Memorization gets a bad rap, but the first step to real learning is knowing what you know. We teach memory techniques for efficient learning.
Memory techniques are about much more than simply recalling facts. They allow you to organize, access, and connect what you know in a way that capitalizes on your natural memory’s strengths. Knowing how to learn is one of the most important tools at any stage of life. Mullen Memory explores how to appropriately apply memory techniques to aid in efficient learning.
As medical students, we understand the importance of long-term recall in building vital connections for learning.
In our daily lives, we use memory techniques to learn exam material (e.g. for medical school), languages, presentations and speeches, names of people we meet, and more. As a memory competitor, Alex uses them to memorize numbers, decks of cards, names and faces, historical dates, abstract images, random words, and poetry.
The Memory Palace
“Memory technique” refers to any tool that improves your ability to learn and recall a piece of information. For us, this often means: (1) visualizing information as an image, and (2) storing that image in a “memory palace.” Memory palaces are physical locations, real or invented, which you can see in your mind’s eye. You mentally “walk” through this location to recall the information. This basic technique springs from humans’ natural strengths for remembering images and locations (rather than abstract things like names and numbers).
Using memory techniques effectively and sustainably can be challenging without the right approach. Our aim is to find the strategies and tweaks that can make memory techniques an effective piece of your learning toolkit. Check out our FAQ for our solutions to common issues.
We're Alex and Cathy, a husband-wife medical student team passionate about helping others apply memory techniques to learning. Alex is the current world memory champion, the top-ranked memory athlete in the world, and the Guinness world record holder for most digits memorized in an hour (3029).
Together, we've modified the memory techniques Alex uses in competitions to enhance our learning and retention. Our methods combat the "ace-test-and-forget" methods that do little for long-term recall.