Since starting my blog, several of my friends have asked me how I'm able to breeze through books fairly quickly. I hadn't ever really thought about it until they began asking. So I thought to make a list of things that help me read quickly without forfeiting comprehension.
Here are 3 strategies that can you help you
1. Read more
I know, I know. You're probably think "really Jenn?" But yes, really! Nothing happens over night. Think about any skill you've acquired. You became better and faster at it the more you did it. Well, reading is no different. Take time each day to read to build this skill.
Feel like you never have time to read? Check out my tips here to help you find time to dive your nose in a book :)
2. Use your finger or an index card
As a 1st grade teacher, I teach my students to "match one-to-one." This means for them to match their fingers to each word to help them keep their place and set a pace. Of course, as adults, many of us are able to see words in clusters and do not need to point to every word. However, the strategy still proves helpful in setting the pace AND helping you keep your place amidst distractions. As you move your "pointer" across the lines or down the page, your eyes will work to keep up :)
3. Cluster words rather than reading them one by one
As stated in point number one, a lot of us learned to read sentences like this:
I -- just -- love -- Quite -- a -- Novel -- Idea.
[lol! Shameless plug]
If this feels like you, don't feel bad! I tend to resort to reading like this when the text is difficult. However, clustering words rather than seeing them individually has helped to build my reading speed dramatically. By grouping 3-4 words together, I've trained myself to see phrases over single words.
So instead, I'd read the example sentence as :
I just love -- Quite a Novel Idea.
4. But Jenn, there's only supposed to be THREE
Well consider yourself loved. Here's an added bonus lol.
I believe the most important tip is this one: Know When to Slow Down. There's no point in being a quick reader if you lack comprehension of what you just read.
Hope these tips help and know that I'm still working to improve my reading speed as well! There's always room for growth and I'm still not quite where I'd like to be. I tend to regress in my reading whenever---ooh look at that birdy--wait what? Exactly lol
Curious as to what your reading speed is currently? Just for kicks, here's a reading speed test. Don't try to race through it. Read it as if it were a novel. Afterwards, it will test your comprehension :)
Have tips of your own?
What are some things that have helped you read more text faster?