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Tips for Reading Faster

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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MORE IDEAS FROM 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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The Shortest Answer To Faster Reading

Read. The more you read the more familiar you are with linguistic structures, contexts and content, which speeds up your reading. That’s especially true when learning new words or familiar words used in novel ways.

It is not the eyes but what we know about language, print, and the world that determines reading skill.

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Speed reading
  • Speed reading promises to help anyone read at speeds of above 1000 words per minute with full comprehension.
  • The average college-level reader read at the speed of 200-400 words per minute.
  • In 1959, Evelyn Wood launched Reading Dynamics, said to increase a reader's speed by a factor of three to ten times while improving comprehension. The business was a success and eventually spread worldwide.

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Skimming or scanning is a technique which involves just going through the text and becoming familiar with the text.

Doing this won't slow you down when you are confused or surprised but the text. Works best on non-fiction and novels.

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