While research over the past decade has uncovered a whole host of highly effective metacognitive learning strategies with immediate benefits when used, very few of these techniques have become mainstream. Worse yet, many well-known techniques like active recall practice or note-taking are incorrectly applied, leading to massively wasted efforts.
Many learners fall into the trap of rote memorization before developing understanding. Additionally, many hold the false belief that understanding is equivalent to the skill (or the ability to apply knowledge). This is simply not true and leads to further confusion about the optimal learning process. Memory without understanding has low utility, but understanding without recall limits applicability to skill development.
Memory is something we rely on all the time but are rarely taught how to use it consciously. The method of loci (a.k.a. memory palace, memory journey, etc.) is a simple two-step process: 1) generate visual images that represent the information to memorize, and 2) mentally visualize those images at locations (or loci) along a route. It allows practitioners to consciously encode and systematically access information, and has been used to accomplish astonishing feats (e.g., memorizing 70,000 digits of Pi).
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Powerful and smooth global search gives you another way to find the notes, journeys, or source material you seek.
You own your data. Export notes and journey data in several formats including CSV, Markdown and JSON.
See your entire knowledge base at a single glance. Explore all your journeys on the map and edit directly from the data table.
Combine journeys into practice groups to interleave content optimally for your learning goals.
"Memory Maps represents a paradigm shift. This software is going to change our definition of human potential."
-Dr. Boris Nikolai Konrad
8x World Memory Champion (Team)