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Make Loci on a Car Trip

You can “store” memories in real-life places, or “loci”, that you remember well. You might think that you would run out of memorable places. Actually, you can make loci out of places you only see once. It’s time to change the way you think about pit stops.

Glugs Update: A few more loci for a long poem

When you’re memorizing a long poem, you don’t need visual mnemonics for every line. But if the poem is too repetitive, or too random, you may need a few extra loci to keep the stanzas in order.

Case Study: How to (Not) Memorize the Entire Gospel of Mark

UPDATE (2016 July): The Gospel of Mark has nearly 700 verses, and nearly 15,000 words. A few years back, I memorized the entire thing, by verse.

How to Make a Memory Palace: An Overview of the 'Loci Method'

You can make a “memory palace” by using mental places (“loci”) you already know, like your bedroom or kitchen, to store memory prompts.

Test: Do You Remember Your House?

Take this extremely short test for your “bad” memory, and find out you remember plenty of things. All over your house. How bad is your memory? I guarantee that if you’re reading this, your memory is astounding, but let’s take a simple example. Imagine your bedroom. What does your bed look like? You may not remember whether you made it or not, or even the color sheets right now.

Your Memory Listens to its Own Language

Your memory is naturally excellent, but you need to speak to it in its own language. You can translate numbers and similar difficult data into memorable images and sounds.