Want to learn to read faster? How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in one-third the time? Increase your reading speed with our six easy steps through which you
- READ OUT LOUD FOR 15-20 MINUTES EVERYDAY
Remember when we were younger our parents and teachers would make us read out loud? If this method helped to teach us how to read in the first place, then it can definitely help you read faster. Although this method might sound very cliché, it is effective. Reading aloud every day will naturally enhance your reading speed and you find yourself reading quickly in only a few months’ time. Moreover, reading aloud will enable you to read with diction and expression, which is also beneficial for your speaking voice.
- BE FOCUSED AND MINDFUL
One of the best ways to read faster, while still understanding the material is to reduce the number of distractions around you. To do so, try making the material interesting for yourself, which will allow you to read actively rather than passively. Passive reading slows down reading pace and increases subvocalization and fixation.
- DON’T READ EVERY SINGLE WORD
In order to read quickly, do not spend a lot of time reading each word. Rather, focus on eye movement and scan over blocks of text to analyse it. The lesser time you spend on each word, the faster you will be able to read. In order to do this, instead of focusing on each of the words, focus on the content of those lines, by scanning through the words. You can easily scan over the bits you already know and focus on the important sections. Besides, this method also effective for optimum retention of the material.
- AVOID SUBVOCALIZING
Subvocalizing is when readers pronounce/ vocalize each word in their minds. This is one of the biggest hindrances in enhancing reading speed. To avoid doing this try reading while pointing a pen at a chunk of words, which will also avoid a common deterrent- fixating on individual words. This way, your eyes will follow your action and enable you to read a lot faster.
- AVOID “BACK-SKIPPING”
While reading, avoid going back to previous words and dwell on their meaning. Fixating on individual words takes up a lot of time that could be spent reading more material. Learn to understand meanings of unfamiliar words by context, that is, read more chunks of text to interpret the meaning of words you don’t know. This will save you a lot of time and you will be able to read more lines in a shorter amount of time.
- TRY USING APPS TO ACCELERATE READING SPEED
Applications such as ‘Spreeder’, ‘ReadMe’, ‘Outread’ and ‘Accelerator’ are extremely useful to increase reading speed. Using these apps will not accelerate the rate at which you read but also your learning process. If you don’t want to try the conventional method or you are short on time, these applications will definitely come in handy.