The Stacking Method for Memorizing

Dean Hunt at RetiredAt21 has written a summary of what’s known as ‘stacking’ for memorizing. You may have come across a similar story, but Dean recalls one of a college student who memorized the first 7 chapters of a textbook [23,000 words] and aced his test.

Similar to the Visual Memory Stack, this method requires pieces of information to be ‘stacked’ on top of previous pieces. This would work very well for any kind of list.

  • 1. “First, use a pencil or word processor (I prefer the latter because it’s faster) to type, in complete sentences, any fact you think might appear on the test. Use short sentences because they’re easier to remember.
  • 2. Take your printed notes into a quiet room, shut the door, and eliminate all distractions.
  • 3. Look at the first sentence in your notes and read it out loud. Then, close your eyes and say the sentence without looking at it.
  • 4. Repeat the step above, this time with the first 2 sentences.
  • 5. Next, try it with 3 sentences. Then 4. Repeat until you have memorized every sentence in your notes.
  • How To Remember Anything – [RetiredAt21]

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