Becoming a Faster Reader in College

Becoming a Faster Reader in College
Becoming a Faster Reader in College
If you somehow managed to squeak by as a poor reader in high school, prepare yourself for a rude awakening in college. Even if you pursue a degree program that is math and science-heavy, you will not be able to avoid a few courses in literature, English composition and in the general humanities that are writing and reading-intensive, at least if you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Here we will provide an overview of some basic tips to help you become a faster, more effective reader in college.

Something that can really slow you down as a reader is lip-reading, or reading out loud as you read. Most students form this reading habit early on, and don’t even realize they are doing it. Talking is a much slower process than reading, which should only involve your eyes and brain. Taking the extra time to move your lips, even if you are not making a sound, slows you down significantly whether you realize it or not. So zip those lips and begin to let your eyes do the work.

Have you ever read the same paragraph over and over, only to discover you still have no idea what you read? Get out of this reading bog right away, because you certainly won’t be going anywhere fast with this habit. Finish a paragraph and move on. If you don’t understand everything you read, there will be time to return to it later for further study. Remember: reading something and studying something are two different processes that require completely different approaches. When you are reading something, you don’t have to answer all the questions that come into your head right away. You simply need to get through it.

If you want to get some serious reading done, it is also important to eliminate or minimize distractions. Turn off the TV and the radio and find a quiet place where you can read freely with no distractions. I know you think you can do both at once, but reading always flows much more quickly if the mind is concentrating entirely on the task at hand and is not peripherally taking in music or television at the same time. This might mean getting out of your dorm with your chatty roommate and heading off to the third story of the library where the only noise is the distant hum of computers.

Finally, don’t be afraid to vary your reading rate. You shouldn’t be reading your communications or history textbook at the same rate you read Shakespeare.
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