How To Retain More of Every Book You Read

Tired of completely forgetting the books you've read? Just try to remember this article.

 
How To Retain More of Every Book You Read
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We already know how books play a very important role in our lives. So much so, it’s a known fact that anyone with impressive wisdom is actually a prolific reader. But it is also common to face the problem of not being able to retain what you read. It’s a very honest issue and most of us face it.

Knowledge will only compound if it is retained. So, reading books isn’t enough. You must learn something out of the book you read if entertainment or pleasure isn’t your only purpose. Here’s how you can ensure that-

Choosing Relevant Books

You are more likely to remember books that are RELEVANT to your life CURRENTLY.
You are more likely to remember books that are RELEVANT to your life CURRENTLY.

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One plausible reason why we forget what we read is that we are not able to apply it. Say for example, you read a book on leadership and you are nowhere near a leadership position in life, you won’t be able to apply what you learnt. Instead, if you read a book on parenthood just when you have become a parent, you will be able to quickly apply it and thus, retain everything you learn in this process.

Hence, the choice of books you read can play a crucial role.

Make Notes

Probably the most common advice but it is so common for a reason, it works. Make searchable notes inside the books with the help of stick one or something like that. This will help you easily get back to that portion of the book, which you want to recall. Also, you will notice that you retain much more just because you indulged in the process of making notes. Writing down can have that affect on your memory!

It’s not compulsory to use stick ons, you can definitely come up with your own way. There are readers who prefer writing an entire summary. Maybe, try that?

Read It Twice

In fact, it's said that a good book gets even BETTER at the second reading.
In fact, it’s said that a good book gets even BETTER at the second reading.

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As absurd as it soundst, this is the most effective method. And works especially when you REALLY want to learn stuff out of a book.

“Anything worth reading is not only worth reading twice, but worth reading again and again. If a book is worthwhile, then you will always be able to make new discoveries in it and find things in it that you didn’t notice before, even though you have read it many times.” Karl Popper, Philosopher

I don’t need to say anything else here!

Whenever you read a book again, you will never read it in the same way. Trust me! That’s the beauty of the reading experience.

Happy reading! I hope you retain a lot more that you forget.