Improve your reading comprehension and deal with academic texts more easily

This workshop is designed to help young scientists understand reading as an activity and help them become more efficient and effective readers. Good readers are flexible in their reading approach: instead of ‘plodding’, that is reading consistently at 150 words per minute, well-trained readers have the capacity to adjust their speed to the material. In addition, they have a clear purpose and understanding of the texture and structure of their reading materials. Thus, reading is an active and purposeful act which needs a focused and selective reader.


We will discuss:

  • Challenges that cause and are caused by slow reading
  • Active reading
  • Speed reading mechanisms
  • Selective reading speed
  • Mind mapping as a memory tool
  • Effective note taking
  • Improved reading focus and dealing with distractions
  • SQ3R for academic texts

Trainer: Katrin Bringmann


“Some [scientific articles] are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”  (Francis Bacon, 1625)


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The course can be aligned to your requirements regarding duration, form and content.

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Digital Tools for Collaborative Reading

PaperHive introduces seamless discussion of research papers directly in the browser, embedded in the regular workflow. This enables researchers to attach questions, corrections, formulas, figures, further literature, code, or data directly to the original text where everyone can benefit from it. Public contributions on PaperHive enrich the global knowledge and are CC-BY-4.0-licensed.

Reading Suggestions

Kump P, (Nov 1998), Breakthrough Rapid Reading. Published by Prentice Hall Press | 304 Pages | 7 x 9-1/4| ISBN 9780735200197