New Member: 26y, Nielsism, Belgium

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#1 20 March, 2017 - 07:36
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New Member: 26y, Nielsism, Belgium

Hey there,

Pleasure to meet you all! My name is Niels, I'm a 26 year old Phd student living and working in Ghent, Belgium. I have been in contact with mnemonics for about 2 years now, after reading Joshua Foer's book (like many people, I presume). It has profoundly inspired me to see how much one can do and memorize with easy-to-learn techniques.

I mention 'easy-to-learn' because I have not engaged far with the techniques, nor with the things I am 'storing'. For the moment I have only walked two pathways: I use the Memrise website by Ed Cooke, where I have mostly studied some basic geography (capital cities, country mapping, flags etc.) with very basic 'mems' which has pleasantly surprised me in terms of easiness and level of retention. On the other hand I memorized some lists with memory palaces, such as the dates and locations of the Olympic games, or the US Presidents.

The examples above already show that my aims have not been too ambitious for the moment :) My endeavor into these fora will therefore get me to upgrade my techniques to use on different and more challenging things.

The other goal I have is to train myself better for another hobby I have - quizzing. With a couple of friends, we take about 2 quizzes a month - mostly sport school / charity types of events. These are not high-profile, and the 'real' quizzers participate in much more high-level events. So in these low-level competitions, we consistently place amongst the top-5 groups, as we're all fairly knowledgeable and interested in everything that goes around us. Still, I found that A LOT of questions (i) come back, or (ii) are part of a bigger 'list' that could be learnt . That's why I have kind of geared my memorizing towards lists with general 'quizzing attraction'. Capital cities, for example - these come back every time, so it's quite fun if at some point the whole crowd goes silent if they ask the capital of Papua New Guinea, and you can answer.

In this respect, I'm curious to know if some people around here have the same aim - mapping and memorizing a bulk of lists that could prove helpful in getting us to the top spot in low-level quizzes :) In addition, a meta-palace which stores all these lists would also be helpful, so looking forward to reading tips on that as well.

Anyway, I'm already taking too long. See you!


20 March, 2017 - 09:43
Joined: 11 months 6 days ago

Hi Neilsism. Nice to see you here. Believe me - I never played quizzes, just googled what it is. I think this is cool game.

In Dominic O'Brien's book we can find some chapter about how to win quiz machine or something like that.

But as I understand real game is different. If you have some kind of lists to memorize please share with me. It will be a pleasure to try something new.

20 March, 2017 - 10:37
Joined: 10 months 3 days ago

Yes, his approach is really to link the answer to a quiz-question (what is the capital city of Mali?) to a visual item (e.g. Mali > Mohammed Ali > BAM he hits a K.O. > Capital city is Bamako). This is really good to learn these things, but I'm trying to compile a set of lists where you can be sure of a question will tap from. A 'real' quiz is just a quizmaster who prepares 100 questions, for example, so normally you can't really know what to ask, so it's difficult to study.

However, by going to a lot of quizzes, you see things resurfacing, like I mentioned. So in my opinion, if you could compile a 'list of lists' that you can memorize and store, you might have the benefit of knowing the answer already to 25% of the questions, without making an effort at all or complaining 'oh damn I know this!' ;)

But I might take this to another forum post, to have a more structured debate on this. I'll first skim through all the other posts first :)

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