Have you analyzed yourself on how effective reader are you? Do you read the selection over and over again to get the gist of what you are reading? Do you have a ready question in your mind and directly search the answer from the selection? Or are you just reading for the sake of reading and nothing in mind at all?
Those are the questions that a teacher usually has in mind in teaching his student on how to get most of what is being read. The reply to the said variety of questions is dependent on the purpose of a reader.
Reading for a Pleasure
For me, I read for pleasure. I read for entertainment and I read for knowledge or comprehension, for information, or for critic and evaluation. In short, I have many reasons why I read.And I have a technique of reading, the practical way.
I know you have also your aims or purposes why you are reading. They may be too simple, too casual or they may be too serious like for a research, dissertation or scholarly work. And you may have a unique method of doing it too.
Techniques in Reading
In the process of reading, we may employ various techniques of reading. I don’t know if you’re aware of the two informal major methods of reading as far as quick reading is concerned. One is scanning and the other is skimming. They are two simple ways of making reading effectively.
Scanning is a style of reading when you are searching for a word, key words or ideas in the selection. Your attention is focused on what you’ve in mind for a particular answer. This is done quickly as if you’re finding a number in a telephone directory or a word in a dictionary. It is fast and easy. It is considered as surface reading.
While skimming is also done in a fast way but the main target of doing it is to search for the main ideas or thoughts in the reading selection. And this is usually done by persons who are seriously reading the books, the references for a research work. This speed-reading technique is considered as in-depth reading.
Applying those techniques, you are confident on how effective reader you are. By the way, what my teacher always failed to develop from his students is the attitude of reading anything, either for information, for entertainment, or for life improvement.
Now, what about you? What is your speed-reading technique tp get a better comprehension of what you have read?
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