Hi guys, I’m new to the forum and relatively new to mnemonics. I’ve thumbed through the forums - and by ‘thumbed through’, I mean ‘browsed each page of the ‘general memory chat’ and ‘memory systems & technique’ and read posts that seemed relevant to me, cuz I’m an overachiever’ - and a number of books trying to figure out the best way (for me) to achieve one of my primary goals, the memorization of facts in nonfiction books.
By memorization, I don’t mean quoting word-for-word, but grasping general concepts and, especially, memorizing specific facts, be they definitions, historical dates/discoveries, etc. I’m a science writer specializing in space/astrophysics, and there are a slew of things that I want to retain.
I’ve come up with a linked-based method of memorization, which I would love feedback on. I know that, ultimately, it comes down to what works for me (and I’ve already put it into practice), but I figure there may be some things you guys can point out. Apologies if this is familiar, I did slip it into my intro post.
The idea is to create a primary link between the chapters, which images I’ve color-coded blue. So A, B, C, etc. Then, each chapter has a run-through of ideas and points, a1, a2, a3, etc. I want to be able to find the points in the chapter, and be able to either ‘leaf’ through the chapter headings (like a table of contents) or run down the contents of the chapter. I kind of visualize it like those icicle Christmas lights, a single horizontal string (chapter headings) with vertical strings (chapter contents) hanging down.
As such, the ‘table of contents’ images go:
A-B-Aa, B-C-Ba, C-D-Ca
Aa is of course linked to Ab is linked to Ac, etc.
The biggest problem I am finding seems to be the biggest issue with the link method, which is, you lose your path, you skip over information. I’ve noticed this particularly when my images are weak or when there are repetitions, as I tend to get with number images ([Princess] Leah seems to make a number of appearances, for whatever reason). I’m working with a 0-100 PAO system to combat this but while I started while putting the system together and so was using single digits only; I’m hoping that the full, expanded system will help combat that.
Anyway, I would love any feedback on potential problems you might see in this system.
A secondary, related question I have is this: I’m also constructing a virtual memory palace of rooms, each one with 35-50 loci for various space topics. In addition to facts, I would also like to use the rooms as a ‘card catalog’ for related books. So for instance, on the first node in the Pluto room, I might have the size of the dwarf planet (factual information) and the title/author image of the book “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming” (book information). If I wanted to retain both of these facts long term, would there be a problem overlapping the two? Again, I know it will vary by person and I’m putting it into play (well, I will as soon as I create my Pluto room, at the moment I’m only up to the asteroid belt lol), but I’d love to know if you feel this would be too much to retain long term.
Thanks for your help!