You can improve your reading skills and habit through step-by-step process, just like a seed it won't grow up with in that day that you plant it off. Changing your habit is also like that. I think it is more pretty effective if you read one page since the day you started to change your habit, then two page for the second day and so on and so fort, until such time you can't feel comfortable if you can't read a thousands of words a day, because a good student will read for a minimum of a thousand words a day. ;)
Read the books,newspapers and try to communicate in english only with your sisters,brothers/friends even if you are speaking wrong english speak and correct your ownself or get corrected by someonelse...
notatv1991, once again using my free psych degree here. You really did not give much information in your query. For instance, is someone telling you that you need to improve this skill? If you are not interested in reading, you should not be forced to do so. However, if you are interested in doing it for your own pleasure and benefit, this is my educated advice..... if you have to read something you are not interested in, scan the contents ( for some reason I think you can do this) and take brief notes. If it is something you are interested in, and can't seem to keep your attention span going to finish a book (your mind wonders, and you have to keep re-reading)... use what I call the association method. As you read, you visualize and fantasize the characters. Remember certain words that jump out at you like (for example).... creepy, odd, sexual, attractive, mysterious, suspicious... etc. Associate those words with the main characters and fantasize that you are the character.
Read a lot of books and make a habit of reading a book: 1- instead of watching TