The Productive Reading Process Checklist
Smart reading is the process to engage in.
Smart = Ability to gain results
SQ3R = Survey, Question, Read, "Recall", Review/Finalize
SURVEY FOR USABILITY
__ Scan for relevancy (usefulness).
__ Decide what not to read.
__ Skimread/scan (First one or two sentences in a paragraph tells you enough to decide whether or not to read the paragraph or section
READ/QUESTION IN DEPTH (WHERE USEFUL)
__ Read in-depth only if justified.
(Justified = Useability x likelihood of use)
__ Understand/evaluate facts - To incorporate new ideas/facts for greater understanding that will help ultimate use. Understand the logic/reasoning and evaluate if the facts are valid and usable.
__ Capture, for "recall" - Gather the information that will be useful in future, in a referenceable way and in a form that is complete enough to be directly usable when needed. Notes taken should be useful!
__ Read critically - Critical reading is asking questions and is part of the critical thinking process that leads to all valid workable strategies and tactics.
__ What do I need to go back to to understand more of or to decide what to implement?
__ Reference system set up - Reference materials set up for referenceability/use.
__ Implementation assured
__ Follow up to do list (of all that is
useful), properly tickled up
USABLE "CAPTURE" METHODS
Highlight (and add comments)
Take notes - Rephrase in own words
What are the key points
Make them findable and usable
Set up a system (tickles or part of a list in a project that will be engaged in) for assuring followup.
If the information is never used, then it is worthless!!!