* There are unnecessary examples and illustrations.
* There are detailed explanations you don’t need.
* The material contains broad, generalized ideas.
Three factors necessary for improving reading speed:
a desire to improve
willingness to try new techniques
motivation to practice
Strategies /Tips for Improving Reading Speed 1. Set yourself up to succeed in a distraction free environment.
2. Don’t read on your bed.
3. Improve your reading rate through PACING (pushing yourself to read faster than your normal speed while maintaining your level of comprehension). Common methods:
Index card: slide down the page covering the lines as you read them…it keeps
Timer/Clock: Measure the portion of a page you can read in a minute. Set a
goal for yourself slightly above your current rate. (ex. You read
half a page in 1 min – try to read 5 pages in 9 minutes)
Scroll Key (down arrow) for reading online: keep it uncomfortable
4. Increase eye span by ‘chunking’ words in sentences as opposed to reading every word. You don’t have to read every word in order to comprehend!! 5. According to Speed-Reading-Online.com and Rick Ostrov (author of Power Reading), one technique you can use to improve your reading speed is the Regulator Technique. This involves running your finger, pencil, capped pen, or mouse underneath the line you are reading. The idea is to eventually shorten the length that you run the regulator. For more detailed information, go to
** Practice tests and calculate your WPM at www.readingsoft.com
Strategies for Textbook Reading
Suggested Methods for reading a textbook chapter:
SQ3R: Survey – same as Previewing… read title, introduction, headings and subheadings, any terms in bold type, and summaries; look at illustrations and diagrams; skim end-of-chapter questions and activities
Mapping – informal way of organizing using boxes, circles, lines, arrows
Summarizing – main idea in sentence/paragraph form
**If you want to lock the information into memory, you have to take the time to review and rehearse the important information…rehearsing means saying or writing the information to transfer it into long term memory. For your brain to process and store information, you must interact with the material. Rereading the text is the least effective way to prepare for a test.