Tips to Read Books Fast and Understand Them
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How to Read a Book Fast and Understand it?
The average reading speed is considered between 200 and 300 words per minute, but it can be different for each person.
Remember that while you can learn to read faster, there is more to gaining a good comprehension of the content than simply reading at lightning speeds.
There are various tips like not reading the whole page, or skipping less important chapters, but this undermines our true goal of enjoying more books, and the idea is not to focus on that.
Instead, today we're going to show you some tips on how to read faster that don't require you to skimp on comprehension, but rather you can understand them better than anyone else.
Scroll or scan the text first
Doing the same job twice seems like the opposite of going faster.
However, analyzing and scanning, two techniques that involve searching for the most relevant data first will prepare you for what's to come.
Since you're already familiar with the main parts of the text, you won't be slowed down by startling or startling parts when you come to them in your reading.
Keep in mind that while scanning and digitizing work best for nonfiction, they can be applied to fiction as well.
In a novel, skim through the chapter for character development, major dialogue points, and major plot points. Then read it at a faster pace than normal.
Subvocalization is by far the most common factor that slows down our reading. It's the way most of us read by "speaking" the words in our heads. This slows down our speech reading speed, which is usually around 300 words per minute. At a snail's pace!
Your eyes and brain can process words much faster.
By stopping that voice in your head, you can almost double your reading speed.
If you're a sub-vocalist, stopping is the trick to learning to read faster. The easiest thing is to be aware of it and somehow get distracted.
You can use your finger to follow words, listen to music, or chew gum.
Read sentences, not words
An equally difficult skill to learn is how to take sentences or pieces of text at a time instead of individual words. But our vision capacity is 1.5 inches long, which means you can read up to nine words at a time!
Looking at every fifth word or so will allow you to take in more than once and reduce subvocalization. However, as with everything, it will take some training to get it right.
You should avoid starting this with really important things like large textbooks.
Stop reading again
One of the most frustrating things about reading is rereading sentences or paragraphs that you don't fully understand.
You might think that if you don't fully understand every line of a novel or text, the entire book is meaningless.
However, the reality is that you don't gain much reading comprehension by rereading paragraphs or sentences.
The confusing words often end up making sense in the context, or not even becoming unnecessary to the enjoyment of the book.
According to a post by Tim Ferriss, author of The Four-Hour Work Week, “The untrained subject engages in regression (conscious rereading) and backward jumping (subconscious rereading through misplaced fixation) by up to 30%. of total reading time. "
Stop having to fully understand every single thing that's said or continued, and you'll stop wasting time revisiting places you've already been.
As with all worthwhile pursuits, reading is a skill that takes time to develop. The more you do this, the better you will become.
While reading shouldn't be a race, setting goals somehow forces you to put in more time to complete them faster.
Of course, always remember that the best way to enjoy a book is to read it at your own pace.
Literature is for savoring, and if you spend countless hours on a great story, who cares? There will always be too many books in the world, and for too long.
It's better to make the most of the books you really want than to try to read a bunch of books you don't like.
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