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A Method to Effectively Memorize Key Information

June 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

Let me describe briefly what this isn't. This is, regrettably, not a method to employ in order to memorize word for word large texts for personal recitation. In other words this is not a surefire and quick method towards a photographic memory. Will this help your memory? Possibly. Will it keep you mentally focused on a potentially agonizingly boring task? Hopefully. Will it allow you to retain a fairly large amount of information fairly quickly? Ideally.

Now the method itself:

As virtually everyone who has attended public school may guarantee, a fair portion of essays and the written word is "fluff," only occasionally carrying actual factual or important information somewhere between large swaths of words. Even then, information from any text can be prioritized into greater and lesser importance when a specific goal is in mind. Consequentially, one doesn't need to actively read a book in order to glean everything one needs to know from it.

With that in mind, this method of reading/gaining information focuses on the observation and reinforcement of essential pieces of information while presuming that all other "less-important" text is, at least on a general level, tentatively absorbed regardless by the mere activity of reading. This last statement probably varies widely among individuals, but as a consequence of employing this method you should know whatever it is you've determined you need to know with the fluff as a potential extra.

The method itself is this:

First, determine how much information you want to retain from a text. This should be on the lines of perhaps key ideas from every chapter to perhaps a higher level of detail via memorizing important facts given in every paragraph.

Second, read with the intention of zeroing out important phrases or words that you believe it is necessary to learn. Read actively, (Or, at the very least, read without the radio and television as a companion) but your focus should be on these phrases. As you read through a paragraph, page, or chapter, depending on how often you want to stop/what level of detail you want to retain, keep these phrases or words in mind.

When you finish your paragraph/page/chapter, stop reading, close your eyes, and mentally recite or acknowledge every important phrase/word in order as accurately as you can. If you believe you've misquoted something, or you aren't completely sure that you've covered every phrase, open your eyes, go back to the text, and review what you believe you've failed to recite. Then flip back to where you were, close your eyes, and start from the beginning of your list of things to remember.

As you continue reading, you should add to your list of things you want to remember. Nothing differs except that, now, whenever you finish reading and you begin reviewing again, review the first phrases/facts, then the next, and continue in order until you get to the paragraph or section you've most recently read. It's almost doubtless that this may extend the time of your reading based upon how often you've decided to stop, how much information you've decided to retain, and how quickly you can mentally acknowledge stored information, but it should also drastically increase your ability to remember facts or phrases from what you read. Over time, though regrettably I have no explicit scientific evidence for this and it is possible I may be ruthlessly misusing a scientific term as happens over-often now, via neural plasticity your brain should naturally begin storing information you've just read in the mid- to long-term in preparation for your habitual review. After which the rate at which you learn becomes less oriented towards how much you can remember effectively, and more directed towards how quickly you can absorb information to remember.

Written by Ryan H. Kwon

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