The brain can remember connections unintentionally and automatically. In such cases, a person does not have to make any effort to memorize. The way back home or the arrangement of a house interior is memorized automatically as well as the inner connections of those objects. Connections between images and words are created unintentionally due to multiple repetitions during our lifetime.
However, when we speak about memorizing sign (precise) information, it does not cause any visual image to appear in our imagination. The automatic, unintentional memorization does not apply. If there is no image, the brain does not create connections.
During the over-intentional memorization process, a person must make an effort to memorize, performing some inner action to transform the sign information into image form. He may, perhaps, repeat small fragments of the information several times until it is memorized - the so-called learning by heart or ‘rote method.’
When we speak about memorization skill, we mean the over-intentional memorization, that is, the memorizing of information that our brain does not perceive automatically. That is why, further on in this article, when speaking about memorization skill, I will mean memorizing the precise information for which the brain does not suggest any visual images.
So, over-intentional memorization involves an action, an action that requires attention, concentration, and an expenditure of energy. It is work. Precise information is never memorized “as is,” even if you know the GMS® techniques. Memorization skill, four our purposes, is defined as the automation of mental operations that lead to memorization. If memorization skill is not developed enough, these operations will be slow and of poor quality. Developing the memorization actions to the required or desired automation level will result in better memorization speed and higher quality, with less effort and trouble during recollection.
An example of this is writing might be using a computer keyboard. A beginner many find it hard to type, since the speed is low and there are many mistakes. When typing skill is developed, the same person can type quicker, make fewer mistakes, and find that the actual typing process does not cause any difficulties. Also, the person gets satisfaction from implementing and developing his skill. A professional typist who has achieved a developed and automatic skill can type and speak on the phone at the same time and does not even have to understand the typed material.
It is the same with GMS®. When the memorization skill is automatic, not only does it work efficiently and quickly, it also guarantees good memorization and provides satisfaction to the person who uses his or her skill.
The memorization skill includes several components:
- Having figurative codes in your brain which allow for fast encoding of information.
- Being able to quickly encode memorized data and images into associations.
- Being able to quickly connect images in your imagination
- Being able to store connected images for about an hour in your memory.
- Enjoying a high stability of attention that allows you to perform memorization and anamnesis operations efficiently and for a long time without a trace of weariness.
- Being able to repeat large amounts of remembered data in order to fix it in memory.
- Having a presence of support (stimulating) images which allow for memorizing consecutive information.
It is important to understand the difference between the GMS® (over-intentional) and simple (intentional) memorization. The GMS® memorization is memorization of 100-200 information elements at one take.
For example, a person without special training is able to memorize only five information elements if he reads them only once. Surely, the precise fixation of the remembered data sequence is expected.