How to Memorize a Textbook


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You would?

First, do register for this:

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Once you’ve got that sorted, buckle in.

I’m about to show you how to memorize a textbook in a way that may surprise you.



Because Most People Break Themselves In Half To Memorize Textbooks Verbatim!


It’s not necessary.

There’s a right way to memorize a textbook and there’s a not-so-right-way.

So if you want to learn how to memorize a textbook the best possible way, then scroll up to the top and click play.

I’ll tell you  the specific kind of Memory Palace you need to build and how to approach textbooks (or any kind of book).

And yes, this technique works, no matter how little interest you have in the book. To help you further, here are 5 Ways To Get More Interested In Boring Topics You Have To Study.

And I’ll make sure that your approach to memorizing long textbooks works like a charm every time.

And when all that is done …


The Surprising Truth About Memorizing A Textbook Will Leap Out At You…


… and you’ll never read a textbook the same way again.


Because when you listen to this episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you’ll learn how to:

  • Correctly set your expectations of what the book will contain
  • Understand why you need to read the book (In many cases, you might not actually need to!)
  • Quickly determine how much of the book you really need to read
  • Make a dedicated Memory Palace system for memorizing the parts of the book that you really need
  • Determine how much time you’ll need to practice the information you’ve memorized

At the end of the day, it’s not just about memorizing the textbook.


That Would Be An Utter Waste Of Time!


The real goal is to understand the books you read.

And more than understand them, you want to use the textbooks you place in memory to create new knowledge.



Teachers Want You To Take What You’ve Learned And Memorized From Textbooks And Radically Improve The World!



And the good news is that you can. You just need to know how.

And as you develop this new talent by listening to this Magnetic Memory Method episode about how to memorize a textbook, keep this in in mind:

In today’s age, the ability to create knowledge is an asset.

And anyone can do it. Even people with dyslexia.

More than that, the ability to create new knowledge …


… Is The Most Important Asset In The World!


Employers do not want people who can repeat things from the top of their heads. Employers want true expertise, the kind of expertise that comes only from deliberate study and absorption of not just rules and procedures, but concepts, ideas and principles.

And that’s what you’ll get when you learn how to read a book properly first before you even think about memorizing anything from it.

So dear Memorizers, if I’ve got your attention and you’ve registered for my free memory improvement course training, I now want you to scroll up and listen to this episode.

Download it to your desktop.

And click the share buttons. Give the gift of memory – and true memory improvement – to your friends.

And be passionate about your studies. Most people plod through textbooks without even being excited about what they’re reading. They find the information dry and boring and would rather watch goats yelling like humans than study.

But when you use memory techniques …


There’s No Such Thing As Boring Information!


Not even in your own life.

But you know what so many people tell me? They say, “Oh, but my mind is different.” They say, “I’m not creative enough. I can’t do what all those other students who succeed are able to do.”

You know what I say to that? …




I don’t care if you are a legal student, medical student, rocket scientist or undercover agent.

You have everything you need.

So get listening, get busy and if you need more help, grab your free Magnetic Memory Method Memory Improvement Kit right here.

Talk soon!



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64 Responses to " How to Memorize a Textbook "

  1. Jeremy says:

    For my Human Anatomy class I need to learn Action, Innervation, Origin, and Insertion, of many muscles in extreme detail. Is their a way that I could be more effective in memorizing things like that?

    • Thanks for the comment, Jeremy.

      There certainly are ways to be much more effective in memorizing this kind of information. I suggest that you watch the free videos you can access by scrolling up to the top of the page and registering. They will give you a great headstart. 🙂

  2. sharukh says:

    Post on how to learn a programming language especially c++

  3. Joshua says:

    I’m learning German and i was wondering what words should I try and include in my memory palace that are important? Thanks in advance

  4. tahmid says:

    How can I memorize chemical reaction, value, symbol of molecule?

    • Thanks for this question, Tahmid.

      One of the best things to do first is learn the Major Method.

      Once you’ve got that covered, you can use the visualization aspects of mnemonic memory techniques to create associations between any numbers and symbols that you wish. Give the Major Method a try and feel free to post a specific example here so I can help you further if you wish. 🙂

  5. A guy who saw this thingy says:


    I’m trying to memorize a whole textbook for my exam and this method seems that it uses plenty of time and my exam is just in the corner. So, is there any faster way to memorize a textbook? Thanks for reading.

    • I think that speed needs to be measured against quality. Memory techniques are very fast, but as I suggest in How to Memorize a Textbook, the trick is in being able to identify the key parts of the textbook so that you’re memorizing the right information. That’s ultimately what makes the memorization process even faster. And that ability to identify the information you need will speed up the learning process even if you’re not using memory techniques.

