Document grinding is a term that describes the process of reading and summarizing documents. Sound boring? It doesn’t have to be! Document grinding can be an efficient way to increase your knowledge in a particular subject, or it may help you find information you need for school or work.
How does document grinding work?
First off, there are two ways that you might grind: manually or automatically. When doing manual document grinding, you read through each paragraph one by one before writing down anything about them into an index card file system like Cornell notes (a popular study method). For automatic document grinding (Grinding), you just run a program and it summarizes the information for you. Now, let’s go over some pros and cons of each method.
Document grinding is a great way to quickly review large amounts of information.
- You can use it for reading over articles, researching topics, or reviewing lecture notes from previous classes.
- It’s also useful if you’re working on something that requires research since there are so many sources out there and using search engines can be overwhelming sometimes.
The benefits of using Document Grinding methods are that it can be done anywhere at any time: reading over articles or researching topics or reviewing lecture notes from previous classes, providing there is access to information available online (and sometimes teaching materials).
Tips for document grinding
Document grinding, or the act of reading a document word-for-word for no other reason than to get through it, can be tedious and boring. But with these tips you’ll find that the process becomes much easier to complete.
- If you want to make the most of your time spent document grinding, try giving each paragraph about twenty seconds before moving onto the next one (or less). This will help keep your focus while still staying fast paced without missing anything important.
- Not sure what to write down? Try thinking in terms of keywords—any words or phrases that stand out as being more significant than the rest.
- Keeping a document grinder with you is also an excellent idea to help keep your eyes and mind fresh while on the go!
- It’s not uncommon for people to use document grinding as a way of procrastinating when they’re trying to work on something else, but it can be used in many other ways too.