Tips to Read Faster and Retain Information
Feb. 21, 2017
We want our Concorde students to learn as quickly and effectively as possible. A big step in that direction is learning how to read course material as quickly as possible while retaining the information that will help successfully get you through health care career school. Forgetting is a human phenomenon. A lot of people wonât admit to it, but nearly everyone forgets. That doesnât mean you have to accept defeat in this area, however. There are plenty of simple, creative strategies for reading faster and retaining more information, whether itâs novels, news articles or health care career school textbooks. Business Insider magazine recently conducted a survey and scoured web sources for basic, practical reading and memorizing techniques. Read them carefully â¦ and then try to remember what you read an hour from now.
8 tricks for remembering everything you read
- Take notes on the page. âNever read without a pencil,â said Quora user Deniz Ates. âUnderline sentences you find confusing, interesting or important. Draw lines along the side of important paragraphs. Draw diagrams to see the structure of key ideas.â
- Ask yourself questions about the material. Ask yourself questions as you go along, such as, âWhat is the main idea of this section?â
- Skim the text first. Skim the text for important topics and keywords beforehand so you know what to expect when you actually dig into the material.
- Impress, associate, repeat. Impression â picture the situation in your mind or envision yourself participating in the scenario; Association â link the material to something you already know; Repetition â the more you read material, the easier itâll be to remember it.
- Introduce information to others. If you want to remember what you experience, do something with that information.
- Read out loud. The sentences you speak out loud take on a distinctiveness. You remember producing and hearing items and so your memory for them is different from the memory of the words you read silently.
- Read on paper. E-readers are convenient, but research suggests that they also could undermine the strength of your memories. One study found that paper readers especially were more able to remember a storyâs chronology.
- Become familiar with the topic first. âThe more you understand about a particular subject,â writes blogger Ryan Battles, âthe more âhooksâ keep the facts in there.â Youâre able to make more associations between new information and what you already know. You can even start by reading a Wikipedia article on the subject as preparation.