A lot of people ask me if the Magnetic Memory Method can be used for memorizing more than just vocabulary.
In a word: yes.
To date, I can think of no information that cannot be memorized using this method.
Although “information” is a pretty broad term, the human mind is broader.
But only if your mind is trained.
Even without training, the human mind is rather brilliant thing. Tony Buzan has talked about how incredible it is just to be able to stand up from a chair, swivel your head around and walk towards a door before opening it up and walking through it into territory you may or may not have seen before. I’m paraphrasing him heavily, but the idea is that the brain handles billions of details without us having to think about any of them.
One might say that we’ve been trained to deal with them.
After all, they say that many forms of autism is simply the inability to filter out the massive pieces of information that flood our environment each and every second. There’s too much too pay attention to and this becomes overwhelming for some.
Well, trying to memorize a language isn’t that much different. You enter into a field of thousands of words that are zinging around your head in hundreds of different formations, assembling and disassembling in secret ways that do not easily reveal themselves.
There’s too much to pay attention to.
Enter memorization skills.
Just as years of practice of standing up and walking towards doors from childhood on has trained you to the point that you don’t even have to think about this simple, everyday activity, you can train your mind to memorize vocabulary as though it were nothing more than tossing popcorn in your mouth.
And, yes, it can be done for more than just vocabulary.
Names, facts, details, numbers, music, body parts, birthdays, addresses, measurements, ingredients, contents, words.
The trick is to have a dedicated strategy.
I advocate the Memory Palace method and I advocate using it no matter what other memorization strategies you might be using (there are lots).
The reason I feel that our memorization efforts (which usually involve some sort of image-based association) need to be “located” somewhere is to overcome that basic anxiety we have of losing things.
As well, if we know where to go, we’ve increased our chances of finding what we are looking for.
Building Memory Palaces is easy.
Charting journeys through them is even easier.
I’ve created worksheets that will show you how. You’ll notice that I have given you both a PDF and a Word file. That’s so that you can adopt the basic layout for your own purposes if you wish. For instance, if you wanted to chart a journey to memorize facts instead of vocabulary, you can easily modify the worksheets to allow you to do so.
Until next time, tell someone 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.