We’ve all heard the age-old saying, “reading is fundamental”. However, if you don’t understand and retain the information that you read, you are truly doing yourself a disservice and are ultimately wasting time. Whether you are reading for school, work, or just for fun, you should use the following tips to get the most out of every reading experience.
While you won’t always understand everything you read at first, it is important that you make an effort to clarify and decipher any information that is confusing to you. Whether you have to re-read, look up, or research specific text to make sense of it, be sure that you possess a clear understanding of what you have read before you move on.
Consider using highlighters and Post-its to write down and emphasize key points, quotes, definitions, and ideas that will help you remember and understand the text. By practicing active reading techniques, you will make reading a more rewarding experience.
Listen to Your Book
Thanks to technology, we now have the option of listening to books. Through audio books, people who have trouble reading, have their hands full, or simply have a book that was made to be read aloud, can now listen to the audio transcript of many books. Listening to text can make the information easier to comprehend and remember. If you can’t find the audio files for a specific book, consider reading it out loud to yourself to help make difficult sections more familiar and easier to comprehend.
Discuss Books with Other People
Discussing a book can help you remember the content for a longer period of time. Find book clubs, study groups, online discussion boards, or friends who have read the same book, to make reading a more enjoyable experience.