I’ve been using the method of loci. are there more effective ways of memorizing large bodies of texts? Or is it a personal preference thing?
I’ve personally come to associate, not simply objects, but small narratives with a specific spatial location, constituting chunks of up to 5 verses before moving on. Is this effective? Is there a better way? It seems to be working for me. I memorized 4 chapters or so with ease the other day, which is quite beyond impossible for my raw memory. So it seems to be working. Is there some kind of shortcut I’m missing though? I just want to maximize efficiency and cost-effectiveness in terms of energy expenditure.
"Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers[a] who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen."-Galatians 1:1-5.
^I used one locus for this. I just imagined a man being shoved aside by Jesus alongside Jesus when I read/thought the verse “not from men nor through man”, I imagined puppet strings from on high causing Jesus to bear our sins for us(I say this with reverence - I’m just trying to create vivid enough images for my brain to remember this stuff), etc. After 5 verses or so, I move on to a nearby locus and continue the narrative. How cost-effective and efficient is this as far as memorizing texts (in this case, scripture) goes?