The next time you finish studying, I’d like for you to give yourself a 5 minute lecture on what you just read.
Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, but just give it a try.
You see, one way to help new ideas cement in your mind is to recite them back to yourself.
If you simply read a textbook passively, you will probably remember less than a third of what you should within a few days. And you will probably remember a lot less two months later.
However, if you’re actively reading and reciting key concepts back to yourself it will help connect these ideas to your core memory.
And if you’re able to attach these new ideas to subjects you already know well, this will help the new ideas stick in your mind much longer – and much easier.
So talk to yourself after you’ve studied.
It’s a great way to test yourself on what you just read. And it will force your mind to remember more and more each time you study.
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