3 Tips to Make Yourself a Better Reader

Reading is a gift that is always underestimated. You may not understand the value of reading because you are able to read. But for those who do not have the luxury of literacy, reading or writing is a privilege they yearn for.

I saw a person browsing through a flyer at the grocery store today. He just flipped through the pages and put it in his shopping basket and carried on. Likewise, you read many things everyday — the news, your emails and even now, you are reading this story.

We all read to complete our tasks, but that is no good when compared to pleasure reading. The new generation likes to avoid reading as much as possible. But how many ever podcasts or audiobooks you listen to, it can never match the reading experience.

“I would love to read, but I don’t have any time for that!”

That is a lie you tell yourself, and others too. You have time to watch television, but no time to read? This can be sold to someone else, but I am not buying that. However, for argument’s sake, let’s say that you really have a limited time to read. Say for example, you have half an hour to read before you go to bed, or 15 minutes to read when you drink your morning coffee.

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Even if you could read something you like for just 5 minutes a day, it would make a huge difference. You could continue to keep giving a reason for not reading, or start reading, even if you can only read for a few minutes. If you start doing this, you will never stop.

When you read normally, you will get the required information. But if you continue reading the same way every time, it is not going to help you. Depending on what you read and why you are reading it, there are 4 common reading techniques that aid effective reading.

When you are looking for a particular piece of information, say for example the name of a person in a news story, you scan the whole story. Here, you go through every word, but you do it very fast just to find what you are looking for.

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If you want to get the gist of what you are reading, then you skim through it. An example of skimming is reading a review on Google or going through your email or text message.

Then there is intensive and extensive reading, which you would be doing when you have more time. When you are preparing for an exam, or when you are trying to study, you read intensively. Extensive reading is nothing but pleasure reading.

When you are reading, get your mind into the book and forget what’s happening around you. In fact, this is the point of pleasure reading. If you focus on what you are reading, you will be engrossed in the book.

The ambiance and the environment in which you choose to read determines your focus. If you are reading at home, make yourself comfortable and try to be in a place which is quiet and sound-proof.

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If you love to read in nature and have access to a quiet area outdoors, that is the best thing a reader would want. Personally, I love to read in nature, but I also love to read in my study at home.

Despite all this, inspiration to read is what you need. Read about something you love and then start exploring other aspects of reading. If you begin with something that relates to you, it will help in more effective reading.

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