As any parent will tell you, a mother and father’s duty is to ensure their child is not only ready for the real world, but also has an edge going in. I cannot think of a more useful, practical skill to teach your child than speed-reading! Who wouldn’t want to read at a blazingly fast speed? Speed-readers have a huge advantage in education and in the work field because they can read almost three times as fast as a ‘normal reader’, usually with the same level of comprehension! Think about how useful that can be!
With a few minor adjustments to your reading habits, your child can increase their reading speed almost 3 fold. Practice these tips and in no time, your child will start to see results. Here are 3 tips to help you and your child get started!
- Eliminate sub-vocalization: You know that tiny voice in your head that mimics the words on the page as you read? This is called sub-vocalization and is one of the main differences between ‘normal’ readers and speed-readers. Sub-vocalization slows your reading down considerably and is unnecessary in adults and younger children. Sub-vocalization is critical when learning to read but serves no purpose as you get older. Like any habit, sub-vocalization can be hard to kick. As soon as you let go of this habit, you’ll be one step closer to becoming a speed-reader.
- Use your hand or finger: Using your hand or finger as a pointer when reading is critical for increasing your speed time. What slows down most readers is that our eyes fixate on single words. Using your finger to guide you through the page allows you to read in one continuous motion instead of stopping and starting at each individual word. When you use a pointer, your eyes will not have the opportunity to stop and refocus. Instead, your eyes will follow the pacer. It’s important to read and move your finger at the same pace. The more you practice this, the faster you can move your pointer and increase your reading speed.
- Chunking: Ever since we’re young, we’re taught to read each individual word in a sentence. For beginner readers this may be helpful but for more advanced readers, this just slows you down! Chunking refers to reading groups of words in one single process rather than reading each word individually. When learning to chunk, many speed-readers draw vertical lines to visually separate the words on the page. Start off slow, chunking 3-4 words together than gradually increase to 5-6 words. As soon you know it, you’ll be chunking whole sentences. This is key for speed-reading!
Learning to speed-read can save you valuable time whether you’re studying, catching up on work or even reading for fun. Do you have any tips that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments section below!