Reading for Memory
From Oliver Johnson
Throughout your degree you will have a lot of reading material to cover, and committing this reading to memory can be hard. Before you start your reading you should set an overview objective for reading. Journalists use six questions to tell a story: who, what, when, where, why and how. Ideally your objectives should start with one of these
'Preview and review' allows you to focus more clearly on what you are reading. To create your own reading plan:
- Read overview material
- Preview every page for two seconds thinking about objectives, and what you do/do not need to read.
- Make a note of important pages to return to.
- Revisit your objective and check it's still what you need from the material.
- Read the sections relevant to your objective and make notes.
- If you've fulfilled your objective, stop. If not take a break and do something different, and return to it later.