THE BIGGEST READING MISTAKE YOU MAKE, AND HOW TO BREAK IT
The biggest mistake that college students make is that they think
they have to stop and understand every word as they read. You do
not have to read and understand every word. When you read word by
word, you get caught up in the words and your comprehension drops.
Start pushing yourself to read quicker and look for the larger meaning.
When you do this, you will spot ideas instead of isolated words.
When you start reading for ideas, instead of words, you will be
able to spot information that is important.
With time, you will see that you become better at knowing what's
important. When you are reading, if something doesn't make sense,
keep reading on. Often by pushing on, you will discover the meaning
of what you didn't understand. If you stop at every leaf in the
forest and slowly examine it, you get caught up in the leaves and
lose sense of the forest around you. If you quickly look at the
leaves as you run by, you gain a greater sense of the size and area
of the forest. You increase your overall understanding. Then you
can decide what you want to inspect.