Find out how to get more from your reading.
Do you ever find yourself reading something, but getting very little useful information out of it?
Or do you ever have to re-read documents again and again because you find it hard to concentrate on the text?
Whether you're reading trade journals, reports, books, or blog posts, there are several strategies you can use to read quickly, at the same time that you get the most from your reading.
First, think about what you want to know. Why are you reading this document, and what do you want to get out of it? Flick through the document and see if it will meet your needs. If it won't, discard it, and find something more relevant.
Next, think about how deeply you need to study the material. If you only need a little bit of knowledge, you probably only need to skim headlines and key paragraphs. If you need to understand this material fully, skim the text first to get an overview of the subject, and then read more deeply.
And, when you do read in detail, read actively. Get involved by taking notes or highlighting important concepts – this helps you concentrate, and helps you refresh your mind on the subject when you come back to it.
Also, keep in mind that different types of documents organize information in different ways. For instance, magazine and newspapers usually only focus on the most interesting parts of a topic. This means an article might be missing critical information that would help you understand the topic fully. So it may be best to give these a miss if you want a deep understanding of a subject.
Finally, when you're reading technical or difficult material, create a glossary while you read, or put down key concepts in your own words. This will help you remember and understand the information.
Now, read the article that accompanies this video, and learn more strategies you can use to save time and increase your comprehension, when you read.