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All you need to become a productive reader

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Reading is a skill taught in the early years in school. While reading is a skill used in daily life, many make a living out of it. Productive reading allows people to read for work, leisure, and learning. Like any muscle, reading has to be practiced and exercised in order for it to be in good form. John Eilermann St. Louis.

Read with a pen in hand. Underlining words one does not understand helps them process the meaning later on. When one is done reading the book, going through all the underlined words allows one to reprocess the words and their meanings. Allot more time for reading, even if it is as little as 10 minutes. Borrowing time from less important activities can make one a more productive reader. John Eilermann St. Loius.

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Journal new words and phrases learned from a book. A generous activity, reading offers one new nuggets of knowledge every time they reach for a book. Don’t be afraid to let go of books midway. If a book fails to teach or impart any lesson or give any fresh thought, it’s okay to drop it and move on to the next one. John Eilermann St. Louis.

Random is good. Many follow a genre and stick to it for a chunk of their lives, while some enjoy a good variety of topics, authors, and genres. While picking up a book at random won’t seem to increase a reader’s productive, it sure will pique their interest or help them determine which stories and topics to gravitate to. John Eilermann St. Louis.