Why is reading efficiently important?
The reading that you do for your studies is often different from the reading that you do for leisure.
If you learn the correct technique for your academic reading, then you can save yourself time and ensure that you read efficiently and effectively for your essays, reports or tutorials.
Setting yourself a reading goal ensures that you read an item with a purpose, enabling you to prioritise the information that you read. To help you to define a reading goal, ask yourself: “What questions do I need answering?” This will help you to identify the information that is centrally relevant, partially relevant or simply not relevant at all.
Reading Styles, Techniques and Strategies
Speed reading is a popular technique that does require practice but once mastered will deepen your understanding of written text. Although it can involve reading an item three times this will still be quicker than reading it just once slowly. The key principle of speed reading is the idea that a large percentage of words and even sentences can be disregarded without the meaning being lost.
Asess your current reading speed
Try this exercise to assess your current reading speed
Choose an unfamiliar passage of text to read
Time yourself reading for 5 minutes
Count the number of words you have read in that time
Divide the total by five
This is how many words you can read comfortably in a minute
Less than 200 and you might want to work on this skill
It is possible for most people to increase their reading speed by at least 50%
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