What is the best way to memorize information?!

@Rochaten (159)
Portugal
May 31, 2012 7:59pm CST
I am a law student and I'm with some difficulties in memorize a lot of information in a short time!How do you guys can analyze 150 pages in 4/6 days?! I liked to read faster, but it takes me a lot to process the texts.I usually read, summarize and highlight the most important parts! But I need tips! Someone here has a good method to study and memorize information quickly and intelligently?!
11 responses
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
I used to read it carefully, slowly to understand it more, focus and read it repeatedly to memorize some information. As you mentioned, summarizing and highlighting important importation could really help to memorize things.Sometimes some significant word could help too to recall the thought or importance of the information.
@Rochaten (159)
• Portugal
1 Jun 12
Hum I see! But when I try to read text´s carefully and slowly, I stay with anxiety and stress because nothing is in my memory.
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
I guess because you used to read fast so you feel anxious when reading it quite a bit slower that the usual.Sometimes things around us like noise destructs our concentration.
• United States
1 Jun 12
An old method that works well for me is L.C.R.C.W.C.R. Look, Copy, Read, Cover, Write, Check, Repeat. Look- Look at a small bit of material you need to memorize( 1 term at a time helps) Copy- Copy the material exactly as it is written on a piece of paper Read- Read through the material you just wrote Cover- Cover what you just wrote with a piece of paper or book Write- Write the definition and term(material) Check- remove the paper or book from the written material that you copied at first and check it in relation to the new material that you wrote. If it is not exact, you must do it over. Repeat- Repeat with the material until it is word for word. Then you can go on and do the rest. It takes a lot of work- but totally worth it. I have used this technique a numerous amount of times for definitions of terms I had to learn in a short period of time.
@Rochaten (159)
• Portugal
1 Jun 12
Thank you ! I will try LCRCWCR =) . It takes a lot of work , but I know that this method works 100%. But one question,what do you do with long text´s or large subjects?!
• United States
1 Jun 12
Long texts would take too long to do LCRCWCR. ( I swear there used to be an easier code word for this! haha)...Anyway, you take it section by section. Read, re-read, and re-read until you have memorized it. No longer than a paragraph. If the paragraph is too long you only do 3-4 sentences at a time. This is how actors usually memorize monologues. Another way would be to write the paragraph over and over again until it sinks in.Switching between handwriting and typing seems to work well for me too. Also teaching the information in the section to someone helps you learn it twice as fast as well ;) Good luck!
1 Jun 12
The only thing that works in memorizing information is to rewrite it again and again until I made it perfectly. You can also try to get the essence of the subject you are memorizing and just say it in your own words. But if you really need to memorize the 150 pages word for word, my suggestion is to rewrite it. It works for me maybe it will work for you too.
• India
1 Jun 12
But it will take long time.I think interest in particular subject is enough..We should cultivate interest...
@lady1993 (18609)
• Philippines
1 Jun 12
My friend has always written everything that she understood from what she read.. since if you write, you can remember it more, than just reading and highlighting. It may be very tiresome but it is effective. What you read will be lessened too, since what you write will only be the important stuff.
@Rochaten (159)
• Portugal
1 Jun 12
When I read, always write the most important ideas on paper! But I write only with small words.
@velentina (893)
• Mauritius
20 Aug 12
I have a good and effective method of memorizing. If you learn in the morning the notes will be fresh in your mind. After reading a text, close your eyes and try to memorize the notes you have read and repeat it as well. It will stay in your mind for longer. Just try with short notes first and try to memorize as such and see the result. Goodluck for your revision.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
1 Jun 12
When I have a lot of text to read little amount of time, usually I speed read & then try to go over it and highlight it. Write out what I've highlighted and while I'm writing & re-reading through what I've copied, I listen to classical music which helps me retain what I've just learned. You can probably learn to speed read somewhere on you tube and some people listen to other kinds of music other than classical to help them. (I just do better with classical) I learned to speed read long ago & it does help out a lot. Good Luck!!
@subhojit10 (7382)
• India
1 Jun 12
Yeah being an engineering student i too face the same problem as yours. What i do is first reading out the entire chapter, then take out the keywords from a lengthy paragraph and then in the exam i form my own sentences having the same meaning as it had in the text.. Hope you try this out.
1 Jun 12
The way that works for me is i skim read the text first, then go through and highlight anything which seems important and disregard anything unimportant or padding. For names, dates and quotes that i need to remember I will repeat quickly over and over for 1 minute each and this gets the information stuck in my head and a question will bring it back to the front when needed. Anything else I just re-read the section outloud a couple times as that brings in two senses and doubles the amount you learn. It works for me but does look a bit complicated now I've wrote it down.
@Zer0Stats (1316)
• India
1 Jun 12
Reread the passage that you need to memorise over and over again until it is pretty much stuck in your head.I often need to read passage at least three times.At first my reading go fast,getting a insight on the topic then I read the second time slowly and underline important points.And then make a note of the points and revise it thoroughly.
• India
1 Jun 12
If you really want to remember everything that you have learn there is only one way. Interest in Subjects that you learn.You can find that it is difficult to learn that subjects that you dislike.But you can find easy to memorise the subjects that you like!! I am sure every person in the world might have experienced this feeling. But what is tough is to cultivate the interest in other subjects.You should try to cultivate interest in other subjects.Because we are not able to cultivate interest,people seek other options.Even if others seek other options,By adopting other options,You cannot memorise that much.But of you have interest,You can even memorise more.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
1 Jun 12
Hi Rochaten, I really wish I could help you because I can hear how serious this issue is to you...But I suffer from C R S( can't remember s%&t) and its really bad...lol.... But good luck to you and I hope you find some sort of answer to your dilemma....