Some time ago I posted here on the forum a topic about memorizing a 988 page book word for word. I was not surprised when I received answers that it was unnecessary to do so and that understanding the idea was enough, however I was always a person who does exactly the opposite of what people say. I went ahead hahaha.
- In order not to get lost, I create one image per page, associated with the page number and associate that image with the main topic and the subtopics. (There is usually only one topic per page and 3 subtopics)
- I read the page, mark the keywords with a highlighter.
- Then I use the John Place method.
3.1 I read the first sentence
3.2 I repeat with my eyes closed out loud
3.3 I read the first and second sentences
3.4 I repeat the first and the second with my eyes closed and so on. And so, I do with each paragraph, individually.
- I created an organized calendar so that I can review all pages after 1 day, 1 week, 1 month …
Ex: page 61,62,63,64,65. Review May 4th, May 10th and June 4th.
At the end of each page I can recite it word for word with very few mistakes. The association of the page number allows me to review periodically without getting lost. It also allows that, if someone opens the book and reads a sentence, I will probably be able to complete the sentence and say which page it is on.
In the beginning I took about 30 minutes per page. Studying 2 hours a day, which is a comfortable time, I memorized 4 pages a day. I calculated that memorizing 4 pages a day, in 244 days I will have memorized the whole book, however the time that I take is decreasing more and more and the ease that I have to memorize too, so soon, I estimate that I will get 10 pages a day and so i will finish in 2 months.
Conclusions: In the beginning it is overwhelming and tiring, however get used to it. It’s worth it, normal memory is much better for words, there are pages where words enter my mind like magic, it even looks like photographic memory. When someone tells you that something is not necessary, that it is very difficult, etc. and you think you have the ability to do that, just ignore people