Speed Reading with Recall and Comprehension: A Crash Course

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People read faster  and understand more while reading print materials,  because it’s not as distracting.  But if you are tied to a screen, then use Accelareader.com free app.

Move your finger along the page faster than your read- maybe 30%  faster, and try to keep up.  Or,  customize the settings on your Accelareader app to be about 30% faster than you read.  Read in chunks, not individual words, skip the “stop words” that don’t really add (like a  or the).  You can time yourself first to figure out how many words you read in a minute to figure our what  30% faster means.

When you have a little time to practice, read things at your normal speed, then go over it again twice as fast.  Force yourself to get into the habit of reading faster by practicing reading faster, and faster.

Set deadlines.  Track the time it takes to read a page, and tell yourself the next one will beat that time.

Get out of that bad habit of saying the words as you read them.  You think faster than you speak, so speaking slows you down.

Comprehension and Recall  memory

Comprehension and Recall are somewhat tied together.  Recall depends on repetition.  When you take these steps to comprehend, you are also repeating the information.

  1. Get an idea of what you’re reading before you read it by skipping through it. Read the introduction and the conclusion, the titles and headings, and if there are no subheadings, read the first sentence of each paragraph.  Don’t worry about comprehension yet.
  2. Then read it, to maintain the speed, speed up in the middle of an essay, and in the middle of paragraphs.
  3. After each paragraph, start asking yourself, “What did I take from that?” At first, actually take notes.  As you improve, take mental notes.  From there, change that from after every paragraph to after every page you read.
  4. Try to tell someone else what you read, in your own words.
  5. Other techniques for memorizing are visualization, and exaggeration. If you can visualize an exaggerated version of what you read, you’re more likely to remember it.

Go to our homepage, northcastlelibrary.org, under Educational Resources, and click on Lynda.com for details on speed reading, and more specific advice such as:  How to read a book in a day, tips for reading newspaper articles. Magazines, textbooks, and tablets, and more details on what’s written here.



Author: Michelle Harvey

Michelle spent many years as special librarian- serving the business community. She is the mother of three, all of whom have very different learning styles, and has been homeschooling since 2010. During that time, she has overseen the raising of chickens, keeping bees, and loving a Sheltland Sheepdog.

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