"How to memorize faster?", that’s the one question my participants often ask me. "Does memorization bring anything at all?", is the other question. "Memorizing is useless, you have to understand it!", a false assertion, which is very widely spread.
Maybe you landed here today because you want to know how to quickly memorize. But maybe there is also this doubt in the back of your mind that tells you that all this is of no use at all. Or maybe you’ve already had bad experiences with memorization and think to yourself: "That’s just tedious and exhausting and soon I’ll have forgotten everything again anyway!"
Today we want to start with all the Half-truths clean up around memorization and show you how you too can memorize a lot quickly in no time at all. You want to memorize a lot in a short time, but you are skeptical about how to do it? Then this article is for you! You are looking for tips on how to memorize better? Here you will not only learn tips for memorizing, here you will learn the superstructure, the surefire speed learning methods of the memory world champions with the help of which you can memorize faster than ever before!
Bonus: At the end you can expect a great Giveaway, that you should not miss, your personal starter guide to the world of speed learning.
Does memorization do any good at all?
Myth: "Memorization is useless, you have to understand it!"
When I talk to my teacher colleagues about the exam of a student, I have often heard: "He has again only learned everything by heart and understood nothing!"Some of our students have the habit of memorizing whole paragraphs word for word and then rattling them off during the exam. When I have the opportunity to chair exams, I have often had the pleasure of hearing these mantra-like chants. Because in the end they are really nothing more than an internalized rhythmic song. So you might think it’s true that "memorization is useless". If the student only learns a series of words by heart, it is as if he or she is rattling off a Latin mass. He has no idea what he is listening to, but it sounds nice. So my colleagues are right "learning by heart is useless", but ..
But that is only one side of the coin. Medals have two sides.
"Some of our students have the habit of memorizing whole paragraphs word for word and then rattling them off during the exam."
On the other side there is the student, who also learns by heart, so he does 1:1 the same as the above mentioned student, but with understanding. And that even brings him a lot! Because one thing is a fact: Everything we know, we know because we have memorized it. This sounds so banal that it can easily be overlooked. Everything we know, we know because we memorized it. Sounds banal, but it is very important! All our knowledge about a subject consists of things we have memorized. There is no understanding without memorizing. Ever experienced a dementia patient? There is no understanding without memorization. This also distinguishes the professional from the amateur. The professional has an almost infinite wealth of knowledge from which he can draw. Who is a professional, who stands out from others knows a lot about his field, who has memorized a lot. There is no understanding without knowledge. There is no understanding without memorizing. And here, memorization is enormously valuable! Not without reason, memorizing used to be part of classical education.
"There is no understanding without memorizing!"
Who would you rather trust, a lawyer who can quote you all relevant paragraphs word for word, or one who has to look up every question twice first?? Who can memorize texts quickly has the competitive advantage. The physicist who has internalized the calculations, who can call up physical relationships and complex theories from memory because he knows them like the back of his hand, is the one who has the edge. He is the one who can access this treasure trove of knowledge, which he always carries with him in his brain, whenever and wherever he wants. It is he who can build on this knowledge base and gain further insights. He is the physicist who stands out from all the others as an expert. It is he who builds on this knowledge base and gains further, deeper understanding! He is a real expert. He is the one who is well on his way to winning the Nobel Prize.
After all, let’s face it, we’ve only really learned something if we’ve knowledge, so if we have memorized! An exam situation shows this best. Imagine you would go to an exam and hand in a blank sheet of paper. The professor looks at you puzzled and asks: "Well, what was the matter with you today??"And you, convinced that understanding is the be-all and end-all, but memorizing is not, proudly answer, convinced of yourself: "I have learned a lot, but I haven’t memorized anything!"
"What many don’t understand, however, is that memorizing is an absolute key to fast Remembering can be!"
I think this is something we understand. We understand, you can’t learn without memorizing. What many do not understand, however, is that memorizing is an absolute key to fast Memorizing can be! I say "to be can"because it depends on the technique. With conventional "learning by rote through repetition" we will soon give up in frustration and rightly so!
So we see: memorization itself is not the problem. It is simply learning without understanding! At the same time, we see that to really understand something, we have to memorize it. There is no understanding without memorizing. So there is a correlation between understanding and memorizing. And that is why there is also a correlation between understanding and memorizing. Because memorizing is remembering in its purest form.
What is the benefit of memorization?
Memorization can be the key to quick memorization, but it can also be the key to deep understanding. Memorization, used correctly, is an integral part of deep learning. It is a fallacy to think that learning on comprehension is opposed to memorization, as if learning on comprehension is everything and memorization is worth nothing. The two are interrelated. Those who can quickly memorize large areas of knowledge in a short time are ahead of the game.
