General strategies

Active strategies win over passive ones.

Everything that leads to retrieval of information is effective:

These are more cognitively challenging than other passive methods and thus more tiresome.


Memory palaces are hands down the best way to get stuff from the outside world and into your long term memory.

Note however that it is very mentaly taxing to work on memorisation this way. It is no light affair.

An article extolling the virtue of memorisation: In Praise of Memorization | Pearl Leff

My note on using Anki for memorisation and retention: Anki.

Repetition and Practise

Self-study routines



Toxins produced while we are awake accumulate during the day. Sleep is our rescue.


Exercise promotes learning and memory.