Imagine you had in front of you a bucket of water. And every time you filled the bucket, 95% of the water would leak out instantly. No matter how many times you filled it, you were only left with 5% water. How many times would you continue filling the bucket once you realized it was leaking?
The answer: just one time.
The moment you noticed the water leaking out, you would take immediate action to fix the bucket, or get a new one entirely.
The same concept applies to the way we learn when we read something. Reading is fantastic. You can learn so much from a great book. But, so many of us waste all that precious learning time by preventing learning in the first place. How many times do you read something only to forget most of what you read? Even if it was something you really enjoyed reading and couldn’t put down? Can you remember that article you read this morning online? That part in the book that you loved and wanted to share with your friend? Do you find yourself asking yourself, “Why can I not retain information when I read?” This article is for you.
One of the keys to your success is having the ability to remember what you read—to retain information better and long-term.
Here are 3 practical tips to remember what you read. Bonus points if you can remember all 3 tomorrow!
3 Tips to Remember What You Read
Prime your brain for what’s to come by skimming the text first. Don’t skip the whole reading process, but skim the text for keywords and important topics before you actually dive into the material. When you familiarize with the general idea or theme of what you’re reading, it will help you actually remember what you read.
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Read Out Loud
When you say the words you are reading out loud, it helps you understand and remember what you just read. According to psychologist Art Markman, Ph.D., you will remember saying and hearing the words so your memory for them is different from the memory of the words you read silently. Your brain is able to process the information more effectively and reading out loud helps to improve retention of information and reading comprehension.
Never Read Without a Pencil
Make it a habit to always read with a pencil or highlighter close by. You can underline anything you find important, consuming or just plain interesting. Circle important paragraphs or make notes right there on the page.
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References: https://innerouterpeace.com/how-to-retain-information-better/, http://www.baylor.edu/support_programs/index.php?id=42443, https://www.concorde.edu/blog/health-care-career-school-read-faster, http://www.educationcorner.com/textbook-strategies.html, http://ttlearning.com/blog/10-tips-on-reading-better-while-retaining-more/,