Join Paul Nowak for an in-depth discussion in this video How fast do you currently read?, part of Learning Study Skills.
- In this lesson, I'll show you how to figure out your current reading speed and how that speed compares to the average reader. You can measure your reading speed using the exercise file included in this lesson. You're going to start by reading for just one minute, so set a timer for yourself. Read at whatever speed feels comfortable. Don't go faster or slower than you normally would. Make sure that you're reading for good comprehension. When one minute is over, mark the spot where you stopped reading, and then look over to the right hand margin of the page. You'll notice a list of numbers on the right hand side of this article.
These numbers will tell you how many words in total you've read if you finished that particular line of text. For example, at the end of the minute of reading, if you finished the first two paragraphs, then that would correspond to 250 words per minute. The average person reads about 150 to 250 words per minute through this kind of material. If you were above 250, you're a faster than average reader. And of course if you're below 150 you're a little below average. Regardless of whether you're average, above average or even below average, our goal here is to help you make an improvement.
So go ahead and start this exercise, so you can figure out your reading speed. When you're done, move on to the next video.
- Learning to read faster and more thoroughly
- Improving your note-taking skills
- Enhancing your memory
- Memorizing new words and formulas
- Scoring better on tests
- Creating study plans
Skill Level Beginner
1. Ramp Up Your Reading
2. Improve Your Note-Taking Skills
3. Techniques for Enhancing Your Memory
4. Score Better on Tests
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