frowned upon is not because of the effectiveness of the technique itself.

It’s user error.

People have just not thought to budget and schedule the time for re-reading. The key is to set aside the time, instead of blaming time for being what it is.

  1. Keyword Notes

While the precise definition of “keyword notes” varies from person to person, it generally just means boiling bigger ideas down into individual words that help us unlock the larger concept.

For example, on this mind map, I boiled down an entire concept related to practice down to just that keyword, even though multiple ideas were involved.

Not madness like this early mind map I created (though this approach was not entirely for nothing):

Anthony Metivier Mind Map For A Book Without Tony Buzan Mind Map Mastery Tips

A problem that many learners face is that they just don’t know what keywords they should use to unlock the larger concepts.

The best way to gain clarity? Ask.

Ask your professor, ask other students, or even the department secretary. Ask for copies of previous exams, or explore related texts by using indexes, bibliographies and online search tools suggested by librarians.

You must become a bit of a self-directed detective. Learn to ask the “right” questions by just getting started with asking them.

Also, here’s a next-level mindset tip: Let go of the idea that you could ever know everything there is to know. We are all constantly learning. We are lifetime learners, constantly searching out “keywords.” Accept this fact and enjoy the ride.

What Makes The “Good Accelerated Learning Techniques” Coming Up So Good?…

If highlighting, re-reading, and keyword notes are bad, what makes an accelerated learning technique good?

The same things that make the bad, bad! (Mind-blowing, I know.)

Remember, it’s not so much about the techniques, as it is the strategic deployment of the right technique in the right context.

When it comes to the classic accelerated learning techniques, let’s explore more of the details that will help you choose based on the learning situations you find yourself in.

  1. Self-Explanation

There are many ways to practice self-explanation, such as the Feynman technique:

Another method is to perform regular progress checks. Here’s how:

Record and analyze your progress. You don’t have to be hard on yourself if you don’t see a rapid improvement or something you believe is measurable, but really invest the time to explore where you are at with your learning journey.

For related tips like these, please see:

How to Create An UNSHAKABLE Memory Palace Training Routine

Take Practice Tests

Whether they be in textbooks, online, or are previous tests from your department of study, there are practice tests widely available for you to utilize if you seek them out.

Once you take the time to find “where you’re at,” and know what needs improvement in your knowledge base, fill in the gaps with some “brute force learning.”

Although this accelerated learning term sounds like cramming, it isn’t.

Instead, putting on a timer and gobbling up as much related information as you can helps foster better understanding. It’s a powerful alternative to saying “I don’t understand.”

Instead, you tell yourself “I’m going to understand this. This is not something that I get right now, but I’m going to write out what it is I don’t get, and then I’m going to craft a plan that helps me seal the gaps.”

In this way, you are taking charge of your education through self-explanation and a little tough love. So the next time you get hung up on something, journal the nature of the problem and then write out the most likely way to solve it.

Like this:

“I don’t understand this concept about nuclear fission. My book defines it as ______________. What I don’t understand specifically is _____________. To help myself understand, I’m going to search the key terms on Wikipedia, YouTube and try to find a few blog posts from experts on Google.”

Isn’t a small bit of time spent in self-explanation better than giving up?

  1. Elaboration

Elaboration is a mental process where you repeatedly ask yourself the classic questions of “Who, what, where, when, why, and how?”

Instead of just reading a text, this approach allows you to dig into it contextually. It’s essentially a means of manually injecting curiosity into your learning process.

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For example, when dealing with mathematical formulas (for example) you can ask:

  • Who came up with this?
  • What were they doing with it?
  • When did they come up with it?
  • Where were they when they came up with it?
  • Why did they come up with it?
  • How exactly did they come up with it?

Really engage in the mental process of doing more than reading, but exploring, through questioning, the context.

Historical context can be very important!

The more you look at historical contexts, the more you’re able to compound a variety of levels of information. This act is itself a memory aid because you create more mental connections while doing it.

You’ll also want to use tools of comparison and contrast. Compare things historically, geographically, and geo-historically.

The possibilities are infinite. Use the power of combining multiple levels with these simple questions to your advantage.

The Power Of Consequences

Finally, take into consideration consequences of things which are always important to know.

For example, you can ask: “For those who understand the consequences of this knowledge, what happens for them as a result?”

Albeit conceptual, this is yet another layer of information that can deeply bolster your understanding and instantly make things more memorable.

At the end of the day it all comes down to getting granular with the text and diving deeper than a surface level of engagement so common amongst those who read passively.

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  1. Proper Goal Setting

You must have a purpose and a why to what you’re doing. Too many times young people are pushed into making major life decisions at a very early age. Even if these people do become successful, they often wind up wearing golden handcuffs.

What exactly are golden handcuffs?

Golden handcuffs chain your life when you’re successful in completing goals, but you wind up miserable because you’ve led yourself into a career that is very different from what you wanted to do.

For example, how many highly successful doctors or lawyers had childhood dreams of becoming artists or musicians? What about the corporate executive who really wanted to be an author when he or she grew up?

At surface level they have it all figured out and should be happy. But we all know how it goes. In reality, so many people who seem successful are actually unfulfilled. And sometimes, accelerated learning techniques helped lead them into the maze that traps them.

How can this be avoided?

Easy: Proper goal setting.

Set goals that:

  • You can actually accomplish
  • You actually want the outcome of,
  • Help you grow
  • Give you options beyond the outcome so that you’re able to go in different directions after you’ve accomplished a certain level of goal.

Many people set goals that require smaller goals on the way to a larger goal, like stepping stones.

The smaller goals build up larger and larger until the ultimate goal is accomplished, one leading to the next.

