How To Memorize Quickly and Easily
Lessons from a Student of The School of Phenomenal Memory
What follows is an review of what I've learned as a student at The School of Phenomenal Memory. Included are my overview of how the brain memorizes, what students of the school can expect, and the benefits of intensive memory training on concentration, meditation, education, and for those with focus or attention difficulties. I am halfway through my lessons and want to share the benefits of intensive memory training with others.
Memorization is a Skill, Not a Talent
Most people, after only a few months of training, can easily and quickly memorize a book, script, or play. Not only that, but with proper training, a person can easily memorize a lecture, obscure, abstract information, and learn a foreign language to a fluency level in months rather than years. It is even possible for most people to memorize a long list of random numbers and information in just minutes, after proper training.
This is because memorization is a skill that can be developed and learned. As with any skills, such as typing, reading, or writing, the skill of memorization requires practice and training to enable the brain to perform it at an optimum level.
To be able to memorize in this way, the brain must be developed in a couple of areas: visualization, concentration, focus, and attention, as well as in the skill of creating visual and auditory connections (which is, itself, the skill of memorization.) To understand how developing these abilities of the brain work to improve the memorization skill, it helps to understand how the brain memorizes.
The Brain Memorizes Connections
The brain memorizes connections, and has an easy time of it with visual input, and a much harder time with abstract information. This is why it's nearly impossible to memorize a phone number upon one viewing (unless one has trained the memorization skill or repeats the phone number internally a number of times) and yet it is easy and common to memorize a strange sight upon one viewing.
For instance, if you were to see a car hanging off of a tree on your home street, I can assure you that you would only have to see it for a few seconds and the image would be burned into your brain. You'd be able to recall the image easily and without struggle a week later when talking with your friends about it. But if I were to show you a list of 9 numbers for a few seconds, a week later you'd have difficulty recalling them, and especially recalling them in the proper order.
Yet a person who has developed the memorization skill can easily glance at a list of 9 numbers and commit them to memory with as little effort as a typist uses to type a sentence. In fact, it would be possible to memorize a much longer list of numbers and abstract words in mere minutes with training and practice.
Such a person will have improved their visualization abilities and has a much stronger attention span and concentration skill than most people. And yet everyone has the capability to develop the memorization skill ~ it is only a matter of proper training and exercises (practice).
The School for Memorization
The School of Phenomenal Memory trains people in the skill of memorization. The school provides a lifetime membership and full support and training ~ everything that's needed for interested students to develop their own phenomenal memory, which means the ability to memorize whatever they want for as long as they want. A graduate of this school has complete and full control of what is memorized, and controls how long that information is kept memorized. Graduates continue to develop their speed and ability to memorize as they put in more effort and practice.
The Science Behind Memorization
The brain, as mentioned before, memorizes connections. The brain can easily memorize visual connections ~ it takes mere seconds for visual connections to become imprinted in the brain. The brain has the ability to improve in its ability to concentrate for large amounts of time and to perform the visualizations necessary for the memorization skill with consistent and specific training. Everyone knows this ~ a new worker makes more mistakes than an experienced one. As time goes on the worker improves because his or her brain continues to make new connections and to reinforce old ones that are used in the new activity.
How does the brain memorize connections? For the purposes of this article, I'll break it down like this:
When two random images connect in a visual picture in the brain, all the neurons that are activated when visualizing either of those images are lit up. It only takes a bit of conscious effort to visualize the two connected images to memorize them. Then, when one of the images is brought to mind and imagined, the neurons that were lit up along with the original images' neurons light up again ~ and you remember the connected image. This is why a month later, when you think about the specific tree on your block that had the car hanging off of it, the image of the car (hanging off the tree no less) will also pop up in your memory.
After a connection is made in the brain, repetition is needed to implant that connection into permanency. Practice and recall make connections stick, although visual connections are the easiest and fastest to stick in the brain.
Through a lifetime of repetitions, it is easy to see that the brain has already memorized many varied connections, such as a teacup and saucer, a shoelace and shoe, earrings and ears, a bed made with sheets and blankets, a table and chairs, and so on.
Startling Implications for Education and Medicine
Most people question the abilities of someone with a phenomenal memory because it is so different than what is usual and normal. While everyone can understand the ability of actors to memorize entire scripts and plays, to think that anyone can memorize an entire book in a short amount of time and with ease, and to have full control of retention of it, seems to most people impossible. Most people assume that learning requires a mental repetition and hard study, hours and hours spent looking over and digesting material, and without the skill of memorization as taught at The School of Phenomenal Memory, it does.
But add in the developed skill, and a graduate of The School of Phenomenal Memory who is a student in a regular classroom, can easily amaze their teacher and blow their competition out of the water. A student with phenomenal memory sees how it's possible for anyone who develops the memorization skill to become a serious contender for class valedictorian, and get a high ranking in their classes and in school.
Furthermore, graduates of the school have improved their ability to concentrate and focus to such a degree that a previous handicap, such as being diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, will become a controllable non-issue. Anyone can develop the concentration and attention skills with consistent training in the proper exercises. Any brain that does the exercises, any person that puts effort into doing them properly as described in the lessons, can develop a phenomenal memory skill. The effort pays off in an enhancement of visualization and concentration ability, and in a strong power of attention which can be directed at will. This is because the school along with 59 lessons, also includes a proprietary software for training the attention, concentration, and focus ~ training that is needed to enable the students to do the coursework and develop their memory skills.
This means that with proper training, people with ADHD and ADD have the possibility to get off their medication. If they need to be on medication because they can't focus or concentrate, and yet are able to train those abilities with consistent effort, why would they need medication? It is my hope that in the future these kinds of conditions will be attacked with proper mental training, rather than with pills and medication, since unfortunately some of these medications have a controversial history of safety.
Concentration and Meditation
With the development of concentration, meditation takes on a whole new level. The benefits of meditation can then be more easily enjoyed by anyone, regardless of how scatterbrained or flighty one believes oneself to be. Phenomenal Memory graduates have trained their brain in the ability to concentrate, and can use that skill whenever or wherever it is needed.
The implications of the strong ability to focus, concentrate, and hold one's attention, are still being discovered and studied. But regardless of the exciting potential that may be seen in the future, the ability of anyone to develop their own phenomenal memory is truly phenomenal.