5 ways to retain anything you read

It’s not about how many books you read, it’s about how much you retain from what you read. Nowadays, people don’t have a reading strategy; they just pick up something and start reading. Just think, what exactly you want to get out of it.

The whole point is that you want to learn something that you can apply in your life, grow and reach success. People generally ask- how do you remember information you read in a book.

1. Have a purpose

Everyone should have a purpose of reading and you should always think about how that purpose is being fulfilled during the actual reading process. The advantage for remembering and recalling is that checking continuously for how the purpose of reading is being fulfilled, which helps the reader to stay on task of reading, to focus on the more relevant theme of the text, and to recite continuously as one reads. This also saves time and effort because relevant items are most attended and are also paid attention upon.

Identifying the purpose of reading should be easy if you freely choose what the reader is willing to read. You just need to ask yourself, “Why am I reading this?” If it is to be entertained or you are reading as a pass time, then it is not a problem. Other reasons can be to understand a group of people, gain new skills, and to satisfy requirements for academic purposes.

2. Be judicious in highlighting and note taking

Use a highlighter to mark a FEW key words that act as the basis for mental pictures and reminder cues. If you don’t find any cues, add key words to your margin. Almost all students make a use of the highlighter pens to identify key parts from the paragraph. But most of the time many students either highlight too much stuff or highlight the wrong things. They become so preoccupied in marking up the important terms in the book that they don’t pay enough attention towards what they are reading. A better approach is to highlight just a few important key words on a page. If many pages don’t require highlights, sticky tabs notes on pages with highlights can greatly speed a study process for whole books. At the

They become so preoccupied in marking up the important terms in the book that they don’t pay enough attention towards what they are reading. A better approach is to highlight just a few important key words on a page. If many pages don’t require highlights, sticky tabs notes on pages with highlights can greatly speed a study process for whole books.

At the end, you just need to revise these important terms. The reader should stop and self-quiz to make sure the important material is being memorized.

3. Highlight important points

When I was a student, I used to hate highlighting my notes or books. But when I was about to take my board exam, I realized that making some highlights is practical and useful which gives the focused points to revise quickly.

Highlighting important points can make it easier for you to find significant information. Seeing the mark that you previously made helps your brain builds a better neural connection for that information.

Making marks on your notes or books will help you easily remember or find the important information. So next time you’ll not be wasting your time finding the significant information you are looking for.

After reading a book put it back on the shelf for few days or weeks. Then read it again, if you remember what you’ve highlighted or some part of it (the information that is associated with it), that means that you have understood it.

4. Be a teacher

Knowledge is light but having a light is not only enough thus you need to use it. And the best way to use it is by sharing it. Sharing the knowledge is what makes it worth. Imagine if Albert Einstein did not share his discovery of relativity to the world? The world might not know that time and space exists in our lives.

The most rewarding and basic way of sharing your knowledge is by teaching others. Picture yourself as a teacher.

Sharing is what makes your life more meaningful. The best thing about being a teacher to someone is that you study things that later on will become assets for your students to whom you teach. You can be an educator or a teacher in your own way and become a blessing to others.

5. Visualize & Imagine

The next way which helps your mind is by visualizing what you are learning and reading. We are visual learners, and our memories are also visualized by our brain. What I like to do when I read is to have imaginary conversations about the situation that I am reading. I imagine myself sitting together with a friend and talking about the subject that I am reading.

 

Remember: Knowledge alone is completely useless.

 

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