This glossary contains words commonly used in Nina Sunday’s book, Brainpower Smart Study: How To Study Effectively Using a Tested and Proven 8-step Study method.

Active reading – marking the text with a pencil, pen or highlight pen as you read to identify important points

Context – words surrounding an idea giving it meaning

Critical thinking – ability to interact with the material, to make connections, to see relationships between ideas

Exponential – growing increasingly larger at an increasingly faster rate

Fixation – the number of words you see at one time as you read. For the average reader, that’s one or two words at a time

Gist – the main or essential part of the matter; a general idea of what it’s all about

Hindsight – to understand the significance of an event after it has happened

Macroreading® – scanning text with a relaxed eye focus at a rate around twice as fast as a comfortable reading rate, to gain an overview

Memory map – a diagramming technique for notes using branches, keywords and colour, radiating from a central idea

Mono-tasking – focusing on one task at a time

Multi-tasking – doing more than one task at the same time

Sub-vocalisation – mentally hearing the sound of the words as you read