The May issue of journal of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) has an inspiring article by Mette Heinz detailing how she has been using a Memory Palace technique, based on the layout of the Forbidden City, to learn her Chinese Herbs.

I’ve always wanted to build a memory palace, particularly to learn to read and write Chinese characters.  It would be interesting to use the idea in teaching work also.
WikiHow has a piece on how to do it.
An extract from Jonathan Spence’s book on Matteo Ricci is also available.