Mullen Memory

The Basics

Congrats on taking the first step towards adding memory palaces to your learning strategies toolbox. We use memory palaces to boost our retention of material for almost every subject in medical school. The techniques are not a panacea for learning. Using memory palaces still requires hard work, creativity, and critical thinking. That said, we believe they can be powerful assets to a balanced learning strategy. Memory palaces are based on two concepts: (1) visualizing information as an image, and (2) storing that image in a “memory palace.” Palaces are physical locations, real or invented, which you can see in your mind’s eye. You mentally “walk” through this location to recall the information. This basic technique springs from humans’ natural strengths for remembering images and locations (rather than abstract things like names and numbers).

恭喜你邁出第一步,把位置記憶法放到你的學習技巧工具盒。我們幾乎在所有醫學院的科目用位置記憶法,讓學生們可以更有效地記下更多的知識。這些方法可能不是學習的萬靈丹,用位置記憶法還是需要努力、創意和批判性思考,儘管如此,我們相信位置記憶法可能是強大的工具,幫助你平衡學習與記憶。