Can't concentrate on reading? Do you feel that words fly into one ear and fly out of the other? Here are some tips on how to improve your academic performance through reading.
Step 1. Prepare all materials
If you want to study well, don't take one textbook with you. You will need a workbook, pens, pencils, and markers. All this will help you concentrate better while reading and stop being a passive reader.
Step 2. Read the entire material once
Read to make sense of the content. Try to understand the main point. Mark up * with a pencil when you read something that you think is important, rare, or outstanding. Read one page at a time if you like.
Step 3. Re-read the material again
This time, read the information again and make sure that all the notes really matter. If so, highlight them with a marker. No more than 10 lines should be selected on the page. Highlighted paragraphs will help you quickly find the quotes or phrases you need when you need them in the future, or when preparing for exams. In this case, you will not have to re-read everything again, you will only have to read the selected lines.
Step 4. Take notes
Take a notebook and briefly summarize what you read. Try to write your resume as concisely and accurately as possible. You can also make notes that you can easily read later.
Step 5. Study the material
You have already read the passage twice and used your mind to take notes, so everything should be perfectly remembered. However, you should review this material further over the next 2-3 days to make sure you haven't forgotten anything.
Step 6. Review what you read
After the reading comes the next, most important step - retelling. Retelling is what you get grades for. Be prepared to give a detailed answer to the question: “What did you read about?” If you can remember it now, then you can later. The brain works like a muscle; you have to train him by doing the same job over and over. After all, you learned to walk before you could run. You have learned to speak and learned your native language by repeating words over and over from those around you.
- After you finish your notes, pretend you are a teacher and teach a lesson to an imaginary class. Tell us everything you remember and, if necessary, come back and review the material again. It will also help you determine what you have already absorbed and what needs further investigation.
- Read aloud if necessary. Sometimes, listening to your own voice makes it easier to remember information.
- Try to avoid anything that might distract you. It is not necessary to read for 2 minutes, and write SMS for the next 2 minutes. You should focus 100% on reading.
- Don't put things off. If you have a week to read, start reading now. Do not wait until the end of the week, otherwise you will not have time to read everything and you will be disappointed with yourself. Deal with this case and then rest.
- If you want to learn effectively, first of all, keep records.