How to Memorize a Book

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There is more than one way to memorize a book. Start with this guide on the various ways to memorize books. See also How to Memorize a Textbook.

Here are some other pages on the topic:

Method One: Locations, Non-verbatim

Here are steps to memorize a book:

  1. Step #1: prepare at least 300 hundred loci. As you cannot predict how many locations you might need, be prepared to add some more. One useful idea is to create a 'loci' book, describing your various journeys, images, etc. If you have an empty Memory Palace, you may find this unnecessary.
  2. Step #2: Select the chapters of the book which you need to memorise. If you want to memorise the entire book, select perhaps five chapters that you will start with, and gradually conquer the book, bit by bit.
  3. Step #3: Underline important points while reading the book and make notes in the margin.
  4. Step #4: Attach these important points to a location; if possible, group these points by concept, and attach the 'concept' (not an entire concept, but rather a whole, un-fractured part of a concept) to one location.
  5. Step #5: Revise the concept and its attachment to the location five times. You may use spaced-repetition software to do this more efficiently.
  6. Step #6: Do this with the entire book, chapter by chapter.

TIP: In the long-run, the author of this wiki post cannot see haphazardly organised locations (in relation to attached concepts) as an efficient and effective way to learn. Emphasis should be placed on structuring the locations in accordance with the layout and structure of the book.

You may want to use the table of contents as a guide on how to structure your Memory Journey. Here is an example from a biology textbook:

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