Five reasons you may be stuck:
- your attitude
- you’re only human
- lack of reading training
- your "to-read" pile
- not having enough time
Make a conscious decision about what to read carefully, what to skim and what to disregard.
10 Fallacies of Reading Your Primary School Teacher Tought You But You Should Ignore
- you have to read every word
- you need to sound out every world aloud or in your head
- don’t use your hands or fingers to help you read
- you need to completely understand everything you read
- you need to remember everything you read
- go for quantity: the more the better
- don’t skim
- don’t write on your books
- it doesn’t matter what you read as long as you read
- speed is not important
- read rapidly
- use rhythmic eye movements
- understand well
- wide eye span
- read with a purpose in mind
- vary reading rate
- evaluates everything read
- wide vocabulary
- reads various materials
- read frequently
- broaden background and general knowledge
Be an active reader. Passive reading habits: mind wandering, regression & subvocalisation
- Most common passive reading habits are mind wandering, regression, and subvocalisation.
- Mind wandering is day-dreaming
- Regressions is flick of eye back to words already read
- Subvocalisation means mentally reading word for word or physically moving your lips while reading
Concentration is important, particularly in reading.
Choosing what to read:
- WHY am I reading this?
- WHAT might I need this information for?
Stop your eyes on keywords rather than read every word: key words are important words in the sentence.
Learn to "swing" your eyes helps them become more familiar with the efficient eye movement necessary for fast reading
- reading a group of words that form a thought
Get a clue map before you begin.
Pre-viewing is conscious technique of looking over material to:
- see if worthwhile to spend time reading
- establish more specific purpose
- gain background info
First sentence of paragraphs
Summary or concluding paragraphs
Be critical of what you read, will help with comprehension
Find nuggets of time to reduce reading pile
Understanding when to change speeds
Reading technical manuals