I get a lot of ideas about how make the Memory Palace technique beter while I’m at the grocery store.
I don’t know why…
And 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 approach certainly won’t work for everyone. But it will work gangbusters for some people. 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.
Even better: It can be inspirational. And on occasion, mnemonic examples from others can be useable, even 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. You can possibly find them through the Polyglot club for language learners.