Reading Advice: Tips On How To Read Better

Reading is something everyone can learn to do better. Whether you’re immersed in an intense novel or reading through a textbook, there are ways to improve your ability. Here are some tips you can follow to improve your experience.


Reading For Fun

When you have your next book for pleasure reading, take time to become a little familiar with it before you actually start reading through it. By knowing a little more about the book, you’ll be able to read it better.

Start by reading the back cover and any information on the dust jacket so that you’ll have a rough sense of the book’s plot and storyline. If there is a prologue, take time to read that as well. A prologue will establish the setting and give you an idea of how the book is written. Many people skip these areas, but they’re there for a reason, so use them.


Educational Reading

Whether you’re studying for a test or doing some research on your own, becoming a better reader is important so that you’ll understand and retain the information you’re taking in. Here’s how you can read better when it comes to learning.

Crack open your book and go over the table of contents to see what each chapter is about. If there are sub points below each heading, by all means read those too. This way you’ll become familiar with the kinds of things your book talks about, and you’ll have an idea of where to turn when you’re looking for information.

Next go to any forwards and introductions. A forward is often a review that will give you a brief presentation about the book itself. The introduction will help you understand the author’s intent and lay out the basics of the how the book is written.

While reading the book, make notes and write out questions that you may have, and then work until you have answers. This increases your understanding of the material.


General Tips

Try to be alert when reading. If you’re tired or otherwise mentally compromised, you’ll probably either not understand or remember the point. If you find yourself re-reading the same paragraph over and over, take a break.

After you read a chapter, summarize it to yourself. By working your mind in this way, you’re less likely to forget what you’ve read.

Take your time when you read. Speed-reading gives you a rough idea of the content, but usually prevents you from fully grasping it. You don’t have to rush or go slow. Just find a steady pace that works well for you, and when you can’t maintain it, it’s time to stop.

By using these tips to help you get the most out of your books, you’ll be a better reader of both fiction and non-fiction.

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