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How to Read Faster and Recall More

How to Read Faster and Recall More


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It is highly desirable to build this use of the gears in reading speed into systematic

approaches. There are several flexible reading strategies, as they are called,

available. Let me suggest some for your consideration.


There are many occasions when 'reading' material three times can be better and

quicker than reading it once. The approach usually known as P2R is one used by a

lot of naturally rapid and efficient readers. It consists of the following steps:

1. Preview - skim for structure, main points, relevance, etc.

2. Read - as quickly as purposes and material will allow.

3. Review - skim to check that nothing has been overlooked and/or to reinforce

points to be remembered.

It is not meant to be used rigidly, step by step all the time. Sometimes you will use

all the steps. On other occasions, you will omit the first step because you are

already familiar with the structure of the material. On other occasions, you will

only use the preview and review steps because there does not appear to be

anything new in the content so the preview will tell you this, but the review will be

simply a quick check to be sure. Sometimes, you will decide to re-invest some of

the time saved in this way in a second reading. There are several possible

permutations, as you can see. Flexibility, as we have said, is the key.


Secondly, there is S-D4 which works like this:

Survey - a quick skim to identify the structure and the key points, then:

Decide - one of four decisions:

1. To skip, that is, not to read at all.

2. To skim, probably at a slower speed than the original quick skim.

3. To read at the appropriate speed.

4. To study.


This approach is similar to P2R, but with more steps along the lines that we have

considered in this book:

1. Preview - as before.



2. Assess - purpose and material.

3. Choose - the appropriate technique to use.

4. Expedite - a reminder to speed up again after being slowed down by a difficult


5. Review - as before.

Reviewing after reading should be undertaken with care. Remember it is only a

skim. If you spend too long on it there is a danger that it can become a second

reading. That would defeat the object of the exercise. It is simply designed to be a

final check. If you really need a second reading, it is best to do it separately.

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