In this article, I’d like to change the way most people think about reading.
Because as per me it would be really easier to read something if we are already somewhat familiar with the information we are going to read, I think Most people would agree with that, but the problem is most of the time before we start reading we are not familiar with the material which makes us difficult to quickly process this new information.
To make it easier I am going to share with all you A Three-Step Process to get familiar with the material and read it with ease.
- Preview The Material: To get an Idea what you are going to read.
- Overview The Material: To find out the most important things you will learn.
- Read The Material: Lets read the material.
Step 1: Preview the Material:
Why Should I Learn this Technique?
Ans: Before we learn how to use the preview technique and understand how it works?. Let me ask you a very simple question, why do we read?
We read to get familiar with the new information but before we start reading any new information we should be familiar with the type of information we are going to read and what would be the final outcome after reading that material and this is the time where preview technique comes into play.
How to follow the Preview Technique?
Ans: You can follow this technique on a different type of materials and here is how you can do this.
One Page Article or Newspaper: If you are reading any one-page article or you are simply reading any news in a newspaper. You can preview it by reading the first sentence of each paragraph. The first sentences generally hold the main ideas and by reading the first sentences first will help you to get all the main points.
And this will help you to know what the article is generally about and as promised this will help you to read the article a little faster than your normal speed because you know what to expect from the article and this will help you to get a better comprehension too.
Textbook Chapter or Book: The best way to preview a chapter in any nonfiction book like your textbooks would be to read the introduction first and then the conclusion.
In some textbooks, the introduction can also be titled Objectives. And the conclusion might be written as a Conclusion or Summary.
In case you don’t find such titles for these sections, the idea behind is that you can read something from the beginning and something from the end or It could simply be the first and last paragraph of the chapter. Or it might be the first three paragraphs and the last three paragraphs. Following this technique will provide you with some solid information.
Step 2: Overview of the Material:
After following the steps mentioned in Step 1- Preview of Material, You’ll read all the headings, subheadings, and bold-faced words. in Step 2- Overview of Material.
Sometimes you may come across graphs or diagrams in this case, just read the titles of the diagrams and don’t get involved in understanding the diagrams and analyzing them. The goal is to find the most important concepts and this part of the reading process won’t take that long. Sometimes it won’t take longer than 1 minute but the duration may vary as per the length of the material.
But the goal is to get familiar with the material we are going to read.
Step 3: Read the Material:
After following the first two steps lets complete our third and most important step: the Read. In other words, let’s read the material that we’ve been getting familiar with. This is a three-step reading strategy called the Multiple-Reading Process: Preview, Overview, Read.
Reasons to Follow The Multiple Reading Technique.
- You Comprehension will be improved by repeating the material in all three steps.
- Your retention period will improve.
- This three-step process will improve your speed, comprehension, and retention.
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