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    Default Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques (Time)

    Five leading psychologists have evaluated learning techniques and Time summarized their findings.

    Worst techniques
    - Highlighting and underlining (even can get in the way of learning);
    - Rereading;
    - Summarizing.

    Best
    - Spreading out study sessions (the longer you want to remember, the longer the intervals should be);
    - Practice testing.

    But I succeeded my study with almost all worst techniques (except for rereading, which I didn't have the time for as an INTP), and I did none of the best. But I remember a lot even 30 years after my exams.

    May it the case that personality type is involved in learning techniques?
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    I'd always buy a pack of rainbow highlighters when I went back to school shopping, and the first couple days I'd obsessively highlight and color code anything I could. then I forget about the highlighters, maybe use them to color on myself with, then lose them.

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    Leading psychologists. Heh.

    Conclusion drawn is weak.

    What about topic interests? What about the subjects intellect? What about preference? What about experience? There are so many variables that oppose the idea that any one of these techniques is bad or good on a general level. Some might work for you, some might not.

    Perhaps it is true that for 51 or more percent of the population, highlighting is ineffective. But even than it doesn't actually say anything about the learning technique, just about the state of the the 51 or more percent of the population that sucks at it for whatever reason.

    For example, I know for a fact that the highlighting technique works wonders for people with above average photographic memory.


    PS: I learned most stuff by global reading through material the day before it was going to be tested. I didn't apply any learning technique. It's called paying attention in class and refreshing your mind before the test. It worked for me.
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    Worst methods worked fine for me. Take that leading psychologists!!! (goes and hangs out with the psychologists in the back row).
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    For me, writing what i was reading (basically, transcribing those fast-written class notes into proper, logically-organised notes) worked the best. always hated highlighting/colours though

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    Highlighting never did anything but smear my notes to hell.
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    I usually underline/use different colors in an attempt to making things stand out, when I read my notes later. the latter seldom happens tho.
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    Practice testing is definitely very helpful, so I'll say that.

    Maybe it's not good for learning, as in memorizing, but I do enjoy highlighting for organizational purposes, and rereading to make sure I understand.

    Honestly, though, the only thing good for actually committing things to memory is just cut and dry memorization. Everything else is just a way to help you get there and ease the process.

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    I rarely highlight, I only highlight titles while writing notes. I sometimes reread, and mostly summarize.

    There are some studies I follow by.... using more senses, and sleeping on it. Both have shown to have better than expected effects on studying, remembering, and understanding a subject.

    Honestly, I've gone through books without feeling like I've gone through books like other people have.

    If I truly wanted to learn, I'd use at least 3 sense (touch:physical writing, typing,) sound (listening on lectures instead of goofing off,) and sight (look at what I am reading or what the professor is writing.)

    In reading a book, it is generally touch and sight (read and then type out everything I know about a chapter).

    If I find something difficult to truly remember that day, I'd sleep on it. I think it was REM sleep that helps you process memories of the day, it is also that time that allows your body to rejuvenate.

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    I always thought highlighting was for reference purposes, not some kind of learning thing. o.o

    Speaking of sleep, I tend to work things out in my sleep. It's not unheard of for me to make charts and diagrams in my sleep since my brain can take over 'visual' functions and draw whatever the hell it wants, which helps to visualize things.

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