Daniel Kilov at TEDx

Hav­ing strug­gled with orga­ni­za­tional skills as a symp­tom of his poor mem­ory all through high school, Daniel sought out meth­ods to improve his mem­ory. It was then that he dis­cov­ered the "Art of Mem­ory", a loosely asso­ci­ated group of mnemonic prin­ci­ples and tech­niques used to orga­nize mem­ory impres­sions, improve recall, and assist in the com­bi­na­tion and 'inven­tion' of ideas. These tech­niques are some­times referred to as mnemotech­nics, and are employed by mem­ory ath­letes to per­form remark­able feats of learning.

Shortly after­wards, Daniel sought out Australia's most suc­cess­ful mem­ory ath­lete, Tansel Ali. Daniel was trained pri­vately by Tansel and at the 2011 Aus­tralian Mem­ory Cham­pi­onships Daniel man­aged to secure sec­ond place behind his coach and men­tor, and third place in the com­pe­ti­tion over­all. He also broke the Aus­tralian record for the abstract images event and is the offi­cial holder of that record, hav­ing mem­o­rized the order of 99 abstract shapes.

Daniel now espouses the value of mem­ory tech­niques as a poten­tial rev­o­lu­tion in edu­ca­tion, both in the tra­di­tional sense of the word and, because as a mat­ter of his­tor­i­cal fact, the art of mem­ory formed the cor­ner­stone of edu­ca­tion from the time of the Ancient Greeks, up until the renais­sance. When we use mem­ory tech­niques, we revolve back to the ancient and effec­tive art of learn­ing, mem­o­riz­ing and composition.

22 January, 2015 - 17:48
r30
r30's picture
Offline
Joined: 3 years 5 months ago

The planet story was actually the first mnemonic example I ever encountered. It was very similar with this one (both included Sun, gods Venus and Jupiter, your backyard as earth, T-shirt with SUN written on it and dog Pluto). The story is from book Garantiert erfolgreich lernen - Wie Sie Ihre Lese- und Lernfähigkeit steigern by Christian Grüning 2009 (googling didn't reveal any English version, maybe it's not translated).

Whenever I think about learning, it can always be diveded into three parts:
1. Information reception.
2. Analyzing the received info (structurizing,understanding, deleting unimportant stuff)
3. Saving the info. Retaining it.

That formed when I first read the book and hasn't changed since then (later I noticed how a lot of professionals follow the same pattern, even fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes). The book itself is diveded into these three parts. And throughout the book you can find mind maps illustrating the (deeper) structures of this book.

It's primary mission (the first part of the book) is to teach speed reading (grouping words and using timer+finger to forcespeed up your progress), but the rest of the 2/3 of the book is what you should do while/before/after reading: thought structuring (mind maps), stress relieving, visualization practise, your work/study schedule, life expectancies/missions/motivation, and finally synesthezia and mnemontechniques (stories, pegs, loci). And throughout the book everything is explained with how human brain works (why stories and grotesque images are so memorable, why we have to review, visual/auditory/active learners). It was really good book to start with my endless journey of "studying how to study"

I didn't achieve the desired reading speed, but it did teach me A LOT, and with practise I was much better able to summarize texts: finding "keywords" in the text and then strucurizing them (mind maps) (before that I always writed longs sentences and even paragraphs down, like some tedious schoolgirl) . It also gave me a short introduction into mnemotechniques.

The story was (my translation est->eng):
You're lying in a garden (try to picture your dream garden) in a comfortable lying chair and feel warming sun rays touching your skin. In the background sounds Freddy Mercury music, perhaps your favorite piece from ansambel Queen. Suddenly the garden gate is opened and gorgeus queen Venus steps in. Try to make her as unique as possible. What kind of clothes is she wearing? Or is she naked? The queen is walking towards you, crouches, takes a handful of earth and throws it at you. Angrily you jump out of the chair, and a certain revenge plan takes place in your mind: I'm going to attack her with Mars-chocolate stick. Suddenly though the ground starts shaking and a enormous giant appears. This is Jupiter, the god of all gods. With a mix of admiration and fear you witness a 20 m high giant standing before you, taking a defensive position in front of Venus. Jupiter is wearing a glimmering light blue T-shirt, on which is typed with golden ink letters SUN (Saturn, Neptun, Pluto). On the fringe of his trousers is hanging growling dog named Pluto (creation of Walt Disney), who has arrived there to help you fight Jupiter.

Then it tells you to review the story sometimes to retain it in your memory. It encourages to use whatever images come to your mind, there could be hundreds of different ways to make the story. And finally it says that you can attach extra information to each image, like chocolate Mars turns into red (red planet) and Pluto contracts and contracts, meaning it's the smallest planet. It says these kind of playful stories are a really good way to catch the interest of kids and show them that studying can be really fun.

(In the summer I showed my 6 and 7 year cousins how to make fun stories to memorize lists, also placing the images along journeys in home and we also made 0-9 peg list, where each peg has strong visual similarity to it's corresponding number, and used it to memorize their parent's phone numbers. When I visited them next week, I discovered that they were doing simple calculations on blackboard, and not speaking in numbers, but in pegs :D )

22 January, 2015 - 22:25
Offline
Joined: 2 years 2 months ago

r30 wrote:

(In the summer I showed my 6 and 7 year cousins how to make fun stories to memorize lists, also placing the images along journeys in home and we also made 0-9 peg list, where each peg has strong visual similarity to it's corresponding number, and used it to memorize their parent's phone numbers. When I visited them next week, I discovered that they were doing simple calculations on blackboard, and not speaking in numbers, but in pegs :D )

At that rate, maybe in a few years they will be doing stuff like this. :)

It seems like there are many good memory books in German. I wish I could read it...

23 January, 2015 - 03:07
r30
r30's picture
Offline
Joined: 3 years 5 months ago

We'll see. I tried to teach the chess moves and basic strategic points to my little brother via funny mnemonic associations (the king is the most important one, but that's because he has attention issues - in actuality he is very weak and can only move one step; Pawn is the only piece that eats differently than moves).

Now I wanted to ask if anybody knew if there are videos of that history teacher who appeared in Moonwalking with Einstein , I would really like to see how he teaches.
But then I did some research and found this: Creepy high school teacher Raemon Matthews intimidated 17 year-old student into posing for racy photos in classroom ‘cage’ . At first when I read the heading I thought that this must be some of his special teaching methods, but seems not. This also unfortunatly means that there will be no videos coming from him.

23 January, 2015 - 16:00
Offline
Joined: 2 years 2 months ago

Tragic story. :(

There is a video online, but it doesn't go into specific techniques.

Learn memory techniques for free! Just click the "Sign up" button below to create an account and we'll send you an email with some tips on how to get started.

Related content: