Here are some suggestions that I think will work wonders for you:
-When you feel like making a memory palace, open your Biology book and read a little bit instead.
-Use a highlighter for important points in the text. This will jog your memory when you review the material. (note: review the material from time to time).
-There is usually a practice quiz for every chapter in your textbook. Keep searching until you find the end of the chapter. Put a bookmark on this page. (note: you do not need to purchase an actual bookmark. Almost any thin object will do. I recommend resisting the temptation to use double-sided tape for this). This will help you identify what material in the chapter qualifies as “important” along the way.
-Find yourself in a place that looks like where a very small palace (10 loci) could be made. There’s probably a place like this between your apartment and your Biology class, but you’ll have to check for yourself to be sure.
-Bring two pencils and a notebook along with you. The second pencil is just a contingency plan. The first might break. Even if you are using pens, you should bring two in case the first runs out of ink.
-Do not use the actual Biology classroom for this experiment. It is a better use of this time to listen to your lecturer and take notes.
-If it is difficult for you to hear the lecturer or see the board from far away or focus on the material, try sitting in the front row during class.
-Make a daily planner concerning your school work. Then you will know what to do and when. Obey the planner even though it isn’t as fun as other activities, such as drinking until passing out, just to take a random example.
-Set a timer for 3 minutes, and create a 10-locus palace during those three minutes. It almost certainly will be bad, which is okay - that’s part of the plan. This is rapid-fire work, and it’s all about speed, not quality.
-The first locus of the palace should be whatever you are looking at on the moment you decide to make the palace. Find 9 more loci by keeping your eyes facing straight in front of you to the best of your abilities and rotating your body about 25 degrees. Pick a locus in front of you. If you are on a planet, there is a viable option. The floor is a last resort, but if it is the only thing in sight, go ahead and use it. (note: if this continues to happen, you have selected either a large parking lot, an empty field, or the moon on which to create your palace. Please reinterpret bullet point #1)
- You have only 18 seconds to select each locus, so keep your stop watch visible. If the 18 seconds elapse, use the floor and move on to the next locus. I arrived at this number by multiplying the total number of minutes by 60 and then dividing by the total number of loci. (note: this formula works every time).
It won’t be the Parthenon. But it will be work at 33 times the speed you are used to, which is a great success. Pat yourself on the back. Scan your eyes over it again and again until you can go through it by heart. This may take many days of repetition, but since it’s on the way to your Biology lectures, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Next time, add a little more time to the 3 minutes - just a little closer to whatever you consider to be an acceptable pace for creating palace. Repeat the entire procedure (including reading your Biology book). Try to use the extra seconds to make the palace slightly better than your first attempt. Think of ways that you weren’t happy with it, and try to fix them. Never set the timer slower than what you consider to be an acceptable pace, and always succeed at the task. (note: selecting the floor when the time for that locus runs out makes your chances of success 100% unless you are in a sensory deprivation chamber, in outer space, or sleeping. These are poor candidates for making palaces).