Understand that even the smallest goal has to start somewhere. This should be based upon your existing competence. Proper goal setting takes into account an already established knowledge base, no matter how small.

Proper goal setting also is conscious of the Challenge-Frustration curve. You may find yourself bored as things get easier, as your goals are achieved, and, admittedly, that is a tortuous thing.

Experiment and find the balance of giving yourself sufficient challenge, but not so much that you are constantly frustrated and become burnt out.

Finally, take into consideration the 80/20 rule when goal setting.

  1. Remove or Manage Distractions

Easier said than done right?

After all, distractions can be internal or external. Oddly enough, it’s the internal distractions that are bigger, meaner, and nastier than anything from the outside world.

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Internal Distractions

Internal distractions are largely mental. The stories we tell ourselves, and the way we convince ourselves we’re not good enough, smart enough, or capable is grossly unfair.

Although such rotten mental content has no place in an intelligent mind, nonetheless, it’s there.

More crazy:

We reason and justify negativity so that we believe it’s logical and our truth. It’s a constant inner battle.

In my experience, meditation and taking care of diet and sleep are the best cure.

External Distractions

Distractions can also be external.

Take into consideration your learning environment. Is it too crowded? Too noisy? How is the lighting? Find out if a steady hum of people and bright lights is beneficial to your or a distraction.

Also, do you work better in a more dimly lit space with silence? Experiment with your study space to find what works best for you. Take steps to remove or reduce those environmental distractions to multiply your efforts.

  1. Multi-Sensory Learning

We’ve talked in great detail about the Big Five of Learning – reading, writing, listening, and speaking and their benefits to memorization and learning. By creating a multi-sensory experience, far more physical and mental connections are made.

When you use multi-sensory learning across multiple disciplines, the material becomes more naturally etched in your mind.

In addition to the Big Five explore the idea of distributed practice. Experiment with studying in short sessions, learning broken up into smaller bursts, over a long period of time.

Learn Faster By Changing Spots

Finally, try changing contexts or locations. The novelty of a new learning environment may be exactly what you need for retention.

Once you’ve found your ideal learning environment explore places with the same aesthetic.

Rotate between several cafes or area libraries. If you find yourself hitting a wall at a location, move to the next. You can even take the opportunity to walk between the places as a Memory Palace journey. Here’s how:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Yes, taking a break to walk between locations really can help you learn faster. It’s great for writing too (most of the articles on this blog were written while walking between cafes, as it happens.)

Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers

Tony Buzan with Anthony Metivier and Phil Chambers

  1. Coaches and Mentors

Coaches and mentors are huge for accelerating your learning.

If you don’t have one, you should figure out how to get one.

Not only do you have the actual expertise of the person who’s gotten where you want to get, but they can see what you’re doing with a granular level of detail that someone who is not at that place that you want to get can never see.

We know there are benefits to a study group and discussion among peers, but a coach or a mentor is next level engagement. They can pick up the details of what you’re doing wrong, and what you’re doing right and give you advice, from personal experience, on how to improve.

If your discipline is so niche or you are unable, for any reason, to find a mentor, consider Tim Ferriss’s  idea of DiSSS.

D stands for deconstructing.

Look at top level experts or performers in your field. Analyze what they are doing right, or what works for them. What techniques have led to their success? What strategies have they utilized to excel at their craft?

Find and use the great ideas, but also use your critical thinking skills. What failures and setbacks have they had along their journey? Knowing their weaknesses and making note of their failures and missteps can help you to avoid those same mistakes.

(I has no representation. It is simply a placeholder vowel so the acronym can be spoken, therefore easily remembered.)

S is selection from similarity.

Selection involves meta learning or knowing how to learn. For example, if you have a goal of learning multiple languages, start with the second language where you started with the first.

If you are learning vocabulary and you began with household objects for your first language – bed, table, door, chair, etc., –  begin with this same vocabulary for the next language. Craft a modus operandi.

S stands for study. You have to put in the work. There’s no shortcut there. Studying is focused time and effort.

The final S represents stakes. Simply put, we’re talking about having skin in the game. Invest in yourself. Make sure you have the best possible training that you can get. If coaching and mentorship is an option for you (and even if it isn’t), make it happen.

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Is Simplicity Actually Worth It?

There’s a trend out there these days that involves learning gurus urging people to seek out simplicity. After all, we naturally shy away from complication, and the sharks know how confirmation bias works. They’re singing exactly the tune most people want to hear.

Instead, I suggest that you ask yourself this difficult question:

“Should I simplify or look complexity in the eye?”

If you really want to experience accelerated learning, I challenge you to avoid the easy route. Stop simplifying things for simplification’s sake.

Learning doesn’t need to be simple, and the best science we have shows beyond a doubt that learning must be challenging in order for growth to take place.

Instead of simplifying information, make it manageable. Not easy, but manageable. In other words, deconstruct the steps involved, just as Tim Ferriss suggests.

Above all, remember to keep flexible. You may need to rework your plans, examine your goals for practicality’s sake, or raise the stakes. For many people, they’re goals actually aren’t lofty enough.

And just get started!

Once in motion, you’ll soon see that everything that once seemed tough looks very different on the other side.

I’m talking about the side of acceleration that you’ll be proud of.


Because it is real, earned and entirely your own through authentic experience.

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How to Create An UNSHAKABLE Memory Palace Training Routine Thu, 18 Jul 2019 02:27:51 +0000 2 <p>It's easy to get overwhelmed when using memory techniques to achieve your learning goals. But if you create a Memory Palace training routine the right way, daily results fall into place. Learn how now. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Create An UNSHAKABLE Memory Palace Training Routine</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Feature Image For How to Create An UNSHAKABLE Memory Palace Training RoutineIf you want to create an unshakable Memory Palace training routine, here’s the most important point:

Your memory exercise routine needs to be immovable from your schedule.

