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Science Says This Is the Simplest Way to Remember More of What You Read

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Science Says This Is the Simplest Way to Remember More of What You Read
Just go back and give yourself a little time to reflect on what you just read. Now, when I say "reflect," I don't mean sit there pondering for an hour.

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Reflect on what you read

Just go back and give yourself a little time to reflect on what you just read. Sit there long enough to:
  • Mentally identify the main points or concepts.
  • Jot down some notes.
  • Consider the ramifications or implications of the content.
  • Think about how the content connects to your personal preferences, personality, and experiences.

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Making connections

When you give yourself a few minutes to rest and think about what you just read,  you're allowing your brain to better connect the new information to what you've already done or understood.

You stand a better chance of the new memories being more powerful and easier to retrieve.

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The myth of lost time

When you can remember information from your content better, you actually can end up saving time. 

You don't have to go back and look up as many facts or ideas, and you can apply the information on the fly better. 

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Get the most out of your reading

  • Read some of the content aloud. Honing in on auditory or visual information might help you process the content.
  • Read when you are more rested. Fatigue can negatively influence your ability to focus.
  • Eliminate distractions: turn off your phone alerts, shut your door, set the room temperature,  eat and adjust your position in your chair.
  • Be clear about your goal. It will make it easier to feel motivated and engaged with the content.

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