If you're in the midst of preparing for the new year then it's also time for you to learn something interesting for those days of studying which will require you to gather a quick set of facts in a short space of time. Some would say this would be effective in time tight spots or even in exams but the idea of practicing the methods known as Speed Reading or Scanning require some effort from you at the right time.
Speed Reading In A Nutshell
First and Foremost, Speed Reading and Scanning are not the same thing, well not exactly. They differ in the sense of the results obtained from either method. People have always pointed out that I speak somewhat faster than normal, not all the time but when I get on the speed train it can be a non stop destination of mind maps trying to figure out what I'm saying, ever experienced that?
Well, this can also be transformed by a person into speed reading, Anyone can speak fast,some naturally whilst others at have to make the effort. This technique of Speed Reading is something you may need to initiate when you're garnering information in preparing for a proper study session.
It would require you to read the information provided fast and efficiently and picking up key factors, while you're at it to familiarize yourself with the work involved in your studies. Regardless of whether you're in school, College, Work, Blogging or even for recreational purposes this method of studying is excellent for finding key elements and broad points to be aware of in your notes.
Scanning In A Nutshell
Scanning is somewhat more detailed in the sense that it requires you to look and scan for a specific piece of information. Take for instance you're required to spot the words in a crossword puzzle, you need to scan the puzzle and look for words that are disguised amongst all the letters. That principle of crossword puzzles can be used to depict what scanning involves.
You scan your piece of text for relevant points, keywords, ideas, formations and work around linking the information scanned the next time you do an indepth study of your notes. To put it mildly, this is excellent when working with mind maps and linear notes which fall under the category of note making and summary writing.
You get the difference between Scanning and Speed Reading, Now What?
Now that you get what these two methods entail, you should remember one important point about this, Their Pre-Studying techniques. To break this down simply, you would use either one of these techniques/methods when you're preparing yourself for your studies or indepth studying.
Their just to get you familiar with what's to come and wrap your head around the concept of your studies,particularly the subject at hand.
I'm not saying that they can't be used when you have an exam coming up or a mock test, their effective and can provide you with a short burst of information at your disposal, just be wary that you're not using this as your primary method of preparing for exam because in both cases they lack in helping a person gain insight on the details from your books/notes.
You Can And Should Use Both Of These Techniques
Their excellent when used together, not only will you achieve in having an overview of your study but you should be able to point out important characteristics or opinions in your notes. Be sure to practice this as well.
Find a magazine, take a look at the article of your choice and begin by speed reading through the text picking up some good info. Now the second time try scanning the article for those important key points you picked up from your speed reading and identify how they tie in your articles central theme or story together.
Just to make things abit more practical for you, i've included a word puzzle below and right at this moment it hit me that speed reading can actually take place here not in the proper way of things but you can as fast as you can point out or circle out the words you find and later go into scanning the word puzzle to find those hard to find words. Let's see how fast it takes you to find all the words in this puzzle, let's set some high score's.