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Recalling What You Read

Get understanding. That phrase has been presented several times earlier. It is important in this respect because it has to do with what your memory allows you to retain for later recall. If you don't understand what you just read, your memory will likely push the discard button on its own. If you cannot put what you just studied or read down in writing in your own words, you had best go back and beef up your understanding of the material.

There are some occasions when you just have to take a deep breath and convince yourself that you can and will understand and remember this material. Then you work at it until you get it and commit it to your memory for recall later. There is something to this positive attitude stuff. If you think you won't be able to remember something, or think you can't, chances are you'll be right.

Chances are good that you won't be able to remember every important point from a chapter of material the first time you read it. Remember the learning and review process which has been presented on these pages. Those students who make up the lower sections of the grading scale are the ones who read the assignment and think they have done what they were supposed to do. When you attack a chapter of material as suggested earlier and create your notes and questions and write things down in your own words, you are setting the learning process into motion and have a much stronger chance of retaining the information and having it available when you need it.

Remember the discussions about mnemonic devices and using antonyms, synonyms and other methods to aid your recall.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013


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