Learning scientific studies through careful highlighting

From Andrew Bihl:

In my experience, much of learning technical information comes down to drawing categories and relationships. I’ve found while reading that by highlighting statements according to their purpose, I can more quickly understand the information being presented. It also helps me stay focused and see which statements I didn’t comprehend on first pass. I assign statements to one of five functions:

  • points

  • limitation

  • evidence

  • value

  • background

Via Hacker News

Quadruple Learning – I can find it later

I’ve been researching cameras- specifically, Micro Four-Thirds cameras. They differ from traditional “SLR” cameras because they don’t have a viewfinder. Micro Four-Thirds cameras are significantly smaller than most cameras.

What I’m finding is that I re-read the articles on the camera several times. I’ve visited DPreview’s article on the Panasonic DMC-GF5 about seven times. Why didn’t I choose to read and retain all the information the first time? I knew it would be online, waiting for me. Wired had an article about “Google Memory”, where they talked about how we are choosing to remember less information because we know we can Google it later.

I think this is happening. I’m choosing to read and gain information based on the fact that I could retrieve it later.