Memory is an enigmatic, innate capability of the human mind. Its potential is immense, and when harnessed correctly, it can serve as an extremely powerful tool for our day-to-day interactions, learning experiences, and overall personal development. To truly tap into the power of memory, we must recognize and understand two key aspects: implementing acquired memory techniques in everyday life and the regular practice of specific memory training exercises.
Abstract words can often seem like a labyrinth for many when it comes to comprehension and retention. Words like ‘necessary,’ ‘creativity,’ and even ‘abstract’ itself can present a challenge to visualize and remember. However, through a series of exercises and strategies, this blog post will guide you towards mastering these abstract words and improving your overall understanding and memory.
Have you ever tried speed reading? If you think speed reading is just reading really fast, skimming or skipping words, you’d be dead wrong. You read every single word.
Are you a slow reader? Do you often go back to re-read something to simply just not remember it again? I used to be a terrible reader. I would read a couple of pages and my mind had already wandered to everything else except for what was in the text.
Here’s a tip I give my coaching clients regarding speed reading…
Does it take you a few pages to warm up when reading a book? In the case of speed reading this happens a lot since many people can find it a challenge to steer the ship as they navigate their way through a book. I was never great at reading past chapter two of any book because it would take mental energy to try and understand, hence I had to go back and re-read, to only have to go back and re-read again!
Have you tried speed reading previously and have had difficulties implementing the techniques? There are many challenges to speed reading which mostly include retaining what you read. There’s no point in reading fast if you’re not understanding. Here are a couple of things I usually train my coaching clients that will make your speed reading work.
I was never a big reader. I have no idea how I made it through school. I would read a sentence and almost immediately forget what I had read. Multiply that by a few pages and trying to recall written information was a fairly difficult task. Especially if it was ‘technical’ content, then I would have to go back and re-read many times over. Just so I can fully understand what I had gone through.
Want to know what a book is all about without having to read all of it? Here’s a cool way of using mind mapping to grasp the content of a book. It doesn’t take long and can even be done without speed reading. I call this the keyword map. It can be applied to a whole book or a section of a book, such as a chapter. Here’s how it works.
I was never a reader. I didn’t read much at school and even throughout my university life. I have no idea how I passed but I was quite fortunate that I did. Then again, studying Information Systems didn’t exactly present you with library of texts to consume. I use to see leaflets and flyers around university for speed reading claiming that you can read twice as fast and improve comprehension, but I just didn’t take it seriously and to an extent, didn’t believe it.