I think almost every bar course mis-teaches memorization. There is a way to do it that 2 million years of evolution has made easy. And then there is other ways. Bar prep classes all seem to teach the other ways.
Here is a 20 minute explanation of the right way to memorize random shit,http://www.ted.com/talks/joshua_foer_fe ... anguage=en
Remembering mnemonics that have sexual innuendo are the only other way to memorize stuff easily and efficiently. Everything else is bullshit.
Hah, I was so desperate, I watched this a couple times already during the last bar session.
I do want to say that I did a fair bit of digging on "memory palaces" and it seems to require a decent amount of practice; essentially it's not something that can be picked up very quickly.
While is an extremely valid strategy, it will fail you if you're not able to put in a decent amount of time into it. However, I tried ran it to see if I could do the same thing on a very minor scale (I used a shell outline for Evidence as my sample). I came up with this (and it's been reasonably successful about 6 days after the fact):
I'm walking up to an E
lephant Bar [E = Evidence shell]
As I'm walking up to the door, I see my very attractive friend giving me a bunch of f
orms to sign. [F = forms]
As I walk in the door to Elephant Bar, I see a lot of sand on the ground [sand = how is that RELEVANT to a restaurant!?].
The first thing I see when I look up past the sand is a life size cut out of Obama [Presidential --> Government'ish --> PUBLIC POLICY issues]
Then as I make a left turn down near pool table, there's a butler there asking me in a very English accent "can I take your coat, sir?" [Butler --> PRIVILEGES]
I don't give him my coat because I'm not wearing a coat. It's just an Elephant Bar, after all.
I keep walking down to the mini-theater room. It's Judge Judy on TV yelling at some Defendant. [Judge Judy yelling --> IMPEACHMENT]
Then, I make a right turn out of the theater room into a room where Eminem is rapping about his daughter and how his life was so screwed up. [Eminem/screwed up life --> CHARACTER EVIDENCE]
Next, I keep going through the room, and exit to the counter of Pawn Stars. Rick is in front of me and I'm apparently negotiating on the price of an item. He's just shaking his head implying that I don't know what I'm talking about and that everything I'm saying is wrong. [RICK SHAKING HEAD --> HEARSAY]
I had to skip some other items, like witnesses, documents, and so forth, but that was the best I could do in the couple minutes I spent on it.
Like the TED Talk says, this is a valid strategy for overall concepts, and not detailed information, but if you're the type of person that needs more information than that (or just terrible at creativity), this doesn't work too effectively.
But, I am going to say, it's now almost a week since I spent about 3 minutes on this memory palace, and I still relatively remember the scene and the shell, but I have been thinking about it about once a day, every other day.
You know what, screw it, I'll do one for Contracts right now.