"Memorization in itself is not the problem"
Have you ever heard a debate between a speaker who knows his facts and one who doesn’t?? Knowledge is power, not only in debates, knowledge is power in any kind of field. Whether you want to be excellent at your job, at college or school, or you "just" want to improve your grades, or you want to memorize poetry or Bible verses for the sheer pleasure of it. Knowledge is power and knowledge makes you mature. And those who know how to memorize quickly have the decisive "competitive advantage" of. What competitive advantage do you have over others?
How best to memorize? – With the memory palace!
And finally, and most importantly, memorization is all about method. If you want to memorize texts faster, you need a solid, proven method. With the method of the memory palace and the visual association you can learn by heart faster than ever before. You can memorize 200-300% more and, with the right technique, never forget what you have learned.
How to memorize quickly? We need three things to do this: the memory palate, visual association and melodic learning. Albert Einstein and the world champions of memory tell us about the power of two of these three principles, visual association and spatial imagination. Let us now take a closer look at these two.
What we can learn from memory world champions about learning with the memory palace
All the world memory champions who compete in a world championship use it, the memory palace, without exception. Every memory world champion uses the memory palace and thus the spatial imagination. Why? The answer to this question is obvious. Because the memory palace is the most effective and fastest method of memorization! This is because of how our brain is built. It’s very easy to memorize spaces and visual content. Let’s try this out right now: Stand under your shower in your mind, feel the water on your skin and perceive everything that is in your bathroom. And, made? If not, do it now! And how was it? Your brain has a hard time remembering rooms and visual content! That’s why with the memory palace (your bathroom, for example) you can memorize an enormous amount in a short time. Here is just a short list of the terrific achievements that are possible with this method. And it should be said right away, the only thing that distinguishes you from a world champion in memory is the training time. The world champion trains for speed, maybe you don’t. BUT: Even you can memorize faster without world champion training and with just a few hours of practice. The best way to learn this first hand is to try the techniques yourself. How to get started, you will learn at the end of the article. Now here are a few terrific achievements made with the help of the memory palace:
"All world champions of memory who compete in a world championship use it, the memory palace, without exception!"
- Wei Quinru memorized 616 numbers in only 5 minutes
- Marwin Wallonius memorized the order of 5040 binary numbers in just one hour error-free.
- Prateek Yadav learned 130 words in just 5 minutes by heart
- Zou Lujian: memorized the Sequence of 52 cards strong poker card decks in 13.96 seconds error-free
What do you want to memorize faster and never forget again? We see: Grandiose memory feats are possible with the memory palace and visual association. What would be possible for your university studies, for your school subjects or for your second course of education? You don’t have to be a memory world champion to use the Memory Palace for your learning projects today! Anyone can use this method. Use the Memory Palace today and take advantage of the free Speed Learning Starter Guide at the end of this article! Learn today completely free how you can use the memory palace for you to realize your speed learning projects, sign up for it below to the free Speed Learning Starter Guide and get it directly to your inbox.
What we can learn from Albert Einstein about the importance of visual association
The memory palace is our fast-memory basic structure, with which we can memorize everything we want to learn in the shortest possible time with the help of visual association. How powerful visual association is, we learn from the life of Albert Einstein himself.
Albert Einstein, one of the greatest physicists of the last millennium. And yet, Einstein’s biography is atypical. It shows us how a person no one thought anything of became one of the greatest geniuses of the past millennium. Einstein’s development was delayed, he could not speak until he was three years old. He also had great difficulty at school. Albert Einstein, one of the worst students and yet one of the greatest physicists! But, how did he get it?
School lessons were a torture for the young Einstein. His weak grasp of arithmetic, his lack of anything approaching above-average ability in any subject, and his great difficulty with foreign languages soon led his teachers to conclude that nothing would ever come of young Einstein.
"Albert Einstein, one of the worst students and yet one of the greatest physicists!
But, how did he get it?"
At fifteen, Einstein left his school in Munich, and his parents moved to Switzerland, where Einstein attended a school founded by Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Pestalozzi was an educational reformer who first published his ideas about visual methods of learning and teaching in writing in 1801. It was Pestalozzi who said:
"Conceptual thinking is built on visual understanding; visual understanding is the basis of all knowledge"
– Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
Pestalozzi’s school was extraordinarily different from all other types of schools of his time. Teachers used diagrams, maps, and other visual materials for teaching. Especially interesting for us: Each element to be learned was linked to a visual image, just as Pestalozzi had stated in his explanations.
