10 Ways to Boost Your Reading Skill In No Time

Do you know how to read effectively and excel in your work or study? In this article, we will show you 10 tips that will help to improve your reading skill.

1. Avoid vocalization
Vocalization happens when people read books and try to move their lips and even say the words out. Another type of vocalization is that you may say the words you read silently (inner voice).

Vocalization slows down your reading ability. People who don't vocalize at all can read around 200-400 words/minute. But, people who vocalize can read only 150-200 words/minute.

2. Control your eye movement
Most people don't even know they move their eyes up and down and don't focus on the sentence they are reading. This slows down your reading speed a lot. One of the most ingenious ways to control your eye movement is to put your bookmark under the line you are reading. Doing this way you can improve your eye fixation.

3. Read at the right amount
To improve your reading comprehension, you should concentrate on what you are reading. To help you concentrate a lot better, determine how much time is available to read for each session and try to read a few pages as possible. So you will become more relaxed and concentrate better because you don't need to hurry.

4. Read the executive summary
In most scholarly articles and business case studies, the abstract and executive summary will be provided. You MUST read this section first to see if it's relevant to you by locating the sentence that indicates the purpose of the paper. For example, try to look for sentences such as "the purpose of this study is" or "the goal of this study is" or something in a similar manner.

Each book will also have a section like "learning objectives", "chapter summaries" or "in this chapter". Try to read this section to see if it's what you are looking for.

5. Skim for main ideas
Skimming is one of the most important reading strategies for researchers. The reason is that you need to determine if the papers you are reading are relevant to your research and you need to read a lot of papers. When you do skimming, you will know the main ideas quickly. Save papers with relevant topics and subtopics for a more thorough reading and just discard papers with irrelevant topics and subtopics.

6. Scan for important words or phrases
When researching for information for work or school, you usually don't need to read the whole book but just some important topics. Scanning for important words will help you find what you are looking for. Then, jot down the page numbers you find for further reading.

7. Look for charts, graphs and tables
This is another way to speed up your research. If you are a visual learner, try to scan for charts and graphs, read the chart title and determine if that particular section is relevant to you.

8. Build a good reading routine
According to a learning psychologist, reading or studying at the same time of the day every day is more effective than studying at a different time of the day. The reason is that your brain will get used to studying when you study at the same time of the day.

9. Don't read longer than 1 hour
Reading for only 1 hour at a time has a positive effect on your memory. Because you can't concentrate when you read longer than an hour.

10. Avoid Student Syndrome
Student Syndrome refers to the studying style of college students. Because most students will study or do homework at the last possible moment instead of studying or doing homework as early as possible. When you study as early as possible, you allow your brain to absorb what you learn so you remember it much better.

Have you ever used these tips to improve your reading skill?

- McNamara, Danielle S., ed. Reading comprehension strategies: Theories, interventions, and technologies. Psychology Press, 2012.

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Last review and update: August 30, 2021
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