The Medical Mnemonist (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)
27 The Best Note-Taking Methods and Increasing Your Reading Speed and Comprehension with Abby Marks Beale

27 The Best Note-Taking Methods and Increasing Your Reading Speed and Comprehension with Abby Marks Beale

July 23, 2019

Today we are joined by Abby Marks Beale, author of 10 Days to Faster Reading, the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Speed Reading, Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Livelong Learning, among others. She also taught Study Skills to allied health students, and currently runs RevItUpReading.



0:50 Getting in the Positive Mindset and Self-Care for Effective Learning & Picking the Peak Performance Hours for Maximizing Time-management

6:20 Best Practices for Note-taking for Graduate and Medical Learners & The Cornell Method of Taking Notes

13:40 Mind Mapping Your Class Notes & Increased Retention for Visual Note-taking

18:08 What Does Speed Reading Really Mean?

19:35 Effective Strategies for Approaching Reading Activities and Class Assignments

23:30 How to Use Pacers, Decrease Subvocalization, and Increase Your Reading Speed and Comprehension

29:20 How to Avoid Obstacles and Being Purposeful with Your Study Environment

39:25 Just Three Wishes



Discipline Your Eyes

Cornell-style note paper




26 School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

26 School Success and Productivity with Memory Athlete Brad Zupp

July 16, 2019

Brad Zupp is a motivational speaker, memory improvement expert, memory coach, and author of Mastering Memory: 75 Memory Hacks for Success in School, Work, and Life, The Hack-Proof Password System and Unlock Your Amazing Memory who shows people how to supercharge their memories to improve their lives at work, school, and home.

He is also a record-setting memory athlete who participates in memory competitions worldwide. Today he joins us to apply mnemonic devices to medical and healthcare studies, covers recommended training resources, and

FREE Book Link Below

0:45 Intro

4:00 Practice Memory Training on a Daily Basis with Apps and Websites and How it Effects Your Life

7:43 How to Learn to Train Your Memory- Memory Palace and Association Practice for Medical School

9:50 Recommended Mnemonic Tools for Healthcare Students- Using the Picture-Connect-Review Technique to Bridge Your Knowledge and Memory

13:27 DON’T WALK With Your Memory, Learn to FLY!

17:46 How to Jump Start Your Memory While Attending Graduate/Medical School in 15-Minutes per Day & Using STOMP (Self-improvment, Training...and the OMP to be released in Mr. Zupp’s future book!)

22:02 Mastering Your Learning Abilities- We NEVER Stop Learning!

24:04 Self-assessment for When You’ve Hit a Plateau & Using Memory-advocating Study Groups
28:02 Mind Maps for Medical School and Healthcare Education (Scheduling, Planning, Organizing Materials) & Avoiding Mind Map Software

30:23 Why We Don’t Implement Memory Techniques & Gaining Knowledge vs Implementing Training

34:00 Just Three Wishes


Recommended Resources

The Memory League

The E-Myth Revisited


For personal contact, you can reach Brad via his Email, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn accounts. You can find all of his resources at and review his presentations for young students. You can download his FREE ebook: Tips to Help Your Child Improve Focus and Remember Better and 10 Ways to Supercharge Your Memory

25 How-to Memory Palaces for School Textbooks and Lectures

25 How-to Memory Palaces for School Textbooks and Lectures

July 9, 2019

How do I create memory palaces for school textbooks and lectures? 

In this episode, we cover some of the structural planning you should consider when covering large topics, textbooks, and your medical studies. Making a memory palace for your school materials don't need to be difficult, but there are some constraints to plan for in order to maximize your mnemonics. 

In today’s training session, memory palaces for integrated and clinical medical knowledge.

We still often learn discipline-based medicine during our first few years of school, but what is more clinically relevant is to integrate multiple factors across disciplines. Making a memory palace under this curriculum may look very different, but it doesn’t have to be threatening. We can reuse a lot of the visual markers we have used previously to make new palaces under a more integrative design.

Useful Tools:
Keep a Memory Palace List
Keep a Memory Journal
Practice Daily!

We will also cover an example of how to plan out your memory palace for your school textbooks and lecture notes and explain how Pre-meds can get a jump start on their medical memory palaces!

Link from previous episodes mentioned in this show:
Timothy Moser
Greg Rodden Episode
Anthony Metivier
Anders Ericsson