People often ask me about mnemonics for programming languages, IT terminology and the like.
I’d love to provide in this area where so many have expressed the need for specific examples, but …
1. I don’t do IT or programming (yet).
2. Examples won’t really help you.
Getting started with the Magnetic Memory Method and building your first Memory Palace (though ideally at least 10) is the only cure you need, followed by using your imagination to tackle whatever it is you want to memorize.
Because here’s the thing:
You will always be the best person to come up with the examples you need.
And every time you create a mnemonic example for yourself (i.e. Magnetic associative-imagery), you’ll be making your mind stronger for the next one you create and the next one and the next one.
Plus, you’ll be paying attention to the material you’re learning and memorizing in a completely new way.
It’s really that simple.
Learn the principles.
Apply the principles.
Bang presto, you’ve memorized stuff.
Anyhow, poking around the net, I found this dude talking about Visualization Mnemonics for Software Principles.
Site author Erik Dietrich gives some examples of how he memorized these pieces of information.
The examples make no sense to me, but …
… That’s a good thing!
All that matters is that the mnemonics work for him.
But what’s missing from this picture?
I’ll tell you what’s missing:
A dedicated, location-based memorization strategy, that’s what’s missing.
Mind you, notice how many of his examples involve locations of one sort or another.
That’s a very good thing.
By using locations, he gives his mind a place to go to retrieve the zany pictures and scenarios.
But just imagine if Dietrich had a strategy for using multiple locations in multiple Memory Palaces …
His brain would rock with information.
Mounds of information.
Easily accessible information.
Enough information about programming to become Software Royalty (and we all know how rich those dudes and dudettes can get, sometimes overnight when the programming is done just right).
Here’s a killer idea:
If you do find that you need to use mnemonic examples from other people, here’s what I suggest you do:
1. Build your own Memory Palaces.
2. Study the mnemonic example and the information it refers to.
3. Rebuild the mnemonic example within your own Memory Palace.
Why do this?
Because you’ll be modeling another person’s mnemonics in the context of your mind, in the context of your own Memory Palace, a mental construct based on a place with which you are deeply familiar.
If the mnemonics you’ve “borrowed” help you recall the information, cool. You’ll not only have an example of how the memory techniques work, but you’ll also have given yourself a strong foundation for developing and deploying your own mnemonics the next time (which you should start doing right away).
I personally think you’re better off coming up with your own mnemonic examples, but to be perfectly honest, many a great artist has developed just fine by sitting in an art gallery and copying the masters. That artist may not have gone on to become a groundbreaking master, but who cares? So long as the artist had fun and got the job done while achieving important dreams, that’s all that matters.
Summing up, although I’m a critic of using other peoples mnemonic examples …
Here’s one powerful thing I’ve learned:
Nothing is too tricky for mnemonics to handle, and that’s one thing I saw demonstrated before my very eyes while coaching math expert Robert Ahdoot.
I couldn’t believe how awesome our sessions together went, two hours of material on memorizing math conducted in both Vienna and Berlin via Skype and made available only in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass. He shows you exactly how he memorized nine complex mathematical formulas in just 45-minutes.
The mnemonic examples he gives are by far the best I’ve ever seen. I can even remember some of those treacherous, spaghetti-noodle-esque mathematical processes he was outlining because of how well he demonstrated his approach.
Plus, he’s a professional teacher and deeply passionate about sharing how he combined his memorization needs in his specialty area of math with the Magnetic Memory Method.
To sweeten the deal (if you’re into sweetener), there’s even a way to get this special training on location-based memory strategies with world-renowned polyglot Luca Lampariello’s 8 hour course How to Master Any Language On Your Own.
Math, language learning, memory skills designed for students who want to annihilate rote-learning from their lives …
Golden opportunity, dear Memorizers. You might even call it Magnetic.
Anyhow, let me leave you with a word of advice:
Looking at mnemonic examples like the ones on the page I just gave you can make you feel all cute and fuzzy inside, but nothing happens until you step up, enter a Memory Palace and start playing around with the principles of associative-imagery.
Reading all the mnemonic examples in the world will never do that for you.
Not in a million years.
Only you can do it.
And you can do it.
And as you explore, I remain Magnetically yours to help as much as I can by answering your questions.
Until next time, help someone else learn about Memory Palaces. Teaching a skill is one of the best ways to learn a skill 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.
About the Author
Anthony Metivier is the founder of the Magnetic Memory Method, a systematic, 21st Century approach to memorizing foreign language vocabulary, dreams, names, music, poetry and much more in ways that are easy, elegant, effective and fun.