How to read texts faster

There is no way to think about medicine and not immediately come to mind a huge pile of books, as well as an infinity of chapters that are super long. Precisely for this reason, we made an article giving tips on how to read texts faster effectively. In a day at college, we see at least 4 different classes that have their own book chapters . Some classes even include more than one text. Considering all this, it is essential to have a technique to optimize your income at that time. After all, there is no point in reading a lot of things and not understanding anything.

1- Choose the Best Bibliography

It seems obvious, but it is an important step that many people forget. We chose to follow the bibliography proposed by the teacher in class, but sometimes it does not suit you, your reality.

An example of this is in physiology , since there are 3 books highly recommended by teachers. You will not read the 3 references, but you should also not choose any randomly. Make tests and see which one has more fluidity of text for you, which allows you to understand a certain theme more easily or has an appropriate size, because as much as you want, you will not have time to read 4 chapters of 100 pages per day.

2- Separate the Learning Objectives from the Theme

If you are in the habit of attending classes, this is an easier step, as teachers usually make this clear at the beginning of the class. However, if that is not the case, you can do this yourself by looking at the sub-topics in the chapter. I will exemplify a situation here:

  • Clinical topics: definition, epidemiology, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prophylaxis, if any
  • Basic themes: definition, related concepts of importance, mechanisms involved, final effects of the process

By doing this, you already define what is essential that you understand after reading.

3- Write down Relevant Information

One of the most counterproductive things is to mark everything important in the text. That’s because you are anxious about the amount of information marked as relevant. Also, you will not be studying through this chapter again, so you will not be reviewing the bookings. In that case, the best thing to do is to write down the really relevant parts .

Pay attention, because I said what is really relevant. Without following tip 2, you may be led to believe that everything is important, but not everything is essential. When defining the topics of importance, you know what you can not fail to note, since it is fundamental and you cannot forget.

Imagine you are reading the treatment part of bacterial meningitis, for example. You can not fail to note:

  • Treatment: ceftriaxone + vancomycin + corticosteroids
  • Prophylaxis: rifampicin, ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone and azithromycin

Here it is simplified, but you can add the dose to the side, indications, adverse effects.

By following these tips, you will have a faster reading, for not wasting time reading receptors for the bacteria that cause meningitis, or mutations of them. Reading will also be more effective, as you will know what you have just read when you are finished and have your summary ready when the exams are close. When that happens, just review your notes.

Try to put this into practice and comment what you think of the tips. Don’t forget to share too. Good studies!


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