I need to drill my memorized deck from hearing it spoken, not seeing it. There’s a real difference for me.
I drill all time, but only from visual cues like seeing the face of a card, or seeing the number I wrote on the card. While stopped at red lights I code the license plate of the car ahead of me into a mnemonic just for fun. (My license plate is “Faro gently fifty-two, little erdnase”. It sounds long and clumsy, but there’s a lot more information in the mnemonic because I had plenty of time to play with it.)
The problem is, I’m not drilling for real world situations where I hear the name of the card or the number spoken. As an example, I was driving and listening to talk radio and heard the number “twenty eight”. I had trouble recalling the card in my stack. I struggled to recall, then had to recall the look of my own written number in Sharpie on the back of my flash card.
When I see the number 28, the four of hearts jumps into my head, no problem. When I see the four of hearts, I get the number 28, no problem, that’s how I’ve drilled. But when I hear it, it just doesn’t come to me because I haven’t trained to connect the spoken card or name to the stack.
This is my third mem deck and it’s perfect for my needs. Extremely practical for recall, fast set up, and TONS of redundancy. But my practice is based on seeing the name of the card and number. When is that going to happen? In real working conditions, I won’t be shown the number on a card in my own handwriting. They’ll say the number. I need to drill for that real life situation where the information is spoken. There’s a difference.
When I first started working on mem deck years ago, I tried using a text to speech feature so I could cross train hearing the info just as I would in real life situations. I’d type in the name of all the cards and numbers, and adjust the spelling so they would sound right. Then I had to add tons of spaces and commas to give me time to guess before the next item was announced. What a pain in the Ace of Spades that was.
A big inspiration to me was Mike Rogers, who advised to practice your magic under the same conditions you’ll be performing under.
Has anyone else tried drilling their mem deck by hearing the numbers and cards spoken? For me there’s a real difference.