Critical Reading Skills
Reading is an important aspect of personality development.
Without this it is difficult to make progress. True, in the
past people with little school education or reading ability
made into history books. But in this information age one wonders
whether it will still hold good. Reading is an important skill
to cultivate and practice to be successful and well informed.
Despite all the modern gadgets and the ubiquitous visual aids,
reading is the best way to feed your mind and expand your mental
faculties. The following suggestions may be helpful in improving
your reading skills.
1. Get an over view. Flip through the book quickly or go
through the index to get an overall view of the subject matter
of the book.
2. Establish your reading objectives. Before you begin reading
the material, have a clear idea of what you intend to learn
3. Review mentally what you already know about the subject
and try to establish a connection between the two.
4. Start with the basic concepts and build your understanding
of the subject around them.
5. Learn to read critically with an open mind, neither accepting
nor rejecting the author's views, forming your own version
of it as you read in your own terms.
6. Integrate the knowledge. Think about the subject in your
own words and analyze it, if necessary, based on your
7. From time to time summarize what you have read in your
8. Take rest in between and allow the mind to absorb the
9. Be your own teacher and explain to yourself or to a friend
with identical interests what you are reading and what you've
10. Revisit the subject or topic from time to time to strenthen
your memory as well as your understanding of the subject.
11. Discuss with others and understand their views on the
12. Teach yourself or others what you have learned.
Follow these when you are reading a newspaper or magazine
to grasp the current affairs or just keep yourself informed
and entertained with tit bits of information.
1. Browse through the information gathering bits and pieces
of important information.
2. Practice speed reading and reading to know the central
theme or the general outline.
3. Look at the headlines or the sub titles or the first
few lines of a paragraph to get to the basic theme of the subject.
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