      Though why anyone would want to go without memory techniques in their learning arsenal is beyond me. 😉

  6. parthiban says:

    How to memorize a law book

    • Thanks for stopping by, Parthiban. In addition to reading this post, listening to the podcast and identifying the key parts of the law book you truly need to memorize, you should probably learn how to memorize texts verbatim.

      Do you know how to build a Memory Palace? If so, verbatim memorization requires only that you create images that help you recall each word of a line of text. The trick is in compressing images in such a way that you don’t need a single image per word.

      For example, when I memorized some lines from the Iliad, I saw only Brad Pitt kicking a pail at the Statue of Liberty. She then threw dirt at me where I was standing at a door wiping numbers off a chalkboard. That simple flow of imagery along 5 stations in a Memory Palace brings back the lines:

      Of Peleus’ son Achiles
      Sing O Muse the vengeance
      Deep and deadly
      Whence to Greece unnumbered ills arose

      The only problem with this method – though it likely won’t be a problem with memorizing legal definitions – is that I’m not entire sure where the proper line breaks are.

      That said, memorizing poetry is fantastic practice for memorizing legal definitions and I highly recommend it for getting good at memorizing other kinds of information too. 🙂

  7. kumar navin says:

    I have study biological.disease and their symptoms their cure also. Pls help me

  8. Caleb says:

    Hello! Thank you for your post! How can I apply the method to the reactions of the organic chemistry lab? I enter the building because the image that evokes the essence, and then I can not continue with the sequence. Suggestions? Thank you!

  9. Sumit Kumar says:

    I have to memorise a book related to polity of my country.hence i have to memorise 300-400 articles of my country’s constitution.furthermore the whole book is 500-600 pages thick,with 45 chapters.can u please advice me some steps on how to memorise this book.thanx

    • Thanks for your question, Sumit.

      As I suggest in the podcast and infographic above, the first step is to extract all the information you need to memorize. Then order the information and memorize it using Memory Palaces and the other good tools of mnemonics.

      Following that, proper Recall Rehearsal is the best means of effectively getting the information into long term memory. I also recommend writing out the material you’ve memorized either in lists or, better, in descriptive paragraphs. That will help you use the info in meaningful ways, rather than just as isolated bits of info.

      The most important thing is to experiment and explore the techniques. You’ll learn them at the highest level by using them.

      Hope this helps!

  10. LawG says:

    How do I memorize my law school textbooks? It’s a tad dry and uninteresting info I need to take in, for example laws, years, facts?

    • Great question. Please use the infographic and the audio above to guide your activities. It will help you a lot.

      For memorize years, you should learn the Major Method (sometimes called the Major System).

      In terms of making things that appear dry interesting to your mind, one major step is to stop thinking of the information in that way. All information is, at some level, equal: it’s just units of info. It only becomes bad, dry or boring when we concentrate on it for being so.

      However, if we link a positive feeling to the info, then we can “trick” ourselves into believing that it is the most interesting information in the world.

      Also, you might like to understand the role of motivation in learning. Camilla Hallstrom has an excellent post about memory and motivation when learning here on the site. Give it a read, listen to the podcast she created to go with the post, leave a comment on that page and most importantly, take action.

      It would be awesome too if you’d send along a picture of the Memory Palaces you create. That would be great to see and make it possible to give you any guidance on Memory Palace construction if you need it.

      Thanks again for your post. Look forward to hearing from you again. 🙂

  11. muhammad says:

    How can I memorize the whole poetry of English Literature?

    • Great question, Muhammad.

      The first thing would be to identify more specifically what you mean by “English Literature.” For example, would you start with The Canterbury Tales or something like Beowulf? Or are you thinking of just one form of poetry, more like sonnets or other shorter forms of poetry.

      Once you’ve made this decision and perhaps gotten one of the Norton poetry anthologies, you can start creating Memory Palaces using the Magnetic Memory Method Free Memory Improvement Kit. Then pick just one of the poems and use the tools of mnemonics to memorize the lines.

      After that, everything boils down to practicing Recall Rehearsal, something that you’ll also learn from the Memory Improvement Kit.

      Have fun and keep me posted on how it goes! 🙂

  12. parvin says:

    Hello sir,

    I want to memorize events, battles, music, culture, and Indian history which is as you know is very large. Can you please suggest me a very efficient way of doing it?

    • Thanks kindly for your question, Parvin.

      I believe the best thing is to pick one of these topics first. Create a Memory Palace using the technique described above on the infographic and in the audio. Then start memorizing the key info you would like to have in your memory.

      Once you’ve established that, move on to the next topic in a new Memory Palace. And if you’d like to send a scan or pic of the Memory Palace you’ve created after taking the free video course on this site, that would be great! 🙂

  13. LoveisH says:


    I’m taking the law school entrance exam next year and it’s very difficult. I need to learn 600-900 pages nearly by heart in 3 months, so it’s a lot of work. Do you have any advice how to approach my problem?

