Saturday, February 19, 2011

FYI Friday: Reading Method

Reading Method
Teresa Beasley

I tell everyone that reading can be a form of relaxation as well as a useful hobby. It is exciting to read stories that are filled with drama, suspense, and mystery. The different genres that are available and even the non-fiction titles can give readers a smorgasbord full of helpful material. I am an avid reader who reads more than one book at a time. I have often been asked, “How do you do it?” Therefore, I wanted to share with readers my reading method. The reading method is a reading process that avid and non-avid readers can use to help them read at a quicker pace.

Step One: List the books you want to read for the week. This list should consist of two-four or four-six books. However, it can be done with two books.

Step Two: Place books in order of importance to you.

Step Three: Obtain a pen or pencil, a notebook, and bookmarks. The notebook is for you to take notes along your reading journey. The bookmarks are to help remember where you are in the books.

Step Four: Now it is time to bookmark your chapters in fives or sixes.

Step Five: Take your first book and go to chapter five or six and place a bookmark. Do this with every book on your list.

Step Six: Once step five is completed, it is time to start read, but first….

Step Seven: Find a comfortable location before you start reading.

Step Eight: After you have reached chapter five or six in each book stop and write your notes.

Step Nine: Start the rotation again by placing your bookmarks after the next five or six chapters in each book. Start reading again and don’t forget to take your notes.

Step Ten: Do steps 8-9 until each book is finished.

Note: Taking notes after reading every fifth or sixth chapter helps you remember what each book is about and what is happening within the story. Take breaks in between rotations (I know I do). This method works well for me and I hope it works for you as well. Happy Reading!

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