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Reading, speed reading:

Reading consists in the active search of understanding, asking questions, checking, sketching mental maps, taking notes, reviewing, restructuring ideas from notes, discussing ideas with friends, summarizing, comparing with other concepts, probing for personal meaning, clarifying new words.
This skill consists in a deep understanding and mastery of the written content. How to "feel" what is underlying, how to map the key ideas through grouping the words. What is the next logical step(s) after this content, what could and could not come afterward, what questions arise. Which words have an unknown, unclear meaning, what are the synonyms, antonyms, Latin/Greek root word. How to speed read, reading only the introduction and conclusion and not the body...
Character, Plot, and Setting
Cause and Effect
Compare and Contrast
Comprehension
Drawing Conclusions
Grammar and Mechanics
Phonics and Decoding
Predicting
Reading for Detail
Reading Strategies
Research Skills
Spelling
Vocabulary

When an efficient reader comes across the word "red", she/he pictures in the mind, understands and visualizes the colour much in the same way most people do when they look up at a blue sky. When you look up at a blue sky, you are typically not saying "blue sky", then thinking about the meaning, but instead you simply absorb the meaning immediately and effortlessly. Reading is a much more enjoyable experience for efficient readers. It's not work and can actually be fun. Students need to understand these points since it can motivate them to become more efficient readers which in turn can make a big difference in the quality of their life.

  • Subvocalization - Most students will be able to relate to this right away. Subvocalization is the act of pronouncing the words in your mind and/or even whispering the words to yourself as you read. You can only subvocalize at speeds close to "reading aloud" speeds, so if you subvocalize, it's hard to reach efficient reading rates. It is not important to totally eliminate subvocalization, but you do want to minimize it.
  • Regression - This is where you let your eye wander back to re-read text previously read. This is a very common problem and is a major cause for inefficient reading.
  • Eye Span - This has to do with your "eye fixation time" and "eye fixation zone". In short, you want to learn to " increase your eye fixation timing " and " widen your eye fixation zone " so that you will have the ability to move your eye faster and read multiple words at a time.
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