Reading Made Easier

by TessaSchlesinger

How to improve Reading for those with Dyslexia and ADHD. Reading difficulties can be improved with practice.

Reading with full comprehension is vitally important in modern life, and the qucker you are able to read, the more positively it effects everything from decision making to good communication with others. Because newspapers and magazines today cater to a reading age of fifteen or sixteen years old, it's even easier to get good reading skills so if reading fast is an issue for you, read on to discover how you can learn to read each word without scanning so that you get a complete understanding of what is being said.

Why Reading Today is Easier Than Ever

Easy to Learn to Read Better Today

The education system isn't what it used to be, and even those without dyslexia and/or ADHD have difficulty sometimes with reading as quickly as they would like to. That said, because magazines, newspapers, and virtually everything on the web is written to a reading age of somewhere between fourteen and sixteen so with a little bit of work, everybody can get to a point where they can read a good hundred to two hundred pages per hour. At my peak, as a fourteen year old, I used to read between two hundred and five hundred pages per hour so I know that these reading speeds are far from impossible. And I read every word! So if I can do it, so can you.

Without solid reading skills, there’s frequent misunderstanding, jobs can be lost, and bad decisions are made. In order to improve difficulty with reading, here are some tips for reading that will improve your reading comprehension. Reading comprehension also affects verbal comprehension. When your reading comprehension is good, there is less risk of misunderstanding people. It all goes back to understanding words and understanding grammar.

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The Larger Your Vocabulary, the Greater Your Comprehension.

Not understanding words

In the old days, people did not confuse what words meant. Then, again, the adverising and marketing industry didn't play havoc with vocabulary, and if they did, it wasn’t publicized. Hollywood also has to take a fair share of the blame for leading audiences to believe that words meant one thing when, in reality, the word meant something else.

Here’s an example of how public figures abuse vocabulary. Both Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney used the word ‘misspoke’ to explain away a stupid remark or a straight lie. That is not what the word ‘misspoke’ means. Mispoke means to mispronounce a word.

The bottom line is that people learn new words by hearing other people use them and by taking the meaning of the word from the sense of the sentence. Both Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are horribly guilty of misleading those who had never heard the word before. Advertising agencies also do this in order to gain business. Business leaders do it in order to mislead people.


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Dictionaries are lists of words and their meanings.

Read the dictionary

In days gone by, we were taught that every time we heard or read a new word to grab a dictionary and look up the meaning. That way, over a period of time, we learnt new words. By understanding the meaning of these words, we were not mislead or misinformed when other people either purposely or mistakenly used these words. It's vitally important to know when other people are misusing a word because they could mislead you about something.

Another way of improving reading comprehension is to actively learn five words from a dictionary every day and use them in sentences during the day. Within a year, one’s reading comprehension should be remarkably improved.

The best dictionaries are the one's with large print because they have fewer words on a page. I kid you not, one could go 'word blind' looking at all those words in a dictionary. In my past, I used to read through dictionaries to find new words. Um. yes. That's where I found out about word blindness. Trust me on this one. You do want a dictionary with large print. :)

Start with the first page. Scan through the words until you see a word you don't know. Then...

  • Read through what the word means. It will have more than one meaning.
  • Practice saying the word aloud. There will be a guide to pronunciation.
  • For each of the meanings, try to use it in a sentence. If you're not sure about this, google the word on the web and see how it is used.
  • The next day find an opportunity to use the word.
  • It takes about ten to twelve minutes to do the larger words and about two to three minutes to do the smaller words. And, no, I haven't the foggiest why it should make a difference, but speaking from experience, it does. It's much easier to learn new words when they have three or four letters than words which have sixteen or twenty letters!

Word Order makes a difference to the meaning of the sentence

Tips for Reading: Punctuation Affects and Determines Meaning

Punctuation and Grammar Affect the Meaning

Save a life today. Learn grammar. Look at the frequently used example below.

“Come Eat, Grandma.”

“Come eat Grandma.”

The first sentence means that someone is telling grandma that she must come eat food. The second sentence is speaking to other people to tell them that grandma is to be served as 'roast grandma' on the menu. The only way to determine the difference in the sentence is by understanding the meaning of the comma.

