Reading is an important aspect of any student’s life; it is the only way to gain knowledge, pass tests, and test other than attending class.
The value of reading cannot be overstated because a teacher cannot cover everything in class, thus students should consult literature as well.
Smart reading is a talent that students learn by employing a set of effective tactics when reading and analyzing texts.
Though critical or close reading is a sort of smart reading, it is not the same as understanding what to read, when to read it, and how to read it.
It’s a holistic approach to reading that incorporates other important reading skills like skimming and scanning.
Students can utilize the following tactics to enhance their reading skills and become better and smarter readers.
These are some of the techniques:
Rather than reading every single word, skim and jot
Skimming is a systematic, selective reading technique in which you concentrate on a text’s important points.
Skipping content that provides facts, anecdotes, data, or other amplification when skimming is a good idea.
Focus on the overview, chapter highlights, first and last sentences of paragraphs, bold words, and text elements instead of reading every word carefully.
Skimming is the process of getting the core of and primary points rather than the details.
Determine your top reading goals
What should you read in detail and what can you skim? You can then concentrate on that aim once you’ve determined it.
Dig deeper into principles and reasoning
Instead of relying on prepositional information, Develop an understanding of the concept and idea, rather than just looking for facts, seek for concepts and arguments, so you can relate to the book’s ideas.
Allow plenty of time for your readings
Allow adequate time to read; this is simple; anticipate that each reading will take one hour; this will ensure that you have enough time to read.
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