I figured that it would be good to create journal where I can get some insight from the more knowledgeable members of the forum as well as writing down my my progress.
I am currently doing a master in Law and realized that anything that could help me achieve a better study environment is positive. I have been thinking about learning certain techniques about memory but I have always been able to, in some way or another, remember what I need to know.
The realization came to me quite early that I do not have a good technique for memorization and that leads to me having a hard time to remember large quantities of information that is needed.
I started by researching books from memory champions and other authors who I read great reviews about. I think I have almost every book written by Dominic O’brien as well as his audio book (haven’t started listening to it yet) as well as several other authors such as Kevin Horsley, Chester Santos, Lynne Kelly, Tony Buzan and Helmut Sach. As a matter of fact, I think that I might have too many books for my own good.
I started to use the memory of loci for when I was going for groceries and it really helped in that matter. I am no longer arriving home and suddenly realizing that I forgot to buy something.
I’ve began using mind mapping again and “colour-coding” it to make it a bit more “pleasant” for the eye so to say when I am reading books and I believe that it works rather well but not when it comes down to a detailed level. Helmut Sach brings up a method called “SQ3R” that I haven’t tried yet but will do so at a later stage.
As of now, I am creating a memory palace/journey from the information that I written down on my mind map. I don’t know why, but it feels a bit hard to create connections between different aspects of the law that I need to remember.
Currently, one of my memory palace is a McDonalds (I know) to remember differences in contracts between civil and common law wen it comes to remedies for non-performance.
So I start with going into the McDonalds.
To the left of me there is a window where I can see a Lamborghini. This is pegged to performance (in civil law you can ask for performance of the contract when there is a breach).
I continue to walk left to the play area outside since I want to see the car but when I open the door a force field is stopping me. A major is in the middle (like magneto from X-man) and he starts to control the weather. This leads me to force majeure (you can claim performance except in cases of force majeure).
I figured that instead of going out, I can go to the indoor play ground with those plastic balls (Don’t know the English name for it since I suspect it’s not call “ball ocean” or something like that) where I see a huge piece of paper that gives a notice that the ball area is closed because of renovation. This leads me to the 2nd step on what you need to do in civil law when it comes to remedies for non-performance.
All of the sudden, Ronald McDonalds comes up to me and slaps me. This hurts me and I am thinking about going out (Slap connects to damages and me going out refers to termination of the contract).
Now I have the three steps a person can take when it comes to non-performance. 1. The person can ask for performance of the breaching party, 2. A notice can be sent to the party that asks for performance but with some caveats. 3. Termination of the contract itself.
I see a clock as I continue walking down the restaurant and there I see this clock, that ticks downwards. This connects to the idea that I am in a FAST food place (implied time) and Explicit (time on the wall). This might not be connected to a specific remedy but it is needed in order to argue about the non-performance or not. It also connects to the idea that time can be fundamental for a contract.
I then go to the bathroom which is located to the right of the entrance (this leads me to common law) and when I am walking to the toilet, I trip and fall. This causes me damages (Common law is damage based) and since I am a customer I say “The customer is always right” (cliche, I know) and that pegs to the idea that it does not matter in common law, the party should always fulfill its duties.
I then go the till and order food. The food comes out wrong and I want my money back but the personnel says that they can just make me a new burger. This points me to the direction that a court can force a party for a specific performance under certain circumstances.
As a last step I go to those self-servicing machines and try to order. There I am met with a message that there are no more burgers so I do not pay (withholding payment can be allowed under certain conditions)
Currently, I am having issues finding more “clear connections” between certain objects. For example, I have no clue how I can find a connection between “Consequential, reliance, incidental, and restitution”
The next step for me would be able to peg several items on a specific peg. For example if I want to know all elements on a contract like “preamble, definition terms, subject matter, relation, condition/warranties, rights and obligation, boilerplate, etc”
I’m also a bit worried that I will mix up my different loci’s but I am getting better and better on that part. I got some stores (pharmacy and a sport store) as palaces and I remember them at least.