7 Sure ways to remember what we read.

Learners all over the world have struggled to remember what they studied for time immemorial. Whether it is studying for a test, quiz, presentation, or even an informal cause, remembering what you’ve studied is a sure way of blowing away your competition or getting top marks. To help you, I will tell you of 7 tricks that you can adopt to remember what you studied. You are welcome!

1. Read with a goal in mind before you even start reading; know why you want to read. Ask yourself the questions: what am I looking to learn from this book or material? If you are looking for a particular detail, then you can hurriedly scan the material until you find the detail; however, if you are looking to understand thoroughly, you must take your time to thoroughly read and reflect on the material that you are studying.

 2. Take notes while reading: some learners learn best by reading and writing. See the different learning styles here: https://mswitchglobal.com/2021/08/vark-learning-styles/ If you fall into this category of learners, then you really should consider writing down your salient points while reading. You can also read with a highlighter pen, so that you can color or mark out important points on your reading material as you spot them. When choosing your highlighter pen, pick a pen with a color that is distinct and bright; one that is sure to stand out from other texts in the material that you are reading from.

 3. Read repetitively: Take your time to read certain key parts of your material again and again, to ensure mastery. Just as you would rewind a movie to re watch parts that you missed, you should go over texts in your reading material that you do not understand until you get a clearer idea of the text.

4. Match parts of your material to what you already know: If you use what you know to find out what you don’t know, then you can be certain to remember what you’ve learned. For example, while learning the states of Nigeria and their capitals, if I have been to Oyo state, and I know of the University of Ibadan, located in its capital, I can always remember that the capital city of Oyo state is Ibadan. You can use anything that reminds you of anything to remember what you’ve learned.

5. The use of mnemonic devices: Mnemonic devices are informal methods that are used to store and process information in a way that allows one to remember them quickly, and they work like magic. These devices may be songs, acronyms, patterns, etc. As long as they use a unique style to help you remember what you’ve learned, they are mnemonic devices. For example, the acronym, ‘MR NIGER D-AC’ is one that is used to remind learners of the 10 characteristics of living things. The ‘M’ stands for ‘Movement’, ‘R’ stands for ‘Respiration’, ‘N’ stands for ‘Nutrition’, etc. You get the gist!

6. Make a mental picture and rehearse as you learn: As you read, try to piece together what you have learned. Take time to go over it and make sense of it as you learn. If it helps, make a mental picture of what you’ve learned by envisioning what it looks like in your mind’s eye. This is particularly helpful when you are reading a literature piece. Try to imagine what the writer has in mind; think of their surroundings; and consider their motivation for writing. All these will put you in the state of mind of the writer, and help you create a mental note of why they wrote what they have written. It will also help you remember what you’ve learned because you would be able to easily match your mental picture to the texts that you need to remember.

7. Take a break when you need one: It is common for learners to binge-read what they need to learn, but this is not good reading practice. There’s only so much information that you can retain within a limited timeframe, so take your time to rest, so that you are not overwhelmed by what you study. If you consume too much information at a time, you might not remember any. Try these steps and share them with the learners around you. You will thank me for it.

 If you have other learning tips, please let us know in the comment section below, or shoot us an email via this address: hello@mswitchglobal.com

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