Here are some ways that could help you read faster.
Most people do some type of reading daily. Maybe you check out a blog post or go through files. You could also be reading a delicious book. But in this hectic day and age with lots to do, reading even a few passages of text can feel mentally draining and time-consuming. However, there are a few things you can do to become a faster reader. Here are some strategies to try.
1 Preview the text
Before you sit down to watch a movie, you most likely watch the film’s trailer to get an idea about what the film is about. This helps to give you some context. Doing this with a text can also help prepare you for what you are about to read. Scan the book from the beginning to the end to practise previewing a text. Make a mental note of anything in bold, like headings and subheadings. Skim through the introductory and concluding paragraphs to get an idea of the larger picture.
2 Have a plan
If your reading material is fairly large, it can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan of action. The first thing you need to do is figure out your purpose for reading the material. Next, make a note of questions you hope to answer when you reach the end. Based on your preview, figure out the author’s intention with this reading material. If you have something specific you want to find out, only read the relevant passages. Take your time with it to figure out your intent before you formulate a plan.
3 Your approach to reading should be mindful
If you want to become a fast reader, you need to make sure you can focus and concentrate. Avoid distractions and unwanted interruptions. Be aware of your thoughts if your mind wanders elsewhere. It can be easy to read a page and not know what is actually on it when you don’t pay attention. This is where mindfulness can come in handy. It will also help save you a whole lot of time.
4 You do not have to read every word
You have to change your approach if you want to read at a faster pace. Instead of reading every word on the page, scan the text from one chunk of words to the next. Focusing on a block of words instead of the first and last words.