How To Read and Get The Most From What You Read
Article on Reading
By Robert Reuter, BS www.education-homepage.com   &   www.wholefood-doctor.com
Publisher of Imagine Health, Wealth & Whole Food Wisdom TM Newsletter
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over
the man who can't read them - Mark Twain"
Most people read at turtle speeds saying the words under there breath as they read?
What steps should you take before you start to read?
1. Read the summary and chapter questions first to give you
a broad overview
2. Glance at the headings and subheadings in each chapter.
Look at the captions of the pictures, charts, tables, and
3. Skim over the first sentence of every new section in the
4. Glance at key words which are italicized, in bold print
5. Get an understanding of what is important to know in the
When you travel in your car into an unfamiliar place, you
instinctively look for landmarks that help you become
familiar with the area as well as find your way back home.
You should look for specific objects or points of interest
in the landscape that will impact your memory for better
recall of your journey.
Traveling through a book should be done in the same way.
By skimming over the reading material for main ideas and key
words, we can gradually divide the reading material into
unities of ideas. This process will help you to survey the
road to be re-traveled, an indispensable step toward
transforming the unknown into the known.
Write down questions as you read
1. Turn chapter headings and sub-headings into questions
2. Turn captions on illustrations, graphs, etc. into
3. Write questions that combine headings and sub-headings
4. Write questions in the left margin of the page.
While you read
1. Formulate answers-make some educated guesses about the
answers to your questions.
2. Read for answers, underline and/or highlight key words
and phrases of these answers. Note: Studies show using a light
blue marker will help your brain to focus and remember the content.
I like the pink marker and orange but what really matters is by using any
color marker tells you later when skimming that this is the most
important content. If you ever attend college you will see the majority
of students reading using a highlighter. Also, you can use the highligher
tip to speed read by moving the highlighter at a faster pace forcing your
eyes to follow rapidly.
3. Write answers in the right magin of the page.
4. Re-phrase occasional questions for later review.
5. Write down words or concepts that you don't understand
in the bottom margin of the page.
Very Important! The lack of understanding the meaning of a
word can lead to an inability to understand what is being
If several words are read and not understood, a real
inability in the subject matter can develop. If not cleared
up soon, you may begin to dislike the subject. It can't be
stressed enough that
"Words that are not understood cause the greatest number of
negative experiences in school. Every good student owns a
good dictionary, and USES it. If you do not have one go to
how to read
- Research Toolbox
and you will see all kinds of free dicionarys and encyclopedias to use.
Just make sure you save this page to your desktop to have
instant access to this research toolbox."
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