Alright everybody, today I am going to show you how to memorize all the presidents, in order, in less than thirty minutes. Before you go ahead and read this post. Make sure that you know how to use the memory palace technique because that is what we are going to be using here.
Now, there are multiple ways you can do this, but I am going to start out with the most basic way of just memorizing the presidents in chronological order. Now, other people may suggest that adding in dates of office would be a good idea, and I would agree. However, this is a beginners guide, so we are not going to complicate it too much. In a future guide, I will show you how to add these dates into the memory palace and some other information.
As with all my memory challenges, I always start by finding a list of what I want to memorize. Then I print it out. Right here is the list I am going to be using: https://www.presidentsusa.net/listofpresidents.pdf. If you are following along, go ahead and print out the list.
Let’s Get to the Memorizing
Now, the first thing you are going to want to do is pick out a palace to store the presidents in. You are going to need a bigger palace or two medium sized ones for this. Also make sure to have room for more future presidents in the palace.
Once you have chosen your palace, and determined your locations (or loci), we can begin creating the images. For the presidents, I am going to memorize their first and last name with seperate images (unless they are really familiar and I can represent them with something incredibly easy).
So go ahead, and write down each image you are going to use next to each president on the list. Try to get creative with the names, and don’t be afraid to reuse some images for first names. Just make sure the last names are distinct enough. Some examples of images I chose are:
- An Apple Tree for George Washington
- Marilyn Monroe in Jamestown for James Monroe
- Dwight Schrute looking in a shower for Dwight Eisenhower
- A penny for Abraham Lincoln
- Grover (from Sesame Street) in a Cleveland Cavaliers hat for Grover Cleveland
Okay, so now that you have all of your images we can start placing them in the palace. Make sure to make your images fit in with the scenery around them. Also make them interesting! If this is your first bigger memory palace, I recommend placing ten images at a time and then reviewing them. Once you have those ten images mastered, go on to placing more images until you are finished your palace.
So now go ahead and place your images at the locations!
Okay, now that you are done placing your images in your palace, you are going to want to go back through your palace and review each image. Really try to concentrate in the detail to solidify the images.
If this is your first medium sized memory palace congratulations! Hopefully, the hardest part for you was actually coming up with the images. And don’t worry, as you do more, creating images becomes easier and easier.
This post was shorter today because there was not too much to say. This memory challenge was very simple, but I have some more complicated ones coming up. We’re going to have a post on creating a memory palace for every country in the world, along with its capital and location!
What you are going to notice about memory palaces is that it is easy to store plain info. However, when you are relating things or storing it in complex ways (like locations on a map), you are going to have to use some creative solutions.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions, comment below!