No question about learning and memory enters my inbox more often than than “why aren’t these memory techniques taught in schools?”
The question reeks of conspiracy.
It creates pictures of entire nations hoping to keep their children in ignorance so they will become mindless slaves working for the state.
But worse than all of that paranoia …
The question is …
First off, memory techniques are taught in schools.
I recognize this simple fact even if once upon a time I dropped out without a high school degree (part one of this three-part series) and mercifully figured out what to go back to school for (part two).
How are memory techniques already used in schools?
How about the song we teach children to help them remember the alphabet? Its melody is a memory technique, loud and clear.
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge for music is a memory technique.
We have simple mnemonics for astronomy, art, math, biology, geography and chemistry.
Heck, just search Wikipedia for “list of mnemonics” and you’ll find more than you can shake a stick at.
But Are Simple Mnemonics Enough?
That’s the real question at hand.
Because the problem is that a lot of the images and word play you’ll find on that Wikipedia page are useless.
Worse than useless, they create a ton of overwhelm.
Because they don’t come with any understanding. They’re not loaded with strategy …
They Have No Method …
And that’s why the Magnetic Memory Method is such a roaring success.
No, not for everyone. Not everyone wants to learn how to think about memory. Many people want formulas, gimmicks and “systems.”
I’m sorry, but that’s not reality.
And it’s not what we do in the Magnetic Memory Method Family.
Far from it. Instead of pretending that there’s some kind of fix all system that will magically improve your memory for all things forever and ever amen …
We Break Memory Techniques Down To The Basics
And once that’s done, we understand the how, the why and the what.
So that it doesn’t hurt so much to learn. Here’s why you feel pain with learning, by the way (thanks to Miklós in the SuperLearner community for bringing it to our attention):
It’s even easier to stop the pain than the video suggests.
By making sure that you understand how to really get results from the techniques by aligning them with your real reasons for learning, remembering and recalling information.
It’s often not what it seems.
Because here’s the deal …
At the Magnetic Memory Method Headquarters, I strive to achieve just one thing:
Mastery over your memory.
Mastery over the rate at which you learn.
Mastery over the pain of forgetfulness.
So That You Never Have To Feel That Pain Again!
But it’s not going to happen without study.
It’s not going to happen without effort.
It’s not going to happen without creating and using Memory Palaces.
Above all, it’s not going to happen without consistency of effort (which your Wise Advocate can help you with).
And that’s what’s so cool about the Magnetic Memory Method.
If you’ve been following the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you’ve heard the stories of success. Just one for today:
These success stories with learning and memory techniques all boil down to one thing:
Learning the techniques.
Using the techniques.
Analyzing your results and then improving your abilities using them.
The best part?
I’ve had the chance to teach the Magnetic Memory Method to some of the finest students on the planet.
And guess what?
Success Leaves Clues
All of the most successful students share one thing in common.
They don’t wait around waiting for success to happen!
They invest in themselves.
They study the material they’ve invested in.
They take action.
They experiment, explore and when they’re done, they experiment and explore some more.
USA memory champion and memory expert John Graham can help in this area with his ideas about challenge-stacking too.
Having The Humility To Learn Is A Skill
What I’ve learned from all of the Magnetic Memory Method success stories is that everything begins with a decision.
It’s a decision to set aside time to learn.
To really learn.
I’ve done it myself. After years of success with my own memory and as a memory trainer, I went to learn from one of the best on the planet.
Not just to collect data and “spy” on the competition.
To Truly Learn
As a result, I’m better for it. In fact, I still buy books and courses from people. Some are from authors who help only a fraction of the audience the Magnetic Memory Method has gathered. Some are from towering figures who practically rule the memory world.
I’m talking about taking some courses that cost 4x the amount of the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass and Mastermind combined.
Yes! Memory improvement courses that expensive really do exist!
The Best Always Invest In Themselves
Here’s the thing:
Even when you get to the top – which is incredibly rare – you still have to keep learning. And let’s not beat around the bush:
The ones who sail past the obstacles in life are the ones who are in motion to begin with.
Wouldn’t you like to be in motion?
Of course you would. You just need to get started with learning and memory techniques.
And the best part about them is that learning can be fun. Especially with these 21 study tips under your belt.
Learning how to learn doesn’t have to be the horrid and depressing playground of the school system where everyone winds up asking, “Why don’t they teach the most important skills in the world in school?”
Again, that isn’t the real question.
Let’s Ask The Really Important Questions
About Learning And Memory
The really important questions have to do with the quality of the memory techniques you study and the quality of the action YOU take.
And let’s face it:
The quality of your action comes down to the quality of the philosophy behind the education.
And my philosophy of learning and memory is that you need someone to teach you how to fish, not someone to do the fishing for you.