We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My approach to study has always been this: Read the paragraph, close the book, repeat it in your own words, reconstruct any graphs or equations from your own understanding, then add a sentence about why it matters. Then go on to the next.
However, I have been known to doze during the "close the book" part of the process.
I had a photographic mind years ago, and during exams, all I had to do was call up the page of notes and 'read' off it to answer questions. When that gift was close to 99%, I could recite setting, sounds, smells, music playing, exactly where on a road something was said, the looks of the people around me when something was said..... I was unaware it was a gift, of course, until I was actually tested for it. Here is the weird thing, and I love what it says about 'giftedness' - I absolutely cannot tell you the date, year, time of anything. I even forgot a birthday once and didn't realize I was a year older than I was until, for some odd reason when my mind was wandering as I rode my tractor around and around, I started thinking about what year it was and after counting, realized I'd missed a year of growth.
Yes to that. However, while my 'sensor-round' gift declined over the years, the ability for my eyes to capture words and photograph them turned into a very great gift. I taught and often during a lecture a bit of information floated up into my lecture and I would wonder to myself - even as I was talking - where did that come from? It happened almost daily for the twenty years I taught so that I simply accepted it as something kind of 'cool' about my mind. As well, I realized once how often I found myself saying to people, "Oh, I read an article...." and I'd pass on information I had no recall of acquiring other than I do read hours and hours of every day. Often, without being aware of it, my eyes read headlines on a magazine, and in whatever small fashion, my mind stored that information and coughed it up when a conversation triggered it.
So, yes, that kind of gift has its downside, but for me, the in-coming seldom stayed quiet as I was lucky enough to be in a profession where I applied it. As well, with the wisdom that comes with years of comparisons activating that 'quiet' information, it became digested and reapplied often. Still does..... to my delight, and often, to my surprise.