Applied routinely, these strategies can
become an automatic part of your reading process. You will take charge not only
of your textbooks, but also all other reading materials. Efficient reading becomes
more informative and enjoyable as you
improve your comprehension.
Annie Laura Smith
Annie Laura Smith’s 565 publications include the areas of fiction and nonfiction
for children, curriculum materials for children and adults, general interest, inspirational and technical articles, book reviews,
test materials, and poetry. She published
four novels about WWII for young readers; two YA contemporary novels; an adult
historical romance; and three Early Readers biographies. Literary memberships
include the Society of Children’s Book
Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and The
National League of American Pen Women
(NLAPW) where she served as Book Review editor for The Pen Woman, their
national magazine. She also was editor of
WE ARE CALLED: The Fifty-Year History of Trinity United Methodist Church
(Huntsville, AL) published in 2005. http://
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February 13, 2016.
2. How Does Your Light Reading Speed Compare
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3. Efficient Reading, Study and Learning Centre
RMIT University, www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
ing.pdf. February 13, 2016.
4. Doyle, Dennis, Reading Better and Faster, Glendale Community College, english.glendale.cc.ca
.us/ speed1.html. February 13, 2016.
6. Glossaryof Reading Terms–Regression, Literature
Survey, The Literacy Company, www.readfaster
.com/ readingterms.asp. February 13, 2016.
7. Read without Subvocalizing, thinksimplenow
February 13, 2016.
8. Op. Cit. “Doyle, Dennis, Reading Better and
Faster” english.glendale.cc.ca.us/ speed1.html.
9. Efficient Reading: Improving Speed and Comprehension, Professional, Workforce, Career
and Executive Education, coursecatalog.com/
?courseid=852. February 13, 2016.
Personal Reading Evaluation
1. Do you like to read? Yes___ No___
2. Do you try to read faster, but understand less? Yes___ No___
3. Do you preview (skim) material before actually
4. Do you have a purpose when you read and adjust
your reading speed accordingly?
5. Do you concentrate on the material? Yes___ No___
6. Do you have a slow reaction time in
understanding what you’ve read, and thus re-read
the material (regression)?
7. Do you vocalize (read the words
8. Do you sub-vocalize (pronounce the words
9. Do you read in thought groups (phrases)? Yes___ No___
10. Do you use the context of a word (surrounding
words) to understand the meaning of the
11. Do you become involved (ask questions, look for
12. Do you use the author’s aids (headings,
punctuation, number or letter sequences)?
13. Do you use the publisher’s aids (boxes, print size,
typeface, format, color)?
14. Do you stop occasionally while reading and
reflect on what you’ve read, recalling the main
15. Do you realize it is the combination of all of the
reading strategies that will allow you to read
more efficiently with greater understanding?
Efficient reading is
being able to quickly
select the techniques
you need in order
to read a specific
selection and focus
on your reason for