Each type of reading has a different rate; an
exciting novel is a quicker read than a text in biology.
Text books vary in how well they are written; as a consequence some are more difficult to read.
Each semester, time yourself reading a chapter in
each of your text books. See how many pages an hour you can read.
Once you have an accurate estimate of your reading rate, you can
better plan your reading time and studying time.
Test your reading speed
Scan the chapter first. Identify the sections
to which the author devotes the most amount of space. If there are
lots of diagrams for a particular concept, then that must also be an
important concept. If you're really pressed for time, skip the
sections to which the least amount of space is devoted.
Read the first sentence of every paragraph more carefully than the rest of the paragraph.
Take notes on headings and first sentence of each paragraph before reading the chapter itself. Then
close your book and ask yourself what you now know about the
subject that you didn't know before you started.
Focus on nouns and main propositions in each sentence.
Look for the noun-verb combinations, and focus your learning on
For example, consider the following text:
Classical conditioning is learning that takes
place when we come to associate two stimuli in the
environment. One of these stimuli triggers a reflexive
response. The second stimulus is originally neutral
with respect to that response, but after it has been
paired with the first stimulus, it comes to trigger
the response in its own right.
Rather than read every word, you might decode this text
Classical conditioning = learning = associating two stimuli
1st stimulus triggers a response 2nd stimulus = originally
neutral, but paired with 1st --> triggers response.
Rather than reading and re-reading your text, take notes in this
form, so that you've re-written the important parts of the text.
Once you have written notes, you don't have to worry about the text
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