Posted: Posted Date – 11:03 PM, Thu – 26 May 22
Hyderabad: Time management is essential when preparing for competitions. It is undesirable to miss important topics due to time constraints. To get out of it, you have to develop speed reading techniques. Here are some tips to improve your reading speed:
Subvocalization is a common trait among readers. It’s the process of saying the words in your head as you read. Although this method helps in better understanding, it is a major obstacle to increasing reading speed. To practice minimizing this trait, chew gum or hum while reading, to engage the muscles involved in subvocalization.
It is the act of reading several words at once – in clusters. At first, try to read three or four words at a time. Take note of how quickly you fill the entire page. Gradually try to read one line at a time: this consists of looking at the center of the line and reading the rest with your peripheral vision. Make sure you understand everything you read.
Skimming and Scanning
Skimming is a way of reading very quickly in order to get an overview of the subject matter and the main ideas of a text, without focusing specifically on anything in particular. This involves skipping text that provides details, stories, data, or other elaboration.
Scanning, on the other hand, is a method of selective reading in which you take a quick, careful look at the text to locate specific information. This technique can be used to digitize a newspaper or to extract key concepts from a textbook. However, none of these methods are a substitute for thorough reading.
Observe your eye movements
When reading, your eyes frequently return to previous words, which forces you to read the words again. It slows you down and makes it difficult to understand what you are reading. You will read much faster if you learn to make fewer eye movements per line. Cover the words with your finger or an index card after reading them until you can minimize eye movement. However, don’t make it a habit.
Use timers and set goals
Set a timer and see how much you can read during that time. Beat your previous tally each time. Set a daily or weekly goal and treat yourself when you reach it. Read as much as you can – the more you read, the better you will be at it. You can count your online speed by taking “speed reading tests”.