The Roman Room System

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The so-called mnemonics, methods of fast learning, are not an invention of modern times. They were created by ancient Greeks, and later on some of them were later taken over by the Romans, who themselves have produced a completely new methods. One of the most famous is the Roman Room. This technique allows to learn fast and memorize large amounts of information. The principle is, as it is often in the case of mnemonics, simple.

However, mastering it at the advanced level requires practicing. The Roman Room technique is based on the formation of associations between well-known elements and those we want to remember. Imagine a room - quite ordinary, but containing some distinctive elements (e.g. clock, chair, picture), then for each of these elements we "attach" the information we want to remember (a sequence of numbers, shopping lists, etc.) Thus for example, looking at the clock we will see a specific number (e.g. 19) or a specific product (e.g. butter). The more different and easy to remember items will be in the room, the longer shopping list can be. This technique can be extended to all of our apartment, in this way we are not only able to increase the affluency of "attachments", but also we can segregate them, set in order. This is just one example of this mnemonic.

More advanced stage, allowing for quick learning is creating  such a "house" in our own mind. This Roman Room will be virtually unlimited, yet we can create a villa with a hundred rooms, additionally we can place very strange, and thus characteristic objects there (a stuffed bear, a fountain). However, if this method of learning (based on objects) is difficult, we can replace this system with the system based on the parts of our body. Then we can "stick" information to the nose, left elbow, heel, and if necessary look at the particular body part, which should immediately bring to mind the desired, previously "attached” information. Various learning methods are adapted to different types of information.

Mnemonics such as the Roman Room are excellent  in case of, already mentioned, strings of numbers (or strings of other information that we need to know "at random"), shopping lists, learning from books (each room can be a separate chapter), as well as a supplement helping to develop other techniques for fast learning. It should be remembered that the mind, like almost everything, needs training - so let's start with creating a single system of the Roman Room, master it to perfection, and then expand it by adding additional elements, so as to contain as much information as we need.