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Read More Books in Less Time - Best Speed Reading Tips for Book Lovers

Read More Books in Less Time

Best Speed Reading Tips for Book Lovers

BY

THOMAS BEAUSOLEIL

Copyright © 2016

Table of Contents

Tips for read more books in less time§1

Make time to read§ 2

Practice a little every day§ 3

Active Reading§ .3

Always have something to read§ 4

Start reading each book while your attention for it is fresh§5

Don’t keep re-reading the same phrases§ 5

Read books you enjoy§ 6

Use a Pointer§ 7

Speed Reading Is About Control, Not Speed§ 8

Speed reading requires active reading§ 9

Start with easier material§ 9

Make the Material More Interesting§ 11

Use your finger or an index card to set the pace§11

Know when to slow down§ 12

Change your attitude towards reading§ 13

Exchange books with your book buddies/or find one online§ 14

Read in thought groups§ 14

Use Project Management Software§15

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keeping Track of What You Want to Read§ 16

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p<>{color:#000;}. Refining the List down to ones you’re going to read in the near feature§17

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p<>{color:#000;}. Retaining What You Read§ 19

Finish books§ 19

Avoid sounding out the words in your head§ 19

Avoid reading word-by-word§20

Overcome inefficient eye movement§ 20

Avoid distractions§ 20

About the author§………………………………………21

Tips for read more books in less time

““A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

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Want to read faster?

In this article, you are going to share the lessons You learned that doubled my reading rate, allowed me to consume over more books in a year and made me a smarter reader. I’m also going to destroy some speed-reading mythology, to show you it isn’t magic but a skill anyone can learn.

1. Make time to read

“Take time to read…it is the foundation of wisdom.” – Nora

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Make time to read more books. If you cannot get through even one book at a time, starting several at once is only going to make the whole process slower. Even if you can only spend a few minutes per day reading, you can still switch on and off between different books.

2. Practice a little every day

A lot of the skills necessary to improve your reading speed, which will not come naturally to you, so you will need to practice them every day until they become second nature. Even 15 to 20 minutes of practice per day can make a huge difference to your overall pace.

Improving your reading speed will take time, as you are learning how to read in a whole new way. Remember, it took you years to learn how to read well as a child, so be patient with yourself this time round.

A good way to track your progress is to time yourself on a regular basis. Set a timer and count how many words you read per minute. The more you practice, the higher this number should become.

3. Active Reading

Be active in reading books. Most people read passively, that is, reading a book hoping the information will strike them across the forehead and declare, “Learn Me!” This is a fine practice when you’re just reading for sheer entertainment.

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4. Always have something to read

Never go anywhere empty-handed. You almost always read actual year old print books, but you travel with e-books, too, so you know you’ll never be caught without something to read. It’s a great comfort.

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5. Start reading each book while your attention for it is fresh

Try to start the day you bring it home or the day you begin a project. Use your fresh interest to read a larger portion of a new book in the first sitting or sittings. Thoroughly engage with and commit to reading each book in turn. Reading more the first time will also give you a good head start.

6. Don’t keep re-reading the same phrases

Poor readers habitually read and re-read the same phrase over and over again. This habit of making “regressions” doubles or triples reading time and often does not result in better comprehension. A single careful, attentive reading may not be enough for full comprehension, but is often more effective than constant regressions in the middle of a reading. It is best to work on paying closer attention the first time through. Do a preview first before the careful reading and try the tips I mentioned above. You’ll remember better without the rereading.

7. Read books you enjoy

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in READING it at all.”- OSCAR WILDE

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When you are reading a book you love to read you astonished by how much time you find to read. This is another reason to stop reading a book you don’t enjoy.

8. Use a Pointer

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Your eyes don’t actually stay fixed in one spot. They are frequently making brief twitches away from your center of focus to gather more information. These movements are called saccades and they represent the first tool novice readers can use to read faster.

Normally, when your eye twitches away, it must relocate in its previous position. Unfortunately, when you read, this position is constantly moving. The solution is to use a pointer.

The easiest pointer is just the tip of your finger. Simply place your index finger below a line of text and move it as you read. Initially, using a pointer will be slower than regular reading. But after you’re used to the motion, you can read more effectively.

9. Speed Reading is about Control, Not Speed

You dislike the way speed reading is often presented because it makes the skill seem to be only about increasing your top speed. As a result, many people are quick to judge that people can’t physically process more information or point out that comprehension goes down while speed reading.

To me, these arguments miss the point. Speed reading is about controlling your reading rate, not just going faster. If you’re in a race car, top speed is important, but even more important is the driver’s skill at adjusting speed to make careful turns. The ability to control your speed will make you a much more efficient reader than just blazing through text.

