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2F-How to read faster & remember it, use the BIG 3

You can do anything, and be anything if someone helps you!

Reading fast is helpful. However, it is only helpful if you can remember what you read. When I was in graduate school in Chicago, I studied Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew, while studying both the Bible, and Qur’an. As a result, I had to learn how to read fast. What helped me was the fact that both Arabic, and Hebrew were written from right to left.

My brain had to relearn how to read. I had to break the reading assignments down into small chunks of words. Then I had to use my pointer finger on my right hand, and point directly at the words. Why my right hand? It allowed me to see all the words as a whole, and did not block my vision. However, when I read the Bible in Greek, I would point to the words with my left pointer finger. Yes, I was reading in both directions, and taking notes with both my right, and left hands.

I started slowly, and over time both my reading speed, and my comprehension increased. As a matter of fact, it helped me to score in the 91st percentile on the reading comprehension section of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam.) Reading fast, and comprehending more is both helpful, and fun. Here is a video about Howard Berg, one of the fastest readers in the world. You may find it helpful: Howard Berg, how to read faster.

However, if you do not like the Berg Speed Reading method, you can use the BIG 3. How?

  • First, skim what you plan to read, and look for the BIG 3.  Start from the beginning of the section, or chapter, and find out what the TOPIC is. Remember, the topic could be a person, ex. Mr. Incredible.
  • Second, ask yourself the question, “What examples are being used here?” If it is a literature class, you ask yourself, “What did the main character do here? What actions did they take?”
  • Third, locate all of the steps, rules, and instructions. If it is a literature class, then you ask yourself, “How did the characters actions impact the story?”
  • Lastly, take notes, and write down the BIG 3 in your notebook. Do not skip steps, start by taking notes in your notebook.


  1. Transfer what you read to flashcards immediately after you finish reading and taking notes in your notebook.
  2. Next, use the 15/15/15 strategy. Review your flashcards 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes before dinner, and 15 minutes before bed.
  3. Lastly, always remember, tests are about the instructions that are needed to solve a problem, so part 3 of the BIG 3 will always be on your test, always. Remember when you were in high school and took those standardized tests and the teacher said, “SHOW YOUR WORK?” That is what step 3 in every problem is, showing your work.

Stay on p. 33 of the workbook then click here: How to get A’s on tests, and exams

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