How To Improve Your Reading Speed


Reading can also be time-consuming if your speed is not as fast as you'd like it to be. An average reading speed can range from 200 to 350 words per minute, but that rate can vary depending on the material and your reading experience. It's also important to understand what you are reading--even when you improve your speed. Here are a few tips to help you improve your reading speed.




1.     Preview the material you're going to read. Look at main headings, chapter divisions, and other relevant material--to develop clues about the structure of the work.

1.     先预览一下你的阅读材料。注意材料中的主标题、章节划分和其他相关内容,以找出文章内部的逻辑关系。

2.     Adjust your reading speed as you read the material. Slow down when you need to be sure that you comprehend a section of material. Speed up if you are already familiar with (or don't need to know) other sections.

2.  学会调整阅读速度。对于需要理解领会的篇章,放慢速度;而对于已熟知(或不需要详细了解)的内容,快速读过。

3.     Readers can dramatically improve their reading speeds by taking in several words in the line of text at one time (instead of sounding out each word or focusing on each letter of the word. Computer programs like Ace Reader or Rapid Reader are designed to help readers improve reading speeds with flashing letters and words. You may also want to learn more about other techniques.

3.  一次读多个词可以显著提高阅读速度。不要把每个单词都读出声来,也不要在一个单词上花费太多时间。有些专门设计出来的软件,如“Ace Reader”或“Rapid Reader”,能够通过文章中闪烁的字母和单词来帮助读者提高阅读速度。你是不是还想再学习更多的技巧来提高阅读速度呢?

4.     Another way to improve your reading speed is to focus on the key words in the sentences. A significant amount of reading time is wasted on conjunctions, prepositions, or articles (i.e. a, an, the, but, and, or, nor, but, etc.).

4.  提高阅读速度的另外一个方法是,注意句子中的关键词。我们现在的阅读在连词、介词和冠词上浪费了太多时间,如:a, an, the, but, and, or, nor, but等。

5.     Use a pacer like a pen or your finger--as a focal point to draw your eye across the line or down the page. A pacer can help you increase your speed and reduce re-reading. A pacer can also help you to keep track of what you are reading.

5.  使用“定速器”(笔或手指)作为你的注视点。例如,在阅读时,笔尖划过,眼睛随着笔尖的移动而移动。节奏器不仅能帮你提高速度,还能减少回读。“定速器”还可以帮你记录你已阅读的内容。

6.     Talk about what you've read. Some readers find that by talking about their reading with friends or fellow students, they are able to effectively synthesize the material.

6.  谈论你所读的内容。有些读者发现,如果读后与朋友或同学谈论他们读过的内容,可以很好地全面理解已读的材料。

7.     Determine a reading schedule that works for you. You may find that you can't concentrate on the material for more than an hour (or a half hour). Also, select a time of the day when you are alert and ready to read.

7.  安排一个适合自己的阅读计划。你可能会发现自己无法专心阅读一小时(或者半小时)以上,这时你就需要一个阅读计划。同时,还要注意挑选一天中思维清晰且适于阅读的时候来执行计划。

8.     Find a reading spot, where interruptions or distractions will not disturb your reading.

8.  找到一个适合阅读的场所,即那些不会打扰或分散你注意力的地方。

9.     Practice. Practice. Practice. The best way to improve your reading speed is to practice reading. Try out some of these techniques, and then perfect the strategies that work best for you.

9.   练习、练习、再练习。提高阅读速度最好的方法就是练习。尝试上述方法,再结合自己的情况摸索出最适合自己的方法。



1.     Get your eyes checked. Reading glasses may help.

1.  检查一下你的眼睛。如果长时间阅读感觉不适,可以佩戴阅读专用眼镜。

2.     Read everything. Don't miss out on vital information in your pursuit of speed.

2.  阅读所有的内容,不要为了追求速度而遗漏了重要信息

3.     Don't re-read right away; it will slow you down. If you absolutely don't understand part of the reading selection, go back and review the material later.

3.  不要立刻回读,这样会减慢你的阅读速度。如果你真读不懂原文中的某一部分,稍后再折回去阅读这部分内容。