As i wrote in my bio, i have recently tested to do the note-taking straight to my memory palace while reading. Usually i use onenote for taking notes. However, i noticed that populating my memory palace with notes while reading, is slightly faster than reading & writing notes physically. Although it is not much faster, it has the advantage of almost 100% retention instantly. I mean, i dont have to study the notes later to remember them.
- I am currently taking Microeconomics at saylor.org. It was the coursebook for that course that i tried this on.
- Reading & note-taking speed = 280wpm including note-taking time.
Example (first 8 pages of the chapter):
Before i began reading chapter 2 of “Principles of Microeconomics” i decided that i would try to take notes in my memory palace, instead of in my OneNote software. The chapter name is “Confronting Scarcity: Choices in Production” and these are my notes i make while i read (not static until i finished the subheading). “i walk up to my door and on the stairs i see a nugget (it is scarce) and a ring, neck-less and earring next to it (some items we can choose to produce from the nugget). Than i open the door and i see an airplane crashing towards me. And in the entrance hallway there is now airport security, and all the shoes and jackets that usually hangs there are now gone. <the chapter begins by talking about 911 and how we since that choose higher security over other things>
I walk into the kitchen an on the floor a small stone (micro-economy Mi.E.) and on the kitchen table i see a bigger stone (macro-economy, Ma.E), than my washing-machine which has the letters F.O.P (factors of production) on it. The washing machine = capital, water from the machine = natural resources, and my step mother (with a big brain) and 10 clones of my sister are taking out dishes = Labor (1 step mother = 10 sisters in human capital). My father (who is an entrepreneur) is the size of the Mi.E. stone (since entrepreneurs are a big factor in Mi.E.) and the microwave (technology important in both Mi.E & Ma.E) on a shelf over my mini father. Both the Microwave and my father are controlling my sisters and stepmother, washing machine and the water.”
<Than the chapter continues to talk about the Factors of production and that there are 2 kinds of human resources and that technology and entrepreneurs are used to put these F.O.P into use, etc, etc. > Of course these images brings up some other stuff the chapter talks about as well, but it would take to long to write about it all.
My reading speed the first 8 pages were 320 wpm. And my comprehension a lot better than it normally is. Without visualize it like this, i would a problems to connect that the technology and entrepreneurs where “controlling” the F.O.P, which probably is the most important thing in these 8 pages. So, when i made up these images how my father was controlling my stepmother while she was taking out dishes really made me better understand the concept. Why i read faster was probably because i didn’t re-read a sentence even once, probably because i was more focused.
I hope i could get some feedback on this system. Anyone else tried to do something similar (populating the palace while reading). Since this is a completely new technique for me there has to be at least some improvements that can be done. Also i am afraid i am going to run out of space in my house, 8 pages basically occupied the entrance and half the kitchen. The book is well over 500 pages!!