The Memory Course
What you'll learn
- recite Asia's countries and capitals in alphabetical order
- apply the Method of Loci technique to memorise lists
- students will need paper and two different colour pens
- students will find it easier if they have some knowledge of famous people as they are used in examples, but they can always look up these people or substitute in their own imagery
[Update April 18 from Kim: In an effort to give full disclosure to future students I'd like to let you know that I'm undergoing treatment for Stage 4 Lymphoma. I hope and aim to make a full recovery by next year! This means I'm not able to participate as an instructor as much as I'd like to but students have excellent reviews of my courses and ask surprisingly few questions - I hope that means that my courses are complete enough without needing lots of clarification. Please remember there is a money back guarantee so if you purchase my course then decide you would need more instructor input you can utilise that feature. So remember life is short - take the course - learn the skills - make the move - do the thing - eat the cake - and remember to always check that what you are doing makes you happy!]
The Memory Palace technique, AKA the Method of Loci is a very powerful tool for us mortal humans to learn vast amounts of facts, figures, lists and words that seem impossible. This course guides you to be able to use the Method of Loci by building your own imaginary journey and associating memorable images with each place.
You don't need to have an amazing memory like Rain Man and you don't need to take hours reciting - you just need the ability to visualise and the willingness to learn!
We'll actually apply the method by memorising Asia's countries and their capitals in alphabetical order. At the end you'll be able to reel off the countries and their capitals forwards, and often backwards too! You'll know that Azerbaijan's capital is Baku and that South Korea's capital is Seoul - without Googling it!
We'll look at applying this method to anything you want to memorise in the future, and discuss how creating a memorised list becomes a 'frame' that future learning can be built upon - memorising a structure within a subject makes learning the rest of that subject easier and more interesting.
I've built this course using pictures and occasional animations to help the memorable visualisations stick in your head easier, and I've provided links to supplementary information should you wish to further your learning both for the geography element and the Method of Loci technique, BUT I've deliberately kept the course quite short in time - I want you to see how quickly you can memorise things and I want you to have more time to go out afterwards and apply your new memorising technique.
Heres the course outline:
- Discuss the Method of Loci
- Lets create our first Memory Palace journey
- Mapping out our journey (you will need paper and pens)
- Asia - Afghanistan to Indonesia
- Asia - Iran to North Korea
- Test yourself
- Create an additional stage to our Memory Palace journey
- Asia - South Korea to Pakistan
- Test yourself
- Asia - Philippines to Saudi Arabia
- Create the last stage to this Memory Palace Journey
- Asia - Singapore to Yemen
- Test Yourself
- Using your new memorised information as a frame for learning
- Creating more Memory Palace journeys
I can't wait to help you to learn this amazing, powerful technique. It will change your life!
Who this course is for:
- people who desire to add to their available techniques to apply to learning
- people who are happy to try new things, including visualisation
- people who speak English as their first language, or who are extremely fluent
- people who are not offended by cliches, stereotypes and imagery that is in poor taste, as this is used in the course as a recognised memory aid
Kim Debling owns and runs her design company Kestrel Design from the comfort of her home office. Her employees and freelancers all work from home too as she and they value the freedom and lifestyle this affords. She began and built her company over several years whilst working full time as an Air Traffic Controller. She is focused, dedicated and frantically entrepreneurial. She also has a thirst for learning and passing on her knowledge that perfectly aligns with what Udemy offers.
As an Air Traffic Control Officer for 11 years she was a supervisor, instructor and examiner - guiding new Air Traffic Controllers as they come into the job and then signing them off as suitable to control solo. It was a rewarding experience - especially seeing under-confident new controllers shine and become more qualified themselves. Her calm, no-nonsense instructional delivery was honed during these years in this fast-paced but safety critical training environment.
Due to the stressful nature of the job, Kim started to become extremely interested in self-management of stress, self-improvement and the work-life balance. Over the years she has become passionate about regaining control over our own lives and working out what works for each individual. This is often reflected in her courses, social media channels and products.
Kim's day-to-day involves building websites, creating digital products, books, designing packaging and generally stretching her left brain hemisphere. Her honours degree was in Internet Computer Science and she has kept up to date with many skills and built upon them.
Kim is married to Steve, a helicopter pilot, is mum to toddler Rose and baby Harvey, and has two cats - Nala and Duchess.
Kim is currently fighting Stage 4 Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. She needs radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a Stem Cell Transplant to survive. She's using creativity and art to stay focused and positive and is making videos about her experiences to share with others on youTube.