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4 science-backed ways toward better learning (Hint: drop the highlighter)

By: David R. Topor, MD, MS-HPed, Contributor We have all done it. We are reading something we want to remember later and out comes the highlighter. Green, yellow, blue, sometimes multiple colors at once to differentiate the importance of words in sentences. Even though highlighting is a widespread practice to help us learn and remember information, it actually does very little. In fact, in some situations highlighting can prevent us from using knowledge to…

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