My method to memorize a 500 page book verbatim.
My method to memorize a 500 page book verbatim.
Hello! I am a 4th year student at Computer Systems Engineering in Athens and I am 22 years old. I will tell you my story about memory and how I found the absolute method to memorize everything even if it is a 500 page book, just by reading it once!
When I was in my 1st Semester, one day I was really bored. So I asked my mother to give me an idea to watch a movie. She
suggested me to watch Criminal Minds. In Criminal Minds there is a character called Dr Reid. This character is an absolute genius! From the first episode (if I remember corectly) he stated that he reads 20 000 words per minute, he has an eidetic memory and he has an IQ of 187!
From there on that was my fuel for a 4 year constant research about all these things!
First of all, I started searching about IQ. I wanted to know what my IQ was and how to increase it to reach Dr Reid's IQ :P I searced about brain's health, how the brain works, healthy foods for my brain and body, Brain Supplements, Smart Drugs, Nootropics, Image Streaming, Dual n Back and simillar things. I read a lot of articles and books about all this stuff.
Then I started researching about Speed Reading. I learned and read a lot about Speed Reading, Photoreading, Mental Photography (ZOX Pro Training) and subliminal dynamics, EYEQ software and other similar softwares. I lost a lot of time about all these things! I fortunatelly, thank GOD, did not loose any money. I knew how to find all this nonsense for free (hehe!). Ok I really believe in Speed Reading 1000 words per minute because I did it. But come on! Photoreading? ZOXing?
And they tell you that you will remember photographically everything! That is nonsense.
After that, I started researching about memory. That really was and still is my favorite subject! I learned about eidetic memory, photographic memory, working memory, highly superior autobiographical memory, and then I reached to the Mnemonics. I read Ron White's book, Tony Buzan's books, Joshua Foer's book, Harry Lorayne's books, and Dominic O' Brien's books, who by the way is my favorite. And my favorite book about memory is of course Dominc O'Brien's and it is the "How to Develope A Perfect Memory". I also like a lot his Quantum Memory Power course!
And now to our subject! After reading his book I started searching and thinking about how to use all the techniques I have learned, to memorize really big things, such as a 500 page book verbatim.
I searched a lot! I found some really interesting techniques! I also found this forum and by typing "verbatim" in the search bar I again found some really interesting techniques. But they just didn't fit for my mind! I mean they were right but something importand was missing! I thought I thought I thought a lot and I discovered that the really big and serious problem about how to use mnemonics for verbatim is 1st how to make abstract words into meaningful images and 2nd and
maybe the most importand how to get limitless yet different and memorable and from your imagination Memory Palaces!!!
I again searched a lot and I thought A LOT. I reached to the conclusion that something very importand was missing here again.
Then I thought that I cannot loose time searching anymore. I had seen and discovered anything, any method that there is out there and all these methods were great, but....
So I said to my self that I will thing a way to combine all these methods and achieve what I want. I just did it my life's
purpose. And then it hit me! Below is my method. But first let me know if you are interested writting me a comment. I have not yet tried this method. I discovered it today that I want to learn a lesson for my exams in 3 days. I just had to discover something. I didn't know that it would be today :D I am really happy. But, because I don't wanna loose time about my exams and because I first have to think about, how to explain, please, give me a little time and fuel with your comments to explain to you.
Thanks for your time! To be continued..... :)
First of all, I will tell you how I solved the problem of making abstract words into images.
The solution is that using the Dominic System I made a Letter System. What I mean? Let's take for example Dominic O'Briens list (my list is not good for a forum. I have a lot of familly members inside that you don't know) . What I made was associating the 24 Greek letters (because I am from Greece) and the 26 English letters, with my first 24 and 26 Dominc System's images, starting from image 01. So here it goes:
00 = Olive Oyl
Α,A = 01 = Ossie Ardiles
Β,B = 02 = Otto (von) Bismark
Γ,C = 03 = Oliver Cromwell
Δ,D = 04 = Otto Dix
Ε,E = 05 = Old Etonian
Ζ,F = 06 = .......
Η,G = 07 = .......
Θ,H = 08 =.......
Ι,I = 09 = .......
Κ,J = 10 = .......
Λ,K = 11 = .......
Second, I wanted to solve the problem of how to quickly and as easily as possible create limitless Memory Palaces with limitless Locis. Below I made an image that I explain my method. I don't know if there is something similar somewhere else, and so I named it "The Loci Network System". I hope you like it :-)
A good method to navigate into this network is seeing it as levels. In our case you start from the pink level with the order 1 - 100. You continue with the second level, green, which has 1000 Locis. You start 1 - 100 and then again 1 - 100. If you afraid that there will be same combinations you can use Major System too. But I don't think it can happen often.
Lets take for example the combinations [1.1 - 1.10], [2.11 - 2.20], ...... [10.91 - 10.100]. Then it continues [11.1 - 11.10] which is different from [1.1 - 1.10]. If you make it every 100 in the green level, it goes like that: [1.1 - 10.100], [11.1 - 20.100].......
[91.1 - 100.100] and you reached the 1,000th (Last) Loci of green level.
If you test it for the third level which is the orange Memory Palace it goes like that: [1.1.1 - 1.1.10], [1.2.11 - 1.2.20],
[1.3.21 - 1.3.30]......[1.10.91 - 1.10.100]. Every 100 Loci : [1.1.1 - 1.10.100], [2.11.1 - 2.20.100], [3.21.1 - 3.30.100].......
.....[10.91.1 - 10.100.100], [11.1.1 - 11.10.100]......[100.91.1 - 100.100.100] and you reached the 10,000th (Last) Loci of orange level.
Every 1,000 Loci: [1.1.1 - 10.100.100], [11.1.1 - 20.100.100], ..... [91.1.1 - 100.100.100] and you reached the 10,000th (Last) Loci of orange level.