Reading resembles practicing or training a muscle. What the work out is to your muscles, reading is to your reading abilities. Also, much the same as you practice your muscles each day in the gym center; you should train your mind and reading abilities each day by reading.
We as a whole have an ability to read a lot quicker than we really do today. Our reading speed, much the same as the measure of our muscles, changes as we experience life. While in school, we reached the top of our abilities when we read around 200 words per minute since we only just figured out how to read correctly. Moving on to secondary school or high school, you can now read up to 300 words in the same duration that you read around 200 words previously. This increment is in light of the fact that your mind grows rapidly. When you head off to college, you have heaps of different activities, and almost no time accessible, which is the reason your mind consequently acclimates to reading 400 words per minute.
In any case, the minute you escape school, you no more have the motivation to read bundles of textbooks or notes each and every day. That is the point at which the brain begins to unwind, and gradually yet without a doubt, the reading speed returns to 200 words per minute, back to square one. Be that as it may, the GRE necessitates that you read a lot quicker than this. As a matter of fact, the higher your reading speed is, the higher your score will be, on the verbal segment. The questions you need to ask yourself now are, how do I go from reading slowly to reading faster? How can I accomplish reading faster in a short period of time? The answers to these questions would be given in this article.
The following are some phenomenal reading systems that we and our understudies have utilized for the GRE preparation. These strategies may not be very simple to master, and it might take a few days or even weeks for your mind and brain to adjust to this new setting.
Likewise, these strategies require incredible measures of training and consistency from your end, so in the event that you think you can't put in a ton of work in a coming couple of weeks, or on the off chance that you don't have that much time before the GRE test, have a go at executing something like a couple of the given procedures. In a perfect world, these tips are for those students who are focusing on 165+ on the Verbal area. In any case, even something else, in the event that you have plenty of time left before your test starts, you should attempt and actualize them all, and practice as much as you can.
Chunk Reading is maybe a standout amongst the plenty strategies utilized by expert readers to assemble as much data as they can in a really short period of time, say in the condition of a GRE test. The procedure is fairly basic and clear: Read several words at once. Regularly, you read each word independently and as you move along, you take note of the significance of the sentence. In any case, this procedure requires a significant amount of time.
Rather, you should read pieces of words at once, and complete each sentence in a limit of a few occurrences. For instance, take the sentence: "The boy went to the stream to fetch some water." For the most part, you would read it as "The boy – went – to – the – stream – to – fetch – some – water " However, when you utilize the chunk reading procedure, you read it as "The boy went to the stream - - to fetch some water". There shouldn't be any space between reading each word. Expert readers read this whole sentence in one single stride, along these lines, lessening reading time radically.
Along these lines, whenever you see a bit of content, read the sentences in chunks and perceive how much time you are sparing per passage. In a timed condition, for example, during the GRE test day, this procedure will spare you somewhere around 2 seconds for every 10 words. Which implies, for a normal Reading comprehension passage that has 350 words, you will spare over a minute.
Try not to vocalize the Content
When you are reading this sentence, there is an inward voice inside you that is reading it aloud in your head and no one but you can hear it. This is called vocalizing, and it is a procedure the mind actualizes so as to totally comprehend what you are reading. Splendid, however, there is one issue with this: it takes bunches of time.
You should have effectively heard the way that you can just read as quickly as you can talk. This is on the grounds that, we have been prepared to do as such since adolescence: to read out loud. Also, our brains have been designed to read just as quick as we can talk, but, not as quick as we might want.
When you read so anyone might hear, it sets aside time for the content seen by your eyes to travel to the brain, which changes over the visual content into sound, which you can hear as your inward voice, and after that, the mind again interprets data through this internal voice. This is a significant indirect procedure. Yet, it has been watched, in any case, that when you are reading at a superfast pace, the brain can't vocalize the content. This is the motivation behind why the normal human will in general read at an agreeable pace; so as to keep away from not understanding. It is a characteristic reaction of any human, and totally not your fault.
