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Inspectional Reading

Inspectional Reading

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Every book should be read no more slowly than it deserves, and no more quickly than you can read it with satisfaction and comprehension.

Inspectional Reading

There are two types of inspectional reading: systematic skimming, also known as pre-reading or intelligent skimming, and superficial reading.

The first type of inspectional reading is systematic skimming, which you can easily put into practice today.

How To Systematically Skim A Book

  • Read the cover and preface.
  • Read the table of contents, which will give you a feel for the map of the book.
  • Understand the language of the book. This means skimming the index. Not only will this give you an idea of the r...

Deciding To Read The Entire Book

Skimming helps you reach a decision point: Does this book deserve more of my time and attention? Why?

Unless you’re reading for entertainment, if you can’t answer that question, you can toss the book.

Mastering intelligent skimming will:

  • save you a lot of time bec...

Superficial Reading

This is used when you’re taking a book that’s notably above your level.

A superficial reading means that you quickly read from start to finish without stopping to ponder the things you don’t understand. The reason this works is that by reading the book from start to finish...

Just Read It

Superficial reading is the first step towards analytical reading – that is, understanding and interpreting a book’s contents. If you stop and go over everything you don’t understand on your first reading, you get lost. Sure you finish the book but you’ve lost sight of where you’ve been and where ...

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