Reading is a skill which was taught by our school teachers and parents at an early age. We can read faster and comprehend better at the same time without signing up for speed-reading courses. Reading proficiency and rate differs from person to person. Try to read books regularly and make it a part of your life.
We can easily become fast readers by following strategies and effective techniques used by versatile readers. But most of the people fail to read fast due to lack of concentration as their mind is not prepared to read. We have shared the tricks below to make you read faster and comprehend better.
Prepare Your Mind
Before you start reading anything, practise some relaxation techniques. Try to take a deep breath for 5 minutes; it will help you to concentrate more while reading. When you relax your body physiologically, then your mind will become free from distracting thoughts. With this simple trick, you can actively engage your brain to read faster.
Use Any Reading Tool/Your Finger
If you use your finger or pen as a pacer, it will definitely increase the speed and the quality of your reading. It will increase the confidence level in you because it makes you cover the distracting text below. You can also use a ruler or any reading tool for this reading technique.
Try to pay attention while reading because it will make you comprehend what you've read better and improve your reading speed. Before you start reading, preview the paragraph or passage for 30 to 60 seconds. If you preview the passage you will get an idea regarding the passage and it will make you remember the passage better.
Set Your Goal
One can double their reading speed and comprehend text better by exercising this skill daily. Take any newspaper and choose one article from it. Try to read it aloud and note the time taken to complete the article. Repeat this process daily for 30 days. You will definitely see a change in your reading speed.
Don’t Try To Read Every Word
When you start reading the text, don't try to read each and every word. One can easily scan three to five words based on the font size and the type of text used. Scan a chunk of words with your eyes and move to the next chunk of words. You can increase your reading speed by focussing on a block of words rather than focussing on each and every word.
Write Down The Summary
After you finish reading the text, try to write down the summary or important points of what you've read. It will help you think and summarise the information. You can comprehend the paragraph better and recall it later. So your job is not finished after reading the last word of the text or paragraph.
Preview The Passage
You will get some idea regarding the story of a movie if you watch it's trailer. Likewise, if you preview the passage or text before starting to read it, you will quickly understand the text that you are about to read. Pay attention to headings, subheadings, images, graphs and bullet points while previewing the passage.
If you follow the above techniques regularly, then you will definitely improve your reading speed and can comprehend content better at the same time.