Intelligent people are continuous learners. They ensure that they read as many books, articles and papers (on a diverse range of topics) as they can. This thirst for knowledge alters and challenges their thinking.
Generally speaking, reading is a great skill that we should all develop. Not only does it open us up to new ideas, but it also makes us much better people who are well informed and see life in its totality. After all, knowledge they say is power.
If you want to become a much better reader, here are some brain and life hacks to consider:
1) Be interactive when you read
One of the great ways to read is to make sure that you're active and to engage with the content. A practical way to do this is by reading with a writing stationary (for example a pencil or a highlighter).
As you're consuming the text, highlight things that stick out to you, or scribble notes in the margin of your thoughts, concerns or questions. The goal here is to ensure that you're not a passive reader and that you're directly participating and are fully involved with the content.
It is usually a good idea to have a physical copy of the material you want to read. For example, printing out a lengthy email or a PDF file is a great way to have the kind of deep interaction that makes your reading rewarding.
2) Take your time when you're reading
Ensure that you thoroughly examine the page of your material as you read - try not to skim.
A common misconception that most people have is that scanning a book, for instance, is a fast and an efficient way of reading. This assumption is not true. With skimming, you think you're absorbing a lot of information, but the truth is that you're just barely taking in a few words and sentences.
Be purposeful as you read; get into the details to get an intimate comprehension of the material so that you don't forget the contents.
3) Re-read the material
Following the previous theme of patience, make sure that you go over the material if it doesn't make sense.
Depending on the subject matter, things might not immediately click, and as such, re-reading the text is an excellent way to make those connections.
Hopefully, these three practical brain and life ahcks can assist you towards becoming a better reader.
Please feel free to share some of your best reading suggestions as well.