Join Paul Nowak for an in-depth discussion in this video The "read and recall" method, part of Learning Speed Reading (2014).
- Have you ever read a whole page of text and then wondered, "I have no clue what I just read?" In this video, I'll go over a simple exercise you can practice so this doesn't happen as often. It's called the "Read and Recall" method, and it will help you remember more of what you read. Here's how it works. You read a paragraph and then immediately take note of what you just read. Then you simply repeat the process. Read a paragraph, take a note. Read another paragraph, take a note. These notes should be quick. Just write a word or a phrase that describes some of the content in that paragraph.
Why are we doing this? The idea is to get you into the mindset of constantly asking yourself, "What did I just read?" If you force yourself to take a quick note after every paragraph you read, you'll find yourself paying more attention to the material, and with practice, you'll improve your ability to retain the information. Now, I'm not suggesting you need to take notes after every paragraph you read for the rest of your life. This is simply an exercise you can practice to improve your recall abilities. I'd suggest practicing this 15 minutes a day for two weeks if you want to strengthen your recall.
With practice, you'll find it easier to remember what you're reading because you'll be in the habit of constantly thinking, "What did I just read?" Part of the reason why we forget information is because sometimes we aren't paying attention to begin with. Have you ever forgotten someone's name almost immediately after they told you it? That's usually an attention problem. Before we try to remember anything, the first step is to always make sure we're paying attention. With reading, the same thing happens. If we aren't paying attention, then obviously we won't be able to remember. The "Read and Recall" method helps you pay attention because it forces you to take notes after every paragraph.
If I know I need to write something down, then I'm more like to pay attention while I'm reading. It's a simple but effective exercise to improving your retention.
The course then focuses on improving comprehension by understanding how memory works, practicing the "read and recall" method, and breaking down technical terms. The final chapter introduces some advanced tips and strategies for reading different types of media: news and magazine articles, textbooks, technical material, and ebooks.
- Measuring your reading speed
- Reading faster on the computer
- Reading groups of words
- Previewing and overviewing
- Improving comprehension and retention
- Understanding the 80/20 principle of reading
- Reading magazines, textbooks, diagrams, and ebooks