It’s been a couple of months since I joined Art of Memory.
Since then, I’ve been lurking around, reading all these wonderful posts, gaining great insights from you guys!
I was able to get around my most pressing memory challenge just by browsing the forum!
Eventually, here I am, posing my first question about memory techniques!
So, a little bit of background.
My primary application of memory techniques is with exams.
The exams I’m taking are all made of 30 questions, each of them have 4 possible answers.
The questions are taken from a pool of around 600 questions, which I know the answers to.
Now, a little disclaimer. This is NOT a good way to study. I’m not suggesting you should memorize the answers to pass your exams. Instead, you should understand the topic at hand and elaborate the answers with your own words. In this case, we’re talking about low-level exams which only purpose is to give access to a more advanced education. That said, this is not a good way to study either.
But, let’s just focus on the mnemonics, for now.
So, my objective is to memorize the answers to these 600 questions.
What I’m doing is this (see image below):
- I identify the keyword of the question (GREEN)
- I identify the keyword(s) (BLUE) of the correct answer (CIRCLED IN RED)
- I transform the keyword of the question in an image (GREEN)
- I transform the keyword(s) of the correct answer in a image (BLUE)
- I put the image of the question (GREEN) and the answer (BLUE) in a loci
- Repeat for other questions
I need the image of the question and the answer to be on the same loci, so I know those keywords are connected and represent the question and the answer to that question.
Thins is, a lot of times, the answer is made up of more keywords (BLUE + ORANGE + PURPLE). This is especially true when the answer are fairly similar from one another.
I still need the images of the question and the answer to be on the same loci, so I don’t get confused.
So what I’m doing is use the loci + the link method.
I imagine one keyword (the question) and then I create a small story that starts from the keyword that represent the answer (BLUE), all starting from the same loci. This way I can add up more keywords (ORANGE + PURPLE), while still keep the link to the loci (see image below).
What do you think about this?
Do you have any suggestion to improve this?
Thanks! Your help is really appreciated!