The ROMAN ROOM Technique


The Roman Room Method is an extension to the journey method.

And it works very similar to it.


You may recall the journey method.

As the introductory example we used the sitting-room.

We built up a sequence of places that we called stages.

And we had 10 stages in the sitting-room. (LINK)

Say, you visited your grand-parents regularly, so you can say that you know their house quite well.

You could build up a journey using EACH ROOM as a stage.

For example: starting with the front garden (not strictly a room, I know) as stage 1, then the hall (stage 2); then their sitting-room = stage 3 (NB: this is quite ok as their sitting-room is totally different to yours), then the kitchen = stage 4, and then the bathroom = stage 5.

You may continue upstairs and out the back until you have 10 stages.

And now the new bit:

In the front garden you may find various things.

There is the gate, then the path, then the ugly tree in the corner, then the lilac bush, and then the rusty mail-box.

Now we have five MINI-STAGES.

You could have 10 here, or even more. Whatever is appropriate.

Note: you may remember that you go clock-wise (or anti-clock-wise).

Just as we did before in building the sitting-room journey: what comes naturally next.

Now you might build up 5 mini-stages on each of the stages on that journey; and very easily and naturally you expand the quantity you can remember.

This is quite a good technique if you are listening to a lecturer and you don’t know exactly what comes next; so you might put the main points (chapters into the rooms) and then when he explains it more in detail you could put the main sub-points onto the mini-stages.

I used here the grand-parents’ house. Any house that you know (well enough) will do.

And with practice you will find other possibilities that work for you.

Whenever I build up a journey in a city,

I do like to cluster it into groups of 5.

5 here, and 5 there, and another 5 over there.

I find that 5 works well for me. And this is a little bit like the Roman Room Technique.


The ROMAN ROOM technique is an extension of the journey method.

It may come quite handy when you have to expand the quantity of remembering material.

Practice will make it clear what works for you.

In combination with the Chaining Method the ROMAN ROOM technique offers very good potential.


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