Reading—it’s an essential evil in school. And no matter how interesting or good the book question is, it’s easy to get bored when you have hundreds or thousands of pages of reading every week.
So what’s the most effective and easiest way to complete reading assignments without flip out? Is there any quickest way possible?
Yes!! The reading tips below will train your brain to study text faster as well as find the most important words for memory recall.
Use an Index Card or Pencil
Satirically, Reading Faster is not so much about speed—it is about control. And the reason we have so much problem with assigned reading lies in our inability to control where our eyes are going on the page.
When faced with a large mass of text, our eyes tend to wander, find the page for phrases or keywords we recognize. This is known as erratic eye movement and its murder your reading comprehension.
The easiest way to read text and get information is to practice directional tracking either by moving pencil under the text as you read or using an index card to read one line at a time. This will support your brain and your eye’s ability to move in a straight pattern.
Think about it. It sounds like a field sobriety test for your eyes: the better you can read in a straight line, the more you getting in mind the next day.
Look at the Space between the Words
Looking at a blank space sounds odd, right? But by doing this, you are actually using your peripheral vision to take in mess of words. Your macular vision or your main point of focus only allows you to read one word at a time.
Peripheral vision amplifies your visual field, conditions your perceptual reflexes, and lets you read more words at a time. Lets’ find out how—use your macular vision to look at the blank space or white space between the words and use your peripheral vision to read the next sentence:
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When you read if you are hearing words inside your mind, don’t be anxious, you’re not alone on this planet. Sub – vocalization usually common, and apparently unavoidable, that habit comes with silent reading. It’s the routine of mentally reading out loud each individual word to make sure correct pronunciation.
While some sub-vocalization will be supportive, it’s not required for every word. Let’s think about it: if you’re saying each and every word in your head, which means you can read as fast as you can talk, which is about approximate 150 to 200 words per minute.
Remember, the purpose of reading is that you get the information, not to learn vocabulary and grammar. It’s about getting ideas, not words. And eventually, you don’t have to sound out each and every word to get the big picture.
For example, take a look at this phrase:
The livid man ran down the road, screaming at the tow truck driver as it took his new car.
To reduce sub-vocalization, you can just read as, “Man ran down the road screaming tow truck car” and still get the main information behind the sentence. You can get hundred percent of the information from fifty percent of the words.
Skip whole Sentences
As a result of reducing sub-vocalization, you will end up skipping words and sometimes whole sentences, depending on how familiar you are with the topic.
Remember that the purpose of reading is to collect information, so it makes sense to skip irrelevant words or repetitive sentences that don’t include new information.
One process for reading faster is to read out the first and last sentence of each and every paragraph since new paragraphs start with a new thought and conclude with a key or summation take away from that idea.
Let’s try it now with a newspaper or magazine article. Read the first and last sentence of every paragraph and then read the complete article. Then, compare how much information you gained using every process.
Chances are, you will be surprised at how much information you gain by skipping sentences.
Show What You’ve Learned
So now you’re a speed reader, but what can you do to really retain that swift and sudden intake of information? One of the most effectual ways to soak up everything you read is to let it all out—whether it’s on paper or verbally spoken to another person.
Every fifteen to twenty minutes, write down, tell someone or record your voice about the book you’re reading—without reading the book. This will force you to get a main idea, as well as categorize and summarize your views in a way that makes sense to you.
In Science we called it “the protégé effect,” and it’s been confirmed to be highly efficient in the academic setting. Study found that first-born children are smarter than their younger sisters and brothers. That’s because elder kids engage in memory recall to demonstrate their younger siblings how to do works like read, tie their shoes or play games.
“What could I learn from reading this?”
That’s the question we have to ask to ourselves every time when we read something. A mice way to acclimate yourself with the material is to read the first and last paragraphs before you start, while keeping an eye on headers and subheads in between. This will provide you a plan of what to think about as you’re reading so you will tie the text back to any background information you already have on the subject.
Remember, reading is like a sport—the more you shove yourself with these exercise, you become more faster than you think. Now you can check out, go back and speed-read it using the process above—don’t forget to record the time!!!