Mitchell's Memory Journey


As of today I am beginning to seriously use memory techniques, I plan to memorize at least one thing daily. Today I learned the 45 US presidents in order, I’ll post here with my progress over time, what I learn that’s worth noting, etc. I should note though that my memorization of book indexes is really helping me recall information that I read from the book. (A mathematics textbook right now.) I tend to be bored when reading textbooks and thus forget most of it, but this appears to circumvent that for me majorly.

(Silvio B.) #2

Don‘t forget to review the information you put in memory palaces with spaced repetition. I‘ve made that mistake in the beginning and forgot some parts of what I learned. The reviews take little time. It‘s definitely worth it.

I made an excel sheet where I put in what I learned on which day and how long a review will take (estimated), then the sheet tells me when I should review that information. This helps me keep track, because I often forgot reviews.


Yup. I am planning on making an Anki deck later with my palaces as each card for the SRS.


From now on I’ll update this every Saturday, it’s Saturday now so… So far I’ve created 8 memory palaces. Can recall the US presidents forward/backwards as well as the states of the US. So far no degradation of them. But it is far too early to tell, albeit I now have the Anki SRS system setup to make sure they don’t. My biggest accomplishment so far though, is using six memory palaces to remember six out of twelve articles of the Bill of Rights verbatim. (Learned them yesterday), going to learn the rest later but this is really nice for me!. I will be busy on the weekdays now, (senior in high school and winter break is ending), so I do plan to start applying these techniques for that.


Sorry to come to the discussion so late. While you are getting the presidents it would pay to memorize the vice presidents as well. It may be confusing for a list since many of them will become presidents later on but it would be worth having a useful list twice as long as before.


Yup, planning to do that in the future though not just yet. Going to get more used to mnemonics first as I want to encode who the president was during their terms too.


Hi Richard, Quick question, when you memorize the US Presidents in order do you use a memory palace or the major system? If I asked you who was the 37 US president, would you know it was Richard Nixon using a memory palace? I suppose you could add the major system to the memory palace but I also thought it would be easier to use the major system to remember the US presidents because I would like to know the number of each president. I didn’t want to have to go through 8 rooms to get to the 37 president (ie, I use 5 locations per room, so the 37th president would be in the 8th room). thanks.


Mitchell* not Richard. But I used the memory palace, and used five per room as well, I don’t know the major system yet. But in general, I can say who is what president. It at first took a moment to find the correct room but after going through it a couple times, going to the right number became instantaneous. I found it helpful to recall them backwards and from the middle for this, so I wouldn’t have to start from the beginning. I’ve also done the same with the US states and other things I’ve memorized…


So it’s Saturday again. As of right now I am working on my system for verbatim text more to make it more effective. I may post about that soon though not just yet. But I’ve managed to memorize 11 amendments verbatim so far and am working on the 12, (#12 is over 400 words long.)