There are few feelings I hate more than having read a book and not remembering anything about it. It’s usually a waste of time for all but the best of literature. Here is how to avoid this; by learning one key skill and spending a bit of time taking notes after you’ve finished a book, you can remember the most important parts of what you read and in effect “memorize” books.
The 5 steps
- Learn the method of loci and make a few practice memory palaces: If you look on Google or YouTube for “memory palace” there are countless tutorials; spend an hour learning this skill.
- As you read the book, highlight what you’d like to remember
- Write down all the things you’d like to remember grouped by chapter or main theme
- Place these images in a new memory palace where each chapter/theme is its own room (see image below)
- Walk through the palace a few times to consolidate the images — you have now “memorized” the book.
Extra points: For long-term recall, use a spreadsheet to consolidate the images and locations you used. You can then revisit this periodically as long as you care to remember the book.
Good luck and enjoy memorizing!
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