Find something to read. Examples include a children’s book, a newspaper article, a short story, or something on wikiHow.Ad
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’.
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.
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.
Start with titles, names, or other larger print items that you may know or ever thought about.
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.
Reread the material. It is okay to reread something if you do not understand it fully the first time.
Go to the library and pick up lots of books. Pick books depending on your reading level, no matter what your age.
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.
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.
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.
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!