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  • Writer's pictureEmiliana Samangun

How to Read and Remember Any Book?

Does anyone have a love-hate relationship with books? Sometimes you like to read books and sometimes you don’t. Then, when you spent 10 minutes reading and quickly forgot what you just read so you have to start over again? Or when you learn something new by reading a book and you forgot what you learned the next day? If you ever experience these things congratulation, we’re on the same boat.

How to read & remember any book?

Psychologists refer to this as a “forgetting curve.” the forgetting curve is known as a mathematical formula that describes the rate at which information is forgotten after it is initially learned. Research suggests that our natural ability to concentrate wanes between 10-40 minutes. If we spend any longer on a given task, we get diminishing returns on our investment of time because our attention starts to wander (limitless:73).


For that reason, Jim Kwik (a famous author for best selling book by NYT, Limitless) has the best advice for us, we can use the Pomorodo technique, for those of you who did not know what is it, lucky for you I have the explanation that I took from the limitless book. So, the Pomodoro technique is a productivity method by Francesco Cirili (a CEO of Cerillo Consulting company located in Berlin) based on the idea that the optimal time for a task is 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break. Each 25-minute chunk is called “Pomodoro.”


In fact, when it comes to learning, the Pomodoro technique works for reasons related to memory, specifically the effect of primacy and recency. These two effects have a major impact on your learning process. First, the effect of primacy is that you are more likely to remember what you learn at the beginning of a learning session, a class, a presentation, or even social interaction. If you go to a party, you might meet 30 strangers. You’re most likely to remember the first few people that you met. And the second effect is recency, this one is the opposite of primacy, which is you’re most likely to remember the last thing you learned. At the same party, you will remember the names of the last few people you met (Limitless:74).

Credits: Limitless: 75

Now, we have discovered the obstacles of the reading process, what’s the next step? Let’s put it into practice. Here is what Jim says: “Set a timer for 25 minutes right now and concentrate on what you’re reading in this book for that amount of time. When your alarm goes off, bookmark this book and close it. Then write down what you learned within that 25-minute period.” didn’t we all dreamed to get the most out of the book that we read? Then the Pomodoro technique is worth trying and remembering to use the FASTER method, The acronym FASTER stands for: Forget, Act, State, Teach, Enter, Review. I wrote an article about this one last week click here if you want to speed your reading process, you need to add this one to your ‘to-do list’.


“Remember, Practice Makes Progress - Jim Kwik.” Also here is a gift for you if you want to become Limitless, that's free access to it.

Have a great Friyay lovely readers ;)


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