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The Memory Course

Learn the Method of Loci, AKA the Memory Palace Technique - as used by Sherlock! Then learn Asia's countries & capitals!
Kim Debling
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recite Asia's countries and capitals in alphabetical order
apply the Method of Loci technique to memorise lists

[Update April 18 from Kim: In an effort to give full disclosure to future students I’d like to let you know that I’m undergoing treatment for Stage 4 Lymphoma. I hope and aim to make a full recovery by next year! This means I’m not able to participate as an instructor as much as I’d like to but students have excellent reviews of my courses and ask surprisingly few questions – I hope that means that my courses are complete enough without needing lots of clarification. Please remember there is a money back guarantee so if you purchase my course then decide you would need more instructor input you can utilise that feature. So remember life is short – take the course – learn the skills – make the move – do the thing – eat the cake – and remember to always check that what you are doing makes you happy!]

The Memory Palace technique, AKA the Method of Loci is a very powerful tool for us mortal humans to learn vast amounts of facts, figures, lists and words that seem impossible. This course guides you to be able to use the Method of Loci by building your own imaginary journey and associating memorable images with each place.

You don’t need to have an amazing memory like Rain Man and you don’t need to take hours reciting – you just need the ability to visualise and the willingness to learn!

We’ll actually apply the method by memorising Asia’s countries and their capitals in alphabetical order. At the end you’ll be able to reel off the countries and their capitals forwards, and often backwards too! You’ll know that Azerbaijan’s capital is Baku and that South Korea’s capital is Seoul – without Googling it!

We’ll look at applying this method to anything you want to memorise in the future, and discuss how creating a memorised list becomes a ‘frame’ that future learning can be built upon – memorising a structure within a subject makes learning the rest of that subject easier and more interesting.

I’ve built this course using pictures and occasional animations to help the memorable visualisations stick in your head easier, and I’ve provided links to supplementary information should you wish to further your learning both for the geography element and the Method of Loci technique, BUT I’ve deliberately kept the course quite short in time – I want you to see how quickly you can memorise things and I want you to have more time to go out afterwards and apply your new memorising technique.

Heres the course outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Discuss the Method of Loci
  3. Lets create our first Memory Palace journey
  4. Mapping out our journey (you will need paper and pens)
  5. Asia – Afghanistan to Indonesia
  6. Recap
  7. Asia – Iran to North Korea
  8. Recap
  9. Test yourself
  10. Create an additional stage to our Memory Palace journey
  11. Asia – South Korea to Pakistan
  12. Recap
  13. Test yourself
  14. Asia – Philippines to Saudi Arabia
  15. Create the last stage to this Memory Palace Journey
  16. Asia – Singapore to Yemen
  17. Recap
  18. Test Yourself
  19. Using your new memorised information as a frame for learning
  20. Creating more Memory Palace journeys

I can’t wait to help you to learn this amazing, powerful technique. It will change your life!



Welcome to the course! This introduces the course, what students need and some caveats, please take this course in order as it is very important - especially when we get to memorising our journey..

Course Feedback
The Technique

This describes how we use an imagined journey, with defined steps to memorise anything we want. We visualise people, items, actions or a combination of all three into steps of our journey. This is called the Method of Loci.

If you want to skip memorising Asia...
Create your Journey

Here we learn what sort of journey we need to create and what we need to consider for that journey. Students should think up a 20 step journey that they know really well before moving on with the course.

Draw your Journey

Take the time to put down your journey on paper - this will make it easier to follow the subsequent steps when we learn Asia's countries and their capitals. Draw your map and route in one colour then add the numbers in another if you can - it will make it easier to follow your steps later.

Do not pass this note!

Do not pass this note until you have created your 20 step journey and have drawn it out!

Before we start...

One last thing before we start...

Asia's Countries & Capitals: Afghanistan-Israel


We memorise the first 4 countries - Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Bahrain.


Memorising Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia and China.


Memorising Cyprus, Georgia, India and Indonesia.

Recap 1

Recap the countries and capitals we've memorised so far - make sure you're happy with these before moving on. Why not try to anticipate the next country before it appears? You can mute your computer to test yourself out!


Memorising Iran, Iraq and Israel.

The first third is complete!

Asia's Countries & Capitals: Japan-Pakistan

Japan-North Korea

Memorising Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan and North Korea.

Recap 2

Our second recap - students check their recall and discover how to solve problems remembering tough countries.

Test Yourself

Students can test themselves using this presentation - just guess the next country & capital before clicking forward.

16 step path addition or new journey

Students create and draw a new journey and discover how to link their journeys together.

South Korea-Laos

Memorising South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan and Laos.


Memorising Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives and Mongolia.


Memorising Myanmar (Bhurma), Nepal, Oman and Pakistan.

The second third is complete!

Asia's Countries & Capitals: Philippines-Yemen

Recap 3

Our third recap points out where our countries are on a map of Asia, whilst recalling each country that we've memorised so far.

Test Yourself

Students can test themselves using this presentation - just guess the next country & capital before clicking forward.

Philippines-Saudi Arabia

Memorising Philippines, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

12 step path addition or new journey

Time for students to add the final section of journey to their brains, ready to memorise the last countries.


Memorising Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria and Tajikistan.


Memorising Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

United Arab Emirates-Yemen

Memorising the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

Final Recap

The final recap prior to our last test yourself lecture.

Test yourself

Students can test themselves using this presentation - just guess the next country & capital before clicking forward.

Moving Forward

Your memorised list as a frame for learning

Use your memorised list as a frame for learning - building knowledge into your visualisation journey can come naturally, but knowing how to add to it is also a skill you should learn.

Use the Memory Palace technique for new memories

We recap the memory palace technique process so that students can reuse their new skills to memorise new lists, plus adds a few tips for making your process easy and fun. Why not try to apply the technique on your own to a new list right away?

Thank you and Congratulations!

This final lecture congratulates the students for reaching this point and for memorising all of Asia's countries and capitals. A heartfelt thank you goes to everyone who has taken my course!

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