7 Steps to Retain Knowledge Through Reading

Reading is a vehicle for transmitting ideas, knowledge and emotions. But there are more reasons why reading is important in our lives, for example: sharing and connecting with others, remembering, knowing our environment better and ourselves, facilitating communication … No doubt that reasons more than enough to take into account and value in favor of reading (and more with the little that asks us in return).

Well it is true that there are different levels reading. It will all depend on our involvement with the subject to be read and the purpose of that reading. Because it is not the same to read a book for leisure (in which you let go) to read a book to acquire a certain knowledge (in which you will have to put something more on your part: take notes, look for related readings …).

In this last type of reading in which you want to acquire a knowledge and remember it as long as possible, from TICbeat give us a series of keys, as: The importance of putting a purpose, become a teacher and share the knowledge, link/link Concepts, and apply the knowledge, apply what you learned.

It is also interesting to note, and it is in what we are going to stop today, the “Seven steps to make the most of your reading” shared from Ebook friendly and created by Blinkist. In these seven steps three phases are distinguished in reading: Pre-reading (Customize, browse, ask questions and restructure content), reading (take notes) and post reading (review and share).

7 Steps to get the most out of your reading
Pre Reading

  1. Personalize: First of all, ask yourself what you want to learn from the book, how it could affect you and why you should read it. Linking the content to your life will help you keep what you read.
  2. Zoom out: Take a look at the book or read some summaries online to get the gist of it. Now you know what you’re looking for!
  3. Ask yourself questions: Write down some hot questions as you go knowing something else about the book. This will help you to read carefully.
  4. Restructuring: Review the book to identify its key points and them. Leave room to point out future details of each point. This will be the spine.


  1. Take notes: Start reading! As you progress, fill in the key points you found in step 4 with the details and the facts of support. Use your own words, this will help you remember.

Post Reading

  1. Review: You finished the book and your own personalized summary! Report right away, a few hours later. This will help you stay in your mind.
  2. Sharing: The best way to reinforce what you learn is to share it.

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