How to Start a Memory Club or Group

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This is a page that contains ideas on how to run a memory club or group. Feel free to edit the page and add you suggestions.

How to Organize a Memory Group / Club

Mnemotechnics.org has a free, built-in memory clubs feature that lets anyone form a local memory group/club, create events, and message the members.

Steps

  1. Decide to create a memory club
  2. One or more people agree to become the organizers or co-organizers
  3. Create your memory club/group on this page (login required - it's free)
  4. Subscribe to our newsletter and calendar to be notified of free online events to help you manage your group
  5. Choose activities from the ideas below and create a schedule
  6. Ask questions, share tips, and network with other clubs in the forum

Schedule Meetings

  1. The meetings can be weekly or monthly, depending on the members' interest

Ideas for Activities

Memorization tests:

  1. Pick a subject for memorization (click here and see the ideas below)
  2. Discuss strategies for memorizing the information
  3. Then, at the following meetup, review the last meeting's project

Competition training:

  1. Look through the competition events and choose one or more events to practice
  2. Hold mini-competitions between members of your group to practice for larger competitions like regional, national, and world competitions.

In addition to training for competition events, a memory club or group could choose memorization projects like:

  1. Anatomy – names of muscles and bones in the body
  2. Architectural terms.
  3. Periodic Table of Elements
  4. Logical fallacies
  5. History of [country] (with dates and figures)
  6. Literature: e.g., Shakespeare play
  7. History of philosophy
  8. Presidents of the US
  9. Speech or long poem, word-for-word.
  10. How many digits of pi can be memorized in a week.
  11. Stats on countries around the world (country name, capital, population, government type, year founded, basic history, leader)
  12. scientific plant names
  13. Tree identification
  14. bird identification
  15. Language
    1. English vocabulary
    2. English grammar
    3. Latin
    4. Greek
    5. Spanish
    6. Kanji (e.g., how many of the top Kanji can a person learn in a week?)
  16. Lists of historical dates
  17. Poems
  18. Speeches
  19. Biology terms
  20. Memorizing tropical fish before a diving trip
  21. Memorizing ancient Greek history before a trip to Athens
  22. Memorizing the New York Subway system map
  23. Memorizing US States and Capitals
  24. Memorizing countries of the world, with capitals and leaders
  25. Memorizing the periodic table of elements
  26. Memorizing trivia questions
  27. other subjects: biology, math, economics, art, music, ecology, chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, geomorphology, botany, etc.

For more ideas, see also:

If you happen to have a memory expert in your group, they could present tips to the other members. If you are near a school or university with an neuroscience department, you could ask a teacher or professor if they would like to present a topic to your group.