My name is Jeff and I have a learning disability which I am beyond determined to overcome.
I came across information on memory as a discipline by a somewhat circuitous route. Mainly I’d been doing a lot of independent research because there aren’t a lot of resources for “twice exceptional” people (adults or children) who are paradoxically high IQ and learning disability sufferers at the exact same time. Needless to say, this has been a very frustrating road for me. Eventually, I picked up a copy of Moon Walking with Einstein followed by a few books by Dominic O’Brien and I was hooked. I’m almost done with the first one, I’ll start the other two shortly.
My learning disability (dyslexia and dyscalcula) manifests itself as a difficulty to remember basic math facts. Not all of them, just enough of them to be a real problem. I’m currently throwing every memory technique I can find at the problem to see what works. Obviously, my spelling isn’t great either, but I’m mainly concerned about my math at this point.
Aside from Moon Walking with Einstein I’ve been reading Mathematics for Dyslexics and Dyscalculics by Chinn and Ashcroft. It has been an invaluable resource. Anyone else facing a similar problem should start here.
Where I Could Use Some Advice
I could use advice from anyone here who has used advanced memory techniques to overcome a learning disability even if it is dissimilar to my own. Beyond that, wise words about any math or tabular data memorization techniques are most welcome.
What I’m Trying Now
Deep breathing while doing math. That is, reciting a portion of a multiplication table while doing deep breathing exercises. This is done literally in the hope that more oxygen to the brain will help facts “stick” better.
Memory palaces. I’m finding these unexpectedly difficult. I think it’s mostly a training issue. I have been working on memory palace techniques for only about two weeks. My “memory palaces” tend to behave like Linked Lists in my brain instead of geospacial representations holding data.
Mnemonics for integers. I’m trying to come up with visual mnemonics for numbers 0–99. I’m placing these inside my memory palace, associating them with both the underlying computation and their value. So, a pitcher of beer  sits on a pedestal that is shaped like 3x7.
I look forward to learning from everyone here and forming some new friendships. Feedback and questions are most welcome.