Sherlock’s memory palace

1. Visualise a building or road. Fill your mental image with details, such as what you see in each room or what’s on either side of the road.

2. Mentally connect an image of each of the features you see – such as a chair in your imagined house, or a tree by the side of your imagined road – with a manageable chunk of information (such as a chemical formula). Think about the two together in depth and make sure you’ve really learned the information and its associated image.

3. To recall the information in the exam, simply retrace your steps through the building or down the road and pick out the objects you’ve associated with the information.

4. When you want to add additional information to your memory bank, you can simply add another room to your imaginary building or take a turn off your imaginary road that will be associated with this new information.

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