Speed Reading

“I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.”
Issac Asimov

What is speed-reading anyway? Well, there are varying definitions for speed-reading, but the idea is to train your eyes to consume several words at once, rather than focusing on
You can do this by expanding your vision. And what exactly does “expanding your vision” mean? Try to think of it this way—imagine looking out into the open ocean where there are several sailboats. Instead of focusing on one sailboat, you try to focus on several as your eyes scan the horizon. You try to see the bigger picture, rather than just a part.
However, this whole speed-reading takes practice. It takes time and training. There are websites on it. There are courses on it. There are books on it.
The truth is, sooner or later, young readers will become acquainted with tips on how to speed-read, as they should, given that their whole educational careers are ridden with timed-tests.
Fortunately, there are plenty of good reading habits that can help even the youngest of readers’ comprehension and speed. Remember, comprehension weighs more than speed and always will. However, there are a few techniques you can introduce to young readers that can help them focus on reading steadily and comprehend swiftly.
The number one tip for speed reading is to not sub vocalize, as whispering words while reading them slows the whole act of reading down. The fact is, a person’s eyes and mind work a lot faster together without their mouth guiding the pace. Always encourage children to either read silently or aloud, never in-between.
Also, suggest using hands—whether it’s one finger or several, it acts as a pacing mechanism and forces children to focus and helps them read steadily.
Lastly, practice, practice, and practice. Practice these good reading habits with children and they will stick to them.
by Christie Sosa