People read for various reasons. Some read for pleasure while passing the time, others just for the sake of broadening their knowledge of the world. But when we read for pleasure opposed to reading in order to comprehend something complicated that is important to us the difference is quite significant. When you read with the purpose to actually learn something, you need to be able to absorb the information and retain it in the long term memory bank of your brain.
It has been proven by recent studies that the most effective technique for studying, comprehending and remembering information is by applying a very simple rule. You study for 30 to 50 minutes at a time and then take a 10 minute break in between. You also need to study a little bit each day for a long period of time. That’s in case you need to prepare for a final test, for example.
The study compared the test results of people who had to learn a list of words. Half of the test subjects were given a week to study the list day by day and the other half just one afternoon before the final test.
This experiment proved that if you spread your learning in different smaller intervals of time you actually put less strain on your brain meaning you will be able to absorb and recall more information.