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Eight Ways to Remember Anything

Eight Ways to Remember Anything

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How to Remember All you Read in 5 Simple Steps

How to Remember All you Read in 5 Simple Steps

  1. Active Recall
  2. Spaced Repetition
  3. Feynman Technique
  4. Understand, Don't Memorize
  5. Identify its Real-Life Application 

When you don't use some information, the brain regards it as unimportant and forgets it. So use (or keep revising) the information to feed it to the long-term memory.

If you study to remember you will forget, but if you study to understand you will remember.


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Active Recall

Active Recall

Active Recall is the process of using your brain to retrieve some information that you cannot remember at the moment.

How does it work?

Whenever you go through your notes, don't just read them or re-write them. Ask yourself questions about the topic first and without looking at the notes, try to recollect everything about it. When you are done, take a look at the notes and recognize what you missed. 

In this way, you actively involve your brain and test yourself on whether you know the topic well. This is the most effective way to study and is better than just re-reading the notes. 


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Spaced Repetition

Spaced Repetition

Spaced Repetition means revising something after regular intervals. 

If you read something and do not revise it afterward, you will surely forget it. 

To remember things for a longer duration you should keep revising the topics as follows-:

After you finish a topic, revise it just after reading it. Then revise it in the gaps of 1 day, 7 days, 16 days and 35 days. 

This will help you to retain information for a longer time. Also, when you are revising use the active recall method, which will boost your memory skills even more!


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Feynman Technique

Feynman Technique

The Feynman Technique works on your understanding of things. If you can't explain it in simple language, you don't understand it yourself. 

How to apply it to studies?

 It is simple, explain it to your friends, your pet, your wall, etc. OR, Write down the topic on paper and write everything that you know of it. Now examine all that you missed.

Explain it as you are explaining to a child, in the simplest language. It will also help you to actively recall things.

Think like a child, what all questions he/she could ask and how would you explain them! This will make you conceptually stronger!


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Understand, Don't Memorize

Understand, Don't Memorize

In one of my ideas written earlier, I have explained why you should not memorize and rather understand, using Pareto's Principle. 

In learning something new, it's obvious that you will have to utilize your energy. 

If you utilize it in memorizing, you will only be able to answer factual or formula-based questions, not conceptual ones.

But if you understand what you read, first, there is no need to memorize it and second, all the facts and formulas will already be understood, which makes your work easier.

You can check your understanding by using the Feynman Technique!

Pareto's Principle


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Identify its Real-Life Application

Identify its Real-Life Application

Whatever you read, try to relate it with your real life. It makes it easier to remember. 

For example, What happens when you keep a cold water bottle outside at room temperature, the answer is simple, we observe droplets of water forming on the surface of the bottle. Was there a need to memorize this? NO. Because it keeps happening in everyday life and you know it. 

That is how knowing real-life application could help you remember things, because -

  1. It creates curiosity and develops an interest.
  2. It could answer your question "WHY ARE WE STUDYING THIS", which makes the subject more meaningful.


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Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn



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