Loci method

This is a very powerful way of encouraging long lasting memories by using lots of connections to different locations, people, objects, colours, noises, smells, and humour. The effort put into creating the multiple connections is what makes this technique work so well. 

Method of Loci: the basics

Step 1: You need to create a list of all of the things you are going to learn. Split the list into sections so that each section contains between 6-15 items. Each item is a ‘chunk’ of information.

Step 2: Pick a location with enough rooms to place all of the items in different places. The location should be somewhere you know really well. You are going to practice thinking of each item in that location until it becomes a permanent memory.

Step 3: Try to move clockwise around the location (i.e. always go left when you can). This rule makes it easier to know where you are in the journey through the Loci. In each room also follow the same rule of moving clockwise around the room. With practice this quickly becomes easier and you don’t even have to think about it. In addition, the structured approach will help you to focus on the content.

Step 4: Draw a map of the location and label where things have been placed. This helps you to build up a more complete memory of the Loci and the items.

Step 5: For each item make what is happening as vivid as possible. Make is weird and strange; make it funny; use all of your senses: colour, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Include your friends and family. Include famous people, songs, films, and characters. The more detailed you make the story for each item the more likely it is you will remember the item.

Step 6: Once you have created your Loci practice it at least once a week. Very quickly you won’t need any notes to help you. Try teaching your Loci to a friend, this has been very successful for many of our students. To boost the effectiveness of your Loci try teaching it to someone else.

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