My memory is bad. I always forget what I forget, and I rarely rely on myself to remember things. After reading Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, I was inspired by memory training and I knew I wanted to get good at it. So, I decided to train for the 2016 USA Memory Championship. This blog will chronicle my training and progression into hopefully becoming the next USA Memory Champion. Well, more realistically, top 50% of the USA Memory Championship competitors.
From what I've read, there are four qualifying events at the championship:
- Names and Faces
I tried out a names and faces memory game online, and I didn't do that well, it seems pretty hard.
- Speed Numbers
Memorizing numbers doesn't seem TOO bad, I've memorized a good amount of digits of pi. However, looking at the event, it's pretty harsh- even one mistake on a line gives you no credit for the line.
- Speed Cards
I'm pretty sure it won't be too hard, or not much harder than the numbers.
This seems absurd. I don't know how I'd remember an entire poem with correct punctuation and capitalization everywhere.
Well, I guess I'll start by reading into strategies, and getting a book and/or finding a memory coach; I'll keep you updated.