3. What are reading skills?
Reading skills include skills acquired through reading, such
as comprehension, fluency and independence. Overall,
these skills give students the ability to turn words on a page
into a clear meaning.Persons with difficulties, such as
dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, have a harder time
developing reading skills. These disorders can usually be
indicated by reading problems, such as missing certain
milestones. The presence of a disorder that inhibits reading
skills is not indicative of someone of a lower intelligence. it
merely means that the child will need special help in order
to develop reading comprehension. Listening
comprehension and phonetic techniques may be used.
4. How to Improve Your Reading Skills
Preparing for reading
Implementing the basics of reading improvement
Advancing your reading skills
5. Preparing for reading
Find something to read.
Go to the library and pick up lots of books.
Find a place to read where you can concentrate.
Schedule a routine time to read.
6. Find something to read. Examples include a
children's book, a newspaper article, a short story, or
7. Go to the library and pick up lots of books. Pick
books depending on your reading level, no matter
what your age.
Choose interesting and easily read books such as comic
books, as well as reading books containing formal
words. Reading is about enjoying the experience too.
8. Find a place to read where you can concentrate. This may be
someplace secret where no one will bother you, or simply your
home at a time when it is quiet.
Schedule a routine time to read. Do this at least for the times
you have nothing else to do, such as when you're on the bus.
That way, a good book only entertains you but can also can help
you learn to read faster. Read a book that will capture your
interest, not a book that you'll probably be bored with or dislike.
9. Implementing the basics of reading improvement
Begin your reading by looking at the pictures
Start with titles
Read the page carefully
Sound out each letter as best you can and you will
notice they form some sort of word.
10. Begin your reading by looking at the pictures, or
listening to the music to get a feel for what you are
going to be reading about.
11. Start with titles, names, or other larger print items
that you may know or ever thought about.
12. Read the page carefully. Don't rush, take your time. Most
people think that skimming the page (skimming means to just
scan the whole page and hardly take in a couple of words) is a
way of fast reading, but this is definitely not true.
Go through the details to comprehend the text as you read it.
Have an idea what you're reading about, not just reading and
forgetting or failing to grasp the contents.
13. Sound out each letter as best you can and you will notice
they form some sort of word. Some letters fit together. For
example, "th" is not pronounced as t + h, but rather as one unit.
This is called a 'phoneme'.
Pay attention to the stresses in words.
Listen to audio books and follow the text at the same time.
This can aid good pronunciation and word recognition.
14. Advancing your reading skills
Read as much as you are able
Reread the material.
Use context clues to find out a word's meaning.
Memorize a text.
15. Read as much as you are able. When you start
getting bored or need a break, take one. Reading
should be fun and enjoyable, don't force it. After your
break, return to where you were, and continue.
16. Reread the material. It is okay to reread something if
you do not understand it fully the first time.
17. Use context clues to find out a word's meaning. Context clues are
when a person figures out the meaning of a word by seeing how the
word was used in a sentence. For example, you were reading the
following sentence and wanted to know what 'pessimist' means:My
mother is always happy and optimistic, the total opposite of my brother,
the pessimist. So from the sentence, you can gather that 'pessimist'
means the opposite of happy, so pessimist means being moody and
angry. Good, experienced readers always use context clues! If you find a
word that you're totally stumped on, use the dictionary! If you want to
save time and the hassle of turning pages, go to the online dictionary.
18. Memorize a text. Read that portion out in front of a mirror, out loud.
Memorizing can improve your confidence with reading.
Reread. If you don't understand what you are reading, read over the
sentence(s) again. Try reading the words out loud to yourself. If you
still don't understand something, ask a good reader nearby to explain
the sentence(s) to you, or simply pick up a book that is easier to read
and more appropriate to your reading level. Feel free to use your finger
as a pointer. It will keep your eyes focused on the line you are reading,
improving your understanding.
19. Keep reading. Try to read as much as you can on your
free time. Reading will help you in lots of ways; your
vocabulary will become larger and more sophisticated
and you will notice your grades change for the better in
school. Have fun reading!
Read out loud to make sure that you are concentrating
properly and reading every word.
Standing while reading works better for some people.
Some read while walking on a treadmill or a track,
exercising both the body and mind!
Don't stress while reading. People usually stress about
not being able to remember what they last read and
don't focus on what they are reading at the moment.
So take a deep breath and don't stress!