How disheartening it is to spend many hours reading and preparing for an examination only for you to fail at the end of the day because you were only able to remember just little or nothing out of what you read.
It doesn’t take long hours of reading to get something to stick to your memory; all you need are just effective reading patterns which will be stated in this article.
1. Be well rested
Before you read, make sure you’re well rested. It is advisable to take a nap before you read so as to get your brain and mind relaxed. Adequate rests will help you retain more information in your brain as you read.
2. Eat well
To assimilate better while reading, ensure you’re well fed. You being hungry while reading will cause you to be distracted and your mind elsewhere. Do not overeat before reading as this might cause drowsiness which you do not want. Eat moderately and healthy and this will help you assimilate better.
3. Read in a quiet environment
This is essential to assimilate better as you’ll be free from distractions. You can isolate yourself in a room or go out to a relaxed environment with little or no noise. Reading in a noisy environment will cause you distractions and frustration as you tend to lose focus.
4. Study which reading pattern works better for you
You should read at a time you know you tend to assimilate better. Study yourself to know which time of the day you tend to assimilate better and endeavor to read at that time. There are some people who tend to assimilate better very early in the morning before the day starts, some during the day and some late at night. So figure out which category you fall into and make use of it.
5. Take breaks while reading
Studies have shown that to assimilate better while reading, you should take 16 minutes break every 52 minutes you read. It’s not advisable to read for hours continuously without break as this might lead to some health problems. Breaks while reading helps to cool your brain down and relaxes it.
If you can apply these tips while reading, I can assure you that you’ll retain more than you have. If you found this article helpful, please drop a comment and if you know of other tips, kindly drop in the comment box