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Effective Ways for you to Remember What You Read
« on: May 20, 2012, 11:27:58 PM »
Effective Ways for you  to Remember What You Read
Reading is one of the best ways to learn, develop and change. However, the immense benefits of reading are only as great as one’s ability to remember and process the information. Nothing is more frustrating than reading a great book and not being able to recall any of the major points a year or even a month later. It makes the whole process seem like a huge waste.

You should become an avid reader and instill that passion in your lifestyle. Try to read at least 2 books a month, but often more. Make a much greater effort to be more intentional about your reading, making sure to get the most out of the process. Here is some of the best advice that can help you to remember what you read:

1) Read With the Goal of Teaching Someone Else – You can become one of the most brilliant minds in the world. You can read a book and process the information, quickly adapting new ideas into your life and teaching others along the way. The secret to this type of ability is to start during childhood. Every weekend go to the library in school, at home or public to read.

 During dinner or in your leisure time, teach the other members of the family or your friends what you learned that day. This will form a wonderful habit for you to read comprehensively in order to teach someone else. You’ve to constantly think, “How will I be able to explain the main ideas of this book to others.” In doing so you will delve deep into the book and the information stuck with you.
2) Read the Last Chapter First – This one is more geared towards non-fiction as I can already hear people screaming, “But it’ll ruin the ending!” At the end of most books is a summary chapter that gives the main ideas and how they all tie together. By reading this first you are then able to catch these ideas and themes more easily as you go through the book. It also allows you to read like the author would read his own book, with a full understanding of where everything is going.

3) Take Notes – Lots of people utilize this technique in school, but let it go when they toss their caps at graduation. Taking notes allows a reader to right down key points, themes and memorable quotes. In doing so the information is then processed twice, once when read and once when written. This gives the reader a much greater chance of remembering. You can also  use a pencil to mark and highlight in the book as you read and then transfer this information into your note pad.

4) Read When You’re Awake – Most people read right before they go to bed. After a long day, they’re usually tired and hardly in the best state of mind to process and retain information. By reading at other times throughout the day chances are their minds would work much better. If you are a night person maybe it is the best time for you to read. The important thing is to know your body and know what times of day are best for thinking and concentrating. Try to schedule your reading during these times and you will give yourself a much better chance of remembering what you read.

5) Discuss What You’re Reading – Some of the books you remember most vividly are those that you read in your English class. Why? It is the practice of nearly every teacher to have lively class discussions and debates over each section of a book. In discussing the book you were able to process the information as a group, bouncing ideas off each other and hearing different perspectives.

All of these made you use the information in various ways cementing it in your minds and helping you to remember. Even if you are no longer in high school, the options are endless. Join a book club, or if you have a good group of friends, start one. Discuss the book in group or forums or in a social networking group like Facebook, you can also create an educative forum for discussion. The important thing is to talk about what you’re reading.

6) Read the Cliff Notes First –Reading the cliff notes before starting the book can provide all kinds of insight into characters, themes, symbolism and author background. By reading these things beforehand you are helping ensure that you won’t miss them as you read the book. Another benefit of reading summaries is the mental debate you will have each time you reach a controversial section as you ask yourself whether you agree with the conventional interpretations.

7) Find Your Reading Environment – Sometimes more important than how you are reading is where you are reading. Is the music, television or video on? Are the kids crawling all over you?

Do you do your best reading on the airplane, bus or train? Some things can’t be helped, but finding a good reading environment goes a long way. When you’re thinking about what you’re going to do, think about where you’re going to be, and how that place will affect your productivity at completing the activity.” Find your reading environment and enjoy remembering what you read.


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