CHAPTER 5

Reading Skills

Learning is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own.

Charles Scribner

Chapter Objectives

This chapter aims to present the basic principles of reading. Its objective is to familiarize the reader with the mechanics of the reading process and its connection with the process of cognition. It also aims to introduce different types of reading, and the situations they can be used in. The chapter also lists out certain techniques like chunking and silent reading that enable fast reading and draws attention to the SQ3R technique.

Very much like the skills of creativity, mind-mapping or negotiation, reading is a skill intimately connected with thinking. It is not simply about gathering ...

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