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  • Trying to read a lot of material during a busy day can be tough, especially if the material is not in your first language.

  • Let's take a look at a few different techniques to help you read more but spend less time doing it.

  • [1. Read as often as possible]

  • You don't always have to read articles or books to improve your reading skills.

  • It can be as simple as reading the menu, billboards, street signs or just reading anything you see in English every day.

  • If you do enjoy reading, set aside a few minutes a day to read a book.

  • Like anything in life, practice will make you a better reader.

  • [2. Read things you're interested in]

  • Just because you're reading in English, it doesn't mean you have to read things you have no interest in.

  • In fact, reading about something you're interested in can speed up your reading and understanding of the text, especially as you may already know a lot about it.

  • Think about what you like reading in your own language.

  • For example, do you support a football club?

  • You could read their latest match report.

  • Do you like to know what the Kardashians are up to?

  • You could read about the latest episode.

  • Whatever it is you read, thinking a little about it or having knowledge of the content can help you greatly.

  • [3. Practise scanning for specific information]

  • Sometimes you might not have time to read everything but you may need to find specific information from the text you're reading.

  • For example, let's say you're thinking of going on holiday to Sydney and you want to find out about the weather several months ahead.

  • Using your favourite search engine to look for a travel page, scan for the keyword, and here it will be "climate" or "weather."

  • Get to the right section and find the information you need.

  • Make a mental note, or if you're reading a paper, highlight the area for later.

  • [Remember]

  • [1. Read as often as possible]

  • [2. Read things you're interested in]

  • [3. Practise scanning for specific information]

Trying to read a lot of material during a busy day can be tough, especially if the material is not in your first language.

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How to improve your reading skills

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    Annie Huang posted on 2020/07/12
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