# Another math question. Focusing on the right things

#### Another math question. Focusing on the right things

I've read the thread where a very helpful user goes into detail about all sorts of various tricks for memorizing formulas.

The problem is, this isn't the sort of memory I want to cultivate. It feels... weak. For example, when I was still in college, there was a chemistry exam that I completely forgot to study for. So at the beginning of the test, I took a deep breath, then rederived all the necessary formulas on the spot. I feel that if I had focused on just learning the symbols, I would not have had as deep an understanding as I would have needed to rederive everything as I did.

Now I'm studying abstract math, and the results, or the thought process leading to them, are nowhere near as obvious. Any tips on figuring out what I need to memorize or how to go about it in order to achieve the same level of understanding, vs. memorizing theorems by rote?

(Also, any tips on how to organize my palace so as to find stuff without taking the entire tour?)

I can't help much with the formula's, but I did want to ask about your palace problem.

What makes you have to take the entire tour? In my palace, Loci 18 is a piano, and it will always be a piano. It will always be before the couch and after the book shelves, which will always come after the dishwasher, all loci are in a specific order. If I have to remember something which I placed at the Piano, all I have to do is go to the piano and look what I placed there, there is no need to walk the enitre palace through.