I’ve been using the memory palace technique for more than a year now, and I’d like to discuss some aspects of it here with you. First of all, my goal using this technique is to help long term memorization, by simplifing the review step, and not for any competition purposes.
Being an avid reader, I’ve always been frustrated by forgetting most of books i read (fiction or not), even just after 6 months. To avoid this, i started writing notes while reading, then write a small abstract of the book with information i want to retain, to finish by creating a palace for the book I want to recall about. For fiction books, I even skip the note taking part and just populate a new memory palace as I’m reading. I just take care of not creating too many loci, between 30 and 50 per book.
I’ve noticed that by reviewing again and again some of these palaces, my understanding of some books changes and gets deeper, which is something I wasn’t expecting.
For now, I’ve used this technique for 12 books, and it seems to work well. I use a “main” memory palace to connect all the others. I’ve noticed that after some time, the images I created start to fade, but this isn’t a problem as at this time, I know the information by rote.
I’d like to know if some of you did a similar thing for a longer period of time, and if you experimented this fading effects (or other effects), and if you find the technique suitable for this use.
Furthermore, if you have any advice, I’d be glad to hear it.
In the same vein, I use the technique to remember important personal events, such as trips, family meetings, and the only thing I regret is not having started this earlier !
I’d like to thank you all for being on this forum, which is important for me as I don’t know anyone interested in these techniques in real life.