Tips for Reading Efficiently

For most people it's easy to learn reading faster. The reading rate is often a matter of habit. To improve reading, you may need to change habits. Try these tips:

1. Read as if it really matters and pay attention when you read

Many people read in the same way they watch television, i.e. in a passive and inattentive way. Reading takes effort and you have to make the effort. Ypu can learn anything if you do these three things: pay attention, pay attention and pay attention.

There are various ways to study that help to get more out of your book reading time. Many researcher claim that you will improve your comprehension if you preview the passage before you read every word. To do a preview you:

  • take 30 to 60 seconds
  • look over the title
  • look at all headings, subheadings and marked or italic print
  • look at illustrations or pictures
  • quickly skim over the passage, reading the first and the last paragraph

2. Stop talking to you when you read

People talk to themselves in 2 ways:

  • by vocalizing, which is moving of your lips when you read
  • by subvocalizing, which is talking to yourself in your head when you read silently

Both ways slow you down. Rading faster means using only the eyes and the brain.

3. Read in thought groups

Studies have proved that when we read, our eyes have to make stops along the line. Poor readers make more eyestops than good readers. Try to read in phrases of three words, especially in prepositional phrases and complete clauses.

4. Don't re-read the same phrases

Poor reader re-read the same phrases. This habit doubles reading time does not mean better comprehension. A single attentive, careful reading is often more effective. Do a preview before the attentive reading and try the tips mentioned above.

5. Vary the reading rate to suit the type and difficulty of the text

Poor readers read at the same slow rate. To improve readind, speed up for easier material and slow down for the hard.

Good luck!