Even when we aren’t reading for pleasure, we’re still perpetually reading. This Article. An unanswered email. Another document. We are constantly consuming obligatory information. So, regardless of how fast you do it, here are five tricks that will help you read more efficiently without compromising on comprehension:
1. Choose each text like it’s your last
It is impossible to read everything out there; be picky.
Glance through the text before deciding to dedicate a whole thirty minutes to it in order to save time and effort. Go through the headings, key points, and phrases of a text to obtain a more comprehensive and holistic summary of what the material is about and then decide whether it’s worth your time to read the text with more precision.
2. To re-read or to not re-read?
That is the question. Unless you’re on vacation or retired, you probably don’t have time to go back and re-read a whole chapter.
Unnecessarily re-reading passages, also known as regression, can increase reading time and decrease interpretation. Instead, developing questions like “what is this chapter about” or “how is this knowledge going to be beneficial to me” is a more efficient way to read rather than revisiting old sections of the text. Asking these questions for simple texts can save you a plethora of time by preventing you from having to go back and to some passages.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff
As with most things in life, don’t sweat the small print.
On average we tend to linger over each word we read for approximately .25 seconds. Those of us who are slower can fixate on a single word for up to a whole .6 seconds. This is because of subvocalization.
Often referred to as auditory reassurance, subvocalization involves saying words in your head while reading. It is one of the main proven reasons why people read slowly. The fact is, you don’t have to say every word in your head to understand what the text is saying. One of the best ways to minimize subvocalization is to practice being conscious of it when you read. Minimizing subvocalization can increase your productivity when trying to cram out last minute documents, emails, or essays.
4. Get your head out of the clouds
Rumor has it libraries can lead to a chronic case of daydreaming and boredom. Sometimes you are able to focus the best outside whilst sitting on a bench, or after a long hot shower. Take the time to find the perfect environment, free of distractions, where you can get through long emails and chapter readings.
5. Start listening — with Speechify
One of the most productive ways to read faster, is to have someone read to you at a convenient pace for you, while you do other things. The app Speechify does just that. This doesn’t just apply to English majors who have yet to finish Ulysses or Middlemarch but also to working professionals who have articles to read before a big presentation.
Reading can be an appallingly all-consuming process.
So be strategic by monitoring what, how and why you’re reading.
To know more about how Speechify can improve your reading, you might be interest by this article.