During the years, many techniques and learning tips have been invented and developed to increase the concentration power and the ability to memorize things. From all the techniques, the Memory Palace has become the most popular and effective one, being extremely easy and fun to put into practice. Here is how you can improve your memory and concentration during the exams with this ingenious learning technique.
What is the Memory Palace technique?
This technique has started in the 5th century B.C. when Simonides of Ceos, a poet, was attending a banquet and had to go outside because someone called him. When he returned, he saw that the ceiling had crumbled and everyone at his table was dead underneath. Although the corpses were unrecognizable, it was easy for Simonides to remember who was who by recalling their places at the table. The Memory Palace technique works on the idea that we’re very good at remembering places we know and the “Memory Palace” is actually a metaphor for a place you know very well, like a room in your house, or the road to take to work every day. This familiar place will become the guide that will store and recall the new information you are about to memorize. The Memory Palace takes a few steps to complete and you must follow each one in order to study for the exams.
How can you use the Memory Palace during your exams?
- The first thing you have to do is picture a place that you are familiar with, like your house, for instance. It is best that you create an ample background, not just a room, as it will be easier to draw connections. Therefore, imagine your house starting with the front door, then easily go through the hallway and into the living room, memorizing the items you have in there, like the small table in the corner, the TV set, the couch or the painting on the wall. These items will become memory pegs where you will hang the new information.
- It is very important that you imprint the image of your home very well in your memory even if it means going over a room many times. Once you have perfectly memorized the items in the house, it will be easier for you to associate familiar objects and new information.
- Now, it is time to associate what you read from your subjects with known items from your home. For example, if you have to learn for chemistry or anatomy, you will take each chemical element, body part, organ or any other list of items and associate it with the objects you have imprinted in your mind. By then recalling the items you are familiar with, it will be easier for you to remember what you had to learn. Easy, right?