Wish me luck everyone, I’m attempting to memorize the periodic table of elements for the first time. I have just came back to mnemonics training after having been away from it for a long while. I’ve successfully memorized about 25 random abstract and concrete words a day for the last few days, and feel confident that by combining the Alphabet System, the Phonetic (Major) System, and the Loci technique that I can successfully memorize the entire table within about two weeks by learning 10 elements a day. Since I have not been practicing daily for several months it will be slower for me than someone of that practice level.
I have several motivating reasons to do this. Let me state them publicly in a place I feel comfortable - namely here with other Mnemonists.
1st) I gave a free seminar recently on the art and history of mnemonics to a small neuroscience meetup group. Everyone was so enthusiastic about it that it re-ignited a dormant passion that I myself had for this art. However, I was out of practice and could not perform any fantastical feats of memory, except to point to the fact that people who compete in memory championships can perform those acts. I want to have practical knowledge memorized and ready to impress people with who might want to join my memory club or even hire me as a memory trainer.
2nd) I always struggled immensely in school to learn basic science and mathematics. This difficulty continued well into college and I want to prove to myself that with training and practice, I can be brilliant at both of these subjects if I want to. I would also love to have a strong foundation of general knowledge about the chemical elements - that way when I read other books on science or take science college courses, I will have a large matrix web of interconnected memories on these topics.
3rd and lastly) I want to get much better at using my infinite creativity to learn with mnemonics. All of us possess an infinite capacity to think creatively, and the more we practice using it, the more we will be able to use it.
Please anyone who has done this with the periodic table let me know and feel free to make suggestions.