Like a mountain.

Think for a second about what mountains represent:

Mountains symbolize strength, and they dominate the landscape. Mountains endure extreme weather, erosion, and yet remain sturdy.

Now, you may not think of your mind as being as sturdy and consistent as a mountain.

But when it comes to establishing memory ability and the mental power consistent memory training can create in your life, this level of sturdiness is possible.

All it takes is self-discipline, the application of the right techniques, and an established routine you love to maintain.

Image of a mountain to express how sturdy habits can be

How do I know?

For one thing, I’ve recited the same passages from memory for nearly two and a half years (Ribhu Gita and Upadesa Saram).

For many years more, I’ve released podcasts, blog posts and videos with (almost) weekly consistency. Only a regular memory practice and personal discipline makes accomplishing such goals possible.

Along the way, I’ve interviewed and made friends with many of the best memory athletes and memory experts on the planet. They’ve inspired me on my mission to spread knowledge about memory techniques as far and wide as possible, and to keep up with memory training each and every day.

Here’s what I’ve learned about Memory Palace training routines along the way.

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How To Topple The Biggest Barriers To Consistent Memory Training

First things first, you must master your mindset.

This step will help you eliminate the pain people associate with training, and the flight mode the fear of pain places people in.

Listen, I know it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re building your first Memory Palace Network.

Heck, for some people, even the first Memory Palace can be a challenge.

That’s why I created this free course and separated it into smaller and simpler steps:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

But here’s the truth:

Even the simplest course in the smallest amount of steps will still challenge you.

Not only is challenge to be expected…

It’s normal! Authentic brain exercise that leads to better memory must be a challenge. Otherwise, you won’t grow.

This fact (one that all scientists and top performers acknowledge) means that challenges are never a reason to accept defeat.

Yet… I’ve heard the same complaint a thousand times:

“Oh this is so much work.” “How will I ever have time for this? What if it doesn’t work?”

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How To Escape The “Pain Vs. Gain” Hamster Wheel

Well, what if?

Mental mastery starts with giving up fear of the unknown.

Why is this so important?

Because life is – and always will be – filled with unknowns!

For example, I just started memorizing Chinese characters.

All of a sudden, my brain starts melting under questions for which there is no answer:

  • What if I spend time on characters I won’t use?
  • What if I don’t have enough Memory Palaces?
  • What if I give up?
  • What if, what if, what if…

The good news is:

I know how to shut these questions about the unknown off. And I can help you. Here’s how:

You need to separate your “pain thoughts” from your “gain thoughts.”

After all, the dread created by thoughts of “so much work” erases the promise of what you stand to gain.

Plus, you can get all kinds of interference, as memory scientists call it, just one of many causes of forgetting.

How To “Flip The Script”

Instead of focusing on the pain, flip the script. Ask instead:

“What if I actually had a fully functional Memory Palace Network and could memorize information quickly? AND not only memorize it, but have it at my fingertips, when I need it?”

Replace focus on the pain with a serious grasp on the outcomes, the benefits, and the goals needed to help you create your first Memory Palace Network. Then create the simple systems that will help you achieve those goals.

Want proof that the Memory Palace technique works? This memory science makes it undeniable! All you need to bring is the practice. The tips below will help. Keep reading!

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Fight Vs. Flight:
How to Raise The Fists Of Your Memory And Keep Punching

Are “fight” or “flight” behaviors typical for you?

If you’re not sure, think about the last time you faced a really big challenge.

Did you dive in, or did you sit still and further cement your status as a “couch potato?” through more inactivity? (Let me know in the comments below if you wish.)

Now think about creating that Memory Palace Network (here are some varying examples of this memory technique to help you).

Do you see it as a challenge you can rise to or something to run from?

If you’re running from it, see if you can’t craft a different story for yourself. See yourself diving into battle without fear, for example.

Such a simple shift in mindset really can enable you to make it happen instead of throwing your hands up in the air, admitting defeat and hiding your head in the sand.

You really can harness those runaway, unhealthy, defeatist thoughts. You just need to step back from your ego a bit and objectively view the nature of your thoughts. Or use this simple tip:

Contrary to popular belief, this form of self-inquiry like this does not lead to paralysis analysis.

Instead, an honest analysis of how your mind creates fears and endless self-doubt really can help you take action. You really can start to understand that the barriers you face are really just thoughts in your mind. Walking meditation can help if you don’t like asking and answering these kinds of questions while sitting still.

In all cases, you must take action in order to fully understand how memory techniques work.

Put it this way:

How would you know that you can’t lift Thor’s hammer until that you’ve actually had the handle in your grip?

This is where having a proper mindset separates the wheat from the chaff.

You must have an “all-in” attitude. You’ve got to go for it with laser-focused intent.

The only question is… how do you develop the mindset that allows you to leave your fear and overwhelm about such a “big task” behind?

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Use The World’s Most Powerful Cliché And Find Your “Why”

“Know your why” is a cliché, to be sure.

But it works for a reason, and not just because it’s identifiable and relatable.

Thinking about your why causes you to take a long, hard look at your reason behind doing anything, much deeper than surface level reasons like looking smarter or getting a raise.

For this reason, every time we think about our Memory Palace training routines, we will do very well to revisit our why.

How To Dig Into Your Why

Ask yourself “What do I really need these techniques for?”

It is to become a memory champion? To pass exams? To learn languages?

