The ability to read very well is an ability that nearly all of us have. However, we are not content with just knowing how to read, some of us want to master the art of reading very fast. That is why we have a subject called Speed Reading. Just as each of us have reading skills familiar to us, the same applies in speed reading. However, there are speed reading styles that can be employed to help one to achieve an unbelievable speed reading rate.
If you can just identify the type of reader you are, it will go a long way in helping you to speed read. There are different types of readers. We have readers who use auditory skills to read, we also have others who use sight skills too. Still others use motor skills to accomplish their reading. Let's explain a bit about these reader types.
These are readers who move parts of their body while they read. It can be their head, arms, legs, nose, mouth, ears and so on. When they stop these movements it tends to slow their reading.
These readers use their listening ability to read. They hear the sounds of each words as they read any material. Unconsciously, some of these readers mumble these words as they read them. The main point is that they read or hear each word mentally as they read.
Sight readers are those readers who use their eyes exclusively for reading and concentration. They make use of visual aids to help them read clearly. These type of readers quickly achieve a better speed reading rate than the other two, as movements or mentally hearing sound can actually slow the speed of reading and delay comprehension for those who use them.
If you want to increase your reading rate, you will need to make a gradual shift if you belong to any of the two types of reader initially discussed. That way your speed reading rate will be unhindered. For you to start shifting, you will have to re-programme your mind to shift from those movements and mentally listening to words as you read them.
The first step will be to pick up a material in your area of interest and find a conducive environment. Try as much as you can to concentrate on the material and eliminate those body movements and mentally hearing words that is associated with the other reader types. Practice everyday and you will see that before you know it, you have conquered and are now a speed reader.
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