And make no mistake, the place where you place a comma can change the meaning of the sentence dramatically. So can the word order of the sentence.

There are many easy grammar books available to teach grammar. Buy one and do an exercise each week. Again, within a year, you will find that your reading comprehension improves remarkably.

Tips for buying a grammar book.

  • Buy a book one grade lower than you think you are. This will allow you to cover things which you have missed as well as making sure the process goes quite quickly. Grammar is such a yukky topic that I believe one needs to encourag oneself. Relearning something that is easy is very encouraging and makes it more likely that we will study the things which we don't find easy.
  • Set yourself an easy target. Learn one grammar rule every two weeks. Practice throughout your conversations and whatever written work you do. You might like to learn why saying "I did it bad" is incorrect and why "I did it badly" is the correct wordking...
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Dyslexia can be overcome.

One other reason exists for difficulty with reading and that is dyslexia. I’m not quite sure why but these tips work for dyslexia as well. My daughter had dyslexia (officially diagnosed) and at ten years old couldn’t read. I decided to take an interest as reading is probably the most vital tool for surviving and success in today’s world. It also brings a lot of pleasure. So I read her an exciting story and stopped midway. I did that every night for three nights. The forth night when she came to me to ask me to read the rest of the story, I declined because I was busy. She grabbed the book and started reading. Sixteen years later, she is an avid reader and a very good writer. If you have difficulty with reading, you can overcome it by learning vocabulary, grammar, and practicing every day.

Here are some tips if you have dyslexia or if you have a child with dyslexia.

  • Never, never, never think that it's not possible to overcome the condition. This is a case of practice making perfect.
  • Practice every day. Start off with large print.
  • Read only one page per day, but reread that page over and over again. You will need to do this for an hour per day.
  • You will notice that it becomes easier as time goes on. Don't give up because reading the same page over and over again can be boring.
  • Reward yourself with chocolate cake at the end of the week. Take a break on weekends.


There are Different Levels of Reading

What is a Reading Level?

I first learnt about reading levels when I was studying writing. We were taught that each magazine and/or newspaper caters to a particular reading level. Reading levels were determined by the average number of words in a sentence and the number of 'big' words in a sentence. So someone at an age nine reading level would be comfortable and get full comprehension with sentences that had between five and eight words in it with words no larger than six letters while someone at university level would be comfortable with a thirty word sentence with two words in it, each with two words measuring twelve or thirteen letters.

Reading at grade one level is different to reading at grade four level, and reading at high school level is different to reading university level. Firstly, find out which level you read at most fluently. Start there.

  • First practice reading at the level you are comfortable with until it becomes so easy that you are ready to move on to the next level.
  • When you move to the next level, make sure that you do half the reading but take the same amount of time.
  • Reread what you have read to ensure full understanding.
  • When you can read at the same pace as you did before you moved to this level, more to the next level and repeat the process. It's good to reach a high school level.

Generally, it takes about three to six months of reading daily to go up one or two levels. Essentially, if you’ve been reading on a daily basis for two years, have done the vocabulary exercises, and gone to grammar classes (or worked through your grammar books), you should be a very, very good reader within a year or two.

Practice Makes Perfect

Good reading makes good writing

Yes, it does take time to become a good reader. It also takes effort and discipline to become a good reader. And, yes, you’ve probably read these tips for reading elsewhere but didn’t want to do it because you wanted something easier. However, it doesn’t work that way. If you want to improve your reading comprehension, it’s vital to work on grammar and vocabulary, and to read every day.

That said, do you know that people who are fluent readers are also good writers? One of the main reasons that slow readerrs cannot recognize good writing is because good writing enables one to read rapidly.

So, let me give you a tip here. Read only works that are bestselling. That way, you know that if you're reading slowly, it's you. If you read things that are written by someone you know just because you don't want to go to the library or buy a book, the problem might not be you, but the writing. Please believe me when I say that good writing is easy to read rapidly because the word order and punctuation add to the reading speed!

One of the benefits of becoming a fluent and fast reader is that you become a more succinct writer.

So how's that for killing two birds with one stone? :)

Updated: 02/13/2013, TessaSchlesinger
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