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How to Read Efficiently | 如何进行有效阅读


Hey everyone! Since long ago, reading has been an essential skill to have. The presence of this skill, brought about knowledge, topics to discuss amongst humans, and most importantly, joy to humans. An interesting fact to note, the goal for the creation of books, has always been to bring joy to humans through reading. I believe many of us have this basic skill of reading, but how do we read EFFICIENTLY? Let me share 3 main tips today!

#1: Speed Reading | 快速阅读

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“如果重点内容在旁边怎么办?” —— 其实,大家不必担心在快速阅读时会忽略掉句子的重点。就如我所提到的,我们其实不是在忽略内容,只是在忽略字。因此,当我们阅读时,我们还是会将这些内容自动吸收。但是,如果大家想要细读的话,就不可以用这种方式了。


Reading isn’t difficult for most of us, but what keeps us from doing it is often the time it takes to read (let’s say an entire book). However, if you were to be able to pick up the skill of speed reading, reading would become slightly easier. Hence, let me share how you guys can pick up this skill! To start off, we as humans don’t actually need to read the entire sentence to understand it. In fact, because our field of vision is quite wide, if we only read the words in the middle of the sentence, those at the side of the sentence would still appear in our field of vision naturally. As such, if you’re able to ignore those words at the side and focus on what’s in the middle, you will realise that your reading speed is slowly increasing. In other words, this is also a form of “skimming”. Of course, this method can be used with both Chinese and English languages.

“What if we miss out the main point of the sentence?” — To be fair, this wouldn’t be a cause for concern. Like what I mentioned earlier, we aren’t actually ignoring the information, but just the words. When we read, we would still automatically take in this information through our field of vision. A point to note though, would be that if you want to read in a detailed manner, this method wouldn’t work.

Following on, when many of us read, we often repeat what we read in our heads using an “inside voice”. Simply put, we use our “inside voice” to read. However, this only slows down the reading overall and doesn’t really add any value. If you can forgo this “inside voice”, your reading speed naturally increases because you don’t spend any additional time repeating what you read. After sharing so much, I believe many of you can see the pros to speed reading! Though, do remember that everybody has a different style of doing things. Hence, you need to try it out for yourself. If it doesn’t work, or you feel like you aren’t getting the information you read, then return back to your normal style of reading.

#2: Book Notes | 阅读笔记



  1. 阅读程度:想读/正在读/已读完
  2. 笔记程度:未开始/正在写/已写完


  1. 虚构/记实
  2. 归类:生活/效率/小说/梦幻/武侠/爱情/自我提升(可自行添加)
  3. 如果是虚构故事:简介,内容,如何抓住你,名句/名言等
  4. 如果是记实文学:学到了什么,书中重点,名句/名言等
  5. 读后感
  6. 评分:1-5分
  7. 会推荐给谁?


I know, I know, many of you are thinking, if reading is supposed to bring joy, why torture yourselves with making notes for what you read. In all fairness, other than bringing joy, reading is also a way to gain knowledge. Reading here means all forms of information which can be read, not only limited to books, but also articles, and even the blog you’re reading right now! Not sure if you’ve noticed, but when you read something that resonates with you, even though you might take an extra look at it in the moment, you may forget about it entirely in a matter of minutes. In fact, I highly doubt that you would remember it. This is where book notes come in handy! Book notes are basically taking what you read, and what you feel resonates with you, and placing them into a notebook of some sort. This can mean digital notes or physical notes, as long as you have a place to capture what you read. Additionally, book notes can help you take down your thoughts of the book, whether you like it, and even help you recommend certain books or articles to your friends. I believe by now, many of you know that our brains are just like any other electronic device, we only have a limited amount of “storage”. It’s almost impossible to remember every book or article, and to say the least, quotes. Hence, with book notes, you can easily reference back.

Then, how do you start making book notes? Well, it’s simple. Like what I mentioned, it can be anywhere from digital notes to physical notes. You can give them statuses this way:

  1. Reading status: Want to Read/Started Reading/Finished Reading
  2. Note-taking status: Have not Started/Writing-In-Progress/Finished Writing

For the notes, this is how you can categorise things:

  1. Fiction/Non-Fiction
  2. Categories: Lifestyle/Productivity/Novels/Fantasy/Love/Self-Improvement (create your own!)
  3. Fiction: Summary, Content, How it captures you, Quotes
  4. Non-Fiction: What have you learnt, Main points, Quotes
  5. Thoughts after reading
  6. Ratings: 1-5 stars
  7. Who would you recommend this to?

Honestly, this may seem old-fashioned and troublesome to many of you, but once you have your very own “archive”, you will find that searching for information becomes unbelievably easy. At the same time, the things you learnt increases everyday, probably more than whatever you have learnt in the past. Again, to reiterate, this method is also hugely based on oneself, if you dislike it, you don’t have to do it! However, I do strongly recommend that you try it out before you decide whether or not to continue!

#3 Preparation | 预备

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“哈???阅读还需要预备???” —— 别紧张,让我解释清楚。这一段是针对阅读书本的朋友们。很多时候我们会无条件地跳入一本书,读到一半才发现,这本书太过无聊,或对自己没有什么用处,而这是因为大家没有在阅读前做好准备。在决定是否要读一本书时,建议大家可以先根据以下方式帮助你决定该不该读这本书。


其次,查找该书的评价。跟概括一样,许多网站都能让网友们聚在一起评价所读过的书本。我认识的网站就有 ,一个专门为喜爱阅读之人而设计的网站。注册帐号之后,大家可以将想读的书名收藏起来。读完之后,就可以评价该书。评价有好有坏,在某些人的眼中可能是无用的,可就是这些评价,能够帮助大家选到适合自己的书!



“Reading needs preparation too???” — Relax, let me explain. This section is targeted mostly to readers who read books, and not really for readers who read articles. A lot of the time, we choose to jump right into a book, only to find out that it’s too boring, or just doesn’t have any value for us. This is because we don’t do enough preparation beforehand. While deciding whether to read a certain book, you can follow these tips below to help you!

Firstly, find a book summary online. Many websites these days provide book summaries using a few paragraphs. These summaries don’t spoil the book, yet help you decide whether your interest in the book has increased, or whether you feel like it’s not suitable for you. Although this step may seem a little extra, you can use the skill you picked up earlier from this blog, speed reading, to read through the summaries!

Following up, find the book’s ratings. Just like book summaries, websites offer book ratings by fellow readers too. One that I know of, would be , which is a platform for enthusiastic readers. After creating an account, you would be able to save the titles of books you want to read, and after reading, give ratings and critics to the book. There are good and bad ratings of course, and these may seem useless to certain people, but it may also very well be the ratings that help you determine if the book is suitable for you.

Finally, you can ask your friends! I’m sure we have friends around us who love to read. You can check with them to see if they’ve read the book you want to read, and ask if they’d recommend it. If they say yes, awesome! After reading, you can even exchange thoughts and book notes with each other. This kind of advantage doesn’t have to be limited between friends, but can be used between fellow readers too!

Simply put, before starting a book, researching can help you save a lot of unnecessary time and prevent you from choosing a book you dislike!



All in all, reading is meant to be a joyful experience, so I hope none of you see it as a tiring chore! Enjoying the moment in reading, and increasing your knowledge is also a good thing. To be fair, there isn’t any method that can help you improve without effort, but if you are willing to put in that fair bit of effort, no books will let you down! Here’s some good news, we’re planning to release a book review every month as a blog post. If you’re interested in reading or have any good books to recommend, let me know down below! Today’s blog shall end here, till next time, bye!

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