To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test The title is a bit misleading, but the concept rings true. This study shows that writing about what you have just read makes the topic stick in your brain longer.
Because the act of writing causes the writer to analyze information, it makes sense that it allows for better recall. "...the struggle involved in recalling something helps reinforce it in our brains."
So get out those reading-response journals, kids! After a romp in the snow, curl up in a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and a book. Read, then write. Great activity for a snow day!