How To Learn to Read Faster

Reading is a skill every person finds very useful.  Learning how to read fluently will largely depend on your environment, lifestyle, studying skills, and education.

  • Reading Materials  To learn to read fast, first you would have to surround yourself with relevant reading materials.  These help promote a friendly atmosphere, and therefore would motivate you to read.  Books, magazines, and newspapers are a good source of reading.  Read aloud so that you can practice your diction and you can check whether you are reading at a moderate pace.  Constantly reading aloud will help you decode words faster and enunciate them more clearly.  Monitor the words you read per minute.
  • Word Lists  Arm yourself with a list of commonly used words (called the Dolch List).  We encounter these words every day, regardless of their meaning or function.  When you get acquainted with these words in print, it will be easier for you to read fluently. You may also unlock the meanings of unfamiliar words.  Sometimes, not knowing a word hampers your reading fluency.  Once you decode and comprehend a word, the whole reading process will flow smoothly.
  • Practice Reading  For children, practice by reading small words like those composed of CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) or CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant).  Once they gain fluency and comprehension, try showing them phrases by putting these words together.  When you see that these unit-combinations are becoming easy for the child, increase the level of reading difficulty.  You may teach him to read blends (sl-, tr-, gr-, etc.) or digraphs (th-, ch, sh).  From monosyllabic words, proceed to di-syllables, tri-syllables, and then to polysyllables.
  • Read Everything  Likewise, put an hour aside devoted solely to reading.  Make it a habit until it naturally becomes a part of your routine.  You may use other reading materials such as brochures, charts, maps, restaurant menus, recipes, and road signs.  Reading more often aids in fluency because one gets familiar with the words.
  • Scan and Skim  Get acquainted with study skills such as skimming and scanning.  Look for keywords and brief information, so that you can get the gist or the main idea without going over the unnecessary details.  Increase the rate of your eye movement when reading across a page.  Do not stay long on a word.  Of course, it would help if you can remember it so that you can go back to it later.

Most people read slowly because they don't focus enough.  Taking too long to read a single item may mean you are staring at the paper and not digesting what you are reading at all.  Pay attention to your material.  Be mindful of your purpose as you read.  If you plan to look for key pieces of information, stick to that objective.  Take time in reading the main idea, though.  The topic sentence is usually stated in the beginning of a paragraph, at the end, or at the middle.  Ignore the irrelevant details.  Do keep in mind, however, that some supporting ideas are as important as the main ones.

Learning to read fast will not take you years to master.  All you need is self-discipline, focus and some research.  When you stay focused on something, chances are, you will be able to master the objective.


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