Mnemonic: SING - How to remember what you read


Remembering read information takes an effort, especially when reading information/data in text books that will probably only be read once

  • Note taking (in any form) is a good way of recording the information for learning, but how do I remember both the background information and the data to make it useful information in the future
Stop - at end of text/passage for a second to focus on the read text
Identify - the main point/s of the text. Stories are hierarchical. Focus on retaining the points
Never - mind the details. Focus on the point/s
Gist; get the - of the story. Overall - all point/s together 

Other techniques I use to remember read information include: 

    • Reading the contents pages of a book prior to reading the book, a primer to understanding the gist of a book (see I and G above)
      • If I'm bored I will also skim the index pages in the same manner
    • Reading the first few paragraphs/pages of a chapter and then skipping to the last paragraphs/page
      • Text book chapters will begin with an introduction to the contents of the chapter (the first few paragraphs/pages) and end with a conclusion (the last few paragraphs/pages)
        • The information in between/the bulk of the chapter is simply discussion and only of further interest if required to understand the conclusion (see N above)

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Random notes

Paraphrases, short form stories and original thoughts

"As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The person who grasps principles can successfully select their own methods. The person who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble." Adapted from Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Above all else learn to communicate and collaborate"
"Seek to understand and provide not to pursuade"
"A permaculturalist lives by the ethics, a permaculture designer is a permaculturalist who consciously implements the principles"
"An idea is not a design"
"An idea is a response to a perceived need; an interface between subconscious and conscious "
"Design first, plan second"
"State the obvious, so everybody knows the obvious"
"Permawash - Taking anything from history, religion, culture, thoughts in your phking head and saying this is permaculture (design)" Pippi 201005
"Design is part of an implementation feedback loop; Design can be thought of as the problem resolution phase/stage/pattern/process/system"
"She'll be right" a euphemism for "we won't be around when this becomes a problem!"
"She will not be right unless shes done right"