Is it that you want to be able to deal with a large volume of information, or are you more concerned with the speed at which you’re learning and retaining information?

Next, dig deeper.

I recommend that you look for at least five levels of why.

These reasons do not necessarily have to be in a hierarchy of importance. It’s just important that you have enough fuel to draw upon when times get tough or other priorities start to compete with your memory training schedule.

Example of Five Levels Of Why

For example, here are my five levels:

  • To grow the garden of my knowledge through multiple layers of connection
  • To deepen my understanding of how world history and philosophy connect
  • To correct errors where they exist and increase factual accuracy
  • To increase cultural understanding and communication through ongoing language learning
  • To maintain brain health through continual brain exercise

You might struggle at first to reach five reasons. Keep practicing and you’ll get there.

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The Bucket List Technique

Another way to find your why involves creating a “bucket list.”

Think of the things you would really like to do, and then ask yourself “Why would you like to do them?”

Then ask yourself “Why else?” and repeat.

If you can’t figure out five reasons, or five whys, why you want to do a thing… what are you even bothering wanting to do it for? Do you really want it after all?

This high level “why” will help you not to waste time on training for things you don’t actually want to do, because your training will fall apart if you don’t actually want the goal you set out for.

Do you have to stop at five?

Of course not.

But when you have at least five, you’ll discover it’s easy to complete the next, crucial step: Crafting a Vision Statement.

And as you can see from Joe’s email and extract from his Memory Journal after he watched the video above, this technique really works:

Memory Journal Example from Joe Illustrating the Magnetic Memory Method Vision Statement Exercise

Vision Statement from Joe’s Memory Journal

“Hey professor 🙂

I just wanted to say thank you again for putting that vision statement video out. If you want to see what I ended up with for a vision statement, I attached it to this email. There’s 18 pages of work I had to go through to get it boiled down to this. It was exactly what I needed at the time I needed it.”

Thanks for sharing this part of your journey, Joe!

Now all you have to do is…

Link Your “Why” To Missions That Use Simple Systems

Wait a minute? Isn’t having a fully developed why enough?

In a word:


A why is only as good as the action-based systems to which you link it.

Put it this way:

The biggest problem I’ve found is that a lot of people create goals that are forced. They proceed toward creating outcomes they’re not entirely passionate about.

For example, their parents have the vision of them becoming a doctor or lawyer, when they’d rather write children’s books or become touring musicians.

No wonder they don’t have a why they can create systems and missions for! You really can’t get a clear understanding of your why when… it isn’t yours. I know this from my own experience, when I once tried completing a mission with no truth to it whatsoever (long story).

Condensed Memory Training System Example

Here’s an example of a daily system I currently use:

  • Wake up, drink water, stretch
  • Recite memorized Ribhu Gita, Upadesa Saram and Bhagavad Gita verses in Sanskrit
  • Memorize playing cards (a brief, but powerful eleborative encoding memory exercise)
  • Gratitude journal and then recall the memorized cards
  • Memorize more verses in Sanskrit

How is this linked to my five levels of why?

Very simple:

I spent years getting a PhD that involved understanding Western history and philosophy. As great as this mission was, I learned next to nothing about the Eastern traditions.

By studying a language and philosophical world of an Eastern tradition I grow connections between schools of thought in the garden of my mind. I deepen my understanding and develop greater factual accuracy. My cultural understanding develops and it all happens while fortifying my brain health through the combination of multiple memory exercises.

And in case you’re wondering about the playing cards, it is well known that a simple creative memory exercise helps prime the mind before taking on a harder task.

Plus, there are at least 13 reasons for memorizing playing cards. I thoroughly believe this memory activity is something everyone should do.

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How To Structure Your Time

Obviously memory training takes place over time.  It is a process and if you want the full benefits of what memory training can do for you, your practice sessions will take place over a period of time.

Don’t say you’ll get to it when you “find the time.” Time isn’t something you stumble across. Time is something you structure. Structuring time is itself something you must practice, so the good news is that memory training lets you kill two birds with one stone.

How to get started?

It depends on your goal. For example, if you don’t yet have a Memory Palace Network, that should likely be your first goal so that you can practice effectively.

Here’s how:

Set aside the time to create one Memory Palace per day.

That’s it. That’s not that difficult is it?

It’s a goal that’s easily attainable for anyone, even someone just starting out. Squash those thoughts of overwhelm right off the bat using the tools discussed above.

Image of a boxer and boxing bag with a playing card to illustrate the need for a memory training routine

Commit to a routine and this will happen:

In less than a month you’ll have the minimum recommendation of Memory Palaces in place to serve you (and they will last for the rest of your life).

Two to five hours is all the Memory Palace Network takes for most people. You can knock it out over a weekend.

Once you have your Memory Palace Network in place, your mini-missions can evolve. You can incorporate card memorization, section off time to work on a larger project (like learning a foreign language), and practice encoding and Recall Rehearsal daily.  

For an extended example, here’s The Story of How to Learn and Memorize German Vocabulary.

For these larger goals, I suggest encoding five to ten pieces of information in each Memory Palace per day.

You can structure your time mentally, of course, but I would encourage you to save the mental space and journal.

I use tools like the Freedom Journal, Mastery Journal, and Snapshot Journal. They help with keeping track of time spent and progress towards goals. When you look back over your days, weeks and months, you can make comparisons to see just how far you’ve come by utilizing “captured” time in your journals.

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How To Track Your Memory Palace Training Results

The same methods for structuring time can also be used to help you track your results.

But first you might be wondering…

What does tracking results actually accomplish?

