HOW CAN I RETAIN MORE WHEN I READ?
I understand that one of the greatest challenges of reading is retention. It could be so frustrating when you try to recall what you just read a few minutes ago and you are unable to come up with anything. Isn’t it?
As much as you do not need to retain all that you read (since not even all the information are important or relevant to you), it is vital to at least retain the cogent points for onward consideration and application. For what is the essence of reading that doesn’t lead to transformation?
Sitting down to concentrate on reading is already a big task on its own because of the preponderance of distraction, hence the need to even work harder at retaining what is being read.
You need focus on how to learn faster and retain more.
Let me share with you a few of the things that have worked for me in on how to retain information when reading a textbook and knowledge I gain from reading:
1. Pause and ponder
Like I earlier pointed out, it is not every dose of information in a book, article, etc. that is beneficial or relevant to you. There will be many things you will just gloss over or neglect altogether.
However, there are certain points, statements, facts, etc. that will resonate with you as you read – your punch lines. They are vital to you.
They hit a chord in you and you can’t just afford to gloss over them, so you need to pause and ponder. Don’t hurry to the next line, sentence, paragraph or page.
The process of pausing to think over that statement or information helps you to put picture(s) to it better, hence strengthening your ability to remember.
Researchers have found out that man remembers 85-90% of what he sees and just about 15% of what he hears. Pausing to ponder helps to create the picture version of what you hear by reading.
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Now lets move to second technique
2. Ask yourself questions
Every now and then while reading, I pause to ask myself questions about what I am reading. There you see the word pause again.
I know you want to read 50 books this year (and there is nothing bad about that), but what is the essence of reading so much and retaining so little?
Do you just want to pride in the volume of books you have read at the end of the year or the volume of wisdom you gleaned and eventually applied to get results? Asking yourself questions about what you are reading at that very moment you are reading helps you to truly understand and get it stuck in your memory. Be your own first examiner.
Ask likely questions as though you will be writing an exam afterwards. Read as though you will be teaching someone at the end of your reading. This process takes me back to an earlier page, sentence, paragraph or line many times during my reading.
3. Talk about it
The more you talk about what you know, the better you know it (ask teachers in any field). Knowledge sharing leads to knowledge staying.
Do you have accountability partners with whom you discuss freely and easily? Are there people who could glean from your “new knowledge”? Then go ahead and share.
I am not talking about “showing off” here. I do this a lot with my wife and it helps me to know if I have actually digested the information from my reading or not.
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