10 Tips that form the basis of reading
How can ‘reading skills’ be improved? Is there some magic pill that can make all your reading woes disappear? Well, sadly there is neither such pill nor any such magic. But there is a set of 10 reading fundamentals that can improve your grasp and make you a better reader, if not the best.
Let’s dig into them:
- You don’t need to understand everything: Well, different people have different reading styles and most of them don’t get everything they read. Reading speed and comprehension levels may vary but as long as you get what you read, you are fine. The point is to get the central idea, the core concept; the specifics can be given a miss.
- Discover your reason for reading: At the end of it, it is about discovering your reason for reading. Why are you reading? To learn more? For an exam alone? To establish yourself in your peer group? I think the first answer forms the best approach. IDENTIFY ONE PIECE OF KNOWLEDGE that you like to learn from every piece you would read.
- Be selective with respect to what you read: Well, you don’t need to read everything that is placed in front of you. Most of what is offered to us is junk. Pick up a newspaper and identify the things that really matter to you. You would be amazed how little bothers you actually. So best way to go about it: delete all the junk and read what is important.
- In your selections read the best alone: In the stuff you have chosen above, read the best and best along. You have got to keep filtering stuff. Till the time you do so, you will not discover the best reading material.
- Scan before you dig in: Make sure you have gone through the table of contents before you actually dig in. I know this sounds a little lame but most of flip through magazines and stuff, and don’t pay attention to the index. If you do so, you might be able to pick you what is the best that particular piece offers.
- Make a preference order: It’s great to have loads of reading material available to you. But you won’t dig into them till the time you actually make an order of what you want to read first. The ones that are not that important can be left aside and only the important ones should be on top of the pile.
- Choose a pleasurable reading environment. At times more than what you reading, where you are reading matters more. It would be great if you can choose a spot or locale where you are most comfortable reading in.
- Do reach the finish line: Once you start, make sure you reach the end. Go back to the parts you do not understand, and think deeply about the questions that are raised while you are reading.
- Read with focus: The best fruit of reading can be derived if you keep your focus on the books and reading material. The more you concentrate, the better it is. Reading without a purpose makes it a pretty dull activity.
- Last but not the least: Only one thing can make you better at reading: reading more!
Team Bulls Eye