A person can read an average of 150-200 words per minute. Often before exams or sometimes simply due to lack of time we wish we could read a little faster. Ever wanted to know how to speed up your reading skills?
To improve you reading, but also the speed at which you read, you need to practice and read regularly. Here are a few tips that could help you. But don’t expect to read faster after just one exercise. If you are among those who regularly read, then you will not have any problem in mastering these techniques with these few simple tips.
It is very important as to where you read, how you sit, the height of the table and chairs, what the lighting is like. In general, all the important external factors may affect your concentration on what you are reading. Ensure you have adequate space for reading.
Observe the text as an image. Before you start reading, glance over the text, to note the keywords in the text. When you get at least a slight idea of what are you about to read, you will succeed to save yourself some time during the reading process.
Read the content. Content will also help you to familiarize yourself with the text, you will gain a “reading plan” which helps you to anticipate the next word or sentence.
Create a “skeleton for reading”. This technique is very useful whether the text or book has no content or the existing content is not sufficiently detailed or comprehensive. “The skeleton of reading” is an abbreviated concept of text. It also helps you to familiarize with the text before reading.
When you master the previous steps, you can try to “catch” more words at once. Do not overdo this, because it can lead to the situation that where you don’t understand what you are reading. The point is not only to read fast, but also to understand what you read.
Objects for highlighting the rows in the text can sometimes cause more trouble than be of help. A big object can block part of the text and prevent you from “scanning” the text while reading. If you think that row-keeping helps you read faster, select an object that won’t block too much of the remaining text.