Friday, 21 July 2017

Adopting Best Reading Styles That Pays In Nigerian Universities

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In this article, I will try as much as possible to explain the top reading styles that pays in any Nigerian Universities and also explain the types of reading styles.

Adopting Best Reading Styles

To be a really effective reader you need to be able to vary your style of reading.

It's likely that you already do this instinctively to some extent. Consider how you would read:
  • a blockbuster novel
  • a newspaper
  • a poem
  • an instruction manual
When reading for pleasure you may read quickly, with few breaks and without worrying about having to recall details later. By contrast, when consulting an instruction manual you may read only one or two paragraphs, but you read them very carefully, making sure you understand the details.

When reading complex material, since your objective is to understand it as well as possible, you will need to adapt your reading style to this purpose.

The topics on the left hand side of this page introduce you to some recognized reading styles, so that you can be more aware of your own approach, and thereby improve your study strategies.

Ever wondered why students study for hours yet, you see standard F9's on the result sheet?. The rate at which people study during the day, even at night classes, makes you wonder, ‘where does these F9's come from?’. It can be concluded that, it is not by duration but by soft work.

Now, there are so many reading styles to adopt in any Nigerian University, but “na these ones dey pay pass”. I will try as much as possible to make it short and simple. Check them out below…

1. Style of consistency
This style pays a lot. It is your ability to continue study till the exam day. Reading consistently makes the texts part of you. It makes you to answer exam questions without much stress. Another benefit of consistent reading is that, you never forget anything in the exam hall. By all means, avoid scattered reading style. Let your book know your study time-table so as to prepare on your behalf.

2. Alternating approach
This is the style of reading different materials simultaneously. Reading one text for long makes it boring. When the text is boring, your brain doesn’t retain much of the information anymore. If you plan to study for six hours, make sure it is not only one material you are studying. An exception to this is when it is exam period. Trust me, it pays.

3. Cramming style
No reading method pays more than cramming in any Nigerian University. How do you feel when people who don’t really understand the course pass more than you?. In as much as it is good to read and understand, there are courses that you don’t pass in Nigerian Universities if you are not good at cramming. Begin to improve your cramming skill. This is the bitter truth.

4. Using Shortcode
Still remember MR NIGER D? this is what I call shortcode. Break the texts down and create beautiful shortcodes to remember them. Also, you can use your own words (the ones you can remember) to represent certain things you have read. Abbreviations make life easier. Remember, yesterday’s information cannot help you in today’s reality.

5. Effective use of Adrenaline
This is the good news about examinations. As the exam gets closer, your adrenaline boosts. This implies that, you can easily understand and remember much of what you read at that time. Take the advantage of that to revise all your courses. Trust me, you will not regret it.

6. Using past questions
I call past questions the prophecy of you exam questions. Try as much as possible to always study along with past questions. This will introduce or put you in the exam condition.

7. Sincere Analysis
This is where telling yourself the truth comes in. As a Nigerian University student, you don’t need to study continuously without vision or revelation. Always analyze the course you are studying. Check what you have learnt so far and what you still don’t understand.

Your emotions get the better of you when you read, so you know not to read in public. You're the friend everyone wants around when big events happens because you always have the best reactions. You like to live in the moment and embrace your quirks with confidence. You're witty and sarcastic, and people love you for it! Sometimes you can be seen as a little too dramatic, but you brush it off because life is more fun that way. 

Basically, there are three different styles of reading academic texts: skimming, scanning, and in-depth reading. Each is used for a specific purpose.

Skimming means to read a page or handout - skip read - by reading the headings and first sentences of each paragraph or section. It usually takes three forms: Preview, Overview and Review. See skimming for more.

Scanning differs from skimming in that you do not deal with all of the content, but search through the material for a specific purpose or a specific word (or its synonym):
  • finding the answer to a question
  • seeking an appropriate quotation reference or statement
  • locating names in a directory, words in a dictionary, prices in a catalogue, etc.
When you scan, you cover only as much of the content as is necessary to accomplish your purpose. See scanning for more.

In-depth reading
In-depth (or detail) reading is the most involved and essential. The purpose of this style is to understand the concepts and arguments that the text contains. It should be done after skimming the text

My Education Team.

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