Improve Your and Your Students' Memory with Memory Palaces (Free Classroom Lessons)
Do you know Austin? No, not your friend Austin but Austin Baio. Of course you don’t. Few people do. Actually, about 74,000 do - this is how many hits his YouTube video reached in 2 years. In the video, 11-year-old Austin recites the first 2091 digits of ᵨ (pi). Yes, he MEMORIZED THE FIRST 2091 NUMBERS IN PI. That’s impressive! you might say, and it is. Except 69-year-old memory champion Akira Haraguchi from Japan memorized the first 111,700 numbers of the never-ending string you get when you divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter.
And in case you’re wondering, neither Austin nor Akira is a freak. They just know a powerful way to store all those digits in their long-term memory. They know how to create and use perhaps the most powerful memory technique called the Memory Palace method. And while you might not have a burning desire to memorize thousands of numbers, your learning, school, and life success will greatly benefit from your ability to use the Memory Palace method.
But before we get into building your first memory palace, let’s talk about why this method crushes almost every other memory technique. We learn best by using multiple senses and strategies when receiving and trying to remember new information. And guess what? Memory Palaces help you do just that - they tap into the power of your imagination and visual memory, they make effective use of emotions, and allow you to use hearing and touch as well - all designed to help you learn and remember large amounts of information in a relatively short amount of time.
Because there’s no limit to the amount of stuff your brain can store, once you start building memory palaces your brain will become like a bank that contains many vaults. Inside each unique vault, your brain bank will store the information you deposit. Make frequent deposits and visits to the vaults - create many memory palaces and tour them - and you will remember more of what you learn. And it will be fun!
Don’t believe me? Imagine your favorite cartoon character, maybe SpongeBob, sitting on your living room couch drinking ice tea and smiling wide helping you remember that annoying chemistry term. Or Princess Elsa aiding you in mastering that key political science term while saving the world from evil princes. Or Wolverine slashing Deadpool to pieces while Thor is flying around fighting the Hulk and Iron Man is getting punched in the face by Captain America all with the goal of helping you learn parts of the cell for biology. If you’re like Duuuude… I get it.
Check out the 3 lessons (Building Memory Palaces, Filling Memory Palaces, and Making Memory Palaces Memorable) I created for my newest book Crush School Student Guide to teach students (and anyone who wants to learn it) the Memory Palace Technique here. The link will take you to a free download page.
Have fun with them :)
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