Juicing out the facts and ideas in research papers or books can already take time. What more if you have to deal with twenty to fifty-paged articles? Or having to read it with a limited time? In such cases, you’ll need to learn how to read a lot of texts quickly and efficiently. Here are some cram friendly ways to read long-winded articles.
1. Use CTRL + F.
Reading long-form articles can be daunting especially if the text that you are dealing with has a lot of unfamiliar terms or, like medicine-related journals. If you are reading through an online journal or an e-book copy of a research paper, hitting CTRL-F is a fast way to look for a word or phrase. You can navigate through the entire page for all mentions of it.
2. Learn the SQ3R Method.
SQ3R stands for Survey, Question, Read, Review and Recite.
Just survey the material before you actually begin reading it, paying attention to headings, bold or italicized words, titles, graphics.
Question yourself about the key points as you read the article. Read the material while focusing on understanding the info presented.
Review what you’ve learned from reading the material. You can go back to your notes and try to summarize the text based on your own understanding.
Recite what you’ve learned aloud until you fully understand the concept and you are confident enough to explain it to someone else.
3. Scan through the title and abstract.
One fast way to comprehending the gist of an article is to understand its structure. Reading the article and abstract can provide you with a broad overview of what the research journal is all about. Abstracts describe the main theme of the paper. It also contains the research’s guide question posed, the methodology used, as well as the main results or findings.
4. Jump into the conclusion.
Sometimes it’s best to jump into the conclusion, especially when you’re reading long journal texts. The first few lines in this section often summarize the result of the research. It brings everything together and highlights what it all means.
5. Take note of the important details.
Reading the whole article word for word is just not possible at some point. On such occasions, it’s important to focus on the most important information. Try to visualize details to make it easier for you to recall facts.
Reading text heavy researches and long-winded journals definitely involve a tedious process. But using these five tips, you can save a lot of your hours for other tasks. If you want to know more about how you can manage your school life, check out our Study Hacks section to find out more! Or maybe you also have school-life hacks and other interesting stories you want to share, be a student contributor at Edukasyon.ph now!