Both at work and in private life we have more and more information to process. Books, journals, reports, articles on the Internet, and, and, and – everything wants to be read, understood and noticed. Many people wish they could read faster, so they could handle more information in less time. And indeed, there are various promising strategies and techniques.
Here are 7 tips that will allow you to read faster and more effectively in the future and retain more.
Tip 1: Relax
In a relaxed and relaxed state, we can best learn and understand. Think about it yourself – when can you absorb information better: When you are under pressure, your muscles are tense, you have no time and everything collapses over you, or you are relaxed and calm, take your time, and take it easy? But: how do you get relaxed and relaxed? An answer to this question gives us our brain waves.
The currents in our brain vibrate in different frequencies depending on our mental state. Especially when we are relaxed and relaxed, our brain produces the so-called alpha frequencies. Scientific research has shown that we can best process information when we are in this alpha state, that is, especially relaxed.
But how can we get our brainwaves to go into alpha? There are various methods for this, for example:
- Imagine, you would effortlessly balance an apple on the back of your head. If you concentrate on that for half a minute, sooner or later you will be in alpha state.
- Close your eyes and count in concentration from 20 backwards to 1. When you arrive at one, your brain is probably already producing alpha waves. If not, just count back.
- Defocus your eyes – this means not focusing your gaze on an object any more but just blurring it – and look up at a slight angle into the distance. After some time you will be in alpha state.
Tip 2: Make your specific reading goal clear at the beginning
Do you know that? When you’ve bought a new car, the streets are suddenly full of this type of vehicle, or when we start getting interested in a particular hobby, we suddenly find in the newspaper advertisements on the subject that we used to leaf through.
Our perception works with so-called “filters”. These filters filter out of the flood of stimuli that constantly surround us, only what is interesting for us. You can also use this fact for reading. Define your reading goal in advance, so that your perceptual filters can accurately filter out the information that is important to you.
It is best to write down a few questions before reading this book, this article or this website. It is also enough to formulate such questions in the spirit. What do you expect from answers from the reading? What information do you need? When you have clarified this question, you increase the likelihood that you will find the useful information in your reading material.
Here’s how trust in reading helps you and why you should only read novels from scratch.
Tip 3: Have faith
Many people consciously or unconsciously put themselves under great pressure to succeed when reading: “If I read something, then I must have understood it a little later. And every detail. “Unfortunately, our brain does not work that way. The intention to fully grasp a book after a single reading is usually doomed to failure from the outset.
But there is an effective antidote to the inner pressures that many people experience when reading, and this antidote is trust.
Have the confidence that both your brain and your subconscious will filter out the information that is important to you from each reading material. It is precisely our subconscious mind that absorbs much more than we can rationally grasp and then presents the knowledge to us at the appropriate moment.
Tip 4: Fly over your reading
Many people read ebook or guides as well as novels on mypdfhub: start with the first page in the foreground and then work through the book page by page. Unfortunately, what is meant above all for the so-called “beautiful literature” – ie novels, stories or poems – is not particularly suitable for specialist and non-fiction books. Unfortunately, this approach often causes many to start with the first page, continue reading page 10 or 20, and then put the book down and never touch it again. Mostly the most important information is not on the first few pages. So if you are good-will, and start your book from the beginning, but then give it up quickly, you will probably miss the most important thing.
There is a much better way to read all types of information: skim through your reading first. Read the blurb in a book. Take a close look at the table of contents. Fly over all headlines or comments, such as graphics, boxes or marginal notes. Just flip around a bit and selectively immerse yourself where something is of interest to you and stop when you are no longer interested. You do not have to read an information book or text from the front to the back. The important thing is that you get the information you are looking for.
A good touch is also to read the first and last paragraphs of a book chapter, because in the beginning you often learn what it is about and in the end you can read the conclusions or even a summary. Try it once.
Read a textbook or a guide rather than a newspaper. If you are most interested in the sports section, then first scroll to the sports section.
With our last three tips you will learn how to improve your reading speed and to keep the read better.