Jun 25, 2019
Episode 60 of The Teaching Space Podcast delves into active reading.
Last year I read 100 books. I know. It’s a crazy number and it’s not something I’m planning to repeat any time soon (I chat about this in episode 47).
While I have run no official statistical analysis on my 2018 reading list (surprised?) I’d estimate 90% were audiobooks. I’m a huge fan of audiobooks, but one downside for me, is I don’t fully absorb everything I hear. While this is usually OK for fiction, it’s sometimes problematic for non-fiction, particularly if I’m reading for professional reasons (e.g. study).
This has lead me to explore active reading, and that’s what I will talk to you about today.
According to the Open University website, active reading is “reading something with a determination to understand and evaluate it for its relevance to your needs”.
When I’m listening to an audiobook or a podcast, I’m listening but I am definitely not evaluating at a high level. The closest I come to evaluating is deciding whether or not I like the narrator’s voice (can I listen to it for 10 hours?!)
There’s a big difference between the passive way I consume audiobooks and the definition of active reading.
I’m not giving up audiobooks any time soon; I love them. But I have decided to focus on using them for fiction only. I need to be more active when reading non-fiction.
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