How do you better extract and retain information without resorting to iffy gimmicks? Andy Orin shares the best and most thoughtful answer to this question from Stack Exchange.
Knowledge of Retaining Knowledge
The first step is “impression.” Anything that impresses you or can leave a visual impact on you is more likely to be accurately remembered. Second is “association.” Anything you can associate with knowledge or experience you already have is more likely to be remembered. This results in you better being able to make associations in topics on which you are already knowledgeable, because you have many experiences to tie together. Lastly, there is “repetition.” Maybe you do not want to reread an entire report or book multiple times, but rereading selected key points can reinforce them in memory. To reinforce the ideas outlined here, you can read the original explanation: http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-best-absorb-information-while-reading-1538836809