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10 Step Guide to be a better reader

Updated on March 29, 2016

It is funny, how easily books can destroy our pity little world and then re-build it. Nothing is same after that. It changes us from within. Imagine what if you couldn’t squeeze out everything and misunderstood the book. Your world will be set on the fire. Even when the ladies were still tall, the importance of reading was crystal. History is full of folks who were fond of reading and aggressively advocate reading vigilantly.

Although, Today! Trend is facing a reverse swing. A lot of young blood feels that reading is not much of an importance; even modern medical research confirms that reading is multi cognitive process that enables teen and adults to perform better by simply reading 15 minutes a day. Unfortunately, to know that too you have to read, read carefully. Mobile screen have replaced books and mindless repetitive games have taken ideas.

Throw em out!!

Top seat to be a book annihilator is for none other than your television. Yes, that television has been a giant wide spread awareness and it’s good bad to consume such vast amount of information but the ways television fills you, obliterate the need for reading. These information package shown on the telly are selected and edited by best mind of the time are designed such that it makes thinking irrelevant. Viewer gulps this package and plays it whenever he thinks it’s necessary. For an individual, it is easier to just mug up information and to search it and understand it which is apparently the reason why people are so hopelessly addicted to Telly. Every one should follow the inspiring quote of Groucho Marx.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
Groucho Marx


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Are you "THE ONE"?

So, ARE YOU A PHOMORES? If you are, you need to read it and even if you are not, you still have to read it because in most probability you might don’t know what a PHOMORES is?

Phomores is the word invented by Greeks to define a person who reads a whole lot of books but understand a lot less of them. There are varieties of reason for being a Phomores. Readers is sometimes impatient and hence, just starts reading randomly through the book without digesting the message or sometime he pick a random book and start reading without a proper conscious about the book,, in which case even if he was through the book, he did understand little. This little understanding leaves him with choice to make, either go back and read again or sail towards a new book.

Understanding reading

As a reader you must avoid this at all cost, for that you must understand type of reading first.

There are two types of reading. First one deals information you are search for and second one is for understanding. For a second, you might think of them as same, but the very root of them comes from different grounds. For example, when you read a paper and finds out Trump is winning or war has ended in Iraq, you are looking at & for information, although when you read the same paper and ask & search for the reason why trump’s victory and reasons for ended war, you are reading thrives toward understanding. This understanding elevates your intellectual to a new dimension.

The Technique

Enough chitter chatter, now the main thing. Following is a 10 Step guide to excel at reading,

1. A Nest and an empty cup.

Before you begins read, you must find your nest or like Sheldon say “THE SPOT”. A spot filled abundance of peace. Peace is the first necessity for deep reading & thinking. In that spot,, you must have and empty cup, your mind to be filled with ideas. To do that i have this simple recitation, this will help you a lot.

In this huge world, there is so much still to learn, and yet, there isn’t a single thing that excels completely. As I, know this very truth, i will seek for every kind of knowledge vigilantly.”

2. Habit to Develop.

Habits are basically automated version of yourself. You like them because you work better that way because brain automatically tunes itself at the moment of habit. When you make a habit of reading at a particular time, your ability to read in morning enhanced without any conscious effect.

3. Understating your level of reading.

Reading a book needs certain amount of previous knowledge such as the language; symbols which are used in the book. You acknowledge your level compared to the book because whenever you fail to dissolve certain concept, your ego isn’t going to get hurt. This simply happens because you already have accepted your level and thus, seeks to find ways to understand the concept. In short, you stop running away from those hard books, especially mathematics books.

There are four levels of readers and the reason they are called levels rather than kinds because they each are accumulation of previous. They are:

a) Elementary Level: At this level, the question asked of the reader is “What does the sentence says?”

b) Inspectional level: This level concerns with the amount of time versus the output. At this level reader is subjected to learn most out of the books by simply examining the book’s surface & learns only from surface in 15 minutes. When reading at this level you aim is to grasp the outline.

c) Analytical reading: At this level, a reader is able enough to have a thorough analysis of the book. Reader should be able to grasp the book to its fullest by conscious reading. Like Mr. Francis Bacon once remarked that “ some books are to be tasted, other to be swallow, and some few to be chewed and digested”. Reading the book at this level is chewing and digestion.

d) Syn-optical reading: At this level reader don’t read one book at a time. He read multiple books at a single time as he connects other books with preset book by sharing and mixing idea mentally. This is the highest realm for a reader.

4. 15 minutes walk to the book

It doesn't matter, how big the book is, try to read it all in 15 minutes. Seems absurd, but when you read in this way, you clear all the rocks to make a place for solid foundation.

Read book in following order:

  • Preface
  • Reader’s message
  • Content/Index
  • Real content of book, Start to float page by page wa;king around the book and stopping by for five six second to read what looks catchy. Do these till you reach the end. You can choose to do it chapter wise or the whole book, it’s up to you.

5. Classify the book

Now, it’s time to classify the book. Take a white blank paper and write your level of reading and what you think, is the purpose of the book. Now write what you think, is the skeleton of the book. Is it theoretical or down write practical. It’ll give you intuition.

6. Underlining

No matter what people say, keep different colour highlighter with you such as red for fact, green for reasoning and etc. This will help you get a quick differentiation of fact from concept. These will also help you in later step.

7. Speed reading

There are courses on the internet that allows you to read a book faster than ever and hence by reducing time used on a book. Some of the method includes reducing the eye fixation on words or symbol. This leads to increment in speed of reading, hence reducing wastage of time.

8. Re Capture the Empire

After you are done reading, re-read the underline. Now, you would have covered all the major and minor details and can leave the book.

9. What’s my purpose?

After a short break, come back and write what you understood about the book,, what’s the purpose of the books ,and was it able to evolve you.

10. Final touch

Read the page you have written and check difference in your pre-book understanding and post-book understanding. This page is treasure for you as the whole book boils down to this page.

Till now you have revised the book more than 4 times within same time frame with higher effectiveness. Like Mr. Francis said you actually have Chewed and digested the book.

Evelyn Wood's Speed Reading Technique


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