Memory Spring Monthly

Improve Reading Recall Through Proper Previewing

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Our memory is wrapped around everything  in our lives. One area that most of us struggle with is reading recall (retention). It seems like every time we read something it goes into our eyes yet never sticks in our brain. We end up having to read something multiple times before it sticks. As a result, we burn valuable time and energy. In addition, we never get the retention, comprehension rate, and test scores (if testing) that we need. Proper previewing can help.
 
Previewing reading material is a simple process that prepares the mind for reading and establishes a framework for reading effectiveness and comprehension. While it takes a little bit of time upfront, you gain huge time savings in faster reading speed, better recall, and improved reading comprehension. Just follow these simple steps for non-fiction books and you will experience significant improvement in a short period of time.
 
1) Examine the outside, author's information, and publisher's information (including copyright date). In most cases the outside will give you a feel for the book and build interest. The author's information will give you background on the author and verify his/her credibility on the subject. The publisher information and copyright date will give you a feel for the book's relevance. 
 
2) Read the front info (forward, preface, etc.). This section builds the justification why the book was created and builds a good case for reading the remainder of the book. 
 
3) Review table of contents. The table of contents provides you with the framework of the book. Being clear on the framework of the book allows you to store information in your head in a more recallable way.  
 
4) Quickly thumb through the book paying attention to pictures, tables, and other reference points. This helps you gain more insight into the book and also provides you with reference points to improve recall.  
 
5) Read the summary and conclusion carefully. Everything written in the book is designed to support the summary and conclusion. Knowing the book's summary and conclusion makes it easier to store, recall and comprehend the information written in the book.With fiction books you do not read the summary and conclusion (ahead of time) because fiction books are written for you to discover at the turn of every page. 
 
6) Quickly review indexes, bibliographies, etc. This gives you insight into where data for the book came from.
 
So take the time to properly preview your next book. It will enhance your recall, improve retention, save time, and improve the quality of your life. Get started today!
 
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