Focus On These Scientific & Practical Tips.
Why don’t you recall anything after finishing a book?
It is not enough to just read the book. Our objective is to remember and use the material we have learned in the future, not simply memorize it. In this instance, we should employ both practical and scientific ways to ensure that the knowledge is retained.
Here are some strategies I use to help me recall everything I read in books —
Tip #1: Make Highlights
The simplest advice.
When returning to a book, instead of rereading the entire book, look at all the highlights from various chapters. If you’re lazy like me and find the procedure tedious, going back and forth checking all the highlights, I’ve devised a way for you.
Use Readwise to import all of your Kindle highlights, and it will email you 5 different highlights every morning.
Tip #2: Summarize & Discuss
The most crucial foundation.
Expressing what you have learned or found intriguing from a book in your own words, both written and vocal, will speed up the process of remembering significantly. This is because you relate the material you’re telling with your own or similar points of view to the authors.
You are now the owner of the knowledge.
I use this Notion template to organize my reading list and create book summaries.
Tip #3: Impress Yourself
This was a strategy I utilized in school.
Tell yourself that the material in front of you is really intriguing.
It seems ridiculous, yet it works flawlessly.
We frequently reach a place in our book that we don’t find especially interesting. When such occasions arise, lie to yourself and pretend that it is truly interesting. Your curiosity and awareness will be piqued, causing you to recall what you read that day.
That’s neuroscience for you, sweetheart.
Tip #4: Associate The Information
Make a connection between the text and something you already know.
If you want to recall a specific insight or principle, consider a period when you were a part of a specific example incorporating the concept. You will comprehend the lesson better because you have previously experienced or witnessed it, although in a different context.
You’ll forget the author’s point about you, but you’ll never forget yours.
You play the main character.
Tip #5: Use Adrenaline
The most unusual but effective tip.
Try to increase your adrenaline and epinephrine levels after doing or reading anything important.
I’m sure you can recall a moment when something thrilling or unpleasant occurred to you. Because you were on high alert, you can vividly recall that time. The emotional state you are in AFTER experiencing something will determine how quickly you learn it.
After finishing your studies, you should take a cold shower or sip some coffee.
Tip #6: Focus On Having Fun
Read what you like.
Yes, I have indicated that lying to yourself can help you enjoy and remember what you read, but not the entire book. Sometimes the books are terrible, or you find them uninteresting since the content is repetitious or it does not interest you.
We all know that absorbing knowledge that excites us will keep with us the longest.
I personally utilize these methods, and I encourage that you do as well!