Starting to prepare my entrance exam. Is Memory palace technique the best for me?

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#1 19 March, 2017 - 09:31
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Starting to prepare my entrance exam. Is Memory palace technique the best for me?


So, I have lurked this forum for a couple of days. I have seen many different techniques, but it is so overwhelming for me, so I would like to ask some more informed.

Anyway, I am preparing for an entrance exam in Neuroscience (I am psychologist). That means I will have to learn physics, chemistry, some math and of course a lot of brain anatomy, functions of the brain, etc (9 subjects in total). I will invest a lot of money into books and preparation for the exam, so I want to pass it (obviously xD). It will be very hard to learn everything I have to learn so I have to make a neat system how to do that.

Memory palace sounds interesting, but I fail to see how that can be used to memorize theory. I have used it for a couple of months for memorizing lists and that fades away quickly. So I would like you to tell me:
1. Is Memory palace the best technique for my needs?

If it is:

1. How to apply it for learning theory?
2. How not to forget learnt things quickly?

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Please don't send me to the beginners forum or something like that, I have tried to find these things and I couldn't find what I was looking for.

19 March, 2017 - 10:56
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I think it's really funny that a lot of people on this forum spend tremendous energy to improve their speed of memorization cards and number and at the same time we have a luck of practicality in learning something classical.

The only person in my mind that is trying to combine classical education with memory techniques is Alex Mullen.

You said that you tried a bunch of things but I guess what Alex say about building memory palaces on the go for stuff or sometime using mental pictures instead of memory Palace is good idea to use.

So if you don't want to check beginners forum maybe you want to check world memory champion blog and it can be useful for you. https://mullenmemory.com

And I think you can get best advises from thouse of student that actually learning this subject s and preparing for them. Because they're practical about what they learn and a random memory guy like me doesn't give a f*** about neiroscience and whatever.

My friend from medical school shared with me those links I'm not sure that they will be 100% useful but I think that you should definitely check them out because why not.

https://www.picmonic.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGSr1miVN10

Please write me back about your experience.

19 March, 2017 - 13:50
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Yes you can use memory palaces. But it's not a magic bullet. Combine it with:
http://www.retrievalpractice.org/
https://www.supermemo.com/en/articles/20rules
http://rs.io/anki-tips/

And this book will cover everything what you should know about using mnemotechniques in studying (esp. chapter 13: "The Abstract World of Science", it covers every subject you listed) https://www.amazon.com/How-Pass-Exams-Accelerate-Effectively/dp/1844833917

20 March, 2017 - 14:50
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This has by far been the most helpful post I have read on this site.

Each person has their own reason to learn memory techniques but I believe it really becomes a dire necessity to learn skills to health retain a lot of information with no logical connections. This is especially true of Biology and Medicine.

21 March, 2017 - 08:28
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Wow, thanks guys. This has been extremely helpful. I really appreciate this, I will start reading right away :D

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