Peric method for memorizing prose

It’s just how I memorize Bible passages. I don’t mind if you think it doesn’t work for you.

First, I type out a full sentence in a text file (or verse, in this case): “Paul, a servant of Christ, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God,” Personally, I accept nothing less than perfection in these transcriptions. That’s just me.

The next step is to generalize the knowledge by copying it from a different format. If I copied the verse above from my hardcopy Bible, it’s enough that I copy it from the computer screen instead. So the next line looks exactly the same, even if it had a different purpose.

Now it’s time to compress the information by reducing it to an acronym: P,asoC,ctbaaasaftgoG. Each letter corresponds to a full word in the passage, and you probably noticed that I insist on retaining the punctuation and capitalization. While I’m typing this out, I recite the passage in my head. This is much faster than typing the whole thing out, and it retains almost all the memorization benefits of repeatedly typing it out.

But the way I do this compression step is pretty clever; I pit one type of laziness against another. I only allow myself to use the acronym letter if I can remember the word without looking it up. Otherwise, I don’t attach a stigma to looking at the answer. My lazy brain quickly figures out (after the first recitation or so) that remembering the words is easier than typing them out completely.

Essentially, I’m offering my lazy brain a false dichotomy between the memorization and the typing. But we’re stupid creatures, and false dichotomies work on us at a very deep level. See also: two-party politics.

Here’s what my text file looks like for Romans 1:1 above:

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God-
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God-
P, a s o C J, called to be an apostle, a s a f t g o G-
P,asoCj,ctbaaasaftgoG-
P,asoCj Called to be an apostle asaftgoG-
P,asoCJ,ctbaaasaftgoG
P,asoCJ,ctbaaasaftgoG-
P,asoCJ,ctbaaasaftgoG-

I don’t like to fight my nature so much anymore as I like to understand and constructively direct it (alt: manipulate it). I think that means I’m not young anymore.

About Aeoli Pera

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