Do you have trouble comprehending written material.
When reading, do you read page after page of text without understanding a single word?
So you start over, but this time, with a strong intention to make sense of the content, yet within a few sentences, you’re lost again.
You might think you are reading too fast, so you slow down, yet comprehension slides further.
This may sound counter intuitive, but when you are struggling to understand written material, instead of slowing your reading down, speed it up.
One of the main reasons we don’t understand what we read is simply because we read too slow.
When reading slow, it’s hard for the mind to construct meaning.
That’s because by the time you get to the words at the end of a sentence, the mind has forgotten the words that were read in the beginning. As a result, it is unable to grasp the meaning of the sentence.
This happens with paragraphs as well.
By the time you reach the last sentence of a paragraph, the mind has forgotten the first sentence, so the main idea or theme of the paragraph is not understood.
And the process continues as you move through a passage. Reading slow keeps you from making sense of a sentence, which prevents you from making sense of the paragraph, which then prevents you from grasping the point of the overall piece.
Reading requires a certain degree of continuity and flow between words, sentences, and paragraphs, and that only happens by reading at a reasonably quick pace.
A slow pace, no matter how much we try, prevents the mind from getting into a flow necessary for comprehension.
So if you have difficulty understanding written material, you may be reading too slow.
You’ll find that you are able to grasp much more and more quickly.
The words miraculously begin to make more sense.
You don’t have to work to make sense of the words, the mind just picks up the meaning.
And it may seem like you shouldn’t be able to understand so much so easily, but the reality is, you can.
All that is required is to pick up your pace.
Now there are many ways to pick up pace when reading. One is to simply start reading more.
This is one way, but it is not as effective as some others.
If you are going to change your reading habits, it’s best to learn the best, most effective habits and start with them.
It’s a waste of time and effort to change habits if those habits don’t give you good results.
You can find some effective habits that will have you practically inhaling information in Speed Reading: Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 hour.
It offers many techniques to improve both reading speed and comprehension, so you’ll learn to take more information in and comprehend more.
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