Here’s How To Remember Everything You Read

“But yaar, I keep forgetting everything I read.” Don’t worry! Read this and you won’t.

 
Here’s How To Remember Everything You Read
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This is not a new problem. If you are a reader, you would know. We have all faced it at some or the other point in our lives. We read a lot and we obviously forget a lot too. But, what if I told you there ways to remember it? Not all of it, of course but at least everything that matters. Sounds exciting, right? Keep reading!

The Age Old Tip Of Taking Notes

Look for that pencil and don’t sit down to read without it.
Look for that pencil and don’t sit down to read without it.

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Now this might sound something that *you already know but don’t want to do* but trust me, THIS WORKS. This is the single most effective way of remembering what you read. Use a pencil not just to write but also to read. Yes! Underline the sentences you feel our special or confusing. Doodle around the book to express your ideas on what you just read. And if nothing, just drop in a text or two on what this page tried to convey. This method is sure shot effective because it’s tried and tested!

Discuss It

Self-reflection while reading can create a special place for that text in your memory.
Self-reflection while reading can create a special place for that text in your memory.

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Discuss the text you read- not just with others but also WITH YOURSELF! It is a very healthy process and apart from helping you remember it, it will also help you consume the content in a more useful manner. While you know how to discuss a text with others, discussing it with yourself sounds like something you haven’t heard of before. So here’s what you have to do. You read and ask yourself questions about what you read! This practice is not only very useful but also very exciting! Try it once, you’ll know!

Warm Up!

No, warming up is NOT smelling your book. But do smell your book, it’s a wonderful feeling! Also guess what? Smell has a unique connection with our memory. So, you never know what could work for you :P
No, warming up is NOT smelling your book. But do smell your book, it’s a wonderful feeling! Also guess what? Smell has a unique connection with our memory. So, you never know what could work for you 😛

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Here’s another interesting tip. Before you actually start reading what you want to read, do some background-study on it! Try to get yourself more familiar with the subject before actually diving into it. This warm up process will make you better understand the text and better understanding will promote better remembrance. Also when you are familiar with what you are about to read, it helps you remember it much better.

Follow these simple and exciting tips to preserve your memory of the amazing things you read! Don’t forget tips like reading aloud and reading from the paper either! However clichéd these sound, they actually work. Always remember, clichés are clichés for a reason because they always work! 😉