It’s quite simple.
You want to memorize a symbol? Convert it in an image. You already know the sequence of 26 symbols, the English alphabet. What if you draw each letter in your mind? Why is it that when you remember a subject orther ideas quickly pop up? Why people with traumas seem to get triggered with unrelated situations?
Memories get created and accessed through neuronal pathways analogically, what an irony because the linking method and the application of the method of loci as a journey do the work in a very similar way, connection little part with the next little part of a whole connected or not.
Whenever you use the art of memory, remember to identify what’s the location or context, the imagery (from any reproduction of the senses to your feelings) and what it is that you are associating. Location, imagination and association; that’s all we do.
About learning the 8 CISSP doamains:
First identify what you’ll learn about each domain, it is not about memorizing the material but creating understanding of the material. Understanding, it’s about the useful memories. “You can memorize the facts about an event, do you have it in order? do you know the supposed intentions? can you visualize the event?” Ok. Now, what you want to memorize it is information, but you want to create knowledge: then your first task is to organize the information in logical ways. Then memorize and as you memorize bring understanding, what you know without mnemonics, your brain will tagged along with your mnemonics, so don’t memorize those again.
You can organize by memory palaces, by mnemonic images that can themselves become places. Organization is important because that’s how you will find what you learn. That covers the location part. When you memorize you will bring association between the spot in your place and the mnemonic image you imagine. The imagination part and the associative quality don’t end there, when you think about why, whether or not you bring arbitrary images unrelated to your topic to memorize, when you think on alternative images, or when you see visual, auditory or any relationship then still your imagination and your association keep working. Choose simple pictures for the imagination part, and pictures that you like or you want. If you feel cognitive dissonance, remember you are the owner of your mind, your habits aren’t you, that’s just your subconciousness.
More about the associative quality, the concept of familiarity or how much an idea can navigate in your mind in an specific or multiple ways. More familiar equals more memorable and easier to arise creativity to change meaning. The idea of a dog is familiar because you have huge interactions with dogs. In contrast topics in books which most of the time are abstract and related other abstract concepts. To ease this, consider possibilities:
- It is easier to create a connection between two familiar ideas.
- You can create a connection between a familiar idea with an unfamiliar idea, and then both become familiar.
- You can create connections between two unrelated ideas, then both of them become familiar ideas.
- The hardest thing is to take an idea and recalling if there is no relationship.
- Select and organize what you want to memorize. If you want to understand then make sense of what you read and imagine.
- Use the method of loci for the mental organization.
- Aid your self of dictionary of images: translate frecuent symbols into a mental representation. Create pegs (A-Z, 00-99).
- Take your time.
How are you doing it, anyways?