In a nutshell, tracking helps you:

  • Self-monitor and recognize when you’ve fallen off the wagon
  • Spot trends (both positive and negative)
  • Correct or improve negative trends (you’ll spot what isn’t working)
  • Harness the value of positive trends (you’ll spot what is working and improve it)
  • Produce solutions to training problems
  • Create positive feedback at a glance that keeps your morale high
  • Emphasize and ensure flexibility in your memory work

When you’re properly tracking your progress, you’ll never frustrate yourself when mistakes take place or you have a down day.

Instead of saying “Oh, this just isn’t working,” negative assessments will be replaced with, “That’s curious. What is it that I can do to improve this? What could I do to make a little change and experiment tomorrow?”

Then, track the adjustments you make, note your progress, and you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come. This will create an endless supply of enthusiasm, and therefore motivation to keep that daily practice as priority.

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How To Troubleshoot Memory Palace Training Problems

What about when mistakes happen, or you fall off the wagon?


Maybe you need to get some memory coaching.

There’s a continuing huge trend in the field of life coaching, and for good reason. Perhaps you’re surrounded by “yes men” in your everyday life, or just people who needlessly enable you.

Invest in someone who not only will listen to your B.S., but who will point out the nature of it. Seeing things through an objective lens will help you move forward, and move forward consistently.

It doesn’t have to be a memory expert. Just establish some accountability through real communication, not just surface level, but real, honest, communication.

What if You Miss Just One Day?

We all know life happens and we should, at this point, expect the unexpected, right? We can’t predict the when of when life will throw us a curveball, but we know, at some point, it’s coming. That’s no surprise. We can’t control it…

But what we can control is our reaction to the unexpected, when our daily routine is thrown off course, when we miss a day of practice. What happens then?

First we must accept it. Just accept that you missed a day and don’t beat yourself up over it. Don’t give up when a minor setback occurs.

Nicholas Castle used memory techniques to help him overcome PTSD. His story demonstrates how anyone can overcome setbacks of any kind. 

Revisit your why and review your mission often. If you get off track revise your mini-missions.

Most importantly, get back on the horse. It may be a real struggle at first, but if you train yourself you’ll develop that skill of resilience. Starting over again is itself something to practice.

It leads to resilience, which leads to strength.

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How To Remove/Manage Distractions

I can’t believe how many people make light of their procrastination and how easily they get distracted.

It’s no joking matter.

You need to identify the aspects holding you back and them eliminate them.

Start with these questions and avenues for exploration:

Are your internal distractions more physical than mental?

If they are internal and psychological, look at your diet. Is it helping or causing harm?

How restful is a night’s sleep for you? Are you getting enough sleep?

Take a long look at how you are treating your physical body because it correlates directly to the results you can achieve mentally.

What about external distractions? Is your scheduled time really protected?

Take into consideration your learning area and the environment you need for you to learn best in. Also:

  • What time of day are you most productive?
  • What lighting do you need for your clearest focus?
  • What noise level is appropriate to your study routine?

All of these external factors can have a great impact on optimization of your scheduled time, for better or worse.

At the end of the day, you might just need to make your memory training activities more visible. For example, with your card memorization practice, keep a deck of cards in a prominent place. You’ll find it difficult to forget your commitment to memorizing them.

You don’t have to memorize a full deck, or make a huge time commitment of it.

Just stop on the way to the kitchen, or your way out the door to encode just five cards, one word, or whatever it is you’re memorizing. Make stopping and practicing a habit simply by repeating the behavior because it’s inescapable.

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How To Master the Must-Have Mnemonic Devices

Think about Batman, Iron Man or any of the great comic book heroes that aren’t aliens, mutants or otherwise supernatural in some way.

What is the greatest weapon in their arsenal?

Their tech, right?

They have no superhuman abilities, no unusual strength, rapid healing, or anything like that.

Yet, they are known for their tools. In fact, they’d be nothing without them!

You must also have the right tools in place.

This fact means you must have a Memory Palace Network and Magnetic Imagery.

Know these techniques in depth and practice them.

Next, take the time and create your own 00-99 P.A.O. using either the Major System or the Dominic System. I also highly recommend an alphabet list using the pegword method.

But above all these mnemonic devices, here’s the most important tool in your tool belt of all:

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You Must Maintain A Lifelong Beginner’s Mindset

Ditch the holier than thou, “been there, done that,” know it all attitude.

Can we ever really know it all? It’s impossible. There’s always more to learn, always ways to improve.

After all, we don’t even know what it is that we don’t know.

To counter this eternal problem, we develop routines, we show up consistently, day after day, to continuously improve our skills and ourselves.

Face it:

You will never reach the finish line on this journey of memory, because there is always more to know. If you approach your training with this mindset the possibilities for your transformation are infinite.

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The Most Important Memory Palace Disciplines to Train

If you’re wondering what memory discipline to start with, here’s what I suggest:

  • Names are the core foundation of memory training because everything is a name, right? Everything in this world has a name attached to it, whether that be the number 44, or Dave, who you just met at a networking event.
  • Vocabulary memorization is the core means of improving your mother tongue and learning another language. It also begins your path to memorizing…
  • Verbatim. This includes quotes, speeches, poetry, scripture and any important text that has to be memorized word for word.
  • Numbers. Although we don’t dial from memory anymore, historical dates, prices, passwords and computer code all still have them.

Summary And Your Next Steps

Now that you have your why, you have the tools in place, and your daily system is established, now what?

Journal your why. Really understand what it is that you’re doing and what you’re training for. What is the outcome that you want and why do you want it?

Identify your mission. If you’re thinking “Well, isn’t my mission identifying my why?”…

Not necessarily. If you want to learn a language, there’s multiple layers to that. Is your goal A1 or A2 mastery? Establish that specific mission inside the mission to get your outcome.