A pointer helps to control because instead of just using your eyes, you can physically move.

10. Speed reading requires active reading

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ~ Joseph Addison

That means, instead of just assuming the information will jump out at you, you become an inquisitive, seeking animal. Before you start reading, prime your mind by asking what you’re hoping to get out of your reading session. Even if you aren’t 100% sure of what you’ll learn, this priming exercise allows your brain to notice relevant details more quickly.

Active reading also means stopping to think about what you’re reading, as you read it. Stopping to think may not sound like much of a speed reading tactic. It’s not, but it is a smart-reading tactic that everyone should employ. If you find something interesting, pause either to reflect or even note the information in your book.

11. Start with easier material

When you are training yourself to read faster, it's a good idea to start with easier material -- something that you enjoy or gain immediate value from -- until your abilities improve.

Something like a travel book or memoir of famous figure, for example, might be a good option. Starting with something very dense -- like a physics textbook -- can throw you off and make the whole process seem more daunting.

Once your skills improve and you learn what to look for in a text, you will find yourself much better equipped to deal with longer, more complex material. By this time, you will have developed a good grasp of which techniques work best for you and learn to recognize which parts of a text are most important.

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12. Make the Material More Interesting

If you find the material more interesting, you’ll be able to read with complete focus. Complete focus can cut the amount of reading time in a third, without any loss in comprehension. That should be incentive enough to tweak your attitude.

But you can make the material more interesting, if you put some effort in before you pick up the book. No, you can’t make boring topics come alive as if they were the latest thriller fiction. But you can make them interesting enough that you can stay focused while reading.

13. Use your finger or an index card to set the pace

It’s a good idea to use your finger, a pen or an index card to mark your place on the page as you read. And while using a pointer prevents you from losing your place and having to make regressions, this is not the only benefit.

By moving the pointer quickly across each line and down the page you can set the pace you wish to read at, as your eyes will be forced to keep up.

Think of your eyes like a magnet that's attracted to the pointer on the page -- wherever it goes, your eyes will follow!

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14. Know when to slow down

Despite the benefits of reading faster, it’s important to recognize that there will be times, when you need to slow down and really make an effort to fully comprehend what you’re reading.

There’s no point skimming through a text if it prevents you from fully comprehending the material or retaining any useful information. Therefore, one of the most important skills you can develop is the ability to recognize when you should read slowly.

In addition, there are certain types of texts that should never be skimmed through or glossed over too quickly. This includes works of fiction, classic literature, poetry and plays. These kinds of texts are works of art and creativity, where each and every word is intended to be read and even analyzed. You will lose much of the value of these texts if you attempt to read them too quickly.

15. Change your attitude towards reading

In addition to implementing specific techniques for increasing your reading speed, it’s also important that you revise your attitude towards reading in general.

Rather than seeing, reading as a chore or something that has to be done, you should look at reading as an opportunity -- to be entertained, to learn something new, to expand your horizons.

It doesn't matter what the subject is -- it could be a book on statistics or a historical account of mining in Colorado -- as long as you approach the topic with an open mind and a willingness to learn, you'll find the whole process much more enjoyable and easier to get through.

16. Exchange books with your book buddies/or find one online

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You do not have to buy new books every time your heart desires to read. Find someone who would be more than willing to share their books. It could be your neighbor, friend, friend’s friend or a relative. This would be a nice opportunity for you to socialize as well as speak your mind about books to someone! And as a courtesy, kindly return the book in the same shape (and size?) as you took it. You could also share your books with them, which you have read.

17. Read in thought groups

Studies have shown that when we read, our eyes must make small stops along the line. Poor readers make many, many more fixations (eye stops) than good readers. Not only does this slow you down, but it inhibits comprehension because meaning is easier to pull from groups of words rather than from individual words or even single letters. Try to read in phrases of three or four words, especially in complete clauses and prepositional phrases. Your mind may internalize them as if the whole phrase is like one big meaning-rich word.

18. Use Project Management software

Reading is a truly fantastic way to learn more about the things you’re interested in or event to explore subjects you’ve never even thought you’d be interested in.

If your goal is to read a lot–like mine is–there are a few obstacles to overcome:

• Keeping track of the books you want to read

• Refining the list down to the ones you’re going to read in the near future

• Retaining the important parts

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h3<>. Keeping Track of What You Want to Read

You have to keep track of what you want to read. You just keep a two pronged solution for this:

1. Evernote

2. Pinboard.in

You have to use Evernote note with almost every book that has caught my eye in the last three years. It’s pretty huge. Evernote is great for this purpose because it also has a mobile version, so wherever you are, you can pull out your phone and type the book in for later.

