So many people said that they forget most of what they read regardless how much they enjoy the reading. This may sound familiar to you: One week ago, you thought that you would never forget anything about this interesting and touching novel. Now, you don’t remember how poor the little girl of the story is. Just because forgetting is a human phenomenon doesn’t mean you simply can accept it. Though retaining and forgetting is inevitable, there are many ways to remember things more easily and retain information much longer. Let’s make them clear in this writing.
1. Familiarizing and Associating Information
The topic you are going to read about may be the one you’ve known or read before, which is great. However, if the book you are going to read contains ideas that you’ve never come across before, make sure to dive into them so that you can have at least the cornerstone lest you end up with forgetting all most all thing of it. The more you understand about a topic, the more you can get to understand it. That’s why we said the more you know about a topic, the easier it is to learn more and more.
To remember things stronger and retain information longer, link something you read to anything you already know, either know in details or just some certain parts. For example, if a historical character has the same birthday to you, you would find it easy to remember this.
2. Taking Notes While Reading
What about taking note while reading? To some extent, this is not a good way to many of the readers including me. I know some of you love books as much as love reading books. You don’t want to write anything down to the page because you want them to be clean and always new. However, if leaving some hints on books doesn’t matter to you, taking note while reading help you remember things better. Not to mention you can take a look back to those notes when needed. They remind you better with things you’ve learned. Remember to take notes only when suitable. Don’t overuse them because there is a high chance that you can be overwhelmed by them some other days, when the things are not as clear as those at that time. Alternatively, you can have a notebook containing worthwhile ideas and text that you’ve read, which you can open and read anytime. This is the way I am currently using.
3. Reading on Papers Instead of E-Readers
In the era of internet and information technology, e-readers are strong tools for anyone in some cases. I don’t mean to refuse the convenience and advantages of reading e-books or online materials. However, one of the reasons leading us to forget all most everything we’ve read is reading online.
The way we touch the papers, smell them can push and enhance our feeling about the stories in general, and the characters in particular (for reading novels). It visualizes the information much more effectively than its counter. Not to mention, reading paper books make it easier for you to take note when required.
4. Impressing and Repeating the Information
Along with familiarizing the new and old information that you know well, you can create a strong impression about the new thing that you are reading because doing that enhance your memorizing ability.
Of course, to remember what you read, you have to think about what the words mean. What about giving them more meanings by impressing them or exaggerating them? Well, it’s definitely ideal for remembering things. Even thinking the events are relating to you. By this, you will hardly forget what you read and retain an in-depth reading.
5. Introducing the Information to Others
Teaching is learning. If you want to deeply understand the knowledge you’ve learnt, it’s important to do some things with that. Among those ways, sharing is a great way by which you can not only remember better but learn better. I think you know how exciting it is to share something you know with others people, especially when they are not aware of what you are going to talk about. By doing that, you once again rehearse the information and knowledge.
6. Reading Out Loud
If you are reading something out loud, you are creating a distinctive memory. There is a research studied by a University carrying out on a large group of students. If they read a half of a list silently and the other half loudly, the later are remembered better. This makes part of the list of items more distinctive. Reading something out loud meanings you are hearing along the way, making you remember them more easily.
7. Reading with Purposes
One of the most important things here is reading with a purpose. Students read for collecting information so that they can pass the next exams. Officials read to collect knowledge while relaxing. In short, people usually read for collecting knowledge and information. Everyone should be clear about his or her own purpose for reading. The purpose will keep you stay on the task by asking how the reading and remembering can benefit you. From that, it leads you to specific and critical parts that fulfill your aims.
Initially, skimming the text and putting emphasizes on the parts that fulfill your purposes. Slow down and read those parts carefully or come back for them later if you don’t have time right that moment.
Also, it’s good to ask yourself: What do I want from this materials? What can I get from this? What contents do I need to remember? In the absence of such guidance, you are in a high chance to lost in the text jungle and end up with retaining nothing but the confusion.
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