Not long ago I asked you a simple question: What do you want to learn how to memorize next?
Here’s the best answer, one that reminded me of the time I dropped out of high school …
hello Dr. Metivier 🙂
I want a sort of “mini encyclopedia” in my head ! 🙂
well it can the basic knowledge of every subject available to mankind !
Thanks for this!
I’ll definitely keep memorizing the encyclopedia in mind as a future book for the Magnetic Memory Series! An encyclopedic memory would be great!
You know, I skipped high school for 6 months so that I could pore over the encyclopedia in Grade 12 and had to go back to complete the following year. I didn’t read every page, of course, but I can guarantee you that I learned way more in that short period of time than in the years it took to get to grade 12. Of course, school certainly had something to do with my ability to comprehend the material, but exactly how much …
But if you want to develop an encyclopedic mind, the Magnetic Memory Method is not a bad way to do it. Here’s what I suggest:
* 26 Memory Palaces.
* 1 complete multi-volume Encyclopedia (not Wikipedia, but we’ll get to that in a second).
* Start with the first volume, be prepared with Memory Palace ‘A’ with 15-20 stations ready to Magnetize with information.
* Go through the volume looking for facts that speak to you and that you want to memorize.
* For each one, memorize the heading (the name, the country or chemical element, etc.).
* Try and figure out what the main theme of the article is or summarize it to one key point. Give that theme of point an image. Obviously a lot of information will not be boiled down in this way, but you’ll be amazed how much the mind can fill in the blanks when you give it just a few pillars of knowledge to stand between those empty spaces (it’s one reason why having a vast vocabulary in your memory helps you learn grammar and not the reverse in case you haven’t already heard me say that a zillion times).
* Use the Telesynoptic Memory Palace technique if you know it to create another “level” for your ‘A’ Memory Palace and carry on until you’re ready to tackle B.
* Practice Recall Rehearsal as prescribed in the Magnetic Memory Method to help ease the information into long term memory, realizing that your mnemonics will still serve so long as you replay them from time to time.
* Apply for a slot on Jeopardy.
Let me know how you do!
And if you’re happy to settle with just memorizing poetry and want to learn the Telesynoptic Memory Palace technique, many fine folks recommend …
Anthony Metivier is the founder of the Magnetic Memory Method, a systematic, 21st Century approach to memorizing foreign language vocabulary, dreams, names, music, poetry and much more in ways that are easy, elegant, effective and fun.