This is a fantastic technique which I first heard about on Mysterious Universe.
Mysterious Universe is a brilliant podcast in which two wonderfully cynical Australians check out the latest (and historical) reports of surreal, extraterrestrial, spiritual, phenomena, monstrosities and bizarre occurrences. Here is a link: http://mysteriousuniverse.org/category/podcasts/ – I thoroughly recommend listening.
They talked about a woman who had the most amazing memory and could memorise lists of words, hundreds long. Species of birds, scientific terminology, she had no expertise in the areas but she could recite the lists. The way she did it was to use a memory palace.
Say for example you want to learn the first 10 elements of the periodic table.
Here is my usage of the technique:
“First, we need to choose a memory palace. Either a route you know very well (a walk you take), or a building you know well and enjoy being in. (My student chose: my walk to the tube)
Next, we need to think of something to learn. We’ll start with the first ten elements of the periodic table:
|Element||Place on route||Object associated|
|1Hydrogen||Opening the front door||Water tanks|
|2Helium||Walk down the corridor||balloon|
|3Lithium||Walk down the stairs||batteries|
|4Beryllium||Leave the block||Elderly lady with curlers in hair|
|5Boron||Walk down the internal road||Buildings are blank, blank, boring building|
|6Carbon||Walk past doctors||bicycles|
|7Nitrogen||Dry cleaners||Dry ice pouring out of the dry cleaners|
|8Oxygen||gym||Oxygen tanks – people on treadmills with masks on|
|10Neon||Arrive at tube||Neon lights|
We will place these at points on the route/rooms in the house, with an object beside the element.
Close your eyes and walk the route, see each object at the right point.
When we really concentrate on what we say, the words slow down… when we really listen to ourselves.
Try this technique with another list, say star names, or planets, or Kings and Queens of England. Listen to yourself.”
Within a minute, my student was able to recount the first ten items on the periodic table, but while he was doing it, he really, really, really slowed down. He had to think hard before he spoke, so the speed of his speech really slowed down, it was brilliant!
So, if you have a list of things to learn, or want to practice slowing down, try the Memory Palace technique!
If you need help slowing down, why not consider a lesson with me. Book yourself in https://midwintertuition.co.uk/book-a-lesson and I’ll look forward to hearing from you soon!
Happy Easter Y’all!