I would love if you can share the way you review your memory palaces. I mean both in the actual process of reviewing them and in the frequency/programming of your revisions. I will star explaining briefly how I do it, and gladly expand if anyone is interested.
Ok, so I actually review in two different ways, one faster and one more “profound”.
- Fast review. I replay all the images in my mind, as I count the number of the loci, trying to not think on any other words (a lot of the words come automatically, I try not to give attention to them). Depending on the amount of loci and the complexity of the images (in some locus I have simple scenes, in others I use “containers” which embed up to 5 extra loci in them), this can take me between a minute to three minutes for a memory palace with 8 to 15 loci.
- In depth review. I will not only recall the images (mnemonic scenes) on each loci, but actually think (out loud-ish, every time I can) extensively (i. e. in full formed sentences, as if talking to someone else) about the information and ideas I want to remember. This can take from 5 to 12 minutes for a MP with 8 to 15 loci.
Schedule for reviewing:
Ok, so I make two Anki cards for every palace, one for each type of review. The one for speed has a slightly lower “ease” from the beginning, so I will make sure to be able to recall the base mnemonic scenes easily when I do the in depth review. I do this because it takes significantly less time to maintain fast access to the mnemonic scenes if I separate it from the full recall.
I’ve been using this system only for a few months (I used the Anki programming for much longer, but added the “fast review” maybe in October), but I think it’s working great for me. Yes, is an extra investment of time, but it makes the in-depth reviews so much easier, and allow me to do them fully focused in the meaning of what I’m reviewing, which feels great. I currently have around one hundred memory palaces with 9-15 loci each, and I believe maintaining this rhythm (around 2 new such palaces per week and maintaining them) is very doable, with about 30 minutes of review a day.
Well, that’s basically it, but I can gladly expand. So, what I’d like to know:
- How do you review your Memory Palaces? (actual review process)
- How do you program or schedule your reviews? (how often do you review them, which system or method you employ for this)
- How has your experience been? (How long have you used your system, how does your review process feel, how long does it take in a daily basis, results, etc.)
Thanks for sharing!