In any case, you are not a normal human because you are a GRE test taker. You can't bear to read at an agreeable pace, since time is continually on your back, telling you how far it has done. So what do you do? You quit vocalizing the content you are reading. Presently, this isn't as simple as it sounds since you are conflicting with the idea of your brain. It takes somewhere around about fourteen days for you to completely take control of your cerebrum. Be that as it may, then, you can utilize one strategy that works truly well.
You can physically mumble a repetitive sound, marginally so anyone might hear, with the goal that your mind can no more utilize your inward voice to vocalize content. The brain can't accomplish more than one errand at any given moment. In this way, in the event that you give your mind another thing to pursue, it can't convey its vocalizing power. Have a go at doing this as you read any content material: Make a tedious sound, for example, like the sound of a bee or some other dreary sound for the duration of the time you read the content. Although it might look like you are not gaining an understanding of what you are reading when a few days pass you would be able to understand it because your brain would have adjusted properly to your new reading pattern. You would have also increased your reading speed during GRE preparation time.
You can use this strategy when writing the real test too but be careful to keep the sounds you make at a minimum so as not to vex there other students around you. Else, you might have to face the wrath of the invigilator.
Overlook Futile/Empty Words
Pause, what? The GRE has futile words as well? Not actually. In any case, each sentence in English has about 40% futile words. Futile in the sense, there is no reason for utilizing that word in the sentence, and one can without much of a stretch grasp the importance of the sentence regardless of whether you get rid of the words. Words like articles (An, a, the), tenses like 'is, are' and so on, are not actually crucial to comprehend a sentence, with regards to a GRE entry. They are just utilized as decorations to make the sentence sound and look grammatically pleasing.
Presently, there is no reason for reading all these assistant words, and since 40% of the section comprises of such words, you will spare at any rate 40% of the time.
Abstain from Rereading
This is one of the mistakes students make while reading sections on Reading comprehension. They read a specific sentence, however toward its finish, they aren't too certain to even think about moving on. All in all, what do they do? They return and read it again to get greater understanding or clarity.
Presently, this is alright on the off chance that you do it once, perhaps twice. In any case, when you start to do this, you continue ceasing and returning to read things over and over. This squanders loads of time, without you really seeing it. You think it is alright in light of the fact that you are comprehending it appropriately, yet in all actuality, it isn't alright in any way.
This circumstance emerges chiefly because of the absence of certainty. On the off chance that you are certain about yourself, you will be content with a solitary reading, and won't consider rehashing stuff you have quite recently read. Likewise, it may be on the grounds that you are too strained, that you completely overlooked what you read a couple of moments back. The two circumstances have their own dangers, and you should attempt your best to keep away from them.
How might you do that? You Just Read Once. That is the way you do it. Try as much as possible not to read any sentence a second or third time. If you feel that a sentence has a lot of point or phrases to be broken down into bits, then it is recommended that you reduce the pace at which you read so as to understand the sentence once. If you do this, chances are that you would not have to go back to reread the sentence.
This makes you cognizant about your reading, and you will read the words with more concentration.
Keep on practicing!
Whenever the opportunity rears its head, you need to grab it and practice as much as you can. Don't go for the passages that you would find in a child's book, instead look for the hardest passages you can find and try to dismantle it.
You can check online for research papers or you could go to the local library or bookstore to find books on different topics. Start with topics that interest you and then work your way to the ones that are a bit difficult and vague.
When you read, try to make a conscious effort to increase your reading speed. With increased reading speed come better comprehension skills and higher cognitive abilities. Granted, it is not going to be an easy endeavor but you can try your best.
With enough practice questions, the brain becomes wired to understanding tough or complex words and sentences no matter at what speed you read it. If you train with hard or tough passages then you are more likely to breeze through the comprehension passage in the test day because the passage in the GRE is not going to be as hard.
So, that's about it. We have come to an end of this amazing trip on how to increase your reading sped and increase comprehension of Reading Comprehension. We have discussed 5 undisputed strategies that you could use to improve not only your reading speed but also your scores on the reading comprehension section of the GRE.
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