If you often find reading to be a tedious task, or find yourself rereading the same sentence repeatedly without understanding anything, then it’s possible you’re making these top reading mistakes to avoid in 2021.
Reading isn’t as hard as it appears and by doing the right things, you could go from frustrated to mastering any text you read without any hitches.
In this piece, we will highlight the common reading mistakes students make and then list out top reading tips to follow so that you can easily read and understand any material better.
Top Reading Mistakes To Avoid
- Reading every material the same way
- Leaving out important points
- Reading to memorize
- Passive reading
- Not spreading out your reading schedule
1. Reading Every Material The Same Way
Reading every material the same way is a bad way to read, especially since each text should be read differently if you want to wholly understand the lesson in them.
That being said; read every word of poems that form the core part of an argument, for subjects like mathematics you could focus on the equations and formulas, and books and articles should be closed analysed and points drawn from them, rather than reading them like a story. Even stories should be analysed for proper understanding.
2. Leaving Out Important Points
Most times while reading, you could get the urge to want to read everything in the textbook and while it’s always good to be thorough, important points could be lost in between.
No matter how much you read, do not leave out important points that could come out in the test, instead it helps to focus on those areas that were specifically highlighted by your teacher as core areas that could come out in the test.
Highlighting and taking notes of these important parts also helps as it keeps you focused on the key areas to be focusing on.
This can make reading easier and cut down your reading time because you’re reading core point by core point instead of randomly.
3. Reading To Memorize
Having a photographic memory is a bonus for while studying, but if you don’t take what you’ve read beyond memory you won’t understand it and will quickly forget.
What you can do is to organise the content into meaningful categories, summarize it in your own words, teach someone what you read and look for mistakes, compare your knowledge with what you’ve learned, and discuss it with a classmate.
Doing these things will help you remember it for a longer period and you will understand the terms better and fact check yourself before the exam.
4. Passive Reading
When you read, don’t just read to get the chapter or subject over with as this isn’t enough to learn it.
Don’t be passive while reading, be invested – interact with the text, note down points, try using your own examples, explain things to yourself with simple sentences, jot down questions you need clarification on, compare notes with your friends, find connections between ideas, and do whatever you can to personalize the material and engage it with it.
5. Not Spreading Out Your Reading Schedule
Rather than overwhelm yourself by reading a large material in a short period, you could actually spread it out by chapters and use a timetable to schedule them so that you give each chapter equal attention and you have room for understanding what you’ve read. This strategy can come in handy for reading different subjects as well.
To summarize, we will now share those top reading tips we mentioned earlier, which you can use to make reading and understanding easy for you:
1. Chunk It
Chunking is simply when you take large information and break it into bite-sized pieces that are easily digestible when reading.
This form of reading is highly effective and allows you to read large materials without getting overwhelmed.
To chunk, simply take little notes of the important points in a text and read each point thoroughly before proceeding to the next point.
2. Read In Your Native Dialect
Now, this point may seem unconventional, but it really works especially if English isn’t your first language.
Reading and explaining points in your native dialect, allows for better understanding of the material without the burden of big grammar that is often confusing. Plus this makes the subject less scary.
Reading isn’t as difficult as it seems and avoiding these mistakes and using these tips can make it easy.