For some reason I get a lot of ideas about memorization at the grocery store. Whilst traipsing through the slim pickings of the produce section a half hour before closing last night, I thought about an idea that might help some people cover more territory.
Tandem partners for memorization.
Now, this certainly won’t work for everyone, but it could work for some. Here’s the basic idea:
Partner A memorizes a dozen ‘A’ words while Partner B memorizes a dozen ‘B’ words. Either by phone, email or in person, Partner A and B share the journeys and mnemonics they’ve created. Do this once a week, and you could wind up covering a lot of territory for yourself and have a solid base upon which to build even further by consulting the fruits of your tandem partner’s efforts.
Although I think the greatest power will always come from memorizing your own material in your own way, I have certainly found that just listening to or reading about the mnemonics created by others is informative, inspirational and on occasion, useable, often without modification.
The other great thing about tandem partners is the generation of accountability. It’s like any form of exercise. Many people are much more likely to consistently put in a disciplined performance with a friend or coach than on their own.
It all depends on your goals, so consider these deeply and think about whether having a tandem partner for memorization will help you progress towards them.
On the matter of goals, last month’s edition of the Magnetic Memory Mondays newsletter featured lots of ideas on goal-setting with respect to memorization and the time-management skills you can use to achieve them.
Thanks to those of you who have already grabbed a copy!
Until next time, make sure to teach someone what you have learned about memorization. It’s the best way to deepen your own understanding and to help make the world a better – and more memorable – place. The more we remember, the more we can remember, and the more we learn, the more we can learn.