My tips for rapid reading

G’day mate, how you going? Today, I am going to talk about my tips for rapid reading in English. There are heaps of tips regarding rapid reading out there, but I’d like to minimise and keep them simple to make sense with ease. You don’t have to have any specific skill, but keep in mind the four things that I want to tell you today. Let’s get started.

First and foremost, please make sure you quickly find whereabouts of the main subject and verb, and thoroughly understand them

So, this is your starting point of rapid reading. It’s quite simple, isn’t it? Some English learners, however, tend to jump the gun like skipping the main subject and verb, but start reading too much details of the article given, which often tend to be redundant or unnecessary object in order to understand what the article is about. What you should do in the first place is to understand who did what. That’s all you need to know if you want to do rapid reading. Too much irrelevant or unnecessary details unfortunately distract your reading speed and comprehension.

The main subject is not always the very beginning of the article, so please make sure you do skim and scam the article quickly to find it. And, sometimes, the subject is way too long, which confuses you when it comes to finding the main verb. This is because that such a long subject often contains gerunds, noun phrases, as well as relative clauses. The main point is to find who did what. Otherwise, you just ignore any distraction such as irrelevant or indirect subject.

Next up, please make sure you read through the object part, but only directly relevant words, most of the part tend to be redundant or unnecessary to grasp the gist of the article given

To read books or articles rapidly, it is important for you to have the skill to ignore any redundant object or details. So, what’s specially needed to deal with are the main subject, verb and the key object part. Please do not read the whole sentences given. The overwhelming majority of the object part tries to distract you from getting a quick understanding. If you have enough time and just want to enjoy reading, then no unnecessary object or details are there, rather it’s really good to learn new vocabulary, phrases, and grab knowledge as well. Although digressing a bit from the main point, please make sure you read as little or minimum as you possibly can.

Then, please make sure you don’t even subvocalise the sentences given, but run your eyes over them quickly

What I’d say about what rapid reading is a kind of silent reading, which means that you don’t actually vocalise or even subvocalise, but instead you read it silently to yourself. This is exactly how it should be done. Undeniably, yes, reading them aloud is the best of the best method for practising your English. But nevertheless, when it comes to rapid reading, you shan’t do like that, because the main purpose of doing rapid reading is to read and understand it quickly, right? If so, then you ought to minimise any time-consuming task. Ideally, you should do read aloud and rapid reading training separately.

Last but not least, please make sure that once you catch the main subject, verb and necessary object part, you jump into the next body paragraph

Doing this cycle should be done as quickly as you possible can. Even if you don’t really get it in the first paragraph, you should move on to the next paragraph. Don’t worry too much whether you’ve understood it thoroughly or not. I’m sure you will get the hang of it later on. Well-written articles should be like, even if you missed some key ideas, once you go through from cover to cover, you will catch the summary of it without having a significant problem. In this rapid reading practice, the more different articles you read, the faster you’ll learn how to read quickly. Practice always makes perfect.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

Have a great day

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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