The Memory Course
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The Memory Course

Learn the Method of Loci, AKA the Memory Palace Technique - as used by Sherlock! Then learn Asia's countries & capitals!
4.5 (8 ratings)
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Created by Kim Debling
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • recite Asia's countries and capitals in alphabetical order
  • apply the Method of Loci technique to memorise lists
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  • 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

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:

  1. Introduction
  2. Discuss the Method of Loci
  3. Lets create our first Memory Palace journey
  4. Mapping out our journey (you will need paper and pens)
  5. Asia - Afghanistan to Indonesia
  6. Recap
  7. Asia - Iran to North Korea
  8. Recap
  9. Test yourself
  10. Create an additional stage to our Memory Palace journey
  11. Asia - South Korea to Pakistan
  12. Recap
  13. Test yourself
  14. Asia - Philippines to Saudi Arabia
  15. Create the last stage to this Memory Palace Journey
  16. Asia - Singapore to Yemen
  17. Recap
  18. Test Yourself
  19. Using your new memorised information as a frame for learning
  20. Creating more Memory Palace journeys
I can't wait to help you to learn this amazing, powerful technique. It will change your life!
Who is the target audience?
  • 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
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
8 Lectures 10:00

Welcome to the course! This introduces the course, what students need and some caveats, please take this course in order as it is very important - especially when we get to memorising our journey..

Preview 02:38

This describes how we use an imagined journey, with defined steps to memorise anything we want. We visualise people, items, actions or a combination of all three into steps of our journey. This is called the Method of Loci.

Preview 01:33

Here we learn what sort of journey we need to create and what we need to consider for that journey. Students should think up a 20 step journey that they know really well before moving on with the course.

Create your Journey

Take the time to put down your journey on paper - this will make it easier to follow the subsequent steps when we learn Asia's countries and their capitals. Draw your map and route in one colour then add the numbers in another if you can - it will make it easier to follow your steps later.

Draw your Journey

Do not pass this note until you have created your 20 step journey and have drawn it out!

Do not pass this note!

One last thing before we start...

Before we start...
Asia's Countries & Capitals: Afghanistan-Israel
6 Lectures 15:10

We memorise the first 4 countries - Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Bahrain.

Preview 05:14

Memorising Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia and China.


Memorising Cyprus, Georgia, India and Indonesia.


Recap the countries and capitals we've memorised so far - make sure you're happy with these before moving on. Why not try to anticipate the next country before it appears? You can mute your computer to test yourself out!

Preview 01:25

Memorising Iran, Iraq and Israel.


The first third is complete!
Asia's Countries & Capitals: Japan-Pakistan
8 Lectures 20:03

Memorising Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan and North Korea.

Japan-North Korea

Our second recap - students check their recall and discover how to solve problems remembering tough countries.

Recap 2

Students can test themselves using this presentation - just guess the next country & capital before clicking forward.

Test Yourself
21 pages

Students create and draw a new journey and discover how to link their journeys together.

16 step path addition or new journey

Memorising South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan and Laos.

Preview 02:13

Memorising Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives and Mongolia.


Memorising Myanmar (Bhurma), Nepal, Oman and Pakistan.


The second third is complete!
Asia's Countries & Capitals: Philippines-Yemen
9 Lectures 31:14

Our third recap points out where our countries are on a map of Asia, whilst recalling each country that we've memorised so far.

Recap 3

Students can test themselves using this presentation - just guess the next country & capital before clicking forward.

Test Yourself
33 pages

Memorising Philippines, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Philippines-Saudi Arabia

Time for students to add the final section of journey to their brains, ready to memorise the last countries.

12 step path addition or new journey

Memorising Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria and Tajikistan.


Memorising Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey and Turkmenistan.


Memorising the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

United Arab Emirates-Yemen

The final recap prior to our last test yourself lecture.

Final Recap

Students can test themselves using this presentation - just guess the next country & capital before clicking forward.

Test yourself
49 pages
Moving Forward
3 Lectures 05:50

Use your memorised list as a frame for learning - building knowledge into your visualisation journey can come naturally, but knowing how to add to it is also a skill you should learn.

Your memorised list as a frame for learning

We recap the memory palace technique process so that students can reuse their new skills to memorise new lists, plus adds a few tips for making your process easy and fun. Why not try to apply the technique on your own to a new list right away?

Use the Memory Palace technique for new memories

This final lecture congratulates the students for reaching this point and for memorising all of Asia's countries and capitals. A heartfelt thank you goes to everyone who has taken my course!

Thank you and Congratulations!
About the Instructor
Kim Debling
4.7 Average rating
64 Reviews
1,070 Students
4 Courses
Designer & Entrepreneur

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 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 baby Rose, and has two cats - Nala and Duchess.