How to remember all you read in books - The notecard system

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Give some relief to your mind, put It in a notecard

When It comes to reading books, many people follow the conventional path of reading without further consideration. They just read the book from start to finish in a robotic way, not writing down lessons they might have considered interesting and even If they do, It becomes more a loose paragraph that doesn't add up to something bigger. What If I told you that there's a way in which you can remember what you have learned from a book much more easily with just the use of notecards? Well, that's precisely the subject of this article, where I'll explain how using notecards can improve not only your research progress, though also your set of skills in life so you can become much better with any book you read. Let's begin:


Why writing what you read makes It stick longer?

When you type words into a keyboard, you activate different areas of the brain than when you write. When you use the first method, you use your fine motor skills, which are the ones responsible for the little coordinated movements we make when we combine our hands, our fingers and our eyes in a much more limited way than when you write, as It takes more dexterity to write each letter physically than when you use a digital medium for it.

That said, when you read and write text in paper, you tend to remember the specific movements realized to create each letter, which makes It much more probable that you will remember things better when you write than when you type them. Along with this, since our primal past we have been accustomed to interact with our world in a physical way, carving messages into walls, using ink to write into manuscripts and many other resources, thing that smartphones and computers tend to lack.


How to use the notecard system:

The main benefit you get when you not only write, though also order what you have written in an ordered manner is far greater than what any class can teach you, as you are able to revisit that knowledge over and over to verify things you might have forgotten or missed out.

Using the notecard system isn't hard at all. The only thing you should have at hand should be a package of notecards, a pen, a highlighter and your favorite book. First you should read the book as you normally do, now highlighting all those things you consider important or interesting to you, letting the knowledge of It sit on your mind for 1 to 2 days and then going back to that highlighted text to paraphrase and write It into the notecard. While you do this, you organize each note with all the ones related to the book and bu the time you finish, you will have a pretty good summary with all the relevant information that you will need to create essays, articles or even your own book.


I hope that this article could have been of use to you, showing you the virtues of having a structured system to take notes of papers or books, signaling the virtues of writing by hand and telling you how to apply the notecard system to improve your studying sessions and whatever research you do.

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