Welcome to the page of magic that will turn your life as a scholar or student totally around. Seeing
that you are reading this, I take it your are serious about finding out how to improve in the way you are
studying. I promise you that if you take note of what I am going to give you, you will improve your
study techniques and your results will improve. You will enjoy learning because you will not have
to spend an enormous amount of time in front of your books. Learning will be fun and writing
examinations a breeze. Sounds good? Of course it does!
But, as always, there is a catch. I am giving you a big warning here. The techniques you are going to
learn are not a magical wand you can swing and things will just happen. You see, you are not
Harry Potter. Even he had to work in school.
So, good results don't just happen, you will still have to work at it,
but your learning and recalling will be much more effective and you
will spend less time in front of your books.
Now, that sounds like a good deal to me.
As I have already said, we don't want to study hard, we want to study cleverly. In my teaching career I many a time heard a scholar say that he/she "worked so hard" for an exam or an assignment and then their marks were lower than what they expected. In virtually every case they worked hard, but not cleverly and effectively.
(If you have not read the section on Your Own Learning Style especially the section on Making Notes and Summaries, please do that before you carry on.)
Do I hear you ask whether these techniques work and what evidence there is that it works?
The records from the World Memory Championships should convince you, as all the competitors use these techniques.
Wang Feng could memorise in 5 minutes and recall 500 digits (single numbers).
Johannes Mallow memorised and recalled in 5 minutes 132 historical dates.
Ben Pridmore in 10 minutes memorised and recalled 364 playing cards.
Ben Pridmore memorised in 60 minutes and recalled 1456 playing cards. That is 28 packs of cards
randomly dealt and memorised!
Simon Reinhard set two records. He memorised 1400 numbers within 30 minutes and could
assign 173 names in 15 minutes to the faces correctly.
Konstantin Skudler, a 13 year old, was able to memorise and recall a text
with 129 words plus the punctuation within 10 minutes.
Are you convinced? Good, then let's get down to learning these techniques.
You might at this stage still think that learning with Mnemonics will be double learning as you now first need to learn a system and then learn your work. I admit you have to learn something extra, but once you have learned them all, using them becomes second nature.
I am going to explain each of them, then give examples of how to use them. With each one there will also be exercises for you to do.
Remember, practice makes perfect.
It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.