Recalling from start to end is similar to my preferred system. True, it takes a lot more time than watching it, but sometimes… just-watching is to memorizing AS… writing on water is to writing on stone . The latter takes more time & sticks better.
@Aleph, you can create your own words using the major system. They will hold more meaning for you. Also you can Look into PAO (person-action-object) system if you haven’t already.
Maybe You can use the subtitles of the episodes to construct a summary, like I sometimes do. But usually I do the full episode, not summary.
SYSTEM I USE
I have had some success with this system. Please share any improvements that can be made to it.
First, I find the subtitle of the episode. And memorize it.
I don’t put all the words into my memory palace, I just pick one keyword per line. I have found verbs to be effective keywords. So I pick just one verb per line, or any other available word (in absence of verbs), and go on. But that’s me, you probably prefer nouns.
You can experiment with cutting your work in half by picking just one of the actors in each scene and memorizing that actor’s lines alone.
Memorizing even numbered lines only (the odd numbered lines are usually responses to the even, so… Maybe you’ll recall them together)
The lines at every 5 or 10mins timestamp.
(or whatever other efficient way you think of)
But recalling an actor’s line by memorizing just a verb inside the line might seem impractical. Well that’s because it is, at least for me. That’s why the bulk of my time involves me testing my recall of these lines. My test question is of the form:
QUESTION - - > ANSWER
keyword1 : line1
keyword2 : line2… Etc
You can use anki spaced repetition software. But ensure you make several decks for one episode eg. For an episode with 400 questions, I’ll do 50questions per deck ie. 8 decks (instead of one single deck).
Because even with this 50questions /deck, you can still have similar keywords clashing as questions… Despite having different lines as answers. Anki will not detect it because I number them serially, so they are unique questions to anki and don’t get flagged
|5. Jumped || I jumped off the planet |
|16. Jumped || Erik's horse jumped over the train |
But they can confuse me a lot, hence the chunking of questions into separate decks. It allows me focus my recall /retrieval on particular sections of the episode’s timelines ie. Beginning, middle or end of the episode .
Within one 50question-deck, there will be few keywords clashing , I can more easily deduce which line is expected using d serial number.
So, When I can successfully recall lines from just the keywords, I start memorizing the keywords using my memory place.
Then I can watch d movie in my head by reciting the characters’ lines.
I sometimes watch the episode in slo-mo, audio muted, while I mentally supply the lines myself. The more confident I get, the faster the video speed gets.
As earlier mentioned, it takes much longer than watching, but its worth it. Plus I have mainly memorized about just 6 episodes in HIMYM comedy series, its comedy. So that helps.
I keep experimenting and tweaking for better efficiency. So @Aleph, if you attempt something similar, your feedback will be appreciated
- To use Find and Replace tool 2 remove timestamps for a less messy-looking subtitle
(hope you are familiar with searches using special characters in msword).
- To number questions serially
- To put text into a format allowing bulk import into anki (YouTube taught me)
A Website: POS tag online
- it uniquely colors different Parts of speech ie. Verbs, nouns etc. Helps me spot the verbs easily
- you can even print a list of all words belonging to a particular Part of speech
Am quite tech savvy
- so I automate a lot of these processes with msword VBA. I think it’s straightforward, but if you find all these processes to be too lengthy, You can try a quarter of an episode, to see if it’s something you can work with. Cheers
PS: My first post on Art of Memory forum. Sorry its so long. I didn’t have time to make it short . Hope it helps