Quick Tips Prior to Reading
- Survey The Information: Look at the information (Chapter Headings, Summaries, Questions at the end of the chapter) this will give you:
- An idea of what the chapter entails
- Be able to gauge the difficulty of the material that you are reading.
Time Management: Decide on the amount of time you will spend reading the material prior to taking a break (especially if the information is difficult).
Speed Reading May Not Be For Everyone: This depends on the information and the extent of your reading comprehension and/or vocabulary.
How To Increase Your Reading Rate:
Take a Speed Reading Test
Visit the O.A.S. Computer Lab: The lab offers Ace Reader. This speed reading software offers a variety of exercises that will increase your reading speed and comprehension.
Motivation: This will only improve based upon the amount of time you are willing to put in. In order for you to improve this you must practice your speed reading on a consistent basis.
Try To Understand The Concepts: When reading try to get an understanding of the information or the main point, instead of reading each word (this takes up too much time).
Avoid Reading Out Loud: This causes you to read at the rate of your speech which can slow you down. You can read more than 2 times faster than you can speak.
Avoid Reading Every Word: Do not focus on every word/letter at you are reading. This is another way that will slow down your reading rate significantly.
Avoid Regression: When you complete reading a line avoid re-reading words/lines that you have already read.
Test Yourself: After reading a paragraph, a couple of pages, or a section, write down a couple of questions that you feel could be on your quiz/exam.
Pace Yourself: Use your finger, pencil, or a pen and lightly go across each line that you are reading. As you become more comfortable, move down the middle of the page.
Practice: Try to work on your pace first, and comprehension second. Try doing this with a newspaper or magazine-reading each line and as you become more proficient, try reading from the middle of the line and moving straight down.
Implement these strategies : Take the Speed Reading Test again to see how your reading rate has improved!
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