Join Paul Nowak for an in-depth discussion in this video How to deal with charts and diagrams, part of Speed Reading Fundamentals.
- In this movie we're going to discuss how…to deal with reading that includes charts,…diagrams, formulas, or any other situations…where you need to analyze something.…First off, let's think about how many people…approach this kind of situation.…They're reading through their material,…and at some point they encounter text that reads…something like, "Refer to Figure 2.4."…Then they continue reading the paragraph or page,…and eventually they'll stop to analyze Figure 2.4.…Have you ever looked at the diagram…and had trouble understanding it?…It could be because it's very complex,…but we still need to have a way of…understanding the information.…
So it comes down to this, when…should you look at the diagram?…At the end of the sentence or paragraph,…at the end of the page, when you encounter it?…Here's what I suggest you do.…The moment you read the words "Refer to Figure 2.4,"…you should stop reading and refer to 2.4.…Now, I know this sounds obvious,…but that's not what most people do.…Most people are reading along, and the moment it says…
The course then focuses on improving comprehension by understanding how memory works, practicing the "read and recall" method, and breaking down technical terms. The final chapter introduces some advanced tips and strategies for reading different types of media: news and magazine articles, textbooks, technical material, and ebooks.
- Measuring your reading speed
- Reading faster on the computer
- Reading groups of words
- Previewing and overviewing
- Improving comprehension and retention
- Understanding the 80/20 principle of reading
- Reading magazines, textbooks, diagrams, and ebooks