How do I know this? Because I’ve experienced exactly the same thing.
When I was younger I had to learn a lot of new information, just like you. Whether it was chemical elements for Chemistry, quotes from Shakespeare for English, or the theories of marketing at college, it all had to be known by heart.
And so, I did what everyone else did. I went over the material again and again. And again. And eventually it would stick, for a short time at least. It won’t be a revelation to you that learning in that way is boring and hard. It’s no fun at all. Repetition is dull, dull, dull.
Learning the periodic table was especially painful, because it’s a random list of weird names. There’s no logic to it. I don’t know how many days it took me to learn all of the elements. I persevered, but through that tedious process I kept thinking there must be a better way to memorize.
The turning point came when I saw someone memorize a deck of playing cards. Unless you count cards at a casino it’s not an especially practical skill. But I couldn’t help thinking how easily I could study and learn new information, if only I had a memory like that.
I was intrigued by what the human memory is capable of doing, and started doing some research. It turns out so-called memory ‘experts’ aren’t any different to you or me. Their brains are exactly the same. They’re not any smarter and their memories aren’t any better than yours or mine. What!? It’s true. The only difference is they’ve learned how to harness the potential of their memory using simple ‘mnemonic’ techniques.
I spent years of school and college beating my head repeatedly against various textbooks, when I could have been memorizing that same information quickly and effectively? And it wouldn’t have been boring? And I’d actually be able to remember it all now? That’s when I head-butted the wall.
Bottom line, memorizing effectively is based on mental imagery. The mnemonic techniques that memory experts use have been around for over two thousand years, and there’s 50 years of university research which proves they work.
It’s an exhilarating feeling when you unearth a talent you didn’t know you had. Imagine how you’d feel if one day you suddenly realized you could paint like Monet or Picasso. That’s what it was like when I discovered how easily I could remember anything. I memorized the periodic table, presidents, prime ministers and anything else, all because it was so easy. It was fun! I know, it sounds weird, right?
The primary mistake when trying to memorize is to use repetition and rote learning. People think it’s the only way to remember new information. But it’s not the only way, and it’s rarely the most effective way either.
I became obsessed with researching mnemonic techniques and teaching other people how to use their memory properly.
So how do you use expert memory techniques and mental imagery to memorize the periodic table?
One simple technique is called the Link and Story Method. You create a mental image that represents each element, and link it with a crazy story to the image for the next element.
For example, the element manganese is difficult to visualize. But what about ‘mango knees’? You could easily picture your knees with mangos on them – mango knees – and that would instantly remind you of the name ‘manganese’.
Then you could picture your mother using a clothes iron to iron your mango knees. And that would remind you that the next element is iron.
It’s a brilliantly simple technique which takes advantage of the way your memory naturally works. Your memory doesn’t like repetition and rote learning, it’s visual.
If you’re not sure your memory naturally uses mental imagery, here’s a quick demonstration to prove it. Remember your favorite holiday destination. Or the house you grew up in. Or your first grade teacher. Do you see what happens when you recall each of those memories? Your memory produced a mental image of them. You ‘saw’ them in your mind.
At MemorizePeriodicTable.com we’ve gone a step further than simply teaching you a technique. Rather than explain how to create memory stories which your memory can grab onto, we’ve written all the stories for you.
By simply visualizing each image and story as you read it, your amazing memory will do the rest. Each mental picture will remind you of a chemical element, and will link to the next element on the periodic table.
It’s common sense that if you want to memorize as quickly and effectively as possible, then you should use the same techniques memory experts use. If you want to be better at golf, you could learn the technique of Tiger Woods. If you want to be rich, copy what Donald Trump or Warren Buffett do. And if you want to memorize the periodic table as fast as possible, you should use mental imagery.
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After persevering through four university degrees, Kyle realized how beneficial some expert memory techniques would have been for all that study
Whilst studying engineering and physics Dean discovered a passion for learning. He now helps students better prepare for exams.
After researching and learning about memory mnemonic techniques, I became passionate about teaching other people how to use them. Millions of people want to know how to memorize the Bible, so I adapted these exact same memory techniques and wrote a book. “How to Memorize Bible Verses” teaches how to use mental imagery, visualization and association to remember scripture. That book quickly became an Amazon #1 best-seller in Christian Education.
But “Memorize the Periodic Table” is a different book. It doesn’t teach you the techniques. You don’t need to learn the method. The Link and Story Method has already been used to create all of the memory stories for you. All you need to do is visualize each image and story as it’s described. It’s that simple.
And you can learn these complete memory stories in whatever format you find easiest. Do you want to learn with your eyes closed? Buy the audiobook. Fanatical about your iPad? The eBook is definitely for you. Even go old-school and get the paperback.
However you do it, purchase “Memorize the Periodic Table” and you will be astonished at how quickly you’re able to memorize every chemical element in the periodic table.
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