Today more than ever there is a lot and I mean A LOT of information floating around. It doesn’t matter what subject, topic, or industry you’re in there is so much to know and learn. There is a lot to read. If you are like me, you want to learn as much as you can on a particular subject. But slow reading to hang a huge burden on our necks. That is why I decided to learn how to speed read.
speed reading is not something everyone is born with. It is a skill, like any other, that must be put to practice on a daily basis. There are websites which offer speed reading software, many of which I have bought. But there is a simple more effective way to increase your reading speed without having to buy expensive programs and software.
Here are a few tips to get your started on improving your reading speed and comprehension.
1. Have your vision checked. A lot people who read fairly slow do so because they have an undiagnosed vision problem. Even when they think they have perfect vision. If you haven’t been in to get an eye exam recently, there is nothing wrong with doing it now!
2. Time your current reading speed. It is critical to know how fast you’re currently reading. This allows you to track your improvement through subsequent timings. Keeping track of your reading speed will give you evidence that you are improving, and will keep you motivated!
First step is to get your book and a stopwatch (obviously;-)). Next, start the stopwatch and track how many words you can read in a page, say, in 30 seconds. Or, you can set a certain amount of time you will read, and keep track of how many pages you read during that time.
You can also go online and do an online speed reading test.
3. Block out any unnecessary distractions. I use to be able to do my homework with music playing in the background, BUT LEARNED NOTHING. Although you may feel that you can read and comprehend while sitting at a busy coffee shop, you should try and find a solitary place to read. If at home, turn the TV off, along with the radio and cell phone. If you can’t find a quiet place, use some earplugs to block out any distractions around you. If you truly want to comprehend everything you are reading, it is critical to find quietness and focus on the material you are reading.
4. Adjust your reading speed with what you read. Decide how important the material is that you’re about to read, then decide how fast you want to go through it. At times we must chose whether we want to comprehend completely, or cover a lot of material. For example, if you are studying for an exam you obviously want to comprehend. If however you are reading a magazine article, you can skim through and find the main points of interest within the article. A lot of times magazines contain fill-in material, so we want to weed that out and get to the meat of it!
There you go ladies and gentlemen! I hope that this short article has provided some value to you. If you found it helpful please leave a comment!
To your speed reading success,