The Power of Reading Widely

This page was first published on the 12th of May, 2016 and last updated on the 12th of May, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

How many times have you heard of some successful person and then read or heard of them “he/she was and avid reader”.

And how many times were you not advised: read widely?

The fact: a student taking on 14 subjects stands a greater chance of passing all 14 subjects than a student taking on 4 subjects stands of passing that four.

That is the power of crosschecking and verification, which often adds to “comprehension”.

The fact: the more we learn, the easier it becomes to learn.

The other day, I was doing some research on “natural cures for cataract” for a friend who had developed the condition on one eye.

As I read every page, I harbored just the right amount of healthy skepticism. “Is this really true?”

But after reading the same claim on several fairly reputable website, I concluded that the information had to be correct. On the other hand, claims that I read on only one website, I was most likely to discard.

That is a conscious method of intelligent deduction. But humans also have this same intelligence rooted at a subconscious level.

That is why students who read the same topic, facts or subjects from several textbooks, in several different context and wordings, are more likely to retain the information than those reading it from only one textbook, even though they may not at first understand why.

Fact: fact builds on other facts.

Agricultural teaches you that plants need manure, but chemistry teaches you “why”. Understanding why makes it so much easier to remember “that”.

That’s the power of cross reference and reading widely.

Related: the Law of attraction: success breeds success, ideas lead to other ideas and the rich gets richer.

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