I would think that your chances of getting below 2 minutes with a perfect deck before the end of the month are about one in a million at this point. Maybe in 3 months you will get there.Good luck! Keep trying.
No, I just don‘t train my memory at all during my rest day. Additional sleep wouldn‘t be a bad idea but I think you have to get enough sleep every day if possible. I don‘t revise my mnemonics on rest day
I recently have had a couple of rest days in a row. Now that I‘m back in training I already broke my numbers record on memory league (for 80 digits):
Before: 29 seconds
Now: 26.22 seconds
I didn‘t improve as fast as you do when I started memorizing. I had to change a lot of images in my system too, because they were too weak or I confused them because some were too similar. I still have some that aren‘t great, but they seem to work.
Good stuff, Corbanicum! That’s excellent progress. I’ve also been training daily, but I don’t have enough confidence yet to use a timer. I tried it, but I found the process nerve-wracking, so I stopped mid-way through. I got a PB yesterday, but it wasn’t actually timed, so I don’t know how I did.
edit Reading through the other posts gave me the idea of just going through the deck to practice recalling the images (without memorization). I was using Anki before, but I think an in-deck context is better, and lately I haven’t been using Anki at all, just in-deck practice.
That sounds good to me. Currently every deck seems to involve several images that just take way too long to elicit, but this has been improving. I haven’t been training with too much intensity due to school, but finals are approaching fast and once they’re done I’m going to start training hard. Once I eliminate these lagging images, my times should improve quite a bit. I might try again with the timer tomorrow.
I didn’t get a chance to train yesterday due to school, but I spent quite a bit of time practicing today. I did one run with memorization and everything else was just practicing translating cards into images. Unfortunately, I must have significantly underestimated my times before, because after multiple attempts the best time I could get (without memorization) was 1:48. This second type of practice seems to be far more beneficial to me at this point, so from now on (for now) I’m going to primarily practice just by going through the deck and recalling the images. I’ll do one deck with memorization and then quite a few without memorization. My short-term goal will be to get below 1:30 for recall.
I even told about your opinion (that it would take me another 3 months to get below 2 minutes ! LoL)
Well I tried to get a more realistic goal this time, and at the same time keep it challenging.
And I have set the date to the 7th of january 2019 to get below 2 minutes.
About the chart : well I’ll make one when reaching 2 minutes
About what I learned.
First about the mnemonics. I think that it is better not to worry too much if they are slow to come at the beginning. As I told earlier in the post, I think it is a natural process that they are slow at the beginning and improve one day at a time, and that there is not a real shortcut for this (or if someone could tell me a good one I would be delighted to know it).
Secondly, I learned the importance of rest and taking a day off once in a week.
Thirdly, as Nelson Dellis emphasized in his book : “Remember It”. I think it is really important to trust your memory.
Remember my last post here on thursday ? I told that I was so tired I could not remember anything.
Well on friday, I had completely lost my confidence in my memory. I was always stressing out about “will I remember these last cards”. So much that I aborted 2 of my runs, as it was clear my times would be really slow anyway.
Then on saturday, I slept a lot.
Most of the day actually.
I also had a severe cluster headache on the morning, so I was forced to rest, which is actually a good thing !
And today, finally, I managed to recover my abilities.
Here are my times for today :
This morning :
?:?? 4 errors at 23BPM (timer continued to run after I stopped it, I was so pissed off about it!)
3:41 7 errors at 23BPM
3:45 11 errors at 24BPM
Since I had so few errors on the morning, I decided to speed up the metronome, and it further enhanced my times (while making more errors of course) :
3:08 19 errors at 24BPM
2:55 27 errors at 25BPM
3;22 15 errors at 25BPM
It is such a good feeling to see this 2 minutes digits at last !
(even if I make so many errors right now)
The point is that I managed to recall all of my mnemonics and create images below 3 minutes.
Yeah, I’ve been bringing cards with me lately. Sometimes I’ll even go through the deck while in line at the store.
That’s awesome! It looks like your goal is in sight.
As for me, I didn’t sleep very well last night and recall was quite bad today. I just couldn’t seem to focus. I did, however, go through the deck quite a few times just to practice recalling the images, and I managed to get a new personal best of 1:26. It was funny actually because realizing that I was on pace for a new PB I started to get really nervous toward the end. My next goal is sub 1:15 for recall (no memorization), and then sub 1:00. Once I can consistently get sub 1:00 I’ll focus more on actual times (w/memorization).
Tired again today unfortunately, plus I started taking Prozac which has been making me feel a little fuzzy-headed. Forming the narrative was a slow process, but recall was surprisingly good. No errors. Something really rare happened, though. About halfway through the story, a tiki islander was fighting Pikachu, which phonetically is tEk and pEk, which corresponds to 7♣ 7♦ 7♥ 7♠. I’ve never seen indexes line up like that before.