How to Remember What You Read

Optimizing Your Memory to Remember What You Study or Read 

Why You May Be Forgetting What You Read ?

Simple Ways to Remember What You Study or Read 

Your memory works in three stages: 

• Attention 

• Encoding: Storing/associating with other info 

• Retrieval: Remembering 

To optimize the final stage (remembering), you have to optimize the first two stages first. This means you have to pay attention to the material, and you need to encode it well. And if you repeat the process, you will reinforce it. By retrieving something, you start to bring your attention to it again, helping you re-encode it better than before. 

To optimize encoding, remember the following abbv GOAT ME: 

GENERATE AND TEST: Quiz yourself and come up with the answers on your own without just reading them. Even if you are wrong, it help more than if you just think about it. So instead of just memorizing bullet points and writing, try to write an essay multiple times without cheating, review it, and repeat until you can write it without forgetting any important points. 

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•ORGANIZE: You want to reduce the load on your brain and help create shortcuts or reminders by coloring, position, or associations. For example, a timeline helps remember that event A came before event B in history. Once the position of the information becomes meaningful it will be easier to retrieve. 

• AVOID ILLUSIONS OF LEARNING: There are two types of memory: recognition and recall. Recall is when you can remember the information on your own, as you might be expected to do on a test. But recognition is where you can’t think of it on your own but if you see it you remember it. Avoid study methods that rely on recognition. When rereading material, it begins to feel easier and you assume you learned it but chances are you won’t be able to recall any of it in an effective way. 

•TAKE A BREAK: Your memory works best if you study in frequent, short sessions rather than in long cramming sessions. Give you brain a chance to store and organize the information you studied so it doesn’t just slip out. 

•MATCH LEARNING AND TESTING: If you want to optimize your memory, then the conditions surrounding your study environment should be the same as your testing environment. This is because the environment itself serves as a reminder. Think about the noise level, size of the room, type of furniture, mood, comfort, etc. 

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•ELABORATE: Think deeply about the material your studying and make associations with it. Does it remind you of something else? Can you make a song out of it? Visually imagine it? Reminders are the key to your memory’s success. One memory can associate with another – that term made me draw a figure to represent it. 

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Enjoy Society and Culture 

1. Expose yourself. Be active in your community, with social media, and with the world around you. The more you are involved with other people, with other opinions, and other ideas, the more you will learn. You may not always agree with what you learn or find out, but by challenging your preconceived notions, you will either strengthen your own beliefs, or adapt, grow, and adopt new beliefs based on new information. 

2. Be observant. Part of “being smart” is being aware of things at a higher level, and understanding (or developing an understanding of) the correlations among what might otherwise seem to be disparate or random events. 

• For example, you see that two cars, heading in the opposite direction, collided head-on. Thinking simply, one could say “oops, accidents happen,” and leave it at that. If you expand your observation, you may discover meta-factors that created the conditions that led to the crash: ice on the road may have caused one car to lose traction; perhaps the two cars were heading the opposite direction on a one-way street. Or perhaps there was a dog in one car who, excited by the sight of a dog on the side of the road, jumped onto the driver’s lap; the driver lost control, and hit the other car. 

• Expansive observations can lead you to more productive areas as well—architecture, art, and astronomy, for example, and that’s just starting with the As! 

3. Listen to classical music. The Mozart effect has shown that by listening to classical music for only 10 minutes, a short-term improvement of eight or nine points can be measured. This could have a longer-term effect, but may take somebody with a large IQ to prove it! 

4. Read voraciously. Reading enhances the mind’s ability to comprehend, as well as encouraging you to think critically. Reading a book that you have never read before broadens your horizons, thus increasing your IQ. 

• Reading different genres is even more productive, as well as reading newspapers, current events magazines, multi-content periodicals (such as the New Yorker), even technical manuals. 

• Make sure the book is in your reading level. Reading something that is too easy for you doesn’t do anything but entertain, and while you may increase your IQ by reading a novelbeyond your reading level, constantly referring to a dictionary will sap the joy out of reading.

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