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Part II: Improving Listening, Memory, an... > Learning from Printed Materials—Read...

Chapter 8. Learning from Printed Materials—Reading

It’s not high-tech, it’s not fancy, but reading is still the most portable, versatile, and flexible way to gather new information. While there are thousands of instructional videos and computer programs on the market, there are millions of books, magazines, and manuals. Whatever the topic, something has been printed about it. Being an effective reader is still one of the most powerful and inexpensive ways to be a lifelong learner.

Even though reading is universally taught in our society, it is not universally mastered. Even proficient readers sometimes find themselves in the frustrating position of needing to re-read material. Reading can become so automatic that even though you hear the individual words in your head, the meaning of what you read may escape you; and the meaning is what is important.


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