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Levels of reading

Levels of reading

Reading the words on a page or screen is the easy part. The problem is that this is often the only way we learn to read.

There are different approaches to reading. 

  1. Reading to entertain. This is what we are taught in elementary school.
  2. Reading to inform. You skim to get a feel for the book.
  3. Reading to understand. You read to chew on things and digest them.
  4. Reading to master. You read a variety of books and articles on the same topic, evaluating them and forming your own opinion.

You don't need to read everything the same way. We spend most of our time in levels 2 and 3.

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