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Tips On Retaining The Loads Of Text In The Texbooks
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Tips on Retaining the Loads Of Text In the Texbooks

There are some very practical techniques to use that I remember straight from one of my first college classes. Thing is, I'm not re-teaching a class; rather, imparting techniques that I learned before during and after those college courses. One of the constant techniques is reviewing the entire document, or scanning the whole chapter(s) by physically tracing your finger over the headlines to the paragraphs.

The Details

One of the most difficult tasks when starting out in college is the desire to remember every detail in the assigned readings. Not a bad task to attempt, but with time-management becoming an issue with juggling all of your other responsibilities for that day, which will be jeopardized; unless you have photographic memory. Another surprise is we all have this ability! More on this later.

We all want to succeed and remember what we are reading to pass that exam, write that paper, and most importantly, be proficient with the learned knowledge as new professional skills. I'm sorry but unless you have unlocked the virtual memory as I like to call it, then count on multiple hours memorizing line by line of text; especially with technical writings. Every word of every sentence contains the design of whole worlds!! Yes indeed! One sentence in a description of Web Design for example, can impart the knowledge in learning pieces of an entire language!

Take Breaks

Among the academic techniques are: scan the entire assigned document, take notes of the headings, review assignment instructions (a break from reading the text), and actually trace with your finger over the main topics in the chapters once again; also including the first couple sentences in the paragraphs. Accomplish what you can in one hour and step away for five minutes, or after two hours; give it ten minutes before diving in again. This is really helpful, and might seem like a waste of valuable time, but trust me; it saves many aggravating hours in the long run - even the same study/work period!

Write it Down

Using the tracing technique may prove inefficient when studying online, but the gist of the task is to train your eyes to comprehend whole words and then sentences by one look. These principles actually get into speed reading techniques, but for now; tackling the task of reducing the amount of time spent is the goal for comprehension on the first attempt. More advanced users can start reading as their finger would trace the page forward - even backwards. Very true! When my eyes move back to the left of the document; I'm reading backwards in a zigzag pattern, down the length of the page.

Trust the Monitor

More and more people are doing college online and these principles can still work, it just takes practice. Retention is the goal and after reducing the amount of time trying to tackle a subject or assignment, it is best to stop in the middle and get refreshed. I know it sounds like a break of concentration, but it is what helps reboot the brain with what has just been processed. Good luck with your Studies!

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