Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the reading you've been meaning to do. Whether you've got a ton of beach reads on your Kindle, you have lots of papers to get through for work, or you're finally enrolled in that class you've been wanting to take, sometimes the quantity seems daunting. Not to worry, there are certain things you can do to make it easier, like following these reading hacks from a speed reading coach. It's not just about reading faster, but also making sure you comprehend what you are reading.
Just like when you are learning a new swing in tennis or golf, much of speed reading is about retraining yourself. It takes practice. As Tom Corson-Knowles, author and founder of TCK Publishing, says, "The goal during speed reading exercises is to change your muscle memory and improve your reading habits and eye movements." This is totally doable and if you invest your time in the training, it will pay off by saving you time while you're reading.
While summer can have a whole different pace than the other times of year, it's still important to set aside time to learn this. If you can, schedule in speed reading practice time and then actual reading time like you would a haircut or an office meeting. Block the time out on your calendar, find somewhere quiet to go and then take care of yourself and read.
Some of these tricks might even work for your kids but Abby Marks Beale, speed reading expert and author and creator of Rev It Up Reading, advises that many kids younger than 12 don't have a large enough sight vocabulary or background knowledge to be able to truly speed read. So while it's tempting to teach them speed reading to get them through their elementary school summer reading list, you may want to let them read at a more leisurely pace. As they hit seventh and eighth grade, speed reading is something you can introduce to them.
Kathleen L. Hawkins, author of Speed Reading Made Easy($5, Amazon), tells Romper that a great way to know if these methods have worked is to tell someone else the details about what you read. "You’ll know right away what you remember or if you need to go back and read something over again," she says.
Whatever you choose to read this summer, these tips can help you make the most of your reading time.