What I’m trying to say is that memory techniques might help some people and complement their learning, since everyone learns differently, but that’s really not an universal thing. Sure, you need to retain the knowledge before understanding it, but in my experience our natural working memory works just as well for this than memory palaces, because when you create an image and store it using the method of loci you’re not trying to directly uncover the meaning behind the thing you’ve memorized, you’re just creating a funny, obscene image that reminds you of that thing, therefore creating another ‘‘layer’’ that makes understanding the thing harder (atleast for me).
I don’t know about you guys, but I find that my time and brain-power is more well spent if I try to dumb down the concepts and explain them with my own words, therefore truly understanding them, as opposed to just memorizing them straight from the book. I do use method of loci for important details though, that can’t be linked in any meaningful way to the original idea or concept, whenever 2 things have similar names or when I just don’t care about the material and know that I’ll be able to forget it a few days later without losing sleep at night, but I have friends that don’t use mnemonics and do just as well or even better than myself while spending the same amount of time studying.
Sadly, educational systems today don’t seem to care much wether you’ve LEARNED things, and as long as you get the answers right in the tests you’re good. If you treat studying as a tool for landing a good job and making decent money in the future, then sure, memory palaces would be a really awesome tool for you, but when it comes to learning I feel that you’re better off just using your working memory (for the most part) and making logical connections with things you’ve previously learned.
I still hold firm to my belief that memory palaces can aid education, since they make abstract things and hard details easier to review, but these 2 things can also be mutually exclusive. Think of how many people succeeded in their academic fields without ever being big into mnemonic systems.
Of course everything that I said is only based on my personal experience and opinions, and I’d love to know how you guys incorporate memory palaces into your day to day studying and life.
I hope I managed to express what I wanted to say, hope you have a good day and also, happy studying!