The Journey Method

When it come to a highly effective, powerful, and moderately easy memorisation technique to use, the journey method offers the flexibility and average learning investment to make it a serious contender for students and others who want to increase their memory recall. This chapter provides a detailed explanation of the method and why it can be such an effective tool.

It works pretty much just like it sounds: it is about picking landmarks on a well-travelled journey as a way of helping you remember what you need to recall. Much of the action involve in it incorporates the narrative idea and flow found with the linking and story methods with the structure of the Peg Systems, a commonly utilised mnemonic method. We typically use landmarks every day to get us from point A to point B and back again as well as use them to provide directions to other people.

These landmarks are really visual images that jog our memories to streets and turns that we need to take and make. Since you already most likely have many journeys with landmarks recorded in your head, it makes sense to code information for memory recall by incorporating these "knowns." This also saves you the time and effort of having to develop visualisations because they are already done! Here are some common journeys you could use:

Whatever works most effectively as an easy journey for you should be what you pick for this technique.

Your first step after picking the journey is to prepare the route. Here’s what you can do:

Let’s use a grocery list as the information that must be coded and the journey as the route to the local shop:

Each place is also tied to an item on the shopping list. Getting that down means not having to write out a list!

This very flexible technique can be extended so that you can eventually remember even longer lists of information and code as much as you possibly can – just know that your journey may have to increase as well! Students have found this successful in memorising all types of lists, including:

While some memorisation techniques only work for long-term or short-term, the journey method works well for both. Here’s how:

Like the linking method, it can be used backwards and forwards. You can even start up your journey at any point in the route to just retrieve the coded information from that point onwards rather than from the beginning each time. This system can also be integrated with other types of mnemonics. Here’s how:

Just remember that, like the other memorisation tools, you will need to invest your time and considerable effort, but the payoff is well worth it in what can become enhanced short-term and long-term memory recall.

Now that you are mastering some of the effective techniques, it is time to move on to some very powerful memory recall systems.  

The linking method Two powerful systems: The Major and the Dominic