How To Speed Read Textbooks : I think we have to admit it – sometimes reading can be a bit boring, especially when you’re trying to get through that endless marathon of readings…

Often we want to listen to audiobooks as we go about our days, but since textbooks cannot be converted into audio, they would not be engaging in the slightest. 

Having said that, there are still lots of non-fiction books that are not quite creative enough to be turned into audiobooks, and there will always be times when you just want to read.

Reading for academic purposes, on the other hand, should NOT extend to 12 hours a day.

Read on for three techniques you can use to read effectively and efficiently. Put these to the test and you may find they become the saving grace during heavy exams, allowing you to maintain your grades, social life, and your sanity, all the while.


1. Speed reading…

If you need two minutes to read a page, limit yourself to one minute.

It comes in all shapes and sizes – from a zig-zag to an infinity symbol – and allows you to truly concentrate on your reading.

We’ll just cover the basics for the sake of this post.

We suggest you keep the sub-vocalization even though most speedreaders will recommend removing it in order to speed things up.

While we may not enjoy this type of reading as much as we would like, we might as well try.

  • Please get a pen.
  • Read it while dragging it along.
  • Let the pen lead the way once you get to know it.
  • You should move the pen at a speed you can keep up with but not faster than your ordinary speed.
  • Fast, normal, and slow up the scale.
  • You might want to do it in rounds (it’s easier to recover after a few cycles).

2. Photo reading

You’re probably wondering what the heck it is, so let us tell you…

The photo reading process involves flipping pages at about a page per second.

In fact, it taps into our subconscious minds, making you read a page at a time. Instead of just reading one line for one line, you scan an entire web page at a time.

What’s the biggest drawback? It’s hard to tell whether you’ve absorbed anything…but since it’s been shown to work 96 percent of the time, we think it’s definitely worth trying! What do you have to lose?

The result of this technique only becomes apparent after you’ve applied it. Your subconscious mind will recall what you’ve read.

3. Smart reading

We love this technique the most of all.

In using this method, you need to ask yourself: “What one thing do you hope to achieve from this book?””

You are required to focus in specific on the points you need to take from this book, because it was highlighted for a reason.

The following are the best points to check out with this in mind:

  • Front and back covers of the book
  • Its entire jacket must be visible if a hardcover
  • This is the table of contents.
  • The first chapter describes
  • In this last chapter

Check out the entire text and select the chapter that stands out from the rest. Do you know the topics of your test or coursework? If not, you’re in trouble.

You were drawn to it in the first place because it is that “golden nugget of detail” in the book.

If you bought a book, you may have an inner voice telling you to read it from cover to cover but in reality that’s not true. The rules came from somewhere you don’t know. 

Where does a textbook covering 1954 to 1968 serve if there is already a textbook covering 1954 to 1960?’

It’s not about being a book hoarder and ignoring the last chapters, it is about being efficient and learning what really matters. After all, overloaded brains are ineffective study techniques, the study technique of overloading the brain. 

Since you don’t have time to tranfer knowledge from your short- to long-term memory stores, you end up taking information in one ear and putting it out the other. That is how learning happens when you are trying to cram it all in all at once.

Read one section before returning to the entire book, unless you intend to sell the book after reading it.

These are all extremely creative, efficient, and time-efficient ways to absorb knowledge and have fun doing it. Instead of digging up your entire backyard to find gold, you can use a metal detector and then dig deep to find it, saving both your time and money.

Books are the most versatile knowledge resources that have ever been created. How fortunate we are to be able to learn from those who lived before us with the condensed experience they share on paper, which can also be consumed for less than $20 in under six hours, says a lot. Also read Read like a Lawyer


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