It has happened to all of us that we have attended training courses, read a book or learned a new skill, but after a few weeks we have forgotten most of what we have learned! If you do not use your information, you will simply forget it. This is why not only is note-taking important, but a regular review of what you have learned is also important. In this article, we take a look at the benefits of information review and the different strategies you can use to effectively review information.
Why should we review information?
When we learn new information, right after learning it, we remember it very well, but over time we forget the details. Even after a few days, we may remember only a little of what we have learned.
To remember what we have learned, we must transfer information from short-term memory (what we are currently thinking or knowing about) to long-term memory.
To do this, we must review, review, and review what we have learned. Sending information to long-term memory takes time. “Browsing” helps data to be transferred to long-term memory faster and much less volume to be forgotten.
In addition to improving learning, these strategies are also useful in everyday business situations. For example, sometimes you want to remember the details of a customer or the specific information that you need to convey in your presentation.
How to review information effectively?
1. Instant review
Take a few minutes to review the material right after you learn it. This will help make sure you understand the information and also reduce the time it takes to review it in the future.
Use effective study methods when reading material to make sure you are acting efficiently and intelligently. For example, if you have just read a chapter in a book about business, you just need to review the titles of the sections and the conclusion to keep the information in mind.
2. Rewriting and mind maps
Rewriting and reorganizing notes is another great way to browse information.
This may seem like a waste of time at first, but rewriting can be effective in reinforcing what you have learned. Research shows that the act of rewriting notes helps us to understand more.
Another way to do this is to map what you have learned. These maps are especially useful for rewriting notes, as they force you to make connections between concepts and themes.
You can also write key points in bulleted content or arrange initial notes.
3. Schedule reviews
Keep in mind that transferring information to long-term memory requires review and repetition.
It is best to review after a week, a month, and then review the notes every few months.
Make sure you have a specific review plan in place, otherwise these reviews will be marginalized when urgent issues arise. You can put reviews in your daily to-do list or in your work schedule.
It will be helpful to rewrite the notes during these regular reviews. Try to write down what you remember about the topic and compare these notes with your original notes. This method shows you what you have forgotten and you will find out what areas you need to review more. It will also be useful for boosting your memory.
Information browsing is the last step in the SQ3R process. SQ3R (short for review, question, read, recall, and review) is an efficient way to get the most out of your study.
Sleep also helps boost your memory. Research shows that if we get a good night’s sleep, we can remember more.