I’m 28 years old, and I use the Ben system with modified phonetics. It’s an incredible system but notoriously difficult to master. There are 2704 images, one for each card pair. My system consists of approximately half people/characters (humanoid or other) and half objects.
That’s really good. From what I’ve read, it seems like improving time with cards often comes in cycles of lowering the time, which causes more errors, and then lowering the errors at the new time.
As for me, I haven’t started my practice for today yet. I just got out of class and I’m feeling pretty sick (sore throat). I feel like today is most likely just going to be a wash, but I’m still going to try to memorize one deck and practice recalling my images. We’ll see how it goes.
Excellent job on the second attempt! Low time and very few errors.
edit All right, so I’m done with practicing for today. I didn’t get a new PB for image recall, but I did get perfect recall on the deck I memorized. I was astonished to be honest. The images just combined perfectly to create a very memorable narrative.
I use a Person/Action system (Dominic System).
I don‘t use a metronome.
I‘m a lot faster on memory league. My personal best with physical cards was around 70 seconds, but I haven‘t tried it in a long time. I‘d say I‘m probably 10 to 15 seconds slower with physical cards than on memory league.
I made two errors upon recall today (I wasn’t paying attention and I skipped a pair.), but I had a new PB for image recall with a time of 1:19. I would like to get this all the way down to 30 seconds, but I have no idea how long that will take.
I’m pretty sick right now, so I’m taking things easy. I’ll see how I feel tomorrow.
I won’t have much time to practice today because I have homework and finals to prepare for. I did manage to memorize one deck, but I couldn’t seem to remember the second image. Under tournament conditions, however, this would have still worked because I could have deduced the image from the remaining two cards. No errors apart from that. I also went through the deck several times to practice image recall. No new PB today. I might practice more tonight if I have time.
After many (many) attempts, I got a new PB for image recall today with a time of 1:15. Unfortunately, I spent over 10 seconds on two of the pairs. I can tell I’m getting a lot faster though overall. Sub 1 minute should be close.
At some point here I’m going to have to actually plan a route with predetermined loci instead of coming up with them impromptu. At 3 images per locus that would be 9 loci that I need. I’ll probably use my house.
Practice today went extremely well. For some reason I was unusually focused. On my third attempt I got a new PB for image recall with a time of 1:07. I was actually on pace for a time well below 1 minute, but two pairs tripped me up. The biggest difference that I noticed is that there’s really no hesitation now with decoding the suit combinations, so that’s really good.
Memorization went really well too. I moved through the deck at a fairly fast pace, and there were no errors with recall, and the recall time itself was actually quite fast.
Today has probably been my single best practice day so far. It’s really encouraging.
I’ll probably end up using my house. I use it while practicing (I used it today, in fact.), but I haven’t really come up with predetermined loci. And the path that I take while walking to campus is a little boring, so the loci aren’t that unique.
And Corbanicum, I can definitely appreciate the effects of poor sleep. When I don’t sleep well, the impact is very clear the next day, especially with memory.
I wouldn’t worry. Variance is natural. I know some days I perform better/worse for no apparent reason.
Practice today was decent, but not great. Unfortunately, today is just very inefficient. I had class in the morning, a time gap, a meeting with a professor (which I’m waiting for now while I’m typing this), another time gap, a class, and then work immediately after. All my open time today is very broken, so things get derailed.
Having said that, I did successfully memorize a deck today, but the narrative was more detailed than necessary. No errors though. I also went through the deck several times to practice image recall. One time was particularly good, but I wasn’t using the stopwatch, so I have no time to report.
Tomorrow should be more productive because I don’t have work or class. Still, my focus has to be on prepping for finals, but I should still be able to fit in some practice.
I can sometimes have really bad results even if I slept enough. But sometimes my new personal bests come when I didn’t sleep much. Sometimes I just don’t see why that is.
I had some good results in my Online Memory League Championship-Match today (not in Cards but in Numbers where I got close to my personal best). That really motivates me to train harder to finally get below 25 seconds for 80 digits
Unfortunately, I work really late, so getting up extra early isn’t really an option for me. I already have class in the morning as it is.
That’s considerable progress! Well done!
As for me, I’ve been really sick lately, and I’ve been trying to allocate whatever energy I have left toward preparing for my finals, the first of which is tomorrow morning. If I have some extra time later on tonight I’ll go through and practice image recall. Unfortunately, cards are mostly at a standstill until finals are over. It’s going to be brutal.