Have you ever read a book? How well did you understand what you read,? or do you find it difficult to finish any book you decide to read. Reading is the process of looking g at a series of writer symbols and getting meaning from them. Some people can read for several hours at a stretch with perfect concentration and understanding, some read for only 3hours and get tired. Our individual brains have different capacities to understand what you read?
Reading is the process of looking at a series of written symbols and getting meaning from it .Some people can read for seven hours at a stretch with perfect concentration and understanding. Some read for only three hours, and feel the need to engage in some other activities before they return to reading. Our individual brains have different capacities for absorbing and understanding what is read.
SKILLS NEEDED TO IMPROVE READING
Pick up a book. Try finding something to read that interest you. Explore news papers, magazines, novels etc
Practice your reading habit. Now that you have found what you like to read, you
Can set a goal of 20 minutes a day of reading. After you have achieved this, you can increase the time to 1 hour a day
Do not give up. Winners never quit. If you find you cannot complete the task in the first place, do not be discouraged.
Do not put too much pressure on yourself. When you find yourself being stressed while reading a book, do not continue reading under pressure.
Before you read a book, go through the table of contents first, in other to form an idea of what you are about to read
\ READING DIFFICULT MATERIAL
Read the title and the first paragraph.
If there is a summary at the end of a chapter, read it. Get grasp of how the material is organised. If you need more background seek another source. Now decide if you have enough background to begin reading.
Look for main ideas
Look for titles, headings, and subheadings. Pick out topic sentences. Utilise graphs, charts and diagrams. Take notes while you read.
Look up words
Look up words whose meanings are important to your understanding of the material, but you cannot discern from the content.
Monitor your comprehension
Periodically stop and ask yourself, ‘’what have I learned’’ connect this to what you already know.
If you do not comprehend an idea, go back and reread. Restate difficult ideas in your own words.
Read to the end
Do not get discouraged and stop reading. Ideas can become clearer the more you read. When you finish reading, review to see what you have learned, and reread those ideas that are not clear.