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How To Memorize Anything

Rote memorization is probably the worst skill I have. It’s nice to be reaffirmed that our brains work mainly by association, so I don’t feel so bad when I forget something.

Wired’s How To Wiki has a great post on memorization techniques.

“Golf club, tree, rake, cat” is much shorter then “An old man was hitting balls with his golf club getting one stuck in a tree. He fetched a rake to get it down out of the leaves, surprised to find there was a cat stuck in it”, yet the latter is much easier to remember. Most memorization is based on this principle, adding useless information to make things (including non-structured information such as numbers or lists) into fully linked concepts that can be recalled and condensed to the original information.


November 29, 2007 - Posted by | How-To

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