I’m starting to rote memorize a book of 300 pages. I plan to finish the rote in 2 days.
I’m novice in this practise. I pick one line from a paragraph, repeat it 5-6 times then next line then next line and so on. Then I try to recall the paragraph. Sometimes I can recall, sometimes not. Then I let it go and sleep in night and next day I vaguely remember whatever I’ve memorized. Then I try to recall it which takes too much, is a struggle (became I can’t recall everything) and gets boring.
I have no other option but to rote memorize. I’m bad at memory palace and story learning. Although I’m putting the efforts, I’m worried about two things=
It takes too much time. Sometimes I can but most of the times I can’t recall the paragraph even after repeating many times that causes frustration.
Second repetition gets even more burdensome. I memorized some parts yesterday (whole day) and today I tried to revise it. But I got frustrated seeing that I recalled only some of it and it was taking too much time. I thought I’d spend even whole day today to just revise the same book. So I left it.
I have never memorized before, so I don’t have any experience with this practice. I’m worried what if all my repetition goes into vain? And when will it become solid in my brain? What about those parts that I can’t instantly/on second repetition recall? Do I keep going and going and going? Just repeat, repeat, repeat then recall, recall, recall and trust my brain that it’ll store everything? If yes, how much time or how many repetitions are ideal? So that I know when to set deadlines and when to move on to next book. Since I don’t trust my memory, I waste days on one book (sometimes on the same topic) trying to memorize in a “perfect” way. I really want to know how much is the ideal time for rote memorization? Thank you!