Hi! I’m a 26 years old Law student from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I would like to share with the community a sinopsis of my memory journey. Each number corresponds to a step ahead in my technique.
When I first started my career, after reading and underlining my textbooks, I used to make a very brief summary based in the program of the Course. For example: http://campus.jursoc.unlp.edu.ar/mod/resource/view.php?inpopup=true&id=373; below each point I used to write by hand the most relevant things taken from the underlined texts. It was very short, very precise. I repeated that resume one or two times in a loud voice and then I went to take the test. This system worked inicially, but when the subjects got more complex, I started failing, because I had a lot of memory gaps and I couldn’t expand about the different topics, as I only knew short definitions.
This book lead me to start associating numbers with letters: for each number, a certain image.
Also, to make diagrammatic tables with different colors. I employed this method for studing Classic Greek and Latin (declinations), but although the associations were successful, the results weren’t, as I took a lot of time to access the information located in my memory and everyone knows that the times to take tests are reduced.
Studing French, for preparing a letter, I took a perfect model and write it many times at home, so at the time of taking the test (via PC), my fingers had the letter in their memory and it was an easy task (mental cheating, if you would).
The method that I’m using now. I re-type all the laws, divided in smaller blocks of information (for example, if an article and 11 subsections, it’s going to be one rectangle for each subsection).
Then I read the pictures and try to repeat them mentally or outloud without looking, page after page.
First I tried to use the Campayo system of numbers/images, but I didn’t create stories about them, just the visual elements alone. Then I realized that this image creating took a very long time and that and the examination test I was certainly going to forget the little things (the numbers); mainly I was going to remember the information, the essence of each article. So, now I’m doing the rectangles but without the drawings.
Example with pictures:
Example without pictures:
Please help me out to correct my mistakes, to improve my method or ask me if anything that I wrote is unclear.
Also I would like to know if you could recommend me the best books about memory and memory techniques. If there is one like an Universal Guide to Improve your Memory, it would be better that a hundred separate books, each covering a tiny little aspect, as it’s a little difficult for me to import books right now.
Thank you all very much for your help and I’m glad to start being part of this wonderful commmunity.