Strategy for memorizing long texts

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14 Mar, 2014 05:14 PM

I want to memorize a fairly long text. I welcome (1) opinions on a better strategy; and (2) a particular detail of the strategy I had planned.

My strategy was to take one sentence, and generate a lot of Cloze items on it. After mastering that sentence, I would add another to the deck, with many cloze items on that. When the second or subsequent was mastered, I would also make close items where the gap is a whole sentence (to learn the order of the sentences).

How do I know when I have “mastered” each set of additions?

the reason for not adding them all at once is so that I can set it to random order instead of order added. That way, I learn the sentences in order added but the pieces In random order.

  1. 1 Posted by Heather on 14 Mar, 2014 06:02 PM

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    This little program is designed to help you setup decks for memorizing poems, lyrics, and should work with other long texts...

  2. 2 Posted by nomnex on 14 Mar, 2014 06:11 PM

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    For root memorization of a long text (news article, poem, etc.) that you cannot break in Q&A, you could also try: if you don't want to use Soren's script.

  3. 3 Posted by Vit on 16 Mar, 2014 04:52 AM

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    On the old Google Anki forum, there are 300+ posts on the 'memorize' term and 16 posts on "memorize text".
    A lot of tips and hints to try.
    I found method used on website suggested by Nomnex very useful; I like it a lot.
    I use it as the very first phase of text or poem memorization. But I keep it in Anki.
    There is a (more efficient ) site which converts text to First Letters.
    I copy and paste it to ANki; I get rid of some (short) prepositions and conjunctions and all Articles.

  4. 4 Posted by nomnex on 16 Mar, 2014 04:57 AM

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    Hello Vit, which one?

    There is a (more efficient ) site which converts text to First Letters.

  5. 5 Posted by Vit on 18 Mar, 2014 04:56 AM

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    Hi, Nomnex.
    The file I have been using is on my old PC - which I had to replace.
    Luckily my Google search 'memorize text fast' gave me a good result . Here it is:
    Ctrl_F copy this into
    It is about 1/6-th of screen Ht from Top or about 10 screens down.

    Glad to assist; will not forget your help 2 years ago. Have a nice day.


  6. 6 Posted by WGroleau on 22 Mar, 2014 07:26 PM

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    I think first letters of every word is a good way to “cement” the knowledge, but it doesn't work well until you already have some familiarity with the text. Especially in my case (apologies for not mentioning it) when the text is in a language I am learning. So I will use some combination of all these ideas.

  7. 7 Posted by WGroleau on 29 Mar, 2014 08:00 PM

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    Changed my mind. I installed the MCD add-on. Took a while to figure it out--the add-on description only points to a useless Page advertising the concept--but the author's documentation: and some experimentation got me going. In short, paste a small amount of text into the text box, and then some of the words of the text into the closes box. Click add, and the add-on turns every* instance of **any of those words in the entire text into a cloze gap.

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