Improving Your Reading Skills Can Make Homework a Breeze

Improving Your Reading Skills Can Make Homework a Breeze
Improving Your Reading Skills Can Make Homework a Breeze
Most students would agree that doing reading for their courses isn’t always fun, however useful it may be to learning the material for the course. Yet keeping up with your class readings doesn’t have to mean spending hours upon hours poring over the pages of a textbook. Learning to improve your reading and retention skills can help you get through your material more quickly and leave you more time to do other work and hang out with friends.

One way to get more out of your reading is to set aside a time and place where you can truly focus on reading and reading alone. This means no music, no cell phones and no computer time. When you’re able to focus on what you’re reading, you’ll likely go a lot more quickly and be able to retain more information. Additionally, once you’ve started reading, don’t stop until you’re done unless you’ve got more than a few hours worth of reading to do. Taking a break could break your train of thought and slow you down.

If your problem is that you just can’t seem to retain what you read, then consider highlighting or taking notes as you go. That way, you will know what the main points of the reading are, even if you don’t have all of the details. If you really want to remember it, cite not only the main points but the supporting information the author uses to make those points. Taking notes might take more time up front, but you won’t have to go back and reread later.

Additionally, you can do yourself a favor by scanning over the reading before you do it. This will let you know how long it is, what the subdivisions are, and what you can expect to learn from it before you start. It will help you look for and determine what is most important to the material as you are reading, which will make the whole process go a little more quickly and can help you to better figure out what’s stands out as something to remember.

Even if you’re already a fast reader, it never hurts to see if there are areas where you can improve. With a little effort you may be able to get more out of your course readings and actually spend less time doing them, a win-win for you and your grades.
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