Study using “The Soup Can Method”

The first time you make a can of soup, you read the instructions on the side of the can and carefully follow each step. The next time you make the can of soup, you remember some of the steps and read the ones you forgot. The next time you make the can of soup, you only read a few words and the rest comes to memory. The next time you make the can of soup, you do not even look at the instructions; you just make the soup.

You can study using this same technique. Take, for example, a chapter in a textbook. The first time you sit down to study, read the chapter carefully and slowly. Then wait a week; read the chapter again, skipping over the parts you remember. Wait another week, and repeat. Finally, wait another week; as you read the chapter this time, you will be able to recall the contents nearly verbatim. This is “The Soup Can Method.”