Should I Skip Parts of Your Book To Work On The Mnemonics?

Skipping rope in the Memory PalaceDear Memorizers,

Here’s an interesting question about how to read one of the Magnetic Memory series books:

Hi Anthony,

I bought your book recently and have not finished it yet. The question is this:

Should I read the entire book and then practice your methods? Or Stop in chapter 4 to practice?

I have found very interesting how your ‘Technik’ is.

All the best.

I think this is a very good question about using a Memory Palace and mnemonic-based method to learn and memorize foreign language vocabulary.

In some cases, I would say that it’s not all that important to read the entire book. In fact, back in Volume One of the Magnetic Memory Newsletter, I taught you a little trick called “bibliomancy” you can use when reading non-fiction books for school or professional research. I mention this technique again in Volume 4.

But when it comes to learning a skill, I would advise people to read the entire book before getting started.

Here’s why:

As regular readers of the Magnetic Memory Method know, I’m a bit of a card magic fanatic and perform from time to time on an amateur basis.

One of the things I’ve learned over the years when studying new card mysteries (also known as “tricks”) is to read the description of the methodology without a deck of cards in my hands.

If a person is learning something and trying to do it at the same time, then they may miss out on some of the finer details.

The Magnetic Memory Method is filled with fine details – details that can make a huge difference to your success.

For example, if you are unaware of the rehearsal procedures or the relaxation principles, you’ll still be successful, but likely not as successful as you could be.

That said, when I listened to Dominic O’Brien’s excellent Quantum Memory Power, I stopped the recording when he asked me to and completed the exercises.

The Magnetic Memory series of books have similar indicators where you can “pause” the book and get started.

However, I really intend for you to understand the entire method before getting to the worksheets.

And then I intend for you to learn even more about memorization skills and how to make your mind truly magnetic.

That’s why this newsletter exists and Volumes I, II, III and IV are already available for you to benefit from.

And of course you can always send me your important questions. I’m here to help.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to implement the techniques and try them out for yourself. Experiment with what works for you and return to the book from time to time to see if there are any steps that you can add to your practice and benefit from.

Until next time, read all that you can about memorization skills and then teach someone else what you’ve learned about Memory Palaces. 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.

Anthony Metivier is the founder of the Magnetic Memory Method, a systematic, 21st Century approach to memorizing foreign language vocabulary in a way that is easy, elegant, effective and fun.

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