How to remember what you have read through active reading
Active reading means engaging the material you read. Not everybody seems to have the capacity to read and retain something without having to read the same stuff over and over again. Now, in the case where you have a whole bunch of stuff to read within a limited time range, it becomes vital to finds ways to limit the number of times you have to go through the same content and still be able to remember what you have read. To do this, you need more than just a good memory. Below we are going to propose the three best methods you can use to limit the number of times you have to read a content while retaining a great deal of what you read.
Method 1: Read/ summary method
This method, as its names insinuates, consists of reading and making summaries of what you have read. You don’t have to read the whole chapter or the whole book to summarize. After every paragraph, just write down in few words the main idea in that paragraph. This can be easily done by the margins of the book but if you can’t afford to write directly on your textbook, then you can get pieces of paper to and use them. Remember you are not making notes. So it doesn’t have to be need nor coherent. This method helps to keep you engaged and focused. Think about it, isn’t better to spend a little more time to read once and understand than to have to read the same content several times?
Method 2: The memory boost method
This method is best used when you are trying to remember key words and lists. What you do here is take a number of words or lists of things you need to remember and copy them down somewhere. It can be on a piece of paper or on an old note book. Then, rewrite them off hand meaning without looking from the list. You will be surprised at what you can be able to remember. Revise the list or keywords paying attention to those that escaped your memory and write again off hand. Keep doing this until you can remember all the keywords or lists. This method helps you to learn quickly and master spellings easily.
Method 3: Think like a teacher method
Here you need to envision you are the teacher and how you are going to teach. Imagine you are learning to teach in the nearest future. This boosts your concentration and comprehension. Engage as many of your senses as possible. You can do that by using colored highlighters to highlight keywords and expressions, and read highlighted sections to engage the auditory sense. You can also engage the hands by drawing a demonstration of what you understand. By engaging your senses and taking the position of a teacher, you will quickly store what you learn in your memory and for a longer period of time.
Please, if you know some more methods, don’t hesitate to share your method in the comment section.