Easy Things You Can Do On Your Own to
Improve Your Reading
your eye-doctor before you begin any new reading campaign. Tell the
doctor if you experience eye irritation, blurry vision or headaches when you
read small print or for longer than 15 minutes. Make sure that if you need reading glasses you have them
up to date and use them.
off the TV. Read in a room where there is no TV on (audio or video),
and no other loud distractions.If
you prefer background music, make sure it is instrumental music (without
vocals or lyrics).
out loud at least fifteen minutes a day, or one hour a week. Read to a
child. Read to your spouse or significant other. Read to the dog. Find a
closed room and read to yourself out loud.
when you are at your best, never when you are exhausted and falling
reading material you like, or that relates to your interests and
daily life. Do not try to read Shakespeare or Hemmingway just because it is
the “educated” thing to do.
sure your environment is filled with books and magazines.Buy or build a bookshelf and make sure it gets filled up.And, make sure that the books you do own are there to use, not just
home decorating accessories on display to make you look educated.
a library or bookstore at least once every two weeks. If you cannot
afford to buy at the bookstore, at least shop for half an hour or so. If you
can afford it, buy a book you like. If not, check out books from the
you can afford it, subscribe to a hardcopy magazine or newspaper that you know
you will read. Then read it—each and every issue, but only the articles
that interest you. If you cannot afford to subscribe, find a magazine or
paper of interest at the library and read each and every new issue whenever
a campaign goal for the next six months, to read a certain number of books.Then do it. Keep a list of what books you have read.
Make this a campaign, not just a "resolution" to read more.
others (family and friends) that you are beginning a reading campaign.Get them to encourage you. Ask them to buy you mainly books for
holiday gifts, birthdays, and special occasions. Discuss with them what you
have read, or are reading, or find friends with whom you can discuss serious
subjects that you are reading about.
notes on what you read.Keep
a reading diary, log or journal for a semester or a year. Then read back
over what you wrote.
or other word games at least once a month.