Organizing knowledge for memorization

Memorization has a bad reputation in education today, but it underpins the abilities of all sorts of high-performing people. I often refer to this article from 1999 about how to better organize information for memorization.

My favorite pieces of advice:

  • Do not learn (memorize) if you do not understand.
  • Stick to the minimum information principle.
  • Use imagery
  • Avoid sets and enumerations
  • Use mnemonic techniques.