Tuesday, February 21, 2012
10 Speed Reading Tips For Students
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Reading is an essential skill for everyone, and the faster you can read, the better. With speed reading skills, you'll be able to cover more material in less time, and be able to remember more of the most important content. Here are 10 tips for speed reading:
1) Remember WHY you're reading: Keep in mind why it's important for you to read what you're reading right this minute. It helps focus your Reticular Activating System, which influences mental alertness. Ask questions about the subject matter while you're reading it.
2) Pick the ideal time to read: Many students can improve their reading speed and concentration by reading important material early in the day, while others can read better at night, usually in the early evening. Test yourself to find out what time of day works best for you.
3) Read with a pointer: Use a pointer to get your eyes to follow along quickly. The best pointer is your index finger! You could also use a pen or a pencil.
4) Don't re-read: Don't go back and read the same sections again - you'll only disturb the flow of reading. Just slow down a little and pick up the pace once you're in the zone. Know that some of the words are inconsequential and that you only need to get the gist of it.
5) Select and choose what you read: If you think you're reading something that's not really important, quickly move on to material that's more essential. This alone can save you up to 50% of your reading time.
6) Read like it matters: Be an active reader. Pay attention and avoid reading in a passive way. It's better to be focused for 10 to 20 minutes than to waste an hour going through the motions.
7) Set your reading pace using your hand and finger: With your right hand, use your finger as your pointer to train your eyes to read the letters and words faster.
8) Regulate your reading speed: Adjust the speed of your reading up or down depending on your needs and the context you're in (a quiet environment may allow a different speed than a noisy one).
9) Read in small chunks: You don't have to commit hours at a time to reading. When you fit it into your day in small chunks, you'll get a lot more done - remember to take your books with you!
10) Minimize distractions: Reduce distractions to a bare minimum to improve your reading speed. Sometimes instrumental music helps block out environmental noise and other distractions.
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