Improve your reading skills
Can't seem to finish a book before it has to go back to the library? Can't remember thatmuch of what you read? Is reading a confusing and unpleasant experience? Well, here issome information to help you improve your general and speed reading skills.
Improving reading skills
You can learn anything if you pay attention! Reading takes effortand you must make the effort. The preview, questioning, eye-movement and othermethods mentioned below will help you pay attention and get more involved withthe reading material.
Preview the Chapter:
By doing a preview on each chapter as you go along, you willorganize your mind before you begin to read, build a structure for the thoughts anddetails to come, you will be able to sort, understand and remember the informationbetter. Here's how to preview a chapter when information retention and speed isimportant:
Take 30 to 60 seconds to do a preview
Mentally formulate questions about the chapter as setout in the following points. For study purposes, these questions can be noteddown for doing a review after reading the chapter. These questions make yougoal-oriented, give you something to look for, to find out. Having a clear goal,you are likely to reach it.
Formulate the title into a question
Question what the most important points are by looking atall the headings, subheadings and marked, italic, boldface or coloured print.
Question how the chapter fits the most important points
Question what point do the images make? Look over any graphics,charts, maps, diagrams, pictures or illustrations.
Skim over the passage, reading the first and last paragraphand glancing at the first sentence of every other paragraph.
Read each section of the chapter with your questions in mind. Look for theanswers, and take note of questions you
think of that were answered in thatsection.
Be selective about what you read. You are not cheating by readingselective sections from a textbook, in fact, lecturers recommend it. Most textbooksare not designed to be read cover to cover.
Read the passage in a
manner - as if you wereseaching for something. This improves retention of the information.
When you read for study purposes, stop after each section of reading, thinkabout your questions, and see if you can answer them from memory.
When we read, our eyes must make small stops along the line. Poorreaders make many, many more eyestops than good readers. Read in phrases of three or four words - meaning is easier to pull from groups of words rather than fromindividual words.
Re-reading the same phrase over and over again doubles ortriples reading time without resulting in better comprehension. Work on paying