Derren Brown’s Infamous, Memory Techniques, and University Tests
I just finished watching the television broadcast of Derren Brown’s latest stage show Infamous. In it, he demonstrated some of the techniques that he mastered that earned him the nickname Dickbrain. And one impressive thing that Derren is able to do is to memorize large amounts of information. He has used number peg systems, memory theater (aka mind palace), and mnemonics to accomplish this.
He told those that are attending universities or may be about to attend university classes, that utilizing such techniques is useful for taking tests. Back when I was in college, for math and physics classes, memorizing equations and formulas was not sufficient for doing well on tests. You have to understand how to apply these things. Or you may have to derive new equations or formulas. For example, in my physics final, we had to derive a new equation for the period of a pendulum in which the pendulum had a charge and it was oscillating over a charged plate. If you didn’t understand how the standard formula for the period of a pendulum was originally derived, you wouldn’t have any hope of answering that question on the test. (I was the only one to have come away with an A in that class.)
So just beware. Depending upon the class, memorization is not sufficient for doing well on your tests.