this is my first post, so first things first: warm ‘hello’ to everyone. I’ve been following threads on this forum, for a while and before I’ll ask question, I just wanted to say that I have read most of the existing posts concering mnemonics and law on this forum.
I’m a 3rd year law student at one of the universities in UK and up until now I have been managing quite ok with memorising the material. However, now grades started to really, really matter, so I also have to improve my memory.
Now, through the summer, I have been reading about mnemonics (Moonwalking with Einstein, Ad herenium, The art of memory, The book of memory and whatever academic paper I could find on the internet) and learning basics of it too. So as things stand, I have developed Major system for numbers between 0-99, which is working pretty well as for a beginner (just to give you an idea what level am I on, I can memorise 100 digits in about 5-6 minutes), I also developed very basic PAO system for standard deck of cards (with this I haven’t had that much practice as with numbers, but deck of cards, probably goes in about 6-7 minutes). I think my association and imagination techniques are decent. But now, the uni started back on, I started to struggle with adaptation of the techniques to the material.
First thing, is memorisng cases: I understand that names of the cases might be memorsied through associating party names with some famous/made-up characters, then putting them in memory palace (ideally in the area where similar cases are placed too). Facts of the cases can be recalled as written in Ad Herenium, by simply imagining facts of cases. I get that. But now… What is expected from me is not to know the party names, year and facts of the case, but most importantely what’s the outcome of the case and what comes out from the judgement (usually judgement of the case is about 15-20 page long, there are more important and less important passages, but that still a lot). I’m not at the level in which such amount of information can be converted into one image. That’s my first problem, any ideas about how to deal with that?
Second thing is that law is not only memorising cases and statutes, but also legal theory, which is, bascially philosophy. Very abstract ideas, for me, very hard to convert into an image. Any tips about that?
Basically, my question comes down to this: which techniques would be the best ones to learn for person in my situation? Memorising words? Journey method? How could I use tools I already have (Major and PAO) to combine them with Loci, or Journey method to transfer all information into one image?
I do not want to memorise textbook, because I believe that studying law is not purely about memorsing, but about shaping a judgement. However, if I could learn cases, legal rules and tests quicker, I’d have more time for such. I also have about 30 minutes to 1 hr every day to practice mnemonics. That’s the way I’ve been doing it for past month and a half.
Thanks very much for any kind of help!