You wonder how to memorize long texts?
Or, perhaps you want to be able to quote your favorite poems? Remember a long speech or sales-pitch (verbatim)? Maybe you think about memorizing scripture or anything else that feels way too intimidating (and too difficult) to commit to memory?
Excellent. Then keep on reading… because… in this article you will learn how to memorize long text easily.
How? We’re going to use an ancient method. A method that has been used by ancient people to commit to their memories: entire books, scripture, religious teachings, legends… often exceeding the size of the Bible.
But you see, nowadays, in the age of printing and digital information, this old art of memorizing large texts has almost vanished. Today, if anyone would quote long passages from the Bible, then this would seem extraordinary. The good news is: anyone can develop an outstanding high-performance memory. NOT through hard work… but rather through patience, slow and steady progress.
The best way to memorize long texts is to do it ‘one-brick-at-a-time’.
You will not use any memorization tricks (aka mnemo-techniques) with this method. If you follow this system you will treat your memory as a muscle and increase its power gradually by strengthening your ability to recollect information. The goal is to train your mind so that you’ll be able to commit any kind of information to memory… and recall this information with ease.
Basically, you’ll develop your memory as a whole and exceed your current skill to remember any information… far beyond your current level.
This ancient memory system is based on two core elements: continuous practice & frequent reviews.
Before I explain the exact steps, let’s look at the benefits you’re getting out of committing large texts to memory:
What are the benefits of memorizing long texts?
- Add a massive amount of new words to your active vocabulary
- You’ll be able to instantly quote any piece of the text you memorized (without flaw or hesitation)
- The material becomes an integral part of your active mind and can change your habits, your thinking, may uplift and motivate you (this is very powerful if you decide to burn inspirational text into your memory)
- Improve the ability to express yourself (in speaking and writing)
- This memory method will increase your capability to memorize and recall information
- Reviewing your material will feel like a vitalizing meditation. You’ll enjoy the process more and more from day to day
Then, the next question that arises is…
What should you memorize?
If you don’t need to memorize anything for school, studies or work… then choose something you’d love to carry around in your memory for the rest of your life.
Do you have a favorite poem? Or do you want to memorize scripture, parts of the Bible? Or any piece of literature that makes you smile, inspires you, charges you with positive energy, or gives you cheerful goose bumps?
Whatever you go for, choose something that is important, meaningful to you.
Personally, my current memorization project is The Greatest Salesman in the World — by Og Mandino. This brilliant book of distilled motivation contains 10 the ‘Scrolls of Wisdom of the Ages’… in total about 9,500 words. (By the time I’m writing this, I just finished the 3rd of the ten scrolls — 3,339 words).
Ok, finally, let’s move on and talk about…
How to memorize large texts and scripture:
Remember, this method is based on taking baby steps. So, even if you feel confident with doing more than suggested, please proceed with patience. Patience will pay off big time in the end and keep you motivated.
Here we go:
Day #1: Chose the text you want to memorize. Now, start by learning the first phrase or verse of your chosen text. Read it out loud – slowly – and commit it to memory piece by piece… until you can remember the whole piece without checking your text. Speak out loud from memory.
Day #2: Review yesterday’s phrase or sentence. Repeat it out loud from memory. If you struggle to remember, or if you’re not entirely sure about a single word (which is totally normal), then consult your source material. Once you’ve got this right and repeated correctly, add another sentence or verse to your memory.
Day #3: Now, again, as you did yesterday, review everything you’ve committed to memory so far and add your third phrase or verse to your memory.
Continue in like manner until you’ve committed the whole text, poem, script, etc. to your memory. Though, after a few weeks (usually 2-4 weeks) you’ll recognize your overall ability to file-away new information has grown.
Now you may add two sentences or verses per day to your memory. Then, a few weeks later (perhaps the 2nd month), 3 sentences or verses per day… and so on. This has, of course, its limitations. I suggest you increase the amount to memorize (very slowly) as long you’re comfortable with it. As soon as you feel you’ve reached your daily capacity stop stop increasing the information chunks.
If, later on, you find yourself spending too much time with reviewing (because of the growing amount of text memorized), you can split it up into two parts. Review one part today, the other tomorrow.
Just make sure you keep reviewing something every single day in order to keep your recollection-muscle in shape.
Follow these simple steps and surprise yourself (and your friends) with your brain power and the amount of information you can burn into your memory with this simple method.
Now, if you haven’t already, choose a text you love, something of value you’d love to carry around in your head — wherever you go and start committing it to your memory.
Please let me know in the comments below what you decided to memorize.
There’s another method to store long texts (in particular poems) to your memory. It’s called the “Magnetic Memory Method.” This is a different but equally ancient and powerful memorization method. What you will do with this method is you turn keywords into key-images and then place these into memory palaces. Once stored away properly, which will take some preparation and creativity on your part, you’ll be able to retrieve them later at any (even months or years).
Both methods got its pros and cons. But if you’re curious about using memory palaces to memorize large texts, then go ahead and read about it here on Udemy which actually is my favorite self-education resource.Share this Post