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Purpose of reading
When you are really in a purpose and need to read an entire book
before a meeting that's in, say, an hour, You'll hit the table of contents
first, then breeze through as fast as possible, mostly just scanning. You do
this in the hopes that You'll catch the important information or key words and
be able to recall them when needed, with a little help. It works better than not
reading the book.
You can take a month to read the same. For faster reading where you have to learn
most of what's going on, you tend to read a paragraph or group of sentences, and process
them as a whole. You don't think about the meaning of every sentence or phrase, you think
about the meaning of every larger point. Depending on the situation or purpose, you can process a couple hundred pages in an hour or two.
On the purpose of speed reading is the actual reading time is significant compared to
the time needed to understand the reading.
Either the author is babbling unnecessarily, or reading something useless, reading for
pleasure, but then that time is enjoyable, hence not wasted.
- Look for titles, headings, and subheadings.
- Pick out topic sentences.
- Utilize graphs, charts, and diagrams.
- Take notes while or just after you read (see the section on mapping in chapter one to
organize these ideas).
- Look up words whose meanings are important to your understanding of the material, but
whose meaning you cannot discern from the context.
Tips: Give Speed Reading a go!
Read a long passage of text at normal speed for one minute then work out how many
words you read per min. Then read at double speed for one minute, then at triple
speed. Finally read at normal speed for one minute and work out your reading rate
- it should be a bit faster than on your first go - and the more you practice the
faster it will become.
This is a good way to practice and train your eyes to take in more words so try
it for ten minutes every day.