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“L’apprentissage passe par la répétition.”
Or put in simple English, “Learning by repeating.”
I have learned and applied this phrase successfully since my kindergarten days. I have learned the numerical and alphabetical system with it. I have learned how to spell, add, subtract, multiply, divide by repeating day in, day out. I aced all my exams in high school using rote. Most people find it easy using rote and I used to be one of them. I got on quite well with it until I went to medical university in France.
I found myself in a class with a bunch of intelligent guys and girls. Where I used to be first, now I was at the bottom in a class of around 450 something students. The first three years of medical studies were tough. But with each passing year, the materials to study increased and the hours to study decreased. In addition to that, I had a part time job, plus my work at the hospital.
During my third year, just before the summer holidays, we had to prepare a list of 90 questions on microbiology, dealing with various types of viruses, bacteria and other diseases related to microorganisms for an oral exam. I had only 1 month to memorize about 1000 pages of cold hard facts and know the answer to each question by heart.
My stomach was in knots, I was on the verge of puking and I had no clue how I was going to get out of the mess…
I knew I was going to fail if I went the rote method.
So I went on Google, searched for methods to memorize quickly. After some research, I stumbled upon the world of competitive memorization and 8 times world champion Dominic O’Brien. I searched for his books and found a copy of his first book “How to Develop a Perfect Memory”. I was a bit skeptical at first. I knew about the old school methods of memorization like the peg system and the major method. I thought they were useless and required too much hard work just to memorize facts and numbers. I decided that I had nothing to lose though and created a modified version of the Dominic System to memorize the answers to the questions.
Long story short, I aced the test and since then, I’ve been hooked on mnemonics or memory techniques.
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I’m Yan. I’m a medical student in France.
So Why Mentathlete.com?
Mentathlete is a portmanteau word of ‘mental’ and ‘athlete’. This word describes the participants in memory competitions around the world.
I’ve been a member of the mnemotechnics.org forum since its inception and I get a lot of requests on there to share my study techniques and strategies. I don’t consider myself a study guru or some kind of genius. With this site, I hope to share my study tips with you and learn from you as well.
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