Critical Reading

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I. Introduction
"The original owner had highlighted the entire book—literally. Every line on every page had been drawn through with a bright green Magic Marker. It was a terrifying example of a mind that had lost all power of discrimination."
- Florence King

Being a student requires reading—and a lot of it. Some love it, some hate it. Nonetheless, we can 't escape it. Reading is part of a student 's life, and the length of time spent on it defines the kind of student one is. It is a challenge to even start going through the first page, all the more to finish it until the end. And yet, to understand is completely a different story. Reading has been described as a gateway to explore new worlds, a key to unlock the treasure of infinite
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The four techniques mentioned undoubtedly reduces the length of time you spend on reading, but you 've got to know when to use it and when not to. Skimming involves locating the main idea of a text. Once located, this main idea would give you an overview for the supporting statements that you would have to read afterwards. Remember that skimming is used only when your purpose for reading allows you to read for general concepts rather than specific information (McWhorter, 453). If you already know the text that you are about to read, then apply scanning. Aside from going directly to what you need, other words that pass through your scanning fingertips would somehow flash to your brain. Thus, you are exposed to the other information of the text. Glancing may be used to detect organizational pattern of a text as you basically go over the text in no particular order. Lastly, you could skip some parts of a text because either you feel that it is not too relevant or you already know the details of what is being discussed. There are two things that we need to possess to get things going: motivation and self-discipline. Motivation gives you the drive to pursue what is needed to be done. It eliminates negative thoughts that hinder the fulfilment of your goals. Self-discipline, on the other hand, is the controlling factor to your pursued objective. If motivation gives you the head start, self-discipline helps you continue what you have started. Remember, these
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