You’ve probably heard this a thousand times in your life. You have to read as much as you can! Books will widen your perspective and expand your language bank. You need to read to become successful! But what if reading really bores you? What if there’s no time forreading in your life? If you’re dealing with issues like this, you came to the right place! We’ve got an excellent tip for you that will help you read not effortlessly, but very, very effectively! This will not only enormously support your knowledge obtainment process, but also save your butt if you’re a college student who needs to read very quickly and, as mentioned above, effectively. Let’s get into it!
The luxurious reading method. Not everyone knows about it, but once you discover it, you will never want to come back to normal. Speed reading is the ultimate way of textual knowledge obtainment. Why is it so special?
It teaches you that a text is only a set of ideas you need to navigate through and familiarize yourself with it in the shortest amount of time possible without losing the understanding of the idea.
Now what do we mean by navigating through a text? Every text has a certain structure. Since we started talking about books, let’s stick to them. Chapters in books are structured in a very specific way. That being: Introduction, body, conclusion. You can go even further. Every single paragraph has a little introductory line and a little conclusionary line. Take a book and try focusing only on the structure of one single chapter. Once you see this, go to the next step.
Familiarising yourself with the text. There is a reason we talked about the structure of the text first. You already discovered that every chapter has a little introduction and a little conclusion. Now it is important to realise why are these two important? They’re crucial because the whole argument is introduced and summarised in them. To understand what argument the author is making in the chapter, you only have to read the introduction and the conclusion of your chapter. Why is that people also read the body paragraphs? That is where the authors put there arguments into context and provide their readers with more specific examples. Don’t get us wrong, you need to read the body, it’s just that the body should be the last part you read.
The process of you reading through the chapter should be as follows: Read the introductory part, read the conclusionary part (understand the argument) and then skim through the body. This way, you’ll get the idea and you’ll also have an example in the back of your mind to put the idea into practice!
Now the third and the most revolutionary part of the speed reading strategy. You need to change the way you actually read! Thus accomplishing the third point, finishing the text in the shortest possible time without any losses in your understanding of the text. To understand this, we need to go to the roots of the way we read. When you normally read, you read every single word of every single line of every single paragraph of every single page. However, the speed reading strategy comes in with an amazing idea. The use of peripheral vision. What is peripheral vision? It’s why you can see the person on your right slapping you and dodge his arm. You’re not focusing your eyesight on that person’s hand, but we have a pretty wide angle of vision which allows us to see things we don’t necessarily focus on, but could cause any harm to us (naturally).
Now how do we make any use of this? Let’s focus on a single page for the sake of this guide. Try to fold the page into four parts (fold into half and then again). After folding it, you get three columns separating your page into four columns. Now focus on one single line. When you read it, read only the first and the last word and the three words that are on the lines (folds). This means that your eyesight will begin at the start of the line, bounce from the first word to the second, then to the third, fourth and to the last. If you do this steadily enough, you will also read the words you haven’t put your focus on, peripherally. Now do this with the next line and the next line and so on. You will quickly realise that you’re going really fast and you’re still getting the idea about what the author is talking about. It is obvious that each speed reader has his own way of speed reading. Some use three words as their “bounce points”, some use four.
Now put all of the three steps together and here you go! Use this strategy to boost your knowledge obtainment! Also, one little tip for the end. We suggest you do make notes. You might not get back to them, but it is proven that you’re more likely to remember things when you write them down compared to only reading them!
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