Reading techniques
Reading techniques for fast learning

Reading is a method of communication that enables a person to turn writing into meaning. It allows the reader to convert a written text into a meaningful language with independence, comprehension and fluency, to interact with the message. Am happy to share some of my reading techniques that i follow for fast learning.

Types Of Reading Techniques for fast learning Are as follows:

  1. Scanning
  2. Skimming
  3. Active Reading
  4. Detailed
  5. Speed
  6. Structure-Proposition-Evaluation
  7. Survey-Question-Read-Recite-Review

Reading is a great habit that can change human life significantly. It can entertain us; amuse us and enrich us with knowledge and experiences narrated.

1. Scanning ( Reading Techniques )

Scanning through the text is a reading strategy that is used for getting some specific points by looking at the whole text.

For highlighting the important points of a book the readers can skim through the summary or the preface or the beginning and end chapters of that book.

For example,

This technique is used for looking up a name from the Telephone Directory.

2. Skimming ( Reading Techniques )

This reading technique is used for getting the gist of the whole text lead. We generally use this technique at the time of reading a newspaper or magazine.

Under this technique, we read quickly to get the main points and skip over the detail.

It is useful in getting a preview of a passage before reading it in detail or reviving understandings of a passage after reading it in detail.

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3. Active Reading Style ( Reading Techniques )

Active reading aims to get an in-depth understanding of the text. Under this technique, the reader actively involved with the text while reading it.

Getting in-depth knowledge of the text at hand is not possible by reading to skim through or scan through the text.

4. Detailed Reading ( Reading Techniques )

This technique is used for extracting information accurately from the whole text. Under this technique, we read every word for understanding the meaning of the text.

We can skim the text first for getting a general idea and then go back to read in detail. We can use a dictionary to find the meaning of every unfamiliar word.

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5. Speed Reading ( Reading Techniques )

Speed-reading is actually a combination of various reading methods.

The aim of speed-reading is basically to increase the reading speed without compromising the understanding of the text reading. Some of the strategies used in speed reading are as follows:

  • Identifying words without focusing on each letter.
  • Not to sounding-out all words.
  • Not sub-vocalizing some phrases.
  • Spending less time on some phrases than others.
  • Skimming small sections.

6. Structure-Proposition-Evaluation

This reading technique is mainly applicable to non-fiction writing. This technique suggests reading as per the three following patterns:

  • Studying the structure of the work.
  • Studying the logical propositions made and organized into chains of inference.
  • Evaluation of the merits of the arguments and conclusions.

7. Survey-Question-Read-Recite-Review

This method aims to facilitate a clear understanding of the text that the reader would be able to teach whatever he has learned during the process of reading.

The process involves five different steps, which are as follows:

  • Survey
    The survey involves getting a quick idea of the whole writing piece. For example, reading the introduction or summary of a book will be enough to get an idea of that book.
  • Question
    We are not just reading the words or looking at the words but are actually trying to make out the underlying meaning of the text. So we should prepare questions in our mind and look for the answers while reading the text.
  • Read
    The reader should read selectively if they are looking for any specific.
  • Recite
    The reader should answer the questions in his own words using only the keywords that are required to sum up the complete idea.
  • Review
    The reader should review the entire things in his mind.

Reading is the basic foundation on which academic skills of individuals are built. As we know the paramount importance of reading, it is given the top priority in primary education.

Many believe that reading is a true measure of a personโ€™s success in academics. Most of the subjects taught to us are based on a simple concept โ€“ read, understand, analyze, synthesize, and get information.

Consequently, practicing these techniques can easily decrease the time frame for reading any book or subject. It has helped me a lot in increasing my vocabulary, understanding the subject at greater pace, getting to the depth of any subject. Hope you liked the content!

Now, as you have a better understanding of how to learn things faster or how to improve reading skills. I would suggest to choose best books to elevate your skills, which by reading gives some action in mind and changes your daily life or thinking. My personal recommendations would be :-

Think Like A Monk ” Book Know how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us.

One more book that I would suggest is ” The Intelligent Investor” this helps readers strategies on how to successfully use value investing in the stock market.

The must read book would be Abdul Kalam Sir’s ” Wings Of Fire ” people who are interested in the life of the legend and a true inspiration.

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Harsha Pakki · 3 May 2020 at 12:32 am

Good and engaging writing style.
All the best!!!

    karthikb92 · 3 May 2020 at 7:23 am

    Thank You Harsha ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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