    I was thinking the following:

    – Building many memory palaces and making sure I have close to 1000 locis prepared before the law books are published.
    – Learn to use a number method for 00-99 numbers (Association system or major system).
    – Use ANKI or Quizlet for active learning. My idea is to turn the key points/concepts/definitions into questions and just use the programs to recall the information. It’s a lot of work, but it should be more useful than passive learning.
    – Make my own questions and try to answer them in essay form.

    I would like to hear your input on this

    • Thanks for posting your questions. They are very good and demonstrate solid thinking on your part.

      The first question is:

      Do you really have to memorize that many pages verbatim? As I suggest in this podcast episode, you will most certainly be better served by extracting the core information and working with that rather than so much material that you’ll need to scan word for word just to get at keywords and core terms.

      1000 stations in Memory Palaces will be a breeze. I would recommend doing this anyway as good memory practice and preparation. The more Memory Palaces you create, the better you will get at the art of using them.

      A number memory method is also always a good idea. I use the Major Method. There are many approaches, but the most important thing is having one so that you’re prepped when you need it.

      I’m not a fan of rote repetition in any shape or form, but if you want to invest time in setting up things like Anki, by all means. I think your time is better used mastering Memory Palaces, however. Once that’s rolling, you’re golden. At the very least, amplify any SRS activity with mnemonics so that you’re decoding the information from memory, not hammering it into your mind with the hammer of rote learning.

      Making your own Q&A lists is a great idea. You can also often find sample exams from previous years to work with. I used to write a lot of chapter, article and books summaries as well. That’s a very good technique for getting information into memory. It also serves to give you material to draw upon later for essays and articles that you want to write.

      I hope this helps and thanks again for your amazing questions. I look forward to hearing how you proceed and learning about your results! 🙂

  14. Cal says:

    How do I memorize the enormous amount of info that I am required to know in med school? I haven’t visited enough places to use as memory palaces, I’m anxious about running out of places which has hindered me from using this technique.

    • Thanks for sharing this comment about your anxiety, Cal. You’re not alone because a lot of people get hung up on the multiple Memory Palace issue.

      Here’s the thing:

      Don’t get hung up on it. Just start with one Memory Palace. You’ll feel its power and that will motivate you to find more. When you take the free video course on this site, you get Worksheets that walk you through multiple Memory Palace creation and there’s also the How To Find Memory Palaces episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.

      Most people also benefit from some form of meditation to relax themselves. Here’s how to do it Buddha-style with some discussion of the science behind why meditation helps improve your memory.

      I hope this helps and in the meantime, really appreciate that you took a moment to comment. Please let me know if you have more specific questions once you’re on the road. I might have more resources for you. 🙂

  15. Nazirs says:

    Hello sir,
    I have been experimenting with memory palaces recently. I have a lot of information to memorize so I don’t have time to associate images repeatedly. What seems to be my problem is when I attempt to recall, imgaes get mixed up due to their similarity and also few images dissapear. When I walk through the place I can’t seem to remember what I put there. And also during the period of extreme pressure to recall the information like the examination itself, I fail to get any image at all in many locations. Is there a way to make everything stick first time I put it? And tell me if perfect recall is possible.

    • Thanks for these great questions, Nazirs.

      First up, yes perfect recall is possible, but a lot depends on what you mean and the context. People can memorize a deck of cards in under a minute, or in the case of Alex Mullen, under 20 seconds. That’s with perfect recall within a few minutes of doing the memorization.

      But whether or not he can recall that order a day later, a week later, a month later or a year later … that is also possible relative to the use of the same memory techniques being used to install that information into long term memory. For a long time I had a deck of cards in memory for use in magic tricks, and during that time I had perfect recall. But now, not having used that order for years, I can only vaguely name the first few cards and some of the cards at the end (and that’s all in keeping with what we know about the recency and primacy effect in memory).

      In terms of getting better at recalling the images you’ve created, there are a few things.

      First, you need to make sure that you’re making them striking enough. This episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast called “Mindshock” will help you with that.

      Second is living the art of memory. Mnemonics and the 7 Eternal Laws of Memory Improvement will help you with that.

      Thanks again very kindly for your excellent questions. Please do follow-up with these additional resources and just keep practicing. You’re on the path and so long as you keep traveling, you will get the results you seek. They’re just around the corner. 🙂

  16. hamed says:

    I have one question:

    If I remember a book using a Memory Palace and then it
    goes to my long term memory, then for recalling the book,
    must refer to that Memory Palace or is it already in my memory
    and using my mind palace is not necessary anymore?

    Thanks a lot

    • Thanks for this great question, Hamed.

