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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How To Remember What You Read Better

Too many people struggle to remember what they read. It's a problem that a lot of people struggle with. It doesn't matter how interested you are in the material. It doesn't matter how well you think you're focusing on it. Some people always seem to suffer from can't-remember-what-you-read-itis. It's a creeping condition that seems to be showing up more and more these days. What makes it worse is that it seems like the people who suffer from this condition once are more likely to suffer from it again in the future. If you're looking to start remembering what you read then there are things you can do to change.

This is what you need to know to remember what you read better.

Speed Up

What?!? You're probably wondering how speeding up could possibly help your ability to remember what you read but it's actually one of the most important factors that people struggle with while reading. The number one reason that people don't remember information that they read is that they get distracted.

Getting distracted is easy. Reading a certain sentence just sparks a thought, that thought sparks another thought, then another, and it goes on until you're reading the next paragraph thinking about why pirates name their parrots “Polly.” At the very least, you're not thinking about the words on the page. This absolutely devastates any hope of remembering the information you're reading.

By speeding up, you force yourself to focus more on the information on the page and less on everything else. When you don't have enough time to think too deeply around what you read, you get to go deeper into the information as the author intended.

Make Reading Serious Business

Most people treat reading like it can be a passive activity like listening to music. People think that they can read and do other things at the same time. This falls down the same path of distraction as before but it gets even worse. If you choose to listen to music while reading, your brain is consistently having to choose between listening or reading. The mind is physically incapable of doing to things at once. The closest it can do is switch between tasks really fast. Having that choice, even if you think your completely into the material, will distract you.

If you want to remember what you read better, you need to treat reading as an intense activity. You should not let yourself get distracted by anything. That means you should shut the music off. Yes, even the classical stuff. It can distract you too. Turn your phone off if you have to. No, the TV isn't going to help you think either.

Remembering what you read requires focused reading.

Think About It Afterwards

Many people pick up their textbook for studying and read through hoping the information sticks. When they're done reading, they just put away the books and move on. Do not do that. Anyone that's ever gotten deep into a mystery novel knows this secret to remembering the story. When you put the book down, your job isn't done. That is the time that you need to think about what you read.

The more time you give yourself to think about the book after reading it, the better you're going to be able to remember it.

Sure, it requires more time but if you're speeding up your reading speed then you'll make up for it. Take the time to think about the material and you'll be

amazed how fast you can remember something weeks later.

Learning how to remember what you read is a skill that needs practice. There is no magic formula but using these three factors you'll be able to start seeing massive improvements in no time at all.

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