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Improve reading skills with these 4 tips

How to read efficiently with Post-it® Notes

Being able to read efficiently is key to maximising your productivity. With Post-it® Products and just a few simple tips, you’ll soon be in the habit of absorbing the important information you need faster.

  • 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.

  • 2. Colour code key items

    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!

    Improve reading skills with these 4 tips - Summarize

  • 3. Summarise

    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!

    Improve reading skills with these 4 tips - Maintain a list

  • 4. Maintain a list

    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
    3. Summarise
    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.


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