Then break even that mission down into even more precise mini-missions.

For example, with learning language, you could say “Today I’m going to study the colors,” or “Today I’ll focus on words that begin with the letter A.” Break everything down into manageable tasks day by day.

Finally, get the tools in place if you don’t have them already and schedule your practice.

That is all, and it really isn’t too much to ask. Not if you want a truly unshakeable Memory Palace training routine.

Not if you want to be sturdy as a mountain.

Do you?

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3 POWERFUL Elaborative Encoding Memory Exercises Thu, 04 Jul 2019 04:21:36 +0000 0 <p>Elaborative Encoding is a memory science term. When I dug into it, I discovered some powerful memory exercises. Read these now for better memory.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">3 POWERFUL Elaborative Encoding Memory Exercises</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Feauture image for Magnetic Memory Method post on elaborative encoding memory exercisesElaborative encoding isn’t the sexiest term memory science has come up with, is it?

No, but it sure is fantastic when it plays out in real life.

After all, use this memory technique well, and you can  memorize a dozen names (or more) at any meeting or party.

Not to mention several dozen details about:

  • Occupations
  • Hobbies
  • Relationship statuses
  • Locations
  • Educational and professional backgrounds
  • … and much, much more!

Imagine being able to remember so much about all the people you meet… within seconds of hearing the details.

Wouldn’t that be a great skill to have?

(If you don’t think so, I’d love to hear why not in the comment section below!)

The best part (when you have these skills)?

You’ll have it all perfectly organized and reachable in your mind. These details will have literally gone from short term memory to long term memory within seconds.

Don’t Fear Memory Science!

Now, I realize that a lot of people hear the scientific terms for how memory techniques work and are immediately turned off.

If that’s you, here’s the blunt truth:

You’re missing out on a huge opportunity to improve your memory by understanding more about how and why it works.

And even though a term like “elaborative encoding” sounds complicated, it is actually:

  • Simpler than you might think
  • Something you’re doing already …
  • And always beneficial to practice so you get better over time

To help you out, I’ve designed three memory-boosting elaborative encoding exercises.

But first, you’ll be best served by understanding exactly what elaborative encoding is.

Image of a networked globe to express a concept related to Elaborative Encoding

Effective elaborative encoding is like having a vibrant, multi-connected ecosystem of connections in your mind

What is “Elaborative Encoding”?

Defining elaborative encoding is elementary! Yes, really!

And it’s not so much a thing, as it is a thing you do when using memory techniques.

This simple mental task starts with linking information that you want to remember with existing knowledge.

For example:

There’s a guy named Hunter at Burger Project (in Brisbane) where I go to get grass fed beef burgers (no bun).

I memorized his name almost automatically because I linked the information, Hunter’s name, with information I already know about hunters.

And I put several layers of that information together within seconds of hearing his name. I linked him to a camouflage-clad man with a gun, and not a generic one. Rather, I used my favorite Looney Tunes hunter, Elmer Fudd.

Image of Elmer Fudd on a hunter as a mnemonic example

Elmer Fudd with the old Nintendo gun for Duck Hunt worked great as my Magnetic Image for “Hunter”

At the same time, I put that old plastic gun from the Nintendo game Duck Hunt in Hunter’s hand. (Not in reality, but in my imagination.)

By taking his name and associating it with Elmer Fudd and then going one step further and adding Duck Hunt, I was elaborating my mental imagery. In addition to thinking about what all of this looked like, I also:

  • Heard the sound of a duck-hunting gun and Elmer Fudd’s voice
  • Felt the Nintendo gun in my hand
  • Imagined the smell of gun smoke
  • Imagined the taste of roasted duck

In each case, I made the image weird, larger than life and filled it with vibrant action. Hunter literally shot Elmer Fudd before I started eating him as if he were a duck.

All combined, these layers of elaboration made the name Hunter even more memorable. This process only took a few seconds, and I’ve never forgotten his name since.

What Else Can This Style of Mnemonic Elaboration Be Used For?

Not, you may think that this all sounds fine and dandy for names. But here’s the thing:

Elaborative encoding can be applied to any knowledge.

If you can take that knowledge, make associations and manipulate size, color, speed, duration, distance, mood, emotion, and space… you can memorize anything.

When can elaborative encoding be used?

Any time.

But in the beginning, just focus on the keywords related to the information you want added to your knowledgebase.

From there, you can branch out to more challenging memory tasks, like memorizing scripture.

Otherwise, you’re creating more work for yourself before you have the needed skill set. Why put the cart ahead of the horse?

The Main Tools of Elaborative Encoding

Elaborative encoding is both semantic and echoic.

Semantic encoding has to do with the structure, and oftentimes, meaning of information.

For example, in learning the letters of the alphabet, you probably didn’t start with the letter Q.

Instead, you learned your A, B, Cs through song, in alphabetical order (a structure).

You concentrated on each letter individually as you learned the sound each letter makes.

Later, you learned how to recognize them when written, and how to write them yourself.

The Magisterial Role Of Mental “Free” Association

To take another example, if I say the word “red,” you might picture a stop sign, firetruck, or big, juicy apple. You associate red with its meaning, with examples of that color in the world. This is an element of elaborative encoding.

But that’s not all …

Elaborative encoding can also be echoic, or relating to sound.

It can be the literal interpretation or imitation of sounds, such as onomatopoeia:

A frog croaks, bees buzz, cats meow, and horses neigh.

These sounds are familiar and engrained, so that when we hear a “woof,” we instantly picture a dog.

All of these connections are already in your brain. That’s what makes it so easy to use them along with the classic memory techniques.

