Lately, I have been searching for methods to effectively learn my study material. My use case is long term storage of items and retrieval in an exam like environment (contrary to a memory competition environment).
Memory Palaces (MP) are the most effortless and natural memory technique for me. They are easy to create and really easy to use, given that the images placed in loci are vivid and specific enough (also revisit those palaces regularly to dust them off!).
I have found using MP is most effective when we have the complete picture of the whole topic, at least the aspects of the topic that I need to remember. For a given topic, say “Currency Exchange Rate”, I would want to remember a lot of facts and points in a related logical order: Definition, Types of Currency Exchange Rates, Management of Exchange Rate in a country, Challenges, Reforms - Govt committees formed, Reforms - Historical perspective, and then some current factoid. It is usually not the case that I am fully aware of how many loci in a MP I will need to remember the info. I may be reading up on a few topics now and then read up on related info (like challenges) in some other topic (like Foreign trade policies). Then I would want to “expand” my Currency Exchange Rate MP to accommodate additional info. In such cases, I found Mnemonics to be really effortless and highest effort-to-benefit ratio memory technique. I can quickly create mnemonic to remember the key points and lists. All this is manageable until we have a few mnemonics. Pegged lists are better (at least for me) to remember items.
The main issue with all this is, I am finding it hard to RECALL my pegged lists. For example, I know I want to recall my peg list associated with Currency Exchange Rate - Reforms - Historical perspective. I can easily remember the “keywords” I want to use to recall. Even with spaced repetition, How can I have a “hook” sort of thing for the particular peg list that is associated with this (sub)topic?
How can I do this easily? I have been looking into “Grid System”. This sounds like a viable solution for my use. I can have a table for a particular topic and then one keyword associated with that topic. But I am finding it hard to recall the peg list. Also, the tables/grids themself become kind of blurry after having around 10 tables.
I want to study about and use this method. Unfortunately, I can’t find resources enough to fully understand this concept. Google search shows only this link: http://ericwargo.com/arcana/memory/gridsystem.html
ArtOfMemory forums have some discussions but I didn’t find any where this was described fully:
Apologies for the long post, but I tried to be as clear for my case as possible.
TL;DR Need some help in understanding and using “Grid System” for studying for an exam.