Entrance exam (law school)

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#1 6 May, 2016 - 11:34
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Entrance exam (law school)

Hello everyone,

I just found about this forum today and I discovered the method of loci yesterday, so I'm very new to memory techniques. Also I would like you to know my native language is not english, so please be patient.

I've been studying for law school entrance exams for few months and the test is in few weeks. I've understood almost all of the material, but I've yet to memorise it. I've tried repeating lists/definitions/laws, but it's very slow and usually I forget it quite quickly. Yesterday I tried the loci method to learn a few lists and I was suprised that I was able to remember almost all of the information today. In short, I would like to learn more.

My problem is that I'm running out of space in my memory palace (my home). I might need 7 different mind palaces for each article (50-200 pages each, total of 600 pages) that is the law school etrance exam material. I'm not sure how to make this work yet. Should I divede the palace by chapters and then put the most important information in the rooms that represent the chapters?

In addition I am very short of time, so I would appreciate information how to memorize more time efficient and generally how to create better mind palaces. I feel like my imagination is not that great.

In addition, a lot of the words in the material are related to law and information systems, so it's quite hard to create images relating to them. Example words might be value, knowledge base, definition etc.

I would appreaciate all the help. Thank you

6 May, 2016 - 22:35
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

What you could do is have a memory palace for each chapter then each room in the palace would be a specific idea or concept you need to know
For words, it really comes down to what images work for you. you can create images either based on how the word looks or is pronounced

7 May, 2016 - 02:08
Joined: 8 months 3 weeks ago

Thanks for replying

It's important that I know the table of contents of a specific article (7 articles in total), so it would be natural to build the palace in a way that includes them. I was thinking of an apartment building with 3 or more floors (main chapters I, II, III) and then chapters (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and finally subchapters (1.1, 1.2 etc).

I need to learn several (4-15) complex bullet points per chapter/subchapter. These can include lists, definitions, laws, or just general sentences about the subject. I need to be able to write an essay on most chapters.

I'm having some problems starting my palace and organising space

7 May, 2016 - 10:05
Joined: 8 months 3 weeks ago

I'm feeling quite stressed because if the exam and I really want to succeed. Are there any practical tips that you could give that would help me? How would you start working on this? Thank you in advance,

So far I've done the following
- Learned a few random lists successfully (I was very surprised how well the method worked), but placed the location quite randomly. I would like to have a clear system that I could navigate through

- Read a lot of articles I could find about the subject. I became very interested in Gavino's MMP-system, but I'm having problems making one myself. It's really important that I learn this right, since I have very limited time and a lot of material to memorize. This is the article http://mt.artofmemory.com/forums/gavinos-massive-memory-palace-system-31...

- I've tried to start building the memory palace, but it's been quite slow and I'm not sure if I'm doing it right. I've been using a lot of time on the words for the locis and putting many images in the locis (place inside the location?), since the sentences I need to learn are kinda complex.

I'm wondering about the following.

- Should I be moving in the memories or is it just a still shot? Currently I've tried moving inside the house that I'm imagining and observing the events

- Should I be participating in the events or just an observer? If I need to remember the words "use information" I've pictured myself using the object that represents information.

- I've read I should insert locis (images that represent words?) from left to right. However I've noticed I keep going left all the time and kinda just walking next to the left wall and not really using the environment fully.

8 May, 2016 - 12:13
Joined: 4 years 9 months ago

You can move or just see a still shot of what is happening. A still shot is quicker to picture.

You can see the events happen or you can get involved. I see some of the events happen and sometimes I am involved in what is happening.

you can go right or left but it really matters is how you feel the flow of the room. You can make sub locations in you main locations. So say if your room is a location, you can have smaller locations in your room such as a bed, closet, dresser.

Give an example of what you are learning so i can see the information

9 May, 2016 - 22:09
Joined: 8 months 3 weeks ago

I'm learning the table of contents. I've put it in one room, so I remember that this article is about this room. I'm kinda running out of space and I've used mini-locations (the window in the room takes me to a friends house where there are more locis about that particular chapter).

I'm getting kinda frustrated and unmotivated coming up with images, since most of the sentences I need to memorize contain abstact words that I have a lot of problem imagining (computer network, network conmunication). I feel my house is full of computers and spiderwebs, so it's kinda getting hard to know which image means which word/sentence. I would like to explain my thinking further, but there's a language cap, since my native language isn't english

Also the process is very draining and taking a lot of time.

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