(I hope this is the right subforum - I did not find a forum, where to post beginner’s questions)
I started off with the techniques yesterday (more or less). Well, I say more or less, because a couple of years ago, I tried out to learn the capitals (using the major system). I wasn’t very successful and I have forgotten most of it. I was always fascinated by the thought of a memory palace, and since I can remember locations very easily I wanted to give it a try. I have many routes in my head already, and am trying to learn other systems too. So yesterday I played around with all the different methods, and I was using Annabel Lee, since I always wanted to know this poem by heart.
I do know the poem by now almost completely (without the last verse though), however it took me all day long to memorize it (I wasn’t home all day, and slept in, so I guess that’s not quite true, but I guess it might have been 6 to 8 hours in total) I wanted to know, if this is normal for a beginner, of if I was doing something “wrong” (I know, I know, there is no wrong or right, but I guess, you know what I mean).
Although I noticed something very odd: Some of the lines or verses, I can recite pretty fast, but sometimes I have to really put effort into remembering my picture. Does this mean my pictures are unclear? Does this mean the method does not work for me - I guess it’s too early to tell(or is this something normal for a beginner?)
So far I tried out the journey method (seems to work quite fine for the poem. When I went to the museum yesterday, I tried to place some of the information in situ, however, normally I am a pretty fast reader, and this took me forever, and I still forgot something of the information, when I try to recall and repeat it now!)
I also tried the Lanier verbatim method, which fascinated me. This works quite fine, when I use people who are either connected to a funny picture, or my favourite stars. If I use other or people that I do not know that much, I have quite some effort recalling the exact words! (Problem is: I do not know that many persons in the above categories and starting with every letter)
Maybe you guys can help me out here, I would really appreciate some tips, to increase my productivity.