Study Hacks

 Memory palaces are most effective when combined with other rigorous study techniques. As medical students, we are constantly striving to improve how we learn, both by polishing our memory palace technique and by exploring other effective practices. 



How can I use memory techniques to learn new languages? Chinese? Spanish?

Our vocabulary strategy varies depending on the language, but the basic idea is always a variation of the memory palace technique. See Getting Started #1-4 for the basics. Video #4 contains two Spanish examples.

For specifics about learning Chinese, see Part 1, Part 2, and this video where Alex goes through one of his Chinese learning sessions. You can also read about how Alex deals with character memorization and homonyms.

These discussions deal mainly with mnemonics as vocabulary acquisition tools. Of course, a full language-learning approach should also include as much conversation and listening practice as possible.

See this link for Alex's discussion of how he uses Memrise to learn English vocabulary (e.g. SAT vocab).

What memory books and websites do you recommend?

Alex: These are the resources I used to get started:

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Quantum Memory Power by Dominic O’Brien

Memory in a Month by Ron White

Art of Memory forum