It is ‘time’ that we all know, apart from our own individual ability to perform, which plays the biggest havoc in preventing us from accomplishing any task in a better and faster manner, something that we all desire to. Being human, what most of the people are able to do at the maximum is either to complete the work, in the way it is supposed to, consuming a lot of time, or accomplish it faster, but not in the manner it is supposed to be done. Even though our own individual capacity has its part to play in it, it is time, more than anything else, which acts as a detriment in most of our tasks. What most of the people are not aware of is how to make the best use of the element of time, in order to accomplish all of our work in the best possible way as well as within the required amount of time. One such difficulty that we come across in the proper utilization of time is how to read faster, while at the same time, being able to properly comprehend what we are going through. If you are also among those who are bothered with this question of how to read faster, then there is hope for you in the form of a few methods which would aid you in almost doubling the rate of reading any article or book, while at the same time, enabling you to become a smart reader. At the same time, it would also help you to get rid of some of the common myths about reading, which would aid you in knowing that there is nothing magical in it, but it is merely a skill which anybody can master with a little amount of practice.
Most of the pointers below have been taken from the popular book on reading faster, by the name of “Breakthrough Rapid Reading”. More than improving the speed of reading in you, these tips would aid in instilling a new wish for reading because of the fact that with the increase in the reading speed, the desire for reading would also increase. They are given as follows:
- Make the use of a pointer: At the time of reading, our eyes are not fixed at one point, but we tend to make constant changes from the center of focus to absorb as many information as is possible. The term used for these movements are saccades and they are the first pointers that can be used by someone who has just started out with the habit of reading to read faster. Generally, if your eye shifts away from the center, then it has to go back to its original position. But, when we are reading, this position is constantly changing. In such a situation, the saccades or common distractions cause us to become slower in our process of reading and we are constantly on the lookout for a fixed reading position. In this case, the solution is to make the utilization of a pointer and the easiest one in this is one’s own finger. The mantra is simply to place the index finger below the line of the words one is going through and carry on moving it forward with the progress of reading the text. In the first place, this idea may slow down your reading speed, but with the passage of time, as you get more used to the process, it will begin to be more effective in making you able to read faster.
- It is control that counts in increasing the speed and not the factor of speed itself: It appears in most of the articles written regarding how to read faster that increasing one’s speed of reading is all about the element of speed and nothing else. This has led to most of the people believe that while one can increase one’s reading speed, comprehension and the power of grasping lacks in those cases. However, the speed of reading depend more on the ability to control your rate of reading and is not merely about the element of speed alone. It is the same as in the case of a race car, where the factor of speed, no doubt has its part to play for the driver winning the race, but even more than anything else, it is the potential of the driver to adjust the speeds as well as make proper turns that finally matters. The better and more efficient you are in controlling your reading speed, the more efficient will you be as a reader than simply going through the pages of the article or the book.
- Try reading thorough without bringing in the element of sub vocalization: At the time of learning how to read, most of the people read out the words aloud and then they have the earnestness to pronounce aloud each word. However, with every passing day, we decided to get rid of this habit of speaking out aloud, due to the fact that we soon realize that it acts as a hurdle in our speed of reading. But then it has been found out by many researches that most of the people still retain the habit of vocalizing the words in their head as well as repeat them in their mind. To comprehend something in a better manner, the element of sub vocalization isn’t such a bad habit to be followed; however, it is not always a necessity, since we can well comprehend the meaning of a sentence even without grasping every single word. This is something which is used by the speed readers that most of the normal readers are not even aware of.
There are many occasions when we might also have to slow down a bit in the process of reading through an article or a book as there are bound to be some parts in it, which we might find difficult to understand. Knowing how to read faster does not, of course, mean that we have to merely read through the content for it to fade away from our memory the following day. This kind of a habit of reading is meaningless.. We have to read so that we are able to understand the content in a better manner, and for that even though we read fast, we also need to adhere to the fact that we have to comprehend it as well. Another good way to do this is to practice going through articles and books as much as possible for as they say “Practice makes a man prefect”.