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What Is A Memory Palace? And How Do I Use It?

      

    WHAT IS IT?

    A Memory Palace, otherwise known as the Method of Loci, Journey Technique or Location System is a memory technique that enables you to remember large amounts of information in sequential order.

    It does this by creating a spot in your brain to hold the information and retrieve it whenever you please.

    Think of it like folders inside a computer. A folder system allows a number of files to be stored in it. In order to retrieve the files, you simply go to the folder it’s stored in.

    HOW TO USE

    Let’s take a look at how to create these folders in our head to memorise.

    First, you will need to create a set number of locations in order around a familiar environment. For example, your house.

    Below is an example of 10 locations that are in order of how I view them as I walk into my own house.

    1. Front Fence

    2. Driveway

    3. Front Door

    4. Television

    5. Couch

    6. Coffee Table

    7. Bed

    8. Window

    9. Cabinet

    10. Desk

    Now that I have created 10 locations, it’s time to add items to be memorised.

    ADD ITEMS TO BE MEMORISED

    Let’s start off small and try to remember a list of 10 random words below.

    1. Cow

    2. Computer

    3. Paint

    4. Spider

    5. Books

    6. Mobile Phone

    7. Snake

    8. Guitar

    9. Spaghetti

    10. Chocolate

    In order to add these words onto your memory palace locations you will need to use your imagination and create stories with the words and locations like below.

    1. Front Fence + Cow

      The Cow went moo and smashed through my front fence.

    2. Driveway + Computer

      I threw my computer on to the driveway and it cracked and shattered all over the place.

    3. Front Door + Paint

      Some random person was painting my front door red and when I opened the door he ended up painting my face red too.

    4. Television + Spider
      As I went to pick up the remote from underneath the TV a huge furry spider jumped off the TV onto my hand.

    5. Couch + Books
      As I mindlessly sat on the couch my butt dug into the corner of a book. When I got up I saw that I was sitting on a pile of books.

    6. Coffee Table + Mobile Phone
      I put my mobile phone down on the coffee table and noticed my phone getting bigger and bigger. It got so big that it broke the coffee table.

    7. Bed + Snake
      As I went to lie down in bed I noticed something slithering and slimy in between my feet. When I looked up it was a snake!

    8. Window + Guitar
      My guitar kept breaking strings every time I played it so I threw it out the window.

    9. Cabinet – Spaghetti
      I opened my cabinet and a ton of spaghetti came gushing out and burying me in its pasta and sauces.

    10. Desk – Chocolate
      My desk was made out of chocolate and whenever I get stressed I would take a nice bite out of it. Mmm yum.


    RECALL

    To recall the memorised words simply try to remember what story was being played in your head on each location. See if you can remember below without looking at the above examples.

    1. Front Fence =

    2. Driveway =

    3. Front Door =

    4. Television =

    5. Couch =

    6. Coffee Table =

    7. Bed =

    8. Window =

    9. Cabinet =

    10. Desk =


    HOW DID YOU DO?

    If you remembered all the words above congratulations. If you missed a few then don’t worry, it is perfectly normal as it’s always good to look at what went wrong and find out the cause. In fact, memory training relies on this in order to fix issues and keep on improving. More on this later in the lessons as well as the Memory Training Room.

    WHAT DID YOU NOTICE?

    As you went through the exercise creating stories for words and locations, what did you notice?

    Here are a few things that we did:

    • Use our imagination to create stories

    • Use our visual capability to mentally “see” the words and locations

    • Use emotion – think of how you felt when there was a snake in bed

    Memorisation is therefore a culmination of a number of areas that include visualisation, storytelling and emotions. The more you use these in your memorisations the better recall you will achieve.

    YOUR TURN

    Now it’s your turn to create a Memory Palace. Write down either electronically or on a piece of paper 10 locations in order. Once you have done that, yell out DONE! and proceed to the next step.

    MEMORISE THIS

    I have some words for you below. Use your might Memory Palace you have created to memorise the words below using imagination, storytelling and visualisation.

    1. Bottle

    2. Mouse

    3. Music

    4. Rubbish

    5. Kangaroo

    6. Bag

    7. Rice

    8. Toothpaste

    9. Tree

    10. Tomatoes


    HOW DID YOU DO?

    If you followed the steps above then you would have memorised most of the words above, if not all of them.

    LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT OTHER EXAMPLES

    So far you’ve only memorised random words. But how about some practical applications for the Memory Palace? Let’s check out a few below. Please note that we will be delving deeper into practical examples in further lessons so if you don’t get it right now it’s ok, this is just an indication of what you can do.

    To-do List
    Simply add your tasks and todos on to a location.

    Presentation
    Identify key words (headings) from your talk and memorise them on to locations.

    Numbers
    You can chunk groups of numbers together and add them into locations. Please note that we will take an in-depth look into the numbers lesson later as it’s a fantastic way to train your memory.

    Names + further information
    Memorise the name by associating it onto locations and adding the other information into the story. This can be things like their hobbies, job title, foods they like, etc. Further details will be included in the Names lesson.

    Memorise a book
    Connect the chapter headings on to each location. You can then connect the those headings into a story with all the other subheadings. There are many ways to do this but using a Memory Palace to memorise headings is a good start.

    PRACTISE

    There are many ways to practise using the Memory Palace. You can either practise on daily things such as tasks and remembering information, or you can use various exercises and drills to slowly master each and every facet of the Memory Palace.

      

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