Reading is an enjoyable activity. The need for reading is not just limited to students or academicians only, business professionals also need to read materials in order to discover information about their competitors they face, customers they serve etc.
Anyways whether you are a student or a professional, here are 5 important steps which will help you to read and comprehend your materials in a better and faster way:
1. Survey Material
This is a pre-reading step which involves surveying the material before you’ll go for actual reading. You will have to scan out the title, headings, table of contents, appendix or any other summaries. In order words, before you actually begin to read your material, skim the entire reading material. Next, survey, titles, headings, subheadings etc of each chapter contained inside the material.
2. Jot down Questions
Before you prepare yourself for reading the material, hold a pen in your fingers and put down some specific questions that you would like to get answers for from your reading material. Raising and writing questions will clarify your reading purpose as well as will help you to remember what you have read at the end. Use five cardinal questions- who, why, what, where and how before beginning reading your study material.
Once you finish up reading your materials, ask yourself again whether you have obtained the answers for these questions or not. If you haven’t attained what you were looking for start reading again until you get the clear answers for them. This is the better way towards achieving remembrance.
3. Begin Reading
Now, start your actual reading with concentration. Break down long sentences into shorter one’s in order for you to understand materiel very well. Read your material twice and re-read those parts of material that are not clear.
4. Make Notes
Note making is an important method you should employ in order to improve your understanding and remembrance power. Remember not to make notes while reading your material first time. When you begin to revise the material, then only start making notes.
5. Try to Recall
Next, recall what you have read by closing your material and making notes of the book. Recalling helps readers to commit them to long term memory.
Finally check to see that you have attained the answers for your questions that you wrote down at the beginning and note down any other point that you feel is important.