      The answer is that once you’ve got information into long term memory, you know longer need the Memory Palace (or Mind Palace). You can reuse the Memory Palace or retire it.

      Of course, many people who use memory techniques prefer to keep each Memory Palace rather than reuse it. There are many reasons for doing this, one of which is that you can go back and add new knowledge later. Memory works based on association, so when you’ve invested the time to memorize something, you have created a memory asset. Why not go back and develop it later?

      I noticed that you use both “Memory Palace” and “Mind Palace.” Which term do you ultimately prefer?

      Thanks for taking the time to post your question. I look forward to your next post! 🙂

  17. Bayaw says:

    Hello sir, How can i memorize terminology for example the word fork, but then i need to memorize the meaning of fork. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Thanks for this, Bayaw.

      I would not necessarily qualify “fork” as terminology. Rather, it is a normal vocabulary term.

      The basics of the Magnetic Memory Method call for your to assign associative-imagery related to your mother tongue to a Memory Palace station in a way that lets you recall the sound and meaning of the word in the same stroke. Have you take then the free video course available here on the site and given the techniques a try? 🙂

  18. Siddharth Bector says:

    Hello Dr. Metivier,

    I was curious to know how often I should rehearse my memory palaces when studying.


    • Great question!

      I use a modified version of Dominic O’Brien’s Rule of Five. You can find more information about that on this page about memorizing Chinese poems.

      Thanks for stopping by and look forward to hearing your stories of triumph as you use your memory! 🙂

      • Siddharth Bector says:

        Thanks a lot!

        • Siddharth Bectors says:

          I have been trying to create a memory palace, but for each fact I want to memorize, I have had trouble coming up with images to jot down. How can I overcome this problem?

          • Great question!

            There are a lot of answers to your question. One is to understand what makes good imagery. This episode of the MMMM Podcast on Mindshock will help.

            I also suggest that you practice being more visual. Here are 17 ways to fit it all in with just a visit to an art gallery.

            Hope this helps and look forward to your next question! 🙂

  19. sarah says:

    i m a medical student and its bit difficult for me to memorize to learn all things . and another thing that i cant focus on one thing for example i m in a lectures hall teacher is delievering lecture i cantt concentrate and i cant focus . can u help me

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your note. Many medical students struggle with the vast amounts of information they need to remember, so you’re not alone.

      I’d love for you to watch the Joe Riffe video on the Magnetic Memory Method testimonials page.

      Then, start with the free video course. (Just register for it up at the top of this page).

      It’s the best way to learn the fundamentals.

      Then use and practice the fundamentals with the information you need to study.

      If you enjoy them, you’ll get very good with these techniques very fast. 🙂

  20. rahul says:

    ive been using memory palace but one query.. how to put time(day/ni, dates) as loci.

  21. Sarah says:

    Hi sir I have a biology exam in a month and I’m finding it really hard to take in information from the book

  22. Courtney Lo says:

    Are there any tips that you yourself have used in memorizing a government textbook?

    • Thanks for this, Courtney.

      I do not believe that anything in particular about a government textbook would require additional features, except perhaps the Major Method for number memorization.

      If you need specific help by way of mnemonic examples, I suggest that you join the Masterclass and register for the next Implementation Bootcamp. That way you can join us and get some help with memorizing your examples live. You can also apply to have some of your material featured in a tailor-made FAQ video if the answer isn’t already in the Masterclass.

      Hope to see you inside someday soon!

  23. Animesh says:

    Thanks alot man…..??

  24. dheeraj says:

    I want to break a national record by memory.

    Do you have more suggestions for me?

  25. Peggy Darling says:

    Was reminded of Oral exams for my Master’s Degree at University of Vermont, about 40 years ago. I was a nontypical student, being married with 2 children already. The exams took place less than a week before Christmas. I was so nervous, because really, the main thing on my mind was my kids’ wish list fulfillment and the grocery list to host a 16 person turkey feast. I arrived to see the Faculty engaged in a holiday party. The 5 professors on my assessment panel were in a really good mood, and I was worried for nothing!

    • Thanks for sharing your experiences, Peggy. Exams just before Christmas must be extra nerve-wracking indeed.

      But very good that your professors were feeling good. It’s always nice when they are supportive. Mine were like that for my first and second MA as well as my first field exam. It was only when I hit the second field exam and the dissertation defense that some people piled on the heat.

      Thanks to the Magnetic Memory Method and ample meditation, none of them rocked the boat.

      Thanks again for the comment and look forward to the next one!

  26. Zaid says:

    Sir how can i memorize mindmaps by MMM

  27. Great question, Zaid.

    I have a full post on that. Please look up my review on Tony Buzan’s Mind Map Mastery where I share a way of linking Mind Maps with Memory Palaces via the Major System.

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