I just wanted to tell you of an idea and then possible you can tell me of similar experiences. I think this is how people normally do so you should have no trouble with that.
OK, the thing is that I once when I was little tried to make a little computer in my mind. It was going to have a calculator for doing my calculatory needs for example integrate sinx/x from 0.2 to 0.6 which is hard but I would have some kind of algorithm for that.
Also it would come with some basic filing systems for which I could put in information and then be extracted at will. The reason for doing this was that I saw a need for having these things and it seemed like a fun idea to try to accomplish. Anyway I never got far with it.. until recently..
This summer I was reading a textbook and for saving information I made a little house in my mind and then inside the house ( it's inside is arbitrarily big) I put drawers on the side and in each drawer I placed a paper with a little picture on it and a title of what I was supposed to remember. This was pretty fun and I filled up two drawers but the deadline was coming up so I had to stop with it and start learning faster so I haven't used it since.
So anyway, have you have any experiences with something like this? The idea is kind of like the mind is something you control and fool around with so why not build something with it?