Memorization Skill Control

The quality of the formed memorization skill can be evaluated with high precision, up to 1/100. With the appearance of a precise memorization skill evaluation system, the times of uncertainty, when people believed that the memory topic was a vast field for proposing philosophical conceptions because no one knew exactly how memory worked and how to measure it, are over.

Now, anyone claiming the ability to memorize things can sit in front of a computer and be tested. Thanks to the existence of a precise memorization skill control system in the GMS®, it can be transferred from “supplemental education” status to the “precise disciplines” category. Standardization of GMS® techniques and implementing “precise results control” methods is becoming vital.

Below is a brief description of the “Memorization Master” program. You can download it free of charge at:

Memory Master

The “Memorization Master” Description

The examination program “Memorization master” is used for precise control of memorization results.

It can be used:

  • As a memorization technique training tool;
  • To determine if a person who followed a special memorization training course, has the proper memorization skills;
  • To determine a newcomer’s primary memorization skill;
  • To certify and attest to the abilities of lecturers of the courses aimed at developing general memorization capabilities;
  • To organize GMS® competitions. By using the program, you can also compare your memory speed capacities with the officially recorded results.

The program tests:

  • Memorization volume;
  • Memorization reliability;
  • Memorization speed.

These characteristics are automatically summarized in the “memorization skill increase” index (and compared to the norm).

Testing is performed using two-digit numbers suggested randomly by the program. Numerical information is the simplest type of information for memorization using GMS® techniques. An input of a number does not require any special typing skills. (Note: the program is designed to work with any type of information.)

The “Memorization Master” has three modes of work:

  • "Introductory test”
  • “Training”
  • “Examination test”

“Introductory Test”

The amount of information memorized is constant and equals 20 two-digit numbers. Numbers appear automatically at the speed of 6 seconds per number.

Use:

Determining the primary memorization skill of a newcomer (a person who has not been trained to use the GMS® techniques).

Access to the examination test. People trained to use memorization techniques must pass an introductory test (with a grade of 3.6 to 4) before moving forward.

“Training”

The amount of memorized information consists of 20 two-digit numbers (of your choice). Appearance of numbers is controlled manually, by pressing the “Next” button with a mouse or the “Space” button on the keyboard.

There are no strict limits for memorization speed and number of mistakes. It simply outputs the memorization results (volume, speed, mistakes). The evaluation you get in this mode (training) will only be assessed if your mistakes rate is less than 10%.

Use:

Mastering different methods and techniques of memorization.

Possible gradual increase of memorization volume and speed.

Fixation of support images system in memory.

“Exam”

The amount of memorized information consists of 20 two-digit numbers (of your choice). The appearance of numbers is controlled manually by pressing the “Next” button with a mouse or the “Space” button on the keyboard.

Strict limits on memorization speed and number of mistakes are introduced.

The test shows your “memorization skill increase” index (compared to the norm) and puts a mark according to the obtained index (see the table below).

Mark depending on volume:

Index Mark Minimal number of numbers memorized
0 – 3.6 2 0
3.7 – 11.3 3- 18
11.4 – 18.8 3 57
18.9 – 28.4 4- 95
28.5 – 37.8 4 143
37.9 – 47.4 5- 190
47.5 – 56.9 5 238
57 and more Master 285

Normative Indexes

“Norm” is defined as a memorization capacity increase coefficient, equaling 1 (memorizing 5 numbers out of 20). This is an average result in the “Introductory test” for people who are not familiar with memorization techniques.

“Memorization volume” is the amount of two-digit numbers that you “order” before the test.

“Memorization reliability” is the amount of mistakes in entering numbers. The fewer mistakes you make, the higher the reliability index.

“Memorization speed” is the average time spent on memorizing a two-digit number.

“Memorization speed norm” is equal to 6 seconds per one two-digit number. If your speed is over 6 seconds, the program will decrease your index; if your speed is under 6 seconds, the index will be increased.

“Mark depending on index”: the interval from 0 to 60 is broken into equal parts, each one estimated with a mark, from “2” to “Master.”

Reference the data of the mark depending on the memorized information volume in the table.

“Mark depending on mistakes made”: the mistakes made during memorization (within 10 %) will decrease your index.

Limits of memorization time: if you exceed the average speed rate by more than 6 seconds, the program interrupts testing without reporting the results (“Test is not completed. You are memorizing too slowly!”).

Mistake limits: if your mistake rate becomes higher than 10 % while taking the test, the program interrupts testing without reporting the results (“Test is not completed. Too many mistakes!”).

“Memorization master” is specialized software and can only be used to test memorization capacity of people who have completed a special GMS® study course. The normative indexes have been obtained through testing and approving the system built into the program on a large number of people. Almost everyone who has finished our memorization study course can receive a “4.” To obtain higher results, students must show perseverance in performing difficult tasks.

The “norm” index (coefficient 1) is easily examined in the introductory test. Sure, people who are not familiar with GMS® will not be able to memorize numbers very well. They also will not be able to memorize sequences of terms, phone numbers, historical dates, and similar precise data when shown them only once.

The present program tests the formed memorization skill in its pure form (the stage of encoding into images is omitted) and reflects the dynamics of thinking, as well as visual thinking processes.

Since one mental operation, the “Connection of images,” is the foundation of every memorization technique, the ability to efficiently memorize a set of numbers at one sitting proves that the other types of information can be memorized just as efficiently.

It is necessary to note that the normative indexes built into the program are rather strict. I think that, after a first completion of the GMS® course, a student needs to receive a “5” which can be regarded as “perfect.” An instructor of a good level must obtain a “Master” on the test. If a person gets the highest possible grade in the “Memorization master” test, he can surely participate in the first round of Cambridge mnemonic competition; the highest grades in our test correspond to the introductory test for the world mnemonic championship (competition type: recalling pronounced numbers).

Checking the Recognition Speed (checking the reflex)

When memorizing visual images, signs, symbols, and foreign words, mere anamnesis is not sufficient. Anamnesis has to be automatic with respect to these elements. For instance, when perceiving a sequence of two-digit numbers, the corresponding images must appear in your imagination very quickly and with no effort on your part – similar to your hand pulling away from a hot iron, regardless of whether you want it or not.

To check the recognition, special training cards and special software are used which show figurative codes in random order and determine the speed of recognition (apparition of the image in consciousness). When checking recognition speed, figurative codes have to appear in random order to avoid any additional interrelation created during the primary memorization of figurative codes (in a sequence).

To determine the recognition speed through the use of cards, you control the beginning and the end times of your figurative code recognition. Then, you divide this time by the number of cards. The test is used for self-control; no one will artificially increase the results, since cheating yourself does not make any sense.

When evaluating the quality of memorizing figurative codes, you can orient yourself at the time equal to 0.35 seconds. This is the average amount of time needed for image apparition when perceiving two-digit numbers. For a person well on their way to mastering GMS®, the reaction speed is around 0.14 seconds.