You also use Pinboard, which is a really simple bookmarking service to collect books. Typically, these are ones that I find on Amazon that I want to save for later. Both of these options are good for maintaining your list–though if you have to choose one, Evernote is probably the best because it works on mobile.

 

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h3<>. Refining the List down to the ones you’re going to read in the near future

To refine my list you use Restyaboard For example, when this summer began I took a bunch of the books from my Evernote list that I felt like I wanted to read and put them into a Restyaboard called Books. On this board you categorize them into two lists: “To Read” and “Backlog.”

“To Read” is composed of things that you want to read immediately. “Backlog” is composed of things that you want to read sometime this summer.

What you find often is that when you first hear about a book it will get me excited and you’ll want to read it immediately. But after a few days or weeks it will excite me less.

The advantage of using Restyaboard is a few-fold:

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p<>{color:#000;}. By putting books that you’re excited about into the list and letting them sit there for a few days or weeks, it allows you to separate the books that you actually want to read from the books that lose their appeal quickly.

Restyaboard is a project management tool that has been gaining in popularity in part because of its simplicity, speed and flexibility. Projects are categorized by boards which contain lists and those lists in turn contain cards.

Restyaboard flexibility and ease of use allows for it to be used in many ways. One way in which you are using Restyaboard is to manage my reading workflow. You maintain a reading queue to stay in a consistent cycle of books to read. Planning what to read next ahead of time can help reduce decision overload or lack of direction which can lead to inconsistent reading habits after you’ve finished a book.

Take a look at the rest of his post to read in detail about how he uses Restyaboard and stays motivated to read in the most productive way possible. You are most focused on or should read up more on.

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h3<>. Retaining What You Read

You take a blank sheet of paper and fold it four ways into a square. You put the title of the book at the top and the date. Then, as you are reading you take notes on important themes or messages on the piece of paper, and write the page number that it shows up in. If you see the theme pop up in another section of the book you’ll go back to the original note and add the new page number.

You’ve always been bothered by not remembering the things you read, and this seems to be a nice way to get the most out of the time you spend reading.

19. Finish books

However, many books you choose to read at a time, make sure to continue to read the important ones until you finish with them.

20. Avoid sounding out the words in your head

Many people sound out the words as they read -- either by moving their lips or hearing the words in their head. This is known as sub-vocalization and is one of the major problems that affect your reading speed.

Although sounding out words is an effective way of teaching kids how to read, it is not conducive to reading faster. This is because sub-vocalization only allows you to read the words as fast as you can say them -- which aren’t very fast at all.

21. Avoid reading word-by-word

Another common practice which slows down reading speed hugely is the practice of reading each individual word separately. Instead, you should try to read in chunks. That way, you can get the same meaning from a piece of text while only reading about 50% of the words. This speeds up reading time considerably.

22. Overcome inefficient eye movement

When children learn how to read, they are taught to look at each word individually before moving on to the next. However, your eyes are capable of taking in much more than a single word at a time -- up to four or five, in fact -- so this practice makes reading a lot less efficient.

23. Avoid distractions

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston S. Churchill

Many people are slow readers simply because they are attempting to read in an inappropriate environment. If you want to read quickly and absorb the material in front of you, you need to eliminate both external and internal distractions.

Try the above steps with your regular reading pace, and after practicing several tips from above, try measuring the steps again to see how much you’ve improved.

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About the Author

Author Name is Thomas Beausoleil

I am Thomas Beausoleil. I have been working this business productivity role for around 7 years.

When I am not taking my business time, you can discover me sitting before my PC surfing the net. I want to unearth locales of my advantage. Generally they all are identified with diversion, jokes, verse or arbitrary articles about existence, love. I want to peruse so it’s a decent route for me to invest my energy. I want to learn new things, growing my frame of reference of information in each angle. Life is so short and this world is so huge. There is such a great amount out there to learn. My mantra forever is that has faith in you, stay centered and continue onward. On the off chance that you realize what you are doing is not wrong, then don’t be perplexed from doing it ever. Have confidence in yourself and in God. Value your relations and individuals in them. Help the individuals who need you. Give grins and spread satisfaction as much you can and it will return to you in pairs.

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Read More Books in Less Time - Best Speed Reading Tips for Book Lovers

  • ISBN: 9781370566730
  • Author: Thomas Beausoleil
  • Published: 2016-10-14 14:50:10
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