The Real Way to Improve Your Reading Speed | Scott H Young - Deepstash
The Real Way to Improve Your Reading Speed | Scott H Young

The Real Way to Improve Your Reading Speed | Scott H Young

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The Real Way to Improve Your Reading Speed | Scott H Young

Slow Readers

Many people tend to feel embarrassed about not being able to read fast enough or are made fun of when they read slow. But the fact that reading is not a natural human ability needs to be kept in mind.

Reading is a skill that we acquire through years of development with the coordination of cognitive strategies such as image recognition and linguistic pairing since reading is not a skill that is hardwired into our brains.

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Constraints to Reading

Daniel Willingham, a cognitive scientist, deconstructed the process of reading and the constraints we face when doing so such as:

  1. Not knowing much about the topic (therefore not fully comprehending what the individual is reading);
  2. Not knowing the words (therefore being unable to construct ideas due to illiteracy);
  3. And not knowing how to pronounce the words or how to sound them out, however, phonetic knowledge is much less of an issue with advanced readers.

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Tips for Reading Faster

  1. Always have books for pleasure. If you're not interested in what you're reading you ultimately won't read at all.
  2. It's okay not to finish reading your books and switch them. Remember the more books you read, the more fluency you'll have, and the greater the enjoyment of reading leads to being able to read harder books
  3. Build up your foundation first; both on the knowledge of the topic and of the words used. It's okay to take your time reading.
  4. Build up to harder books when you get the hang of it.

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