For most of my life, I was a *very* slow and highly-selective reader, but remembered everything I did read. I not only remembered nearly everything I read, but often could recall the page and location on the page of where I read something, plus the date and where I was when I read it. But there were two keys:
- I had to be interested in what I was reading. Luckily I was interested in many things, such as history, science, literature and human interest stories. But I wasn’t interested in anything technical or mechanical, biology, or my teachers’ odd obsession with Hinduism (it seemed like every year we studied Hinduism). Ironically, because I was a slow reader, I often did not read what I was assigned in school, but rather flipped around to read what I was interested in. For example, the class might be studying about President Taft but I would see a piece about Abraham Lincoln, so would read the Lincoln piece instead).
- It coudn’t be read to me. For whatever reason, I have a hard time comprehending something that someone reads to me unless they are a professional or trained reader. Story hour for me has always been hell. 🙂
I always loved reading comprehension tests – I was always the last person to finish but generally scored in the top percentile. I didn’t really have to try — it just happened. But…
Since coming off prednisone I am struggling to remember what I read, most astoundingly numbers and years, which I was especially good at before. I really have to work at it, and have to keep reminding myself of what I read. Honestly, it makes it challenging, and dips into how much I can learn, since I am always having to review what I re-read. Is this what it is like for the average student? If so, no wonder so many kids hate school 🙂
But I refuse to give up – one thing for sure is if I stop reading, it won’t get better — plus in some ways it is nice to keep reading about a topic I am interested in and always learning something new when doing so 🙂