Remembering What You Read With These five Effective Strategies

February 9, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Library User Group,Sarah Denson


Are you having trouble recalling what you’ve read? For most, reading is a passive activity. And, much like many passive activities, it is very challenging for the brain and your body to absorb information. Alternatively, the more positively engaged and involved the reader is, with as much senses as you possibly can, the greater the chance the reader can remember information. The name of the game is planting information into the memory so that we can harvest it later on. So, here are 5 tools and techniques you may use in the planting process.


  1. Firstly, it is important to explore your self-image and belief around past experience with reading. To cut it short is if one believes and has images of oneself as “never being able to obtain it,” “reading is difficult,” “I have never been a good reader after all” “I can never keep in mind what I read,” and so on. This is actually the place to start.


  1. An initial tool is to summarize the areas you intend to harvest later on. You can use an outlining 101″ format, with its various “levels” of information. Whenever any outlining is done, either on your computer or by hand, always use colors to highlight. Whenever you outline, never replicate content material word-for-word from the written text. Always change the written text and put it into our own words, in other to facilitate the planting process for later harvesting. When you’re reading, if possible, play a soft classical music.


  1. Again, playing the “instructor” and assisting your understanding, ask some friends if they have some time to allow you to instruct them with what you’ve read. A proven way to learn something is to instruct it. So, instruct it.


  1. Furthermore to meditation prior to reading which is often very effective, use a lot of visualization. It’s like you are the director of your own movie and animate it, experiencing yourself in the animation. See, listen to, and feel yourself instructing using the info as you reconstruct it from memory, and use every sense, and incorporate as much details as possible in your visualization.


It is important to stay focus and alive when reading.


  1. Control your breathing. Whenever your breathing comes from your stomach and abdominal area, you are more relaxed; when breathing comes from the throat area, you’re experiencing stress. So, often do some deep breathing to move to a relaxed state.


Consistent use of these 5 strategies as time passes can support you to be always a more effective reader, not only in planting information, but also in recalling information.


Sarah Denson

Library User Group

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