Three ways on how to improve your Reading
Knowing that you should read doesn’t make it easier, however. Becoming a proficient reader takes a lot of work. For example, you might know someone who plays the guitar well. Did you ever stop and think about how many hours of practice it took him to reach that stage? Just knowing how to produce notes or even knowing how to read music was not enough. He had to acquire speed and dexterity by doing exercises and practicing the scales. Hard work? Yes. But he has no regrets over the time spent.
Similarly, simply making out words is not sufficient to be a good reader. The French weekly L’Express showed, for example, that it is a “handicap” for anybody to be unable to read “a test adapted to his age at less than 8,000 to 10,000 words an hour.” (Don’t let this seemingly impressive pace worry you, for you are probably reading this article at least that fast.) Take a look at this few points.
Do not read in a setting that will distracting or too relaxed.
Reading opens up vast fields of knowledge and allows you to become acquainted
It increases the brain I.Q
On the other hand, if you do not read fast enough (a minimum of 150 words a minute), you will find yourself laboring over words instead of analyzing ideas. And if you continually have to regress because of losing the line of thought, you will find reading heavy going.
The trick, therefore, is to widen your eye span and read several words at a time. Refuse to let your eyes stop at each word. Don’t silently mouth the words, as this is sure to slow you down. As you read, ask yourself if you understand what you are reading. Compare it with what you have learned about the subject from other sources. This will help you to maintain your interest and concentration.
Proper surroundings are also important. Sitting in a cozy armchair with music blaring from your stereo is not the way to tackle difficult reading matter; nor is a stuffy room ideal. Try, instead, a table that has been cleared of anything that might distract, and a chair that will keep you alert.
The American philosopher H. D. Thoreau wrote: “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” It will take time—and effort. But it is well worth it!
Note: If you are able to read this article within 8 minutes, you are reading at a rate of about 11,000 words an hour (187 words a minute)!