The Power of Prereading – Part One
What is Pre-reading?
Prereading will improve your learning. Unfortunately, it’s a learning technique that’s consistently done wrong. Here is the basic definition of Prereading: Familiarising yourself with your material before learning it.
When you approach prereading the wrong way, it becomes nothing more than a waste of time. Some of the common prereading mistakes include:
- Confusing learning the material with prereading the material.
- Prereading too far out from learning.
- Spending too much time on prereading.
Prereading isn’t learning. When learners confuse the two, they end up wasting their time and feeling frustrated. Dedicated Learning of your material involves actively engaging with and processing it during a dedicated session, whether it’s on your own or as part of a class, lecture or tutorial. It’s where the “heavy lifting” of your learning is done.
Prereading, on the other hand, is not about learning at all. Instead, it’s about familiarizing yourself with the material, so you’re better able to recognize it during the learning process.