By: Buntheng LIM
Reading books is important. Whether in school or out of school, you read in order to learn. However, there are some people who read a lot of books, but they still don’t improve much. So, here are 5 signs that you read the books wrong:
You pick the wrong books.
When you read, you don’t read the books that is beneficial to you even if it is for leisure. Sometimes, you buy a book because of its cover or popularity among your friends without getting to know if it is right for you. For example, if you major in English literature, you don’t read young adults but classic unabridged novels in your free time, which improves your knowledge in your field of study.
You don’t take notes.
You read for the sake of reading. You think taking notes while reading is a waste of time, and it can ruin your mood in reading. So, what you miss is that reading books is the same as listening to your teachers explaining. This means unless you take notes, you forget more than 40% of what the books say after a month’s of finishing reading.
You don’t practice.
You read to know, not to take action. This means you read to acquire information in the books, but you don’t apply the principles in books at every opportunity you have. Thus, you forget what you learn quickly as learning is an active process.
You don’t take time to think.
You are in a hurry to continue reading the next chapter. You want to finish the book as fast as possible. Thus, you don’t stop and reflect what you learn in the chapter you have just read. Consequently, you miss the important points the books want to you to receive.
You don’t reread.
After finishing reading, you throw the books away and never touch them again. You feel like once you finish a book, you should continue reading new books to get different experience. Also, you think that rereading a book is a waste of time as there are a lot of books that you want to read.