How to Retain Information Better

A lot of people find it hard to retain information after they read something. Even when you enjoy a certain text, you may have trouble remembering the information that you’ve read. However, just because you’re not in the habit of retaining information properly doesn’t mean that you can’t learn how to remember what you read. In fact, there are quite a few simple strategies that will help you retain information better.

Teach Others

One of the best ways to learn a new concept is to explain it to someone else. When you have an opportunity to teach certain material to someone, you will carefully choose the most important information and think hard about the best way to present it. This will help you remember the material more accurately. This is why you should always seek opportunities to teach others. A good idea is to see if any of your fellow students are having trouble with their homework and offer to help them.

Know When To Study

You should never study when you’re sleep-deprived or when you don’t have enough time to properly read the material. After all, studying is an activity that should never be rushed. Ideally, you should figure out during which part of the day are you most awake and use it to study. By using this strategy, you will ensure that you retain information better.

Skim The Text Before Reading It

You shouldn’t just dive into the material you’re reading. Instead, try skimming the text before you actually decide to read it. In case you’re not familiar with this concept, skimming a text means that you should search for important keywords and topics within the material. If you have a clue what you’ll be reading about before you actually decide to start digging into the pages, you will be able to remember more information.

Sleep More

By sleeping more, you will improve your memory, which will help you retain information better. Without getting enough sleep, you will have a hard time remembering what you’ve read, even if you went through the material a few times. However, if you’re rested properly, then you’ll have a good chance of remembering most of the material after reading it just once. It’s worth mentioning that you’ll improve your memory recall even if you take just a short nap.

Try Microlearning

Microlearning is a relatively new learning strategy that revolves around the idea of delivering small but frequent bursts of highly focused pieces of information to learners. This strategy allows people to consume knowledge quickly. On top of that, they will get to know how to apply the new knowledge almost instantly. Nowadays, the only thing that you’ll need to give microlearning a try is a smartphone.

Study Actively

If you try to remember every single word in the material, then you simply won’t have enough time to go through it. Instead of focusing on everything that’s on those pages, make sure to separate the fluff from what’s important. Once you do that, the next step is to actively read the important part of the text. This means that you’ll need to take notes, look up words you’re not familiar with, and read aloud. However, keep in mind that active studying requires some time, so you shouldn’t use this strategy if you don’t have enough time to do it properly.

Acknowledge Your Mistakes

Although you probably don’t like it when you make a mistake, you’ll need to learn how to acknowledge and embrace them, since this is one of the best ways to retain information better. You shouldn’t be too hard on yourself if you make a mistake. Instead, you should look at it like a part of the learning process. This will encourage you to find the right answer and remember the information later on.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.