Do you ever find yourself unable to read? Maybe it’s because you’re in an uncomfortable position. Or maybe you’re stressed. Whatever it is, something is stopping you from reading… And the stopping needs to stop.
More than once, I’ve found myself in this unfortunate scenario. It’s actually quite common with many readers. I’m sure there’s a proper term for this condition, but for now, let’s just call it readers block.
Regardless of the author, genre, or length of the book, people with reader’s block can’t seem to find inspiration to keep turning pages.
These three tips have helped me tremendously with my reading, and because of them, I have been able to comprehend faster and more efficiently.
Three tips for successful reading:
ONE: Read Alone
When I’m reading, I need to be distraction free. Nothing upsets my reading more than another person’s voice. The mixture of their words and the words on the page splits my concentration, and I’m forced to put my book down until the person is gone.
TWO: Softly Pronounce What You Read
Reading out loud combines both my visual and hearing senses. The more senses I use, the clearer I think. This doesn’t mean I shout… I just gently mumble the passage to myself.
THREE: Always Have a Pen in Your Hand
Occasionally, books will have important messages buried beneath its pages, and it’s important to remember these messages after the book is finished. More than once, I’ve forgotten to highlight key sentences in a book, and in doing so, get confused with the plot and characters later in the story.
The way I see it, taking notes is similar to taking a photo. Photography is used to capture a moment. Likewise, taking notes and highlighting is used to capture key passages within the text.
Ladies and gentlemen, I hope this was of some help to you. I hate reader’s block, and I want to get 100% out of anything I read.
So pick up that book you’ve been dying to finish. Use these tips, and see how much smoother your reading is. 🙂