Have you finished reading a text and not remembering what you just read? This is more common than you can imagine. I’ve been through this problem. Lots of other people too.
It’s like we have not read anything. No sentence among the dozens we just read was in the memory.
The answer lies in these two words: silent reading.
Silent reading is the main obstacle for you to memorize words.
The good news is that scientists reveal a good simple and effective hint to keep fresh information in our memory for much longer:
The secret to memorize words and phrases is: Read aloud!
This is really a good tip for you remember what you read.
So, if you want to remember a poem, important quotations, questions and answers read aloud!
Also read aloud if you want to memorize the scriptures, store vocabulary for a new language, memorize laws and material for contests.
Everything will be easier for you to memorize using this technique.
Many people with great general knowledge benefit from this technique, used by our ancestors, whose effectiveness proved by science.
You might even ask, “But, Jackson, is it really worth it to expose myself by reading aloud if I’ve been getting results with silent reading?”
I reaffirm that following the good science tip is better because you will memorize much more quickly than with silent reading. It will earn time and time worth gold because time lost does not recover.
There are many other benefits of reading aloud:
- To improves your diction because you observe its intonation and consequently seek to correct what it takes.
- Your breathing improves a lot
- The organs of your speech machine become stronger
- Increase your self-confidence
- It improves your vocabulary and your general knowledge, since you will keep more things in the memory.
In addition, I left one last because it is very important because many people suffer from lack of concentration.
Reading aloud is an excellent remedy to improve your concentration.
This is because this way of reading enhances the focus between mind and voice. You can memorize anything.
A recent University of Waterloo study found that reading aloud is an important factor in holding back words in long-term memory.
The so-called “production effect” study that is the dual action of speaking and listening to oneself brings immense benefits to memory:
“This study confirms that learning and memory benefit from active involvement,” said Colin M. MacLeod, a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Waterloo, who coauthored the study with the lead author, post-doctoral fellow Noah Forrin.
“When we add an active measure or a production element to a word, that word becomes more distinct in long-term memory, and hence more memorable.”
The study tested four methods in 95 participants:
- Reading in silence
- Listen to someone read
- Listen to a recording of yourself by reading
- And read loudly in real time
The results showed that the production effect of reading information aloud to itself resulted in better recall.
“When we consider the practical applications of this research, I think of seniors who are advised to do puzzles and crosswords to help strengthen their memory. This study suggests that the idea of action or activity also improves memory. And we know that regular exercise and movement are also strong building blocks for a good memory,” said Professor MacLeod.
The journal memory published this study.
So, if you have something to remember then read it aloud.
How to Read aloud to an audience
The tips below are from WikiHow. They are important to anyone who needs to read something in public. Teachers, speakers and coaches often read something aloud to his listeners:
Breathe. Shallow or quick breaths will not help you – in addition, the deep breath can calm you and make you express your emotions. Before reading, slow down with inspires and expires. Focus on the book. Counting some rhythm in your head or humming a song can also help to calm you down.
Be comfortable and relax. It’s hard to focus on a book when you’re restless, and caring about your friends’ reactions will not help keep your voice steady. Read seated unless you do it for a short time and avoid worries and discomfort: Call home to find out if your children are well or go to the bathroom.
Know what you are reading. Familiarity is comforting, so stop for a minute before reading aloud to look through the text. If possible (for example, if you are giving a lecture), reread the material in silence before doing it out loud; if not, looking through everything and reading the most important phrases (for example, the last of a chapter) will help you.
Read with passion. Speak slowly enough so that listeners can understand it and change the intonation of your voice – do not read in a single tone! This can promote the success or failure of your reading aloud, but relax and let your voice change naturally.
Speak clearly. Try to increase your vocabulary in case you find words that you cannot pronounce and go slow. When you pause to breathe, look further into the text to see what you will still read. Do not murmur or read too fast.
Make eye contact. From time to time, look at the audience and do this. If it’s a funny book, face them and make a face or smile. This establishes the connection between you and your readers and pausing the reading may allow you to clear your throat or breathe deeply.
Finally, but this other important tip from WikiHow:
Do not worry about mistakes. If you stutter in a word or cannot pronounce it, smile and continue! Do not lose your mind; expect to make some mistakes and do not mind them. Have a good time!