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1 simple trick to boost your knowledge retention
1 simple trick to boost your knowledge retention

We've added a timer to your eReader, it'll even prompt you to take a breather every 10 minutes to reflect on what you've just learnt!

Updated over a week ago

Did you know that we work with a learning researcher?

He's been helping us build Perlego to be a better learning tool, and he absolutely swears by this simple technique.

The technique

Taking small and regular breaks on your next read might well be the start of you retaining all that knowledge. With the help of the timer in the eReader, you will be prompted to use the technique below:

  1. Set a timer for 10 mins

  2. Read until the timer stops

  3. Pause* reading, take a few deep breaths, reflect** on what you read for 30 seconds

  4. Repeat

Play around with reading and pause times and see what works best for you.

But won't frequent pauses waste time?

Nope! The studies say that what you might use in terms of time here you'll regain in the future. You'll have a better shot at remembering what you learnt and won't have to spend so much time re-visiting or revising in the future!

*What does "Pause" mean?

Pause can mean a range of things and what you do during your pause will depend on your intended outcome. It can range from a few seconds to deep breathe and contemplate what you read, or a chance to reflect.

**What does "Reflect" mean?

It doesn't have to be anything major, just long enough to remember the main points. But if you really want to turbo charge your learning, you can do any of the below:

  • Remember and re-phrase the main points in the text

  • Scribble down some notes, potentially some key words or phrases

  • Connect what you've just read to personal experience

  • Consider the implications of the ideas or concepts beyond what you've read

What are you waiting for? Give it a try on your next read!

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