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What is the best way to read a book and remember it?

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Ankida Balamurali

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How many times have you wondered why you are unable to recollect what you have read? There is nothing to fret upon though as it is quite natural for humans to forget what they read. Effective reading is a skill that can be developed through practice. Here are a few tips to help you remember what you read.

  • Know why you read: The purpose behind reading a book has a saying in remembering the information. As you continue to read, ponder on how the reading is helping you in your purpose which will help you to stay focused on the task.
  • Taking notes: Whenever you are reading a book, take notes or at least underline the sentences that you feel are important or that you don’t understand to later discuss with who knows. You can even represent what you read pictorially on your notes to have a better understanding.
  • Matching books and the environment: This idea is not always practically feasible but when done can prove quite effective to your comprehending and reading abilities. You can choose a book that matches your current situation to have a more profound understanding. For instance, reading Ernest Hemingway’s books while in France will make it more appealing and understanding.
  • Make connections: If you are reading about an idea, which you can use in your daily life, then try using it which will help you with internalizing the information. It is like how you build familiarity with a route that you take every day to work. Again this does not apply to all kinds of books, but if you can connect the dots with your life, then you will find it easier to remember what you read.
  • Disciplined reading: Training your eyes to fixate on the words as you read them will help you to improve your reading speed and speed of comprehension. There are machines available now to help you improve your fixation. People who are slower than average required speed in reading are often not focusing on the text which is the reason for them not to remember what they read.
  • Skimming is good: You have to skim through the content to capture the important words, headings, topics, etc. This will help you know what the book is going to be about and the tone of the author. Also, it brings about a certain sense of familiarity as you start reading the book.

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