One reason that many people don’t read much is that they don’t read well. For them, it is slow, hard work and they don’t remember as much as they should. Below are what it takes to read with good speed and comprehension:-
1) Read with a purpose: - Everyone should have a purpose for their reading and think about how that purpose is being fulfilled during the actual reading. This also saves time and effort because relevant items are most attended.
2) Skim First:- Some reading tasks require no more than skimming. Proper skimming includes putting an emphasis on the headings, pictures, graphs, tables, and key paragraphs (which are usually at the beginning and the end). The benefits of skimming are: A) primes the memory by making it easier to remember when you read it the second time, B) orients the thinking by helping you to know where the important content is in the document, C) creates an overall sense and gestalt for the document, which in turn makes it easier to remember certain particulars.
3) Get the reading mechanics right:- Skimming actually trains eyes to move without discipline. When you need to read carefully and remember the essence of large blocks of text, the eyes must snap from one fixation point to the next in left- to right-sequence. Learning how to do this takes practice. If you can’t do it on your own, consider formal training from a reading centre.
4. Be judicious in highlighting and note taking.
5. Think in pictures.
6. Rehearse as you go along.
7. Stay within your attention span and work to increase that span.
8. Rehearse again soon.
The above tips if exercised to the letter will enhance your comprehension whenever you read.