Can you read a book and digest it all without note taking?

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    Or is note taking a must?

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    i cant even read the calendar and remember what the date/day is let alone a book
    notes + rehearsal --> long term memory = the way forward :yep:

    For me my hand writing is quite bad and I type quicker so I just typed up all my notes in full at first then after multiple drafts I read through it and slowly condensed it so it was more manageable to read. It was easier for me but we all learn differently. Albeit for my biology i just read the textbook and was fine

    No, I'm sorry but this is just how human memory works. We don't have the capacity to remember everything from every book we've read without regular recall.

    You lost me at "can you read a book"

    To be honest, I think people can. It's often quicker than making flashcards or making a mindmap. In the lead up to exams for me notes are a waste of time. But like before then when I'm just revising casu then making flashcards etc is pretty helpful. I also use cramming where I write paragraphs over and over again but that's just me and most people can't. It's just quicker

    Yes you can. My handwriting is often very messy and I don't have the patience to write up a lot of notes so for my GCSEs I usually read the textbooks a few times and that's what worked for me. If you want, you can write notes to aid the understanding process and then for revision just go over the textbook.
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