Albert Einstein had indeed a great spatial-visual imagination, brain researchers could prove this recently. He probably owed this spatial-visual imagination to Pestalozzi’s school. Pestalozzi, the founder of visual pedagogy and advocate of a holistic approach to teaching, taught students in a way similar to the memory palace, using all 5 senses and placing a great emphasis on visual imagination.
It can be rightly said that the bad student Einstein, for whom everyone had long since given up hope, became an outstanding genius through the right methods. And these methods were, among others, the training of spatial-visual thinking, which he learned in Pestalozzi’s school.
Maybe you’ve been looking for memorization tips in general. This is not just about a few tips for memorization. We have learned the two basic speed learning principles with the help of which you can quickly learn a lot by heart. Like Albert Einstein we also use the spatial-visual imagination to memorize our contents, only in the memory palace. And it works, terrifically well in fact, as proven by the world champions of memory.
How to learn by heart faster? – 7 principles for practice
Get into practice! "Yes, how best to learn by heart?"This is a very good and important question. We have already mentioned that we use the memory palace for faster memorization. And as I said, you can get started right away with the free Speed Learning Starter Guide. You will learn step by step how to apply the memory palace to your personal learning projects. Here are the 7 most important principles to memorize texts quickly with the memory palace, at a glance:
- Create a list of memory palaces for yourself
- Use only qualitative memory palaces
- Use all senses and imagine the images funny and unusual
- Be minimalistic
- When memorizing word by word, use your brain’s ability to remember melodies
- Repeat in intervals and save time
- Have a clear goal and make memorization a habit and stick to it.
The 7 principles explained in detail
And here are the individual points explained in more detail:
1. Create a list of memory palaces for yourself
If you want to memorize things quickly, you need a few memory palaces in the back of your head. In order to get started with your learning projects, make a list of memory palaces. Why should you start with this point? Having palaces in stock that you can use is very smart. It’s good to have a few palaces up your sleeve before you start learning. This way it is easier for you to start right away.
What is the best way to memorize your memory palaces? I use Excel for this. With Excel for Android or iPhone, you can easily view or edit your list on the go. As soon as I get to know a new memory palace, I will write it down there. So I am always prepared when it comes to start learning a new project. It’s best to make a list like this now too. Take a piece of paper and write down the first 10 palaces that you can find. What is the best way to find new memory palaces?? This is simple. Think about different places where you spend time more often. At first, you may seem to find only a few. I had a big problem at the beginning to write down even 10, that was an enormous challenge for me. Maybe you feel the same way? Today I have noted 164 memory palaces. An absolute treasure to quickly learn something by heart. What can help you find new memory palaces?? Think of different places where you stay. Here are some examples to help you:
- Former apartments and houses
- Homes of friends and acquaintances
- Church building
- Public buildings like libraries or train stations
- Ways outdoors: z.B. your way to work
- Vacation spots
With these little hints you can easily reach 10 palaces. How much more you create?
2. Use only quality memory palaces
It is important that you pay attention to the quality of your palaces. What do I mean by quality of your palaces? A quality memory palace is one you can visualize almost without gaps. Remember: Only if you can see a piece of furniture on which you want to imagine something in your mind’s eye, only then you can remember something on it. Many learners underestimate this important detail! So make sure that you see everything in your memory palace well in your mind’s eye. Make sure that your palace does not have too many memory gaps. If you have to wonder whether the table was on the right or left side of the room, you’d better skip the table. You want a clear and clear See a picture of your memory palace in your mind’s eye. Only in this way you will be able to learn successfully. I have therefore marked my memory palaces with a traffic light color system in my Excel spreadsheet. First of all, use only the green ones, the ones you can really imagine without memory gaps and visualization problems.
3. Use all your senses and imagine the images in a funny and unusual way
This is very important: To make your memory associations memorable, imagine them with all your senses and make the people or objects unusually large, colorful, or distorted. There are no limits to your imagination. The more creative you are the better. Remember: Everything that is not common is memorable!
Remember: Anything that is not commonplace is memorable!
Think back to the last food you burned. What was it? Where was that? Why did you burn it? Now remember back what you ate three weeks ago on Monday. You see? The things that are extraordinary and not everyday, we remember, us. In this way you also want to create your memory pictures, extraordinary and not commonplace.
4. Be minimalistic
Minimalism is the key: learn only what you don’t know and learn the essentials first. What would be the point of remembering something you already know?. Save your time and learn only the things in your memory palace that you don’t know yet.
Also learn only the essential things. What exactly will z.B. required on your exam? Learn the essentials. Like You can learn how to distinguish the essential from the non-essential in a text in our free Speed Learning Starter Guide, to which you can subscribe below.
