How to Start a Memory Club or Group
This is a page that contains ideas on how to run a memory club or group. Feel free to edit the page and add you suggestions.
Artofmemory.com has a free, built-in memory clubs feature that lets anyone form a local memory group/club, create events, and message the members.
- Decide to create a memory club
- One or more people agree to become the organizers or co-organizers
- Let people know about your memory club/group in the Art of Memory Forum.
- Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of free online events to help you manage your group
- Choose activities from the ideas below and create a schedule
- Ask questions, share tips, and network with other clubs in the forum
- The meetings can be weekly or monthly, depending on the members’ interest
- Pick a subject for memorization (click here and see the ideas below)
- Discuss strategies for memorizing the information
- Then, at the following meetup, review the last meeting’s project
- Sign up for Memory League and choose one or more events to practice
- Hold mini-competitions between members of your group to practice for larger competitions like regional, national, and world championships
In addition to training for competition events, a memory club or group could choose memorization projects like:
- Anatomy – names of muscles and bones in the body
- Architectural terms.
- Periodic Table of Elements
- Logical fallacies
- History of [country] (with dates and figures)
- Literature: e.g., Shakespeare play
- History of philosophy
- Presidents of the US
- Speech or long poem, word-for-word.
- How many digits of pi can be memorized in a week.
- Stats on countries around the world (country name, capital, population, government type, year founded, basic history, leader)
- scientific plant names
- Tree identification
- bird identification
- English vocabulary
- English grammar
- Kanji (e.g., how many of the top Kanji can a person learn in a week?)
- Lists of historical dates
- Biology terms
- Memorizing tropical fish before a diving trip
- Memorizing ancient Greek history before a trip to Athens
- Memorizing the New York Subway system map
- Memorizing US States and Capitals
- Memorizing countries of the world, with capitals and leaders
- Memorizing the periodic table of elements
- Memorizing trivia questions
- other subjects: biology, math, economics, art, music, ecology, chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, geomorphology, botany, etc.
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If you happen to have a memory expert in your group, they could present tips to the other members. If you are near a school or university with an neuroscience department, you could ask a teacher or professor if they would like to present a topic to your group.