Sound like “free” creativity?

It is. The only cost is being human.

What Else Can You Elaborate? …

You don’t have to stop with elaborating your mental imagery. You can also…

Elaborate organization itself.


Memory Palaces are the go-to tool of most mnemonists. They are in essence the palette upon which we “paint” our elaborative encoding.

Other tools include the alphabet image list of the pegword method, as well as the 00-99 PAO List.

These organizational tools, powerful on their own, can be multiplied by using them in combination with each other. Think of them as elaboration inside of elaboration.

I help you further here:

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

Elaborate your state.

Think of the state that you’re in. What is it that you’re doing? Are you relaxed, present, and aware, or just simply floating through your day? Make use of relaxation and meditation techniques, even breathing exercises, to elaborate your personal state.

For example, in the beginning, you’ll want to beware of noise. It can distract you as you try to memorize. Later, as memory expert John Graham shares, yo should practice Memory Palaces in both noisy and quiet environments for mental simulation.

Elaborate your memory consolidation.

It is no secret that sleep is very important for memory consolidation, but it is not as widely known that is dependent on your age, meaning memory elaboration decreases with age.

It’s therefore a “no brainer” that we should try to squeeze every ounce of benefit to our memory by practicing good sleep habits, as well as tending to our overall health in general.

This means a proper diet, socialization (face-to-face interactions with others, and a consistent, daily routine, including a morning ritual to start your day off in the best possible way.

So how do we put all these ideas into practice so that our memory improvement efforts flow? With three simple exercises (check this out for more advanced Memory Palace training exercises):

Title card for the abstract concepts memory exercise

#1: The Abstract Concepts Elaboration Exercise

The goal of this exercise is to practice the elaborative encoding of concepts.

To begin, select a list of non-visual concepts, or words.

Nothing fancy!

Seriously. There’s no need to run to a dictionary of philosophy (though you can if you want).

Just start with concept words you already know. These are words that contain basic concepts and ideas like:

  • Justice
  • Truth
  • Economy

Try to come up with a list of 10 such conceptual words that are already familiar to you.

If 10 is too much, you can always scale back. Challenge yourself appropriately, while avoiding piling on so many concepts that you just wind up frustrated.

Once you have your list established, use a Memory Palace with an appropriate number of Magnetic Stations, and make associations that let you memorize the words on your list.

James Hetfield pointing at statue of justice with his guitar

For example, if you’re a metalhead, Metallica’s …And Justice for All probably comes to mind when you hear the term justice.

In this case, you could use James Hetfield to represent justice. Or maybe an icon of justice has stolen his guitar, and he wants it back.

Are you more of a comic book fan?

No problem! Think about Superman and his infamous tagline, “Truth, justice, and the American way.”

Encode your entire list, making associations with your memory palace, elaborating these associations – maybe Superman is tossing tea on James Hetfield’s guitar, causing Hetfield to seek justice. By bringing the two together…

You’re elaborating elaboration!  That is a very powerful way to boost your memory, indeed.

Finally, test the strength of your abstract elaborations. Use Recall Rehearsal as you write out your list into your Memory Journal.

For more practice, add more conceptual words. Now might be the time to get out that dictionary of philosophy!

Title card for the name elaboration exercise

#2: The Name Elaboration Exercise

Next, put together a list of names.

What kind of names? How about ones that relate to your field of interest?

Are you a budding scientist? List pioneers in your field.

If you’re an aspiring artist, who are your influences?

Are you a talented home cook? Who are some of your favorite professional chefs?

To take another example, memory science is obviously important to me, both personally and professionally. Two innovators in the field are Fergus Craik and Robert Lockheart.

I can remember Fergus Craik by recalling my aunt’s mother who used to live in Fergus, Ontario.

Craik sounds similar to kraken, a mythological sea creature. So, perhaps my aunt’s mother is battling a kraken.

With Robert Lockheart, I remember this same aunt’s brother was named Robert.

While her mom is battling the kraken, Robert is having his heart ripped out by the Loch Ness monster.

Quite an image, right?

Not until it has all of the Magnetic Modes, it isn’t.

I need to add sound, some sense of feeling, and everything taught in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass to make sure the images really pop out in my Memory Palaces.

With your list of names, always seek to push the limits. The more “out there,” the more poignant it will be in your mind.

Encode your list, just as you did with concepts, using names, practice Recall Rehearsal, and test yourself.

Title card for the vocabulary elaboration exercise

#3: The Vocabulary Elaboration Exercise

For this exercise, choose vocabulary in your mother tongue.

(Or, for more of a challenge, choose words from a foreign language. Here’s 15 reasons why learning a language is good for your brain.)

Make associations for this vocabulary in Memory Palaces, elaborate the associations, and then test yourself.

If you feel like you’re doing “too much,” or going “too far,” it’s just right.

Focus on the elaboration of the information and elaborate the elaborations. Then you can focus on increasing memory retention

Push forward and make sure you’re not just settling with good enough in your practice. Good enough will not sharpen your skills when it counts. You need to be challenged.

Your Next Steps Along The Never Ending Memory Adventure…

It’s easy really.

Step beyond the exercises and into the realm of use.

And as many kinds of use as you can.

For example, use these memory exercises in your daily learning practice across multiple disciplines. The more connections you make along your daily learning journey, the faster and more intuitively elaborations will come to your mind.

Finally, challenge yourself.

Try adding numbers to names. Learn the Major Method or Dominic System to make this possible.

Also, mix and match these powerful brain exercises. Use vocabulary paired with names and concepts.

Constantly evolve your practice by adding challenges. Scale back if frustration occurs, and then add more challenge before you’re ready so you keep growing.

