Julie Beck, writing for The Atlantic:1

The lesson from his binge-watching study is that if you want to remember the things you watch and read, space them out. I used to get irritated in school when an English-class syllabus would have us read only three chapters a week, but there was a good reason for that. Memories get reinforced the more you recall them, Horvath says. If you read a book all in one stretch—on an airplane, say—you’re just holding the story in your working memory that whole time. “You’re never actually reaccessing it,” he says.

If you really want to recall a book, read it over an extended period of time. A few pages per day is better than fifty pages per weekend. Counterintuitively, the longer it takes you to read a book, the better retention you’ll have of it.

(Via Bob Ryskamp.)


  1. The URL of this Atlantic piece is delightful. ↩︎