Did you know that the human brain consists of about one million neurons with several thousands of connections amongst them? It is said that our brain has a memory storage capacity of around 2.5 petabytes, but yet, people have trouble remembering/memorizing information. How to memorize anything that you read or learn?
When I was on my to becoming a chess grandmaster, I had to read hundreds of different books. And I needed to remember all of them so that I can utilize them in my future practice.
That is why I developed a special system, which I call the F.A.R method, that will help you to digest anything to study in a super-effective way.
Hundreds of my students have applied this method and they too had great results. Therefore, it is a proven way to read books effectively and to remember everything that you have studied.
What is the F.A.R method?
F – Focus
A – Association
R – Repetition
Throughout your life, millions of different things happen around you. Your brain needs to filter out millions of different bits of information. There are different buildings, people, cars, and whatnot.
And that is why, your brain has to FOCUS on what is important and essential, remember that, and filter out the rest.
Therefore, you must let your brain know which information is super-important for you; the information that you want and need to remember.
The way to do it is to put your full focus on studying. Let me illustrate this with an example:
Scenario #1: You fully immerse yourself in studying something for only half an hour
Scenario #2: You study something for 2 hours, but you are constantly distracted with different things; you take your mobile phone, you text your friend(s), and there is a TV running in the background, or maybe even you are eating/drinking something.
There is no doubt that you will be able to remember a lot of information in the first scenario than the second.
If you are not focused, most of your studying will not be effective and unfortunately, you will unable to remember lots of things that you study.
That’s why FOCUS is the first, core element to effective study.
Your brain operates by building associations and networks. That is how your brain digests information.
Have you ever seen mind maps? That’s the graphical representation of the way your brain processing information. It takes different bits of information and it connects them all into a united system.
If you want to remember anything, you need to include it in a certain system. In other words, you need to build associations.
Let me give you an example:
Have you ever been in a situation where you meet someone new, the person says his name, and after a little while, you want to address that person and you are like “Oh, what was his name?!”.
It happens for most of us. So how to make sure that you remember things? Very simple, you need to build associations.
Let’s imagine that the name of the new guy you meet is Bill. To remember his name, think about any other “Bill” that you know. Maybe there’s a friend of yours with the same name.
Even if you don’t happen to know anyone personally with this name, you can think about any celebrity that you know. For example, Bill Gates.
And then you can mentally visualize, imagining a situation of how this new friend of yours interacts with Bill Gates. Maybe Bill Gates signs a contract with that guy to fix bugs in the latest Microsoft Windows.
And once you create this kind of a visual image for that person, the next time you see him, you will immediately think about the contract he signed with Bill Gates, of course, in your imaginary story. 😊
And most importantly, you will remember that the guy’s name is Bill.
That’s the simple way how you can remember anything – by building associations.
Additionally, if you study any new information, think about how you can connect it with something that you already know. You can even draw a certain scheme on a paper or just mentally create a system, which will help you digest everything that you study.
Most people believe that reading something once is enough to remember the information. Of course, this is never true. If you read something once, you will remember only 10% of the information.
It is not that you have a bad memory; it is the same for everyone. Therefore, you need to study the information a few times.
For example, if you decide to master a certain new skill, say martial arts, you realize that seeing or doing it once is never enough for you to acquire the skill. You have got to do it over and over again to master that skill.
But somehow, we fail to apply the same, very straight-forward logic, to our learning process. You need to develop a certain mental habit, and that is exactly what you do through REPETITION.
Therefore, if you read a book and you need to remember what you learned from it, read it once again the next day. Maybe you don’t have to read the entire book, but at least, go through the main takeaways.
This will help you digest 100% of the information.
These were the 3 core principles of super-effective learning. Whether you are studying or working, you can apply the F.A.R method - Focus, Association, and Repetition.
P.S. Write down in the comments below how you are going to apply this method. What do you need to study? Are you studying in a school/college or do you want to improve your professional skills at work? Please let me know for I am curious.