Sometimes it can be difficult to pick these events and find the specific elements to drill independently. We could all benefit from knowing your favorite drills. Maybe you’ve spent some time on one or more of these; but even if you haven’t, I’d love to hear your first impression about their usefulness. Still, the former question is more important. A few I have thought of that may be useful are:
For 2-card systems, or other systems requiring improvisation (random words?) to link multiple objects quickly and in novel ways, abandon loci and memorize an entire deck (maybe more!) by visualizing the objects that arise in one long chain. Time yourself. If the images connect well and the events progress logically, recall won’t be hard, but making such a chain of events is hard, so this might be a good drill. Have you tried it?
For anything requiring loci: do not let the most recent images vanish if they would truly be in your line of sight (such as if your freezer is one loci and your fridge is the next. If necessary, back up enough to see multiple loci. If your path snakes around, retain a visual impression of prior loci that are now in the background.
Memorize the same deck twice, linking each object in a completely different way in order to enhance creative associations.
Memorize through loci paths backward to gain a new perspective on the loci.
Within-memorization review: place the past five loci so well that you can run back through them (if they are one or two objects each, especially) without wasting more than, say, 2 seconds. The goal is to increase speed of recall here, so that for instance in long events, one could review by covering up digits, words, or concealing cards, until he has attempted to recall them, cobsidering a loci “forgotten” and worthy of review if it is not recalled almost immediately.
Attempting to match scores of speed numbers that you can do with review by setting a metronome allotting time to achieve that score by placing exactly as many digits, but spending longer on each loci.
Or similarly, taking twice or three times as much as you would need to memorize anything, so recall occurs much later than if you had memorized quickly. This is to ensure that you can in fact make good use of time spent by embellishing images.
Even with large object lists, spending much time, maybe minutes, on examining each object individually.
Resolving not to move on from any image or loci until at least 3 senses have been used to examine it (during memorization).
Memorizing a deck at regular speed, but distracting yourself for five or ten minutes before attempting to recall it.
And to ask a specific variation of Nick’s important question, have you found it most useful to practice multiple disciplines in a single day, or to focus on one per day, or does there seem to be little difference? If MA’s stop practicing weeks before a championship, shouldn’t a stint in the middle of the year be useful too?
Which globally competitive MA is the most despicable as a person?
Sorry if I trampled you for being generous; you understand that this is an exciting opportunity for the neophytes.