Can't concentrate when you read? Do you feel that the words enter your eyes and leave your ears? Here we tell you how to study well when you read.
Step 1. Get all the supplies
If you want to study properly, don't just take your book. You will need a notebook and pencils, pens, and highlighter. These objects will help you pay more attention when reading rather than passively reading.
Step 2. Take a first reading
In doing so, read the general content. Try to understand the message or the story. Put an asterisk (*) with your pencil when you read something that you consider important, strange or outstanding. If you want you can read one page at a time.
Step 3. Read it a second time
This time, read again and see if what you marked with an asterisk still seems important to you. If so, mark it with your fluorescent marker. There should be no more than 10 lines of fluorescent marker on a page. The points you have highlighted will help you find important phrases or sentences for when you need them later or to study for your exams. This way you don't have to read everything again, and you will only read the important points that you highlighted.
Step 4. Take notes
Take your notebook and make a summary of what you read. Try to make it as short and precise as you can. You can make quick annotations or write a paragraph; whatever is easiest for you to read later.
Step 5. Study
You've already read the content twice and used your brain to rewrite and annotate, so it should be in your head by now. But remember to review every 2-3 days to make sure you don't forget.
Step 6. Review
After reading, follow the most important step: memorization. The memorization is related to the places where you put the asterisks or the marks. Be prepared to fully and fully answer the question "What have I read?" If you can remember it now, you will most likely do it later. Your brain is like a muscle; you need to train it to do the job over and over again. After all, you didn't learn to run without walking first. You learned your mother tongue by repeating a word several times and remembering the use and meaning of each word that you heard from the people around you.
- After you finish with your final grades, pretend to be the teacher and teach your imaginary group a class. Say everything you can say from memory, and if necessary review your notes. With this method you will be able to identify what you have mastered and what you should study more.
- Don't put it off. If you have a week to read, start immediately. Don't wait until the following week or you will have more to read and lose motivation. Take off that earring first and relax later.
- Avoid being distracted. Do not read for 2 minutes and play or send messages with your cell phone for another 2. Your mind must be 100% focused on your reading.
- If you want to learn effectively, prepare your notes in advance.
- If necessary, read aloud. Some people find it easier to memorize a text when they listen to themselves.