Improving your reading skills is without a doubt necessary for increasing your speed, and improving your comprehension. The easiest and most effective way of improving your reading skills is by approaching reading material differently. If you do this, you can start reading in a new and better way.
Right now, you are taking letters in as phonetic symbols. Reading like this is useful only if you need to hear everything you’re reading. Otherwise, the method is entirely unnecessary, and far too slow.
As soon as you stop reading letters like sounds, and prevent yourself from pronouncing the words in your mind, you can begin reading visually. Your reading speed will increase right away. Visual reading is essentially the same thing as speed reading, only visual reading is real, and it works.
Speed reading, (or visual reading,) is reading text without hearing any of the words. The problem with this is that it prevents auditory effects from getting to the reader.
What are auditory effects?
The amount of auditory effects varies from one text to another. Poems, short stories, and many novels employ auditory effects all the time. Once you know what they are, it’s easy to spot effects and devices like assonance, or alliteration.
Alliteration is when two or more stressed syllables of a group of words have the same consonant sound. Assonance is similar, only with vowel sounds. They are sometimes called vowel or consonant rhyme.
Words are often used in other than their literal sense, because the auditory effects produced by certain words is often more important to the writer. It is always intentional, and important, and in effort to enhance the reader’s experience.
Reading visually will stop you from finding any sound effects or devices. Imagery, depth, personification, and atmosphere will be greatly enhanced, but the auditory effects won’t be appreciated.
Although reading text entirely visually will eliminate the auditory devices, the enhancement of the visual ones will more than make up for the loss. It’s because of this that visual reading can become so great and useful.
Newspapers, textbooks, essays, and articles have almost no auditory effects included. There is in fact no use for them in any text other than poems and lyrics, where the auditory effects are pushed in full glory by reading the text aloud to others. Different reading materials rely mostly on visual effects.
When you begin reading visually, your speed will triple, you will have a better understanding of what you read, and the text will be more enjoyable and less time consuming.