How to Memorize



                      HOW TO MEMORIZE
                    By Frances Millburg

Many distinguished persons find it difficult to memorize important material.
If you are one of these people, you will find the following method made to
order for you, giving results that will measure up to your own highest
standards, and win praise for you from your co-workers and Chapter members.

                         READ ALOUD

Begin by reading aloud, slowly and distinctly, the full lecture you are to
give, just as you will deliver it.  Or read aloud that portion of your work
up to the point where another person will speak.

DO NOT - under any circumstances - attempt to memorize any phrase, sentence,
or paragraph.  Simply read aloud to yourself, slowly with proper inflection
and distinctness - at least 20 TIMES.  But, we repeat, DO NOT try to memorize
any portion of your ritualistic material.  Simply read it aloud to yourself
AGAIN AND AGAIN.  You are doing this to establish the MEMORY of the SOUND of
these words to your ear, and to help you recall your work even under trying
circumstances, so that you will be poised and confident, no matter what may
occur.

                         READ SLOWLY

DO NOT - under any circumstances - read your work rapidly, or with a rising
and falling voice.  It is always best to keep your voice well modulated,
allowing a pause to occur for emphasis, rather than a raised voice.
Remember, as you read aloud to yourself, SO YOU WILL DELIVER YOUR LECTURE.
It will be IMPOSSIBLE to change your manner of delivery after the work is
once committed to memory, since under stress, you will return to the memory
of the SOUND OF YOUR VOICE AND THE WORDS AS YOU FIRST READ THEM.

                         A BAD SPOT?

After you have read your work at least 20 times, you may, if you feel you are
ready, test yourself.  If you find you have forgotten a certain word or
phrase, or the beginning of a paragraph, go back to the 3 or 4 words PRECEDING the
words you have forgotten, and read through for 3 or 4 words past the bad
spot. Do this at least 10 times, reading aloud slowly each time.  Now see if you
are not able to go through the work without a stumble!

                          BEGIN ANYWHERE!

Think you're about letter perfect now?  Then here's the supreme final test of
your memory of your work.  Select a word in the middle of each paragraph and
write each down on a pad.  Put away your ritual now, and look at the first
word.  Can you begin with this first word and go on without going back to the
very beginning?  If you find you can't do this, then treat the word as a "BAD
SPOT", following previous directions.

Take each word you have written down, and begin your work at that point, and
then grade yourself.

When you are able to begin this way, you'll be superbly poised and serene, no
matter what happens - even if someone drops a tray of dishes in the Chapter
kitchen!

These instructions may seem easy, but you will measure up to the most
exacting critic if you will follow directions fully, WITHOUT DEVIATION.  This system
is used by many successful actors and public speakers today.


 * Origin: The Ninth Arch BBS  (760:35/769.0)