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3 Tips for Learning More When You Read

Posted by: Emily Terry | Posted on: June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Have you ever felt that you just weren’t retaining the content of the books you read? It can be really annoying when you try to discuss a book with a friend, and start drawing a blank about the content.

Remembering is all about how you process the information you are reading.

Here are 3 easy tips to help process the information you read so that it is stored in your long term memory, where you can retrieve it in the future.

1)      Read actively: What do I mean by that? Read with the intention to remember. You can do this in a number of ways depending on whether you are reading fiction or non-fiction.

a)      Visualise as you read. It is much easier to remember pictures than words because pictures group together information in a meaningful way.

b)      If you are reading non-fiction it is always a good idea to take notes as you go, and review them along the way. This way you are processing the information twice. Once when you read it, and again when you write it down. It allows you to remember key themes and concepts.

2)      Discuss what you’re reading: The more you can work with the information you have read the more likely you are to remember it. So discussing it with someone will help with that. Book clubs are a great idea for that reason. You are likely to take a few notes before your meeting, and discuss the content in detail while you are at the meeting.

3)      Be alert and focused: Whoever reads before bedtime, raise your hand. Most of us love to read before bedtime, and sometimes will fall asleep over a good book. This is fine if you are reading a novel strictly for relaxation and don’t care if you remember it or not. But if you are reading something important you will process and retain the information much better when you are alert, in a quiet environment, and at your optimum time for concentrating.

Now that you are aware of how to process information to increase retention how can you go back to reading the old way?

So pick one of these techniques next time you read and watch what happens.

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