Most students complain that they do not have time to read everything that is expected of them.
This is undoubtedly true and it is necessary to be selective about what we read.
We must read the most important texts thoroughly and maybe just skim read the remainder so that we understand what information is contained in them.
Even when we have pared down the amount we have to read, it will still be important to read quickly, so how can we improve our average reading speed?
Here are a few things you can do to read more quickly.
Get comfortable. If you are relaxed when you sit down to read, your level of comprehension will improve and your reading speed will increase when you understand what you are reading.
Read with a purpose. Decide what questions you want to answer from reading this particular text and ignore sections that do not add to this answer.
Focus on groups of words rather than on each individual word. This will mean that your eyes will be jumping along the lines, resting on a few words at a time so that you understand the sense of the text without even seeing some of the words.
By doing this the number of times that your eyes pause and fix on a word will reduce and will make the reading task quicker.
With practice, you will find that not only do you get better at this but also you will stop noticing many of the smaller, ‘joining word’ such as ‘and’, ‘the’, ‘but’ or ‘because’.
This will not affect the meaning of the sentences too much.
Notice words that will give you a clue as to the direction of the argument. Words such as ‘however’, ‘although’ and ‘nevertheless’ signal that a change of ideas is imminent while words such as ‘also’, ‘moreover’ or ‘in addition’ let you know that the argument is being developed.
A conclusion is usually signaled with words like ‘consequently’, ‘to sum up’, ‘therefore’, ‘thus’ and, of course, ‘in conclusion’.
Use a guide. Moving your finger fairly quickly down the page (just keep your finger on one side of the text and move straight down – don’t try to track every word as this will usually have the effect of slowing you down) can help you not only to keep your place in the text but also will speed you up as you try to keep pace with your finger. You could also try using a sheet of paper as a tracker.
Move your eyes forward continually. Lingering on a word or group of words will slow you down and interrupt your rhythm. Also going back in the text to check something that you might not quite have caught will slow you down considerably, so you will have to resist this temptation.
Don’t move your lips! Many people say the words to themselves as they read – or even read out loud – but this, too, will slow you down.
Practise. Spend some time every day reading as fast as you can and you will soon improve your average speed.
Improving your reading speed is essential to effective study so this is something that you should pay particular attention to.
However, sometimes reading slowly is necessary too. It is not desirable to race through every bit of information that you are given to read as sometimes you will need to read more carefully than speed reading allows.
This could include when you are reading a text with detailed instructions or really densely packed information. It would also include situations where you are required to closely analyse texts.
So, work hard at increasing your average reading speed but remember that there will be times when it is more appropriate to read slowly.
You may be in the habit of quickly assessing the information in a text by checking the beginning and end and running your eye over the text. This is not speed reading, it is skimming. This is a very useful skill to have and a brief introduction to skim reading can be found here
Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. This amazing quote describes the importance of reading in just one line. But rather I would like to say, the joy of reading cannot be expressed in words. It’s something which can be understood only by experience. Reading a book, gives you a wonderful encounter with the new world created by the writer for you. A reader can extract the best benefits only when he/she falls in love with reading.
Reading is something which helps you in creation, understanding better, improving yourself, relaxation, judging, killing boredom and most important gives a meaning to your life.
Why reading books are important?
Reading books help you imagine many things which you wouldn’t have even thought of before. Creativity is something which I feel increases in me every time I read a new book. When you read something your mind starts creating a scenery of it in front of your eyes.
When you keep on reading new books with new information, you start learning and experiencing new things. And you start understanding better and much faster than before. You start seeing things in a new way, your point of view changes, in fact I can say improves.
Reading different books in itself is a journey. When you are a kid you start with story books, then educational, technical, management, spiritual and so on. Books help you turn your journey growing up into a journey where you start improving yourself and learning new things.
In our daily routine, everyone gets so tired. And when we get even a bit of relaxation we always prefer to give relaxation to our body. But we always forget even our mind needs rest. Reading is something which makes us forget all our stress and gives complete relaxation to our mind, just like Yoga.
Everyone in summers or vacations, complain about being bored especially children. We use that spare time in playing, roaming or using the latest technologies. Reading books is something which helps us not only to kill boredom but also to use our time productively rather than wasting it.
When we get a chance to read new books, we start differentiating between books. We start analyzing and categorizing them. We can easily understand which book is bad, good and the best. And then same happens with humans, it helps us to judge better.
When reading gives us so many qualities, it improves our entire life. It provides us new qualities and enhances the old ones. It helps to remove negativity from our life and also saves us from negative people. It just gives an entirely new and complete meaning to our life.
Books are always a store-house of memories. I feel they capture you memories much better than pictures, because you can feel exactly like the author when you read. One bad habit you should avoid while reading is never leave a book half-read. If you have never given reading a try then remember that it’s never too late to start a good habit.