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The Basics Of Number Memorization The ability to remember numbers has many benefits---part5

Updated on April 1, 2016

How To Overcome Procrastination So That You're Actually Using The Techniques In This Book And Making Massive Leaps In Your Understanding Of Math And Acing All Of Your Exams

Generating Excitement I once read Mike Koenigs on speed-reading. For him, one of the best methods for speed reading a book is to pretend that you will be interviewing the author. Not only that, but the interview will be taking place on live television the next day. Millions of viewers will be watching, meaning that you'll need to know the book well. You'll need to have a depth of understanding and accuracy about the specific details of the content.

I think Koenigs' idea is brilliant and adaptable to memorizing math principles and formulas. When learning and memorizing math, for example, you can pretend that you have a book to sell. You know that people are only going to want to own it forever if you are able to win their hearts by speaking to them intelligently. You need to explain the math you've memorized in clear, crisp terms. To amp things up, when I use this technique, I sometimes pretend that a movie deal is in the works. But it will only happen if I can convince the producer that I know math well enough to consult on the screenplay and production.

I know this sounds bonkers, but such "Jedi Mind Tricks" can work well. They create excitement, motivation and urgency.

There are many motivational tricks like this. Anyone can explore them. Once you begin, you'll find tricks that get you excited. Yes, even if you don't naturally feel motivated to learn and memorize math.

Just take these ideas, put them in place and experiment with your own. Track your results and then rinse and repeat what works.

Now onto the job of …
The Principle Of Compounding

We've already covered this, but it's worth going into more detail to ensure that you've got the full picture. When memorizing information, you may discover that you cannot perfectly recall one or two items.

You feel sure that your images are vibrant, well-located and buzzing with action and energy. Yet, when you look for the math principles or equations, you still struggle to recall them. This hunt for the material can lead to stress and anxiety.

These feelings will make you self-conscious and increase the struggle. You don't want this when taking a test and the thought of stress alone will make you even more self-conscious. Relax. Refuse to be frustrated or concerned. Any slips in your Memory Palaces are actually opportunities.

When approached with the right mindset, they will make you a better memorizer, and you'll be studying the math at the same time you compound, increasing your math knowledge.

When compounding, many of my readers replace the original images they've created. I caution against this because doing so can leave "fossils" that will only confuse matters later.

The more popular term for this fossil" problem in the mnemonics community is "ghosting." However, I dislike this term because our memorized material should not become ethereal when it dies. If it must fade, it should leave a fossil behind that we can "pour" energy back into. So when you encounter associative-imagery that needs work, add to the images and actions to enhance them.

This will improve your recall rate. As always, please remember that having action in your associative-imagery is key. It makes the target information more memorable, and the more memorable it is, the more readily available for recall it becomes. The good news is there are many ways to compound images to make them more memorable, especially when you relax while you work.

With that said, please realize that there is nothing wrong with your mind if you find weaknesses in your Memory Palace systems. It's just a matter of going back and compounding the images. In most cases, a second pass will do the trick.

Finally, if you want to succeed with memory techniques, avoid rote learning at all costs. The point is to rely solely on your imagination. There aren't going to be any books or index cards around when you're completing a test or examination.

During that test it is just you, your imagination and the ways that you've used it to learn and memorize math. In addition to compounding your associative-imagery, you might like to compound and reinforce the Memory Palaces themselves.

This is as easy as popping into the Memory Palace and amplifying it as you would associative-imagery. If your memory of some locations is not as strong as you originally thought, work with another location altogether to form a better Memory Palace.

Memory Palaces are in abundance, so if you feel like you're running out just review the earlier parts of this book. I give you many ways to find dozens of them. Ultimately, the amount of time spent on rehearsing, compounding and "renovating" your Memory Palaces and the associative-imagery you place within them depends on your level of experience and general enthusiasm for memorization. Again, make sure that you complete the preparation and predetermination exercises as fully as possible. Giving them their full attention will save you plenty of time and sweat later. But, when leaks in the system do occur, no stress. Simply wander through your palaces and make "repairs."

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