How To Read: Real reading vs Fake reading

Have you ever had one of those unproductive reading sessions after which you can’t remember what you have just read?
It’s because you have been ‘faking’ it.
Although it felt like you have been reading as you look and read each word in your head, the truth is you were not focused on your reading material.
And this is one of the main reasons why speed reading seems to not work for me, and many people whom I have spoken to.
In the process of learning to speed read, we glance at the words, worried about our speed rather than our ability to digest what we have read. Now, I’m not bashing speed reading. I’m sure it works. I’m just saying that the focus should be on your ability to capture what you have read, rather than being focused on the speed at which you are reading.
Here’s a quick comparison of ‘Real’ reading vs ‘Fake’ reading:

Real reading

  • You are taking in ideas
  • You are forming your own judgement
  • You remember main points after reading – this is a simple check to determine if your reading session had been fruitful.
  • This is relatively tougher for non-fiction books.

Fake reading

  • Your eyes merely┬áscans through text
  • You can’t remember what the heck you read
  • You may have been thinking about something else

Do you agree? Share your experiences in the comments below!

Written by Yen Yee

Yen Yee

An aspiring digital entrepreneur who continues to learn and find her way around in the online world.


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