How To Learn Speed Reading What have you been reading lately? At a meeting, you can tell who the wide-spectrum readers are. Wide readers frequently think and speak well. They win the admiration, respect, and high opinion of others. After all, reading broadens the mind. In fact, lots of people consider it one of the most satisfying pleasures of mankind, mixing, as it does, mental agility and physical relaxation far above the scale of TV. The act of reading is primarily a mental activity. After all, you read with your mind and use your mind's eye to paint the setting of the detective thriller you are reading. You use your mind to envisage the pain that the main characters are undergoing as the story unfolds; or you bring into play the diverse arguments and ideas brought up by the author in that self-help book you are reading. Being able to read effectively assists you to develop an extensive vocabulary through reading different types of books. A skillful reader recognizes a wide range of words. The reader may not know precisely what each word means, but he/she will have a general concept of what the sentence is saying. The act of reading makes you more alert and more curious about hitherto unknown words. Some readers even like to employ 'the dictionary habit', which means that whenever they find a peculiar word, they strive to work out what it means in the context. If they are stumped, they refer to a dictionary. Similarly, reading develops academic curiosity by exposing you to a range of subjects. You learn to read by reading books of increasing difficulty and variety. As in other types of education, you learn by really doing and as you are reading you automatically learn about the subject matter of the book too! Reading teaches you to have an dynamic and open mind. Only understanding the writers concept is not really good enough, you have to have a reply to what you read. Be an dynamic, not a passive, reader. Endeavour to develop the habit of coming to your own conclusions, the habit of active thinking, of agreeing or disagreeing with the author. Always keep your mind open; understand and weigh the approaches that you read. A helpful part of active reading is the formation of one's own conclusions. Now let me tell you to the idea of speed reading. All of the above applies between three and ten times over, because speed readers can read that much faster than the average reader! Imagine that! - Being able to read, understand and remember all those books. You would definitely be well-read in your field far more quickly than others. Just imagine how that would help you at work or in school or college ... Allow me to share four basic rules for effective reading and better comprehension:
1) Try to read more and more every month. Bear in mind the saying that practice makes perfect. 2) Develop the habit of reading for key ideas. Look for the issue and predicate. Do not waste time on minutiae or little words. 3) Learn to read with focus and concentration. Think of what you are reading. Do not let your attention stray somewhere else. Good readers read with understanding. 4) Learn to budget your time. Experiment with your reading time. Strive deliberately to read faster. Give yourself a time limit for a certain piece of writing that you are reading. Reading is a wonderfully stimulating mental activity. It expands your knowledge and ability. You have such a lot to gain by discovering the joy of reading. So, go ahead, take down a book right this minute. Owen Jones, the author of this article writes on numerous topics but is currently concerned with Free Home Schools. If you would like to read more, please go over to our web site entitled How To Stay At Home From School.