How often do you practice memory techniques?

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#1 11 November, 2016 - 14:32
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How often do you practice memory techniques?


In many occasions I don't have to use many loci to memorize. Because of that when I need to use more than usual I am struggling and need much more time to write it to my brain. For sure I need some regular training. How often do you practice memory techniques to be "in shape"?

11 November, 2016 - 16:14
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2 hours a day

11 November, 2016 - 17:38
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Two hours a day sounds like training for competition. That's huge part of a day. What kind of exercises do you do and what is your greatest achievement?

12 November, 2016 - 01:54
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Every day! :)

12 November, 2016 - 02:32
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I have never competed before but I hope to travel for competitions next year and hopefully break some Australian records. For me a big part of my training is creating images from cards. I literally just go through multiple decks making images without recalling because I find my recall is almost perfect. The faster i can make the images, the faster my times get.

I use a version of the Ben system so the final aim for me is to see two cards basically like words. That's why another thing I do is just translate large chunks of text into card combinations and back because I need it to be second nature.

I think the best thing for me was realizing how quickly I can learn huge chunks of information purely as a side effect of memorizing cards. I Can learn a list of 60 names in around 10 minuets. My favorite thing is to get my friends to name a country then give me 5 mins and I will learn every political leader of that country in the last 200 years. Works every-time and blows their freaking minds! The great thing is I can keep the memories too, I just need to go back over them in an hour's time, then again in a couple of hours, then each day for about a week, then once a week ect. As long as I put it in its own memory palace they stay safe.

16 November, 2016 - 13:10
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I practice everyday. I started by memorising a pack of cards a day and that helped me get into the swing of things. Using the same images over and over saves a lot of time. It’s a lot less work than memorising foreign vocabulary. I used a different memory palace each time and it has definitely improved my memorising skills. (Thanks to Anthony Metivier who said that memorising cards is like skipping rope – good basic training!)

Then I read Lembran Sar’s post on this site about how he created a mental calendar of his life. I’ve since developed my own. It is a walk around the neighbourhood where I grew up. Every 10 metres is a station where I have the day and date and that day’s to-do list. Currently I’ve set dates for the next two weeks. At the end of each day I scrub the list and leave only the day, date, and a single memorable event. So far it is working very well. It means that when I’m in the shower and think of something to do I now have somewhere to put it.

I think one of the keys of mnemonics – at least for me – is avoiding mnemonic fatigue. ie only using mnemonics for things that are really important. If I try to do too much then it becomes a burden and the whole system falls apart. My current “practice” isn’t really practice. ie it is not abstract training like memorising cards but is actually using it for a practical purpose in the my life.

16 November, 2016 - 16:10
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Im practicing everyday!!!

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