Here’s an inspirational email that came into my inbox yesterday:
I used your system you sent in an earlier email, volume 1 I believe, for memorizing the contents of a book. I helped our 8 yr old son memorize the contents of a 54 page book he had to read for school. There were 10 Chapters. We ended up with 20 index cards. I followed your instructions to a T, even finding a picture of the author on the internet. That system is outstanding, and the index card system, sequence – top left, and page number – bottom right, is perfect too! There were 2 times when we added and changed some information. So going to the exact page was a piece of cake.
Of course the magic came when we used the 2nd floor of our house for the memory palace: laundry – dryer, washing machine, tank for manual washing, table; bathroom – shower, toilet, sink; his bedroom – shelf, painting, bed post, his desk, brother’s desk, and off to our room. Relating a little to the content of today’s email, as I’m almost finished with my 5th book on mnemonics, I was able to explain the journey and associations so a kid could understand! It really was magic and our son, Maxwell, was so proud of himself for memorizing the book: characters’ names, cities, plot, moral, etc. You have forever changed our lives for the better.
The material being referred to is in Volume 1 of the Magnetic Memory newsletter. It’s in the chapter called “What if I wanted to memorize a chapter in a textbook so I could ace a test on that subject?”
It’s one of the favorite questions I’ve answered because it allowed me to reveal the inside secrets of how I went from a high-school dropout to a professor with a distinguished government-funded research grant. (Don’t worry, I don’t tell the story: just the techniques I used).
What I really like about this letter is not only that the system is being used, but that the writer is reading other books on mnemonics.
If you’re truly interested in developing your memorization knowledge and skills, this is a key strategy that will keep you moving forward.
Read all that you can.
And if you want a very unique approach to reading, be sure to check out the chapter on advanced reading and memorization skills chapter in Volume 1. There’s a lot more in there too, including:
* How to use dice to improve your memory.
* How to lower any hurdles that may be hindering your progress.
* Why you should try to learn each new skill you find difficult at least twice.
* How to extend your Memory Palaces to include 3000 words and more.
* How to use “Big Box” stores as Memory Palaces.
* How to use video games and TV shows as Memory Palaces.
* Why perfectionism may be slowing you down.
* How to motivate yourself to memorize.
* The best time-management techniques for memorization using Memory Palaces.
* How to use free email services to memorize new vocabulary.
* What to do if you’re not a particularly visual person.
* The importance of paying attention in the first place.
* How to avoid the “Memorization Kryptonite” that may be holding you back.
* And much, much more …
All available for your Kindle.
Until next time, teach someone else what you’ve learned about memorization. Teaching a skill is one of the best ways to learn it and helping people improve their memory is one of the best ways we can make the world a better place. The more we remember, the more we can remember. And the more we learn, the more we can learn.