Step 8 review o plan to do your first complete review

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Step 8: ReviewoPlan to do your first complete review within 24 hours of reading the material. Sound the trumpets! This point is critical: A review within 24 hours moves information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory.
oReview within 1 day. If you read it on Wednesday, review it on Thursday. During this review, look over your notes and clear up anything you don’t understand. Recite some of the main points again.oThis review can be short. You might spend as little as 15 minutes reviewing a difficult 2-hour reading assignment. Investing that time now can save you hours later when studying for exams.Step 9: Review againoThe final step in Muscle Reading is the weekly or monthly review. This step can be very short—perhaps only 4 or 5 minutes per assignment. Simply go over your notes. Read the highlighted parts of your text. Recite one or two of the more complicated points. The purpose of these reviews is to keep the neural pathways to the information open and to make them more distinct. That way, the information can be easier to recall. You can accomplish these short reviews anytime, anywhere, if you are prepared. oConduct a 5-minute review while you are waiting for a bus, for your socks to dry, or for the water to boil. Three-by-five cards are a handy review tool. Write ideas, formulas, concepts, and facts on cards, and carry them with you. These short review periods can be effortless and fun. Sometimes longer review periods are appropriate. Sometimes a second reading will provide you with surprising insights. oDecades ago, psychologists identified the primacy-recency effect, which suggests that we most easily remember the first and last items in any presentation. oPreviewing and reviewing your reading can put this theory to work for you.Muscle Reading—A Leaner Approach:Keep in mind that Muscle Reading is an overall approach, not a rigid, step-by-step procedure. Here’s a shorter variation that students have found helpful. Practice it with anychapter in this book:oPreview and question. Flip through the pages, looking at anything that catches your eye—headings, subheadings, illustrations, photographs. Turn the title of eacharticle into a question. For example, “How Muscle Reading Works” can become “How does Muscle Reading work?” List your questions on a separate sheet of paper, or write each question on a 3x5 card.oRead to answer your questions. Read each article. Then go back over the text and underline or highlight answers to the appropriate questions on your list.oRecite and review. When you’re done with the chapter, close the book. Recite by reading each question—and answering it—out loud. Review the chapter by looking up the answers to your questions. (It’s easy—they’re already highlighted.)Review again by quizzing yourself one more time with your list of questions.

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