How to Start a Memory Club or Group

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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.

How to Organize a Memory Group / Club has a free, built-in memory clubs feature that lets anyone form a local memory group/club, create events, and message the members.


  1. Decide to create a memory club
  2. One or more people agree to become the organizers or co-organizers
  3. Let people know about your memory club/group in the Art of Memory Forum.
  4. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of free online events to help you manage your group
  5. Choose activities from the ideas below and create a schedule
  6. Ask questions, share tips, and network with other clubs in the forum

Schedule Meetings

  • The meetings can be weekly or monthly, depending on the members’ interest

Ideas for Activities

Memorization tests:

  1. Pick a subject for memorization (click here and see the ideas below)
  2. Discuss strategies for memorizing the information
  3. Then, at the following meetup, review the last meeting’s project

Competition training:

  1. Sign up for Memory League and choose one or more events to practice
  2. 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:

  1. Anatomy – names of muscles and bones in the body
  2. Architectural terms.
  3. Periodic Table of Elements
  4. Logical fallacies
  5. History of [country] (with dates and figures)
  6. Literature: e.g., Shakespeare play
  7. History of philosophy
  8. Presidents of the US
  9. Speech or long poem, word-for-word.
  10. How many digits of pi can be memorized in a week.
  11. Stats on countries around the world (country name, capital, population, government type, year founded, basic history, leader)
  12. scientific plant names
  13. Tree identification
  14. bird identification
  15. Language
  16. English vocabulary
  17. English grammar
  18. Latin
  19. Greek
  20. Spanish
  21. Kanji (e.g., how many of the top Kanji can a person learn in a week?)
  22. Lists of historical dates
  23. Poems
  24. Speeches
  25. Biology terms
  26. Memorizing tropical fish before a diving trip
  27. Memorizing ancient Greek history before a trip to Athens
  28. Memorizing the New York Subway system map
  29. Memorizing US States and Capitals
  30. Memorizing countries of the world, with capitals and leaders
  31. Memorizing the periodic table of elements
  32. Memorizing trivia questions
  33. other subjects: biology, math, economics, art, music, ecology, chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, geomorphology, botany, etc.

For more ideas, see also:

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.