It is almost impossible to gather all of the information you’ll need from a book or assigned reading by reading it once. You’ll need to go back and do a targeted re-reading.
Targeted re-reading is similar to reading a piece of writing with a specific purpose in mind, except you’ll have already read it at least once.
You’ve already read the book, section, chapter, passage, or even paragraph, and hopefully you took your time. Now it’s time to go back and re-read some or all of it
First, decide what it is you’re looking for.
Are you looking for a specific …
Next, you'll want to make a note to yourself. It’s helpful to write down what you’re looking for on a post-it note or index card to keep in front of you while you are re-reading. You’ll also want to brainstorm some “watch words” that are associated with your specific topic and write those on your reminder note to keep you on track.
Finally, as you re-read, it’s likely that you’ll skim through the text until you start seeing your watch words, or find what you’re on the hunt for. Once you find what you’re looking for, you’ll need to switch from skimming to actively reading so that your attention is focused on your chosen subject.
Let’s look at a couple examples!