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Q: What do you think is your biggest challenge to improving your reading habits? Why?
A: Breaking Poor Reading Habits Habit: Reading word by word This is how children are taught to read, but when you concentrate on separate words you often miss the overall concept of what is being said. [ [ People who read each word as a distinct unit comprehend less than those who read faster by "chunking" words together in blocks. Solution: Speed reading involves reading blocks of words at one
time and comprehending the meaning of the word group. Think of viewing a digital image. There are millions of pixels that only make sense when they are seen together. In the same way, our brains can comprehend ideas better when it takes in a group of words at one time. Practice expanding the number of words that you read at a time. You may also find that you can increase the number of words read by holding the text a little further from your eyes. The more words you can read in each block, the faster you will read! Habit: Sub-vocalization This is the habit of pronouncing each word in your head as you read it. Most people do this to some extent or another. When you sub-vocalize you "hear" the word being spoken in your mind. This takes much more time than is necessary because you can comprehend a word much quicker than your can say it. Solution: To turn off the voice in your head you have to first acknowledge that you do it (how did you read the first part of this article?) and then you have to practice not doing it. When you sit down to read, tell yourself that you will not sub-vocalize. You have to practice and practice this until this bad habit is erased. ]
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Speed reading is a useful skill which can be attained with regular practice. Today's student of speed reading is bombarded with many different books, websites, programs, and courses on speed reading. One essential part of his study, however, will not be found in the majority of these sources-the development of a strong short-term memory.

By strengthening his memory, a reader can increase both his speed and his level of comprehension. Even when a slow reader reads a text, images of the words are automatically stored in the brain. How strongly they are imprinted and how quickly they can be recalled is a matter of training. Whole blocks of words can be retained during the reading process.

Memory is vital for quick comprehension of reading material. As the reader's eyes move forward to read new blocks of words, a sharp memory is critical since the mind's "decoding" processes rely on mental images. By retaining words, the memory frees the mind to continue reading while working on words that have already been "read." A strong memory enables accurate assimilation and cross-referencing of information in the brain-mental processes that are key to comprehension.
If a reader could enhance his memory while reducing his eye fixation time and acquiring other good reading habits, his speed would increase dramatically.

That much is clear. But can memory be developed? And if so, how?

It is first of all necessary to understand the type of memory involved in speed reading-short-term memory, capturing "images" not only of words but also of full blocks of text. Memory in general can be developed significantly through "brain games." To the speed reader, however, most mnemonic devices and long-term memory techniques are useless. His focus must be on exercises that serve to increase his attention span and his capacity for mental concentration.

The oldest and simplest such exercise is accomplished simply by choosing reading material more difficult than what one is accustomed to. This challenges the memory to retain larger "morsels" of information for longer periods of time.

Other than that, timed exercises, using either words or pictures are useful. In these, the individual tests himself to see how much he can recall of a "data sheet" after a study period of a given number of seconds. It is important to keep a log noting the number of memorized items and the times so that progress can be recorded.

As long as you have a strong memory and stronger reading skills, you will be an expert speed reader. If you need details on how to speed read, try reading the Speed Reading Manual. A simple search in Google will get you the right result. Learn how to speed read today.

If you want to further improve your memory and reading speed, visit , and learn how to speed read. Reading speed naturally improves comprehension as it progresses. Find out how...

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