The power of active reading.

The 21st century: where knowledge is just one click away.

Nowadays, there is no dearth of well-documented resources to help you improve your English and broaden the perimeters of your critical mind. Nevertheless, if used passively, irrespective of the plethora of information, it will not materialise efficiently. The key to extracting maximum insight from data is to toggle the switch in your mind from passive reading to active reading.

As a student, when tackling comprehensions or data responses, I always went over the questions before delving into the daunting volumes of text and not vice-versa. That gave me an overview and an overall feel of the kind of information that would be in the text. With ample practice, my subconscious mind eventually became trained to start detecting relevant information from the first read of the text itself.

Ask yourself questions as and when you are reading instead of merely 'absorbing' what has been presented to you. Evaluate the author's tone. Ask yourself whether you agree with the writer's arguments or not. Draw inferences and try to brainstorm short-term and long-term implications.

Reading passively is not productive as the reader seems to want to rush to the end of the text. In stark contrast, reading actively and wearing your critical lenses will enable you to engage with the data in a more productive way.

Let active reading be the ace up your sleeve and Paper 2 will be a smooth one.

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