Put your moves on the badlands
Hard to read? Hard to understand? Going to be hard to remember? Don't just sit there. Get up and do something.
Stand up. Walk around. At least it gets you blood pumping.
Read it out loud. Include the gestures you would make if you were trying teach it.
Walk through it. Start at your door with the first idea. Put the rest of the ideas around the room. Decide which idea belongs in the toilet.
Explain it in pantomime. Show what shape it has. Show what it does.
Make a face to go with each idea. They don't all have to be smiley faces.
Take charge. Rewrite the hard part the way it should have been done. At least you will build up your editing skills.
If you have made a story, dramatize it. Act out. Be theatrical.
If you study with friends, here are some suggestions:
If you do these things, you put other parts of your brain to work on the job.
Otherwise, they just sit there being bored.
If doing these things makes you feel silly or self-conscious, be glad. You will not only learn more, you will be getting over the burden of excessive self-censorship.
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