Are you an Active or Passive Reader?

Unlike popular believe, speed reading isn’t always about reading faster; it is also about reading ‘smart’.
Smart reading means:

  • Deciding what you need from the material.
  • Reading as effectively as possibly.
  • Being able to understand and remember the information when needed.

Most people read slowly because they do not have a clear purpose and focus. This makes their reading passive rather than active. Active readers are efficient readers who know the reasons for reading the material and how it relates to them. The kind of questions they constantly themselves are as below. You could become an active reader by also answering these questions before starting reading any book.

  • Why am I reading this book?
  • Why do I think I need this book?
  • Is this book the best place to find what I’m looking for?
  • How long do I plan to spend reading the book?
  • When will I use the information I find in this book?
  • What do I already know about this subject?
  • What do I expect from this book?
  • How will I know when I have reached my goal for reading?

By consciously asking yourself those few questions, your reading will become more purposeful and your mind will be set in the right direction.

Speed reading can provide you a system and a set of tools that can help you increase your ability to pick up information in two important ways. You will:

  • Read faster and remember more of what you read.
  • Find what you are looking for without actually reading a whole book.

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