Are You a Poor Reader? Check This Out

Have you analyzed yourself on how effective reader are you? Do you read the selection over and over again to get the gist of what you are reading? Do you have a ready question in your mind and directly search the answer from the selection? Or are you just reading for the sake of reading and nothing in mind at all?

Those are the questions that a teacher usually has in mind in teaching his student on how to get most of what is being read. The reply to the said variety of questions is dependent on the purpose of a reader.

Reading for a Pleasure

For me, I read for pleasure. I read for entertainment and I read for knowledge or comprehension, for information, or for critic and evaluation. In short, I have many reasons why I read.And I have a technique of reading, the practical way.

I know you have also your aims or purposes why you are reading. They may be too simple, too casual or they may be too serious like for a research, dissertation or scholarly work. And you may have a unique method of doing it too.

Techniques in Reading

In the process of reading, we may employ various techniques of reading. I don’t know if you’re aware of the two informal major methods of reading as far as quick reading is concerned. One is scanning and the other is skimming. They are two simple ways of making reading effectively.

Scanning is a style of reading when you are searching for a word, key words or ideas in the selection. Your attention is focused on what you’ve in mind for a particular answer. This is done quickly as if you’re finding a number in a telephone directory or a word in a dictionary. It is fast and easy. It is considered as surface reading.

While skimming is also done in a fast way but the main target of doing it is to search for the main ideas or thoughts in the reading selection. And this is usually done by persons who are seriously reading the books, the references for a research work. This speed-reading technique is considered as in-depth reading.

Applying those techniques, you are confident on how effective reader you are. By the way, what my teacher always failed to develop from his students is the attitude of reading anything, either for information, for entertainment, or for life improvement.

Now, what about you? What is your speed-reading technique tp get a better comprehension of what you have read?

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    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      A slow reader is different from a poor reader. Isn’t it? You may adopt any technique to improve your reading speed.

    2. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Yes, there is a difference between a slow reader and a poor reader as to their comprehension. A slow reader most likely to have a good result of comprehension as to a poor reader.

  1. Dawnwriter

    I read quite a lot so Alhamdulillah, my reading and comprehension skills are quite good. Sometimes it also depends on what you are reading. If I am reading a murder mystery, I read very quickly to know who did it, and then read the book all over again slowly to enjoy it all over again.
    If I am reading heavy stuff, I read slowly so that I do not miss any important detail.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      The reader has all the privilege to what method of reading he is going to use to assure his better comprehension of what he is reading.

  2. Sandy KS

    I don’t scan or skim when I am reading. I actually read word for word. I am a speed reader. As I can understand and read quickly.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Technically speaking, you are using one or both of them in your reading. You are not aware of it, but that could be possible.

    2. Sandy KS

      If I am hunting for a word I will skim or scan. As skimming or scanning to me means me skipping words. Or looking for words starting with a certain letter. Thus, skipping actual reading something of substance. When I read, I do not skip any words. Nor do I scan something I am reading.

    3. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is you read word for word and sometimes you read for a word, a data, for contextual meaning, etc. You know every one of us has different mode of reading.

  3. peachy

    I am a poor reader. I can’t stay reading for a book not more than 5 minutes unless the text are large text like those children story books.
    I find that small tiny text books would bore me rather quickly.
    I had to squint my eye lids many times and to understand professional english is a chore to me.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Sorry to know that. I am worrying too on how you could read the text here for it is smaller as compared to the text used in the pocket books.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is good. You will find another dimension of reading that would enhance your reading speed and the ability to comprehend.

  4. Rex Trulove

    The really sad statistic is that nearly one in five adults in the world can’t read at all, and two thirds of those are women. If a person can even read at a basic level, they are fortunate. From personal experience, reading is also a skill that gets better with practice. Writing can certainly help, too. Still, far too many people don’t realize that not every adult knows how to read and most of the people who are illiterate feel ashamed to ask for help. They shouldn’t feel that way, but they do.

    The illiteracy isn’t just in developing countries, either. Over 90 million adult Americans don’t know how to read!

  5. Gil Camporazo Post author

    I have been an adult education teacher. You’re correct in your observation that adults have the feeling of being shy to undergo basic education which they hadn’t availed of since they’re a kid. I found too difficult to handle them, but my diligence and patience I was able to educate them. They knew how to write and read. By the way, you’ve that such big number of adult Americans who are non-readers because you’re also a big country.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      We have the same reading rate. Actually, I am a slow reader. I read every word I encounter. After reading the book or the selection, I have to reread it. That is how I read.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Everyone has his own pace of reading and has its own way of understanding what he is reading.

  6. Gil Camporazo Post author

    In my elementary school, I always conduct a reading inventory personally to check the performance of our pupils from grades 1 to 6. Earlier, these pupils have already been conducted reading by their teachers. In the result, I may have a better idea on what reading program I may introduce to those fast, slow and non-reader.

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