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    • Marko Martelli

      Fantastic challenge! You certainly picked a text worth memorizing. That’s 7,446 words and absolutely doable if you don’t rush it.
      Please let us know, in a week or two, how it works out for you!

      Marko

      P.S. Here the link to this epic text:
      The Enchiridion — By Epictetus

  1. William

    Great article. Are you suggesting when one first starts just to memorise 1 sentence per day? And build one’s stamina from there?

    • Marko Martelli

      Yes, exactly. Take small steps and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to memorize a couple of thousand words.

  2. James Douglas

    Thank you for posting. i have been using this method for months now, and its really helped me for my biology exams. i can recall all the 100 pages of my biology textbook almost perfectly. However, i have other exams to worry about as well, and recalling my textbook takes up a lot of my time. i was wondering whether i have to recall on a weekly basis rather than a daily basis. i just want to make sure, as i don’t want to lose all the knowledge i have gained over the past couple of months.
    Thank you in advance

    • Marko Martelli

      Glad to get such great feedback from your personal experience of this method!

      A truly rewarding experience isn’t it?

      If you don’t want to spend that much time with your daily recall session, try splitting up the content in half first. Do one half on one day, the other the next day.
      When, after ten to fourteen days, you’re still very confident with your memorized material, break it down into thirds. Keep splitting up the material until you feel it’s getting harder for you to remember. As soon as this happens, go back one step for some time to get more familiar with the your content by, for example, visualizing it and/or writing it down by hand.

  3. Brandon Cole

    Hey there!

    I appreciate this post that you’ve written. I think that this is the method that I’ll employ.

    I’ve decided to memorize The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. However, since this is actually a compilation of books, I’ll have to tackle it book-by-book, rather than the whole thing. I think that I may start with the smallest book and go from there (or I may start with the introduction).

    Thank you!

    • Marko Martelli

      Hey Brandon,

      Great, you’ll see, this is a tremendously enriching experience!
      I’d love to hear from you again in a few weeks just to know how it’s working out for you.

      Marko

  4. Cristian Vasile Mocanu

    Thanks for sharing.
    It’s actually very similar to what is described in “An approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture” by Dr. Andrew Davis.

    Is there any way to use Anki to keep track of the reviews?

    Let’s say you have a lot of disparate things that you want to memorize. After a while, some will have to be repeated daily, other weekly, other monthly, etc. depending on the “newness” of the information.

    Is there a way to have Anki take care of scheduling the reviews?
    If not, what else would you suggest?

    Thanks again.

    Cristian

    • Marko Martelli

      Dear Cristian,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, there is a way you can use Anki to schedule reviews for text memorization (or memorization of anything you want to store permanently).

      Here’s how I like to use Anki:

      Divide your text or information into digestible chunks (pages, paragraphs, …) and decide for a memory trigger from the first part of this chunk.
      Then, for example, add to Anki: (Text from Og Mandino’s scrolls)

      Front of card trigger: “New life”
      Back of card: “Today I begin a new life. Today I shed my old skin, which hath, too long, …” => Here you paste the whole chunk you’ve selected.

      If you have a hard time remembering particular parts, I suggest you add additional cards for the same information using the Anki “cloze” function to create text-blanks.

      Marko

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