Does everyone want to learn to read better, right? In the following paragraphs, we will look at three key elements necessary to improve your reading skills. Each of the activities is designed to reinforce one or more reading techniques or skill sets, and, in turn, boost your reading speed and comprehension.
Reading Comprehension Tests
Tests are the first key element in learning to read effectively, also known as speed reading. You use these tests to set your baseline (initial) results for both speed and comprehension. You also use them to judge how much progress you’ve made after learning new reading techniques. You should take these tests at the beginning of your training and then periodically throughout the learning process. This will let you know which techniques help you become a better reader.
Drills are the second element in learning how to read effectively. They can be made up of text or images, and they help pace your reading based on your Comprehension Test results. They also serve a number of additional purposes.
First, they allow you to increase the number of words you can see and understand at a single glance. This is known as eye span. Second, by having you follow the text with your eyes at specific speeds, they can allow you to master efficient eye movements. This includes both the horizontal and the vertical. Third, they help you improve your configuration, the ability to read fluently based on the shape of the letters and words. And last, they can help you break two bad habits:
1) subvocalization, when you say the words in your head as you read, and
2) regression, moving your eyes backwards to re-read text. ALL of these techniques increase BOTH your speed and your comprehension!
Games are the third element, instructional activities designed to reinforce new reading techniques in a fun way. For example, you may have to decide if two or more words flashed on the screen are the same or different. You may have to tell if the words’ meanings are similar or different. And you may have to determine the answer to a briefly glimpsed question.
So now you know the three reading comprehension activities, or reading strategies, that help you learn to read better – tests, drills, and games.