Then, the next time you’re at an event and you meet new people, you’ll have no problems whatsoever coming up with the perfect Magnetic Image for each and every person you meet.

Bonus Memory Training Content:

Check out the replay of this training with a live audience in the house. And make sure you’re subscribed if you want to join us for future sessions.

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Delayed Gratification Tips For Memory Training With Matt Dobschuetz Wed, 19 Jun 2019 23:18:51 +0000 0 <p>If you don't have strategies for delaying gratification, you're robbing from your memory training efforts. Matt Dobschuetz of Recovered Man offers help.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Delayed Gratification Tips For Memory Training With Matt Dobschuetz</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Matt Dobschuetz portrait for Magnetic Memory Method PodcastAll self improvement requires delayed gratification, especially memory training.

Now, I’m going to take you on an 180 degree spin, into the heart of a storm many millions of people face. Particularly men.

You see, I get a lot of private questions from people about memory.

And one of them involves online addiction, particularly around porn.

And that leads to compulsive behaviors, one of them being masturbation, more colorfully known as “fapping.”

Guess what?

Too much of it, especially when you’re wired for hours in front of a screen, definitely robs your memory of energy that could be used for memory training.


There’s no denying that more of this behavior is happening now than ever before.

The good news is that people have become incredibly frank about the problem.

In fact, I often receive this question in my inbox:

“Should I try a no-fap challenge to help me improve my memory?”

To date, I’ve never addressed the question formally.

An instead of taking the stance and saying, “If porn and masturbation is a distraction from your memory training, eliminate it and see what happens,” I decided to call in an expert. 

So let me introduce you to my friend Matt Dobschuetz.

Matt’s the man behind Porn Free Radio and He is a podcast show host, author and recovery coach for men dealing with addictions to pornography with one on one and group coaching through REV Group Coaching, which he founded.

On this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, Matt and I discuss the problems porn addiction creates for your memory training progress. 

Memory Vs. Porn Addiction (And How You Can Win)

We cover methods to overcome these memory-robbing impulses, and the science behind why that dependency develops in the first place.

Matt shares his own journey with overcoming porn addiction and we discuss how it relates to memory, and how using memory techniques can help to eliminate porn dependency.

If you struggle with true intimacy with a partner…

If you find yourself gravitating towards masturbation for stress relief …

If your sexual confidence is so low it’s almost nonexistent …

And if you habitually watch pornography and don’t even know why …

This podcast is for you.

Press play now and learn more about:

  • The rise in pornography accessibility with broadband internet and smartphones
  • How erectile dysfunction relates to porn dependency
  • Lack of focus as the result of a pornography habit
  • The true reason behind lack of confidence in the bedroom
  • How the experience of failure with overcoming porn addiction can bleed into everyday areas of life (school, work, and even simple conversations with the potential partners)
  • How to recognize patterns that create opportunities for eliminating porn use and change those destructive patterns to positive growth habits
  • Relating the Challenge-Frustration Curve to breaking the porn addiction cycle
  • How to use memory techniques and exercises to overcome porn dependency and porn habit behaviors
  • What triggers porn addictive behaviors (it’s less automatic than you think)
  • How to deal with triggers and threats when they occur in real-life situations, both head on and through elimination techniques
  • Using self-identification as a means to combat porn habit behaviors
  • Being present and connected as powerful tools for recovery

My biggest takeaway from our interview?

I feel like the issues boils down to an inability to delay gratification. If you’d rather watch this episode of the podcast to discover tips for better strategies, just click play below:

Further Resources From And on the Web:

Recovered Man (Matt’s official website)

REV Group Coaching

Recovered Man on Facebook

Matt Dobschuetz on Twitter

“Is Pornography Addictive?” (APA online)

Neuroscience of Internet Pornography Addiction

Your Brain on Porn

Surviving PTSD with the Help of Memory Techniques featuring Nicholas Castle

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3 Ways Low Student Debt Helped Me Preserve Memory In Grad School Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:38:47 +0000 5 <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.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

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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Improve Short Term Memory: 7 Easy Steps To Better Memory For Life Thu, 09 May 2019 08:25:38 +0000 2 <p>Many people think you cannot improve short term memory. In truth, you can. In this podcast, I'll share 7 easy steps that will help you experience better memory for life as a result. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Improve Short Term Memory: 7 Easy Steps To Better Memory For Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Magnetic Memory Method - How to Memorize With A Memory Palace</a>.</p> Illustration of the cosmos in a jar to express a concepte related to a post on how to Improve Short Term MemoryEven if it feels like trying to capture the entire cosmos in a jar, it’s actually pretty easy to improve short term memory.

Would you like that?

If so, I’ll show you exactly what it takes to improve every level of your memory on this page. Just 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?

Hardly. As many memory experts like Lynne Kelly and others I talk about in this video have demonstrated, you can memorize incredible amounts of information within seconds:

So please don’t lose hope. There is a better way.

And that’s why I’ve assembled the step-by-step guide on this page. I want to help you improve your short-term memory so your next learning (or 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. If you need some exercises, this short list will help you get the elaborative encoding you need right.

4. You can use the Memory Palace, sometimes called the Loci Method.

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. Seeing opportunity is what makes any perceived failure a 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 give yourself this kind of short term memory loss treatment:

  • (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 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these short term memory strategies for adults. Most of them will work for kids too, and all without any risky supplements.

In sum, if you want 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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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! 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! Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 1:37:13
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 10 <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 6 <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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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. 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. Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 57:34
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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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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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 8 <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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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 hav... 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 … Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory Method Podcast clean 51:09
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.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

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.

Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Course

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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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.