I have been a member for a while now, and must say that this site has changed my life! I recently decided to get more serious about learning and practicing the techniques on this site. I’ve had great success learning and memorizing using the Method of Loci for lists, formulas, etc. One area of improvement that I am sorely lacking in is the speed at which I can put something into the loci. I am terribly slow at this.
For example, for practice, I wanted to memorize a poem, so I tried did the “Ozymandias” challenge here.
Someone did it in 12 minutes, but it took me several hours over the course of a day to get it. Coming up with the images and placing them in the loci and then “playing it” in my mind seems to take forever.
This problem is seriously highlighted when I tried the dice game. The numbers flash so fast that I can’t even bring up my image for the number before the game flashes the next one. After two rolls I am too far behind.
I know the answer is “practice”, and I’m not looking for shortcuts, but are there any tips or “drills” for a beginner to increase the speed? I would say that I’m beyond what is in the Beginners Portal, but I’m nowhere near as advanced as even the dice game I mentioned above. In summary, my question is “How do you get started in speed memory once you get the techniques down?” When learning piano, you practice chords and scales with a metronome. What are the “chords and scales” for speeding up my memory-loci encoding?
Thanks again to all the great people on this forum!