New Member: 24y, Draples1, California, USA"

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#1 7 January, 2017 - 18:50
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New Member: 24y, Draples1, California, USA"


Hi there!

I'm a few years out of college, and since then I've been working as a pilot. We have to memorize a lot of numbers and short written procedures for the planes we fly. Sometimes we have to recall this information under a lot of pressure. I think these memory techniques would be super helpful, plus they're a lot of fun.

I found out about memory techniques by reading Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer. I continued on to read several other books like You Can Have an Amazing Memory, by Dominic O'brien.

My current best memory feat is memorizing roughly ten pages of solid text about the planes I fly. However, I didn't use any special techniques, just rote memorization :(.

Using the PAO technique combined with memory palaces, I've figured out how to memorize numbers somewhat decently. But, I still struggle a ton with memorizing short lists of text (which I have to memorize verbatim) and general trivia.

My biggest goal is to figure out efficient techniques for memorizing lists of procedures and trivia. So far I haven't made much progress. From what I've read, there doesn't seem to be any great technique for this. I've tried mnemonics devices like acrostics and associations. However, nothing has worked much better than rote memorization so far. Can anybody point me in the right direction? Are there any good techniques for poetry, because what I need to memorize is very similar?

I became a member because I think this stuff is super fun and super useful. Even if this doesn't end up helping me with work, I still really enjoy learning new things. One day I hope to compete in some memory competition. ArtOfMemory.com seems like a great place to become a part of a like-minded community!

-Draples

8 January, 2017 - 23:12
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My biggest goal is to figure out efficient techniques for memorizing lists of procedures and trivia. So far I haven't made much progress. From what I've read, there doesn't seem to be any great technique for this.

Welcome to the site! :)

To memorize lists, use the method of loci (a.k.a., memory journeys, memory palaces, mind palaces, etc.)

For trivia, take the question and create a mnemonic image for it. Then take the answer and create a mnemonic image for it. Then link the two mnemonic images together.

There is more reading about mnemonic images in the wiki. There is also a post on memorizing the order of red and black in a deck of cards that introduces the techniques for memorizing things in order.

If that doesn't make sense yet, check out the Beginner's Portal and/or ask more questions below. :)

11 January, 2017 - 23:29
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Thanks a bunch Josh! I really appreciate the fact that you take the time to respond to every newcomer!

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