Do you feel lesser for not being able to read as fast as your friend? Do you also feel difficulty in reading comprehension? Anyways, reading faster is one thing and understanding what you have read is another. Of course, the latter is better, because what’s the use of reading fast if you haven’t understood the story. But, through practice, you can read faster with maximum understanding. We tell you how to overcome reading comprehension difficulties.
Monitor your comprehension
Don’t go on reading if you feel you’re unable to understand the topic. Instead, identify what you don’t understand. Is it the language? Or words? Or the topic is off your interest?
If there are too many words in a paragraph that you don’t understand, better grab a dictionary or a simpler version of the book. If you’re not interested in the topic, still you need to understand, go for visual lessons or ask your peer/teacher to explain.
Work on your vocabulary
Grow your vocabulary. This way, you won’t need to browse the dictionary often, which will increase your reading speed and, of course, reading comprehension.
Use the metacognition technique
Metacognition is having awareness of what you are getting into. In the case of reading, before starting to read cluelessly, learn a bit from the subject through external sources. Having a little knowledge about the subject will develop an interest as well as confidence for understanding.
Storyboard is listing the sequence of events in graphical or diagrammatical form. It may seem time-taking in the beginning, but once you get hold of making storyboards, you’ll find you are able to overcome reading comprehension difficulties.
Ask yourself questions as if your younger sibling is asking you. If you are able to explain a thing to a four-year-old, that means you have understood the topic completely.
Read, Read, and Read
Finally, one thing you should never give up is reading. Start with reading slowly and understanding each line. To form a routine, maybe, you can dedicate an hour to read. In only sometime, you’ll observe, not only your reading speed is improved but also your comprehension.
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