The days of highlighters are long gone! With better reading tips and tools now available at your fingertips, revision can now be done more effectively. If you write things down by hand, you're 42% more likely to achieve your goals!* So when it comes to reading, you can actually use writing to boost your productivity. And when you’re at your most productive, you can do anything. We’ll show you how.
To make your reading/studying as efficient as it can be, and to improve your reading skills, it’s best to get everything together in advance, instead of scrambling for something when you need it. So grab some Post-it® Super Sticky Notes 76mm x 76mm, Post-it® Notes 76mm x 76mm, Post-it® Index Arrow, and Post-it® Super Sticky Lined Notes. When you’ve got everything you need nearby, there’s nothing you can’t do. Stick and restick your thoughts, organise lists or ideas, and mark things that are important so you don't miss them.
For every important item you come across that you might want to reference later, use a colour-coded system — it’s a great way of organising information to make it easy to refer to later. For instance, designate the colour blue for important quotes, and yellow for key statistics. Then use correspondingly-coloured Post-it® Index Arrows to mark them as you go. They stick securely and remove cleanly, and their vibrant colours won’t let you miss them when flipping back through the book later!
At the end of each chapter, jot down a short, two-sentence summary on a Post-it® Note 76mm x 76mm and stick the note at the beginning of the chapter. Post-it® Notes stick strongly to paper, and if you want to move them to another notebook later on, they won’t damage the page. Tip: let the edge of your summary note peek outside the margin of the page, so you can easily find your chapter summaries when the book is closed!
As you read, keep a pad of Post-it® Super Sticky Lined Notes 101mm x 152mm nearby. Whenever you have a question, or find something you want to do more research on or revisit, jot it down on the list note. The lines make it easy to maintain a neat and tidy list. When you’re done reading the book, you’ll have a handy list of questions and further explorations that you can stick and re-stick just about anywhere as you continue to study and learn.
Reading efficiently seems like a straightforward endeavour — but maximising your reading time with these specific reading tips can really boost your capacity to absorb information and revise more effectively. You’ll be shocked at how much more you can get done, and how energised you’ll feel doing it! Just remember:
1. Gather your materials
2. Colour code key items
4. Maintain a list
*Matthews, G. (2007). The impact of commitment, accountability, and written goals on goal achievement. Paper presented at the 87th Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.