5. When memorizing word by word, use your brain’s ability to remember melodies
Use when you are.B. If you want to memorize poems or bible verses, the ability of your brain to remember melodies in combination with the memory palace. Our brain is enormously good at remembering whole song passages or verses. Your brain seems to love melodies. Think of the countless songs you already know by heart without ever having tried, or that one annoying new song, that earworm that just won’t go out of your head! Your brain loves melodies. With the help of a melody, whole passages go straight into your long-term memory. And for the short term memory are melodies that contain a lot of single information, like a single information. You can compare this with a train crossing a bridge. Your short-term memory can only store a maximum of 7 train car parts in your brain at once. With more information, the bridge gives way and parts of your thought train crash and are lost forever. But a melody is like one long train car for your brain. This makes it much easier for your brain to let the information enter your brain via your short-term memory bridge. So use the power of melody for yourself. You can give your verse a sound melody by emphasizing the natural word stress, which in some verses, especially in poems, already gives a melody of its own. Or you give it an unnatural melody, which you invent yourself. The important thing is: it should catch your ear. Repeat this melody a few times aloud to yourself. You can also record it and play it back on your cell phone the next time you repeat it. Combine this technique with memory pictures in your memory palace and you will see that you will memorize your texts in a fraction of the usual time. The best thing is to use only the stressed words in the sentence as triggers to remember your text. Minimalism is also the key here, less is more! The memory palace in combination with the melody technique will increase your memory performance many times over. Try it out right now and see for yourself! Only in this way you will learn by heart faster!
6. Repeat in intervals and save yourself time
Learn from the German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus how to learn faster and remember more in less time by repeating in intervals. The so-called "forgetting curve" goes back to Ebbinghaus. He realized that the brain forgets in ever increasing intervals. The most efficient way to learn is not to repeat everything every day, that would be a waste of time. In simple terms, this would mean you learn something new today, repeat it in the evening, then the next day, then 2 days later, 4 days, 8 days, 16 days later, 1 month, 2 months, 4, 8 months later and so on. So the repetition interval is always doubling. This is ingenious! That is, the less I have to repeat, the more time I have to learn new things. Or in other words, the less I have to repeat, the more free time I have! Most learners repeat far too often. This is a waste of time, valuable time is lost that you can use much better somewhere else. You can organize this with a flashcard box or apps like Anki or Quizlet can organize your learning by intervals automatically, without you having to worry about the interval. The app automatically tells you what you have to repeat that day. But it is even easier.
But it is even easier!
If you want to learn by heart in a sensible way and you don’t want a too complex system, just make yourself three card boxes labeled "Hard" – "Medium" – "Easy". When repeating, pay special attention to the cards that are found in "difficult". "Medium" you repeat once a week and "light" every 2 to 3 weeks. When you feel that a card has become "easy" instead of hard, put it in the appropriate box.
7. Have a clear goal and make memorization a habit and stick to it.
The key to success in memorization is persistence. A goal and the daily work on it establish a habit with the help of this habit you will then better succeed in reaching your goal. Clear goal – every day a step – habit ⇨ success. The best way to establish a habit is in small steps. The best way to achieve this is not to try to do 1000 things at the same time. It’s better to focus on one thing and one thing only for one month. After that the daily steps become a habit. You set a fixed time in the day when you are undisturbed and at this time you learn by heart. For example, half an hour or an hour in the morning, you do this for a month and you will see, it will be much easier for you to keep up the project for a longer time. Build a little ritual around it that will help you get up and approach it with a positive mood. A cup of coffee helps me a lot here. I get up in the morning and look forward to the feeling of holding a cup of hot coffee in my hand and starting my memorization project. The cup of coffee helps me to get out of bed in the morning, even if I am not happy about it.
But before I establish a habit I need a clear goal. What do I want to achieve and how long do I want to do it for?? I might want to memorize Shakespeare’s sonnet 18, or all the key verses of John’s gospel. What is my concrete goal and when do I want to have reached it?? Set this goal first and then work on your habit step by step, this way you will reach your goal of successful memorization for sure!
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We have seen that memorization can be an integral part of deep understanding. We have a few half-truths about learning on understanding vs. Uncovered a way to memorize faster than ever before. Because in the end that is the problem. Many shy away from memorization because it is simply too much work for them! But this is a pity, because misled by wrong techniques, these people give up too soon. But the solution is so close! The world champions of memory prove it to us: memorization can be enormously fast and even a lot of fun! With the help of the memory palace and visual association, even ordinary people like you and me can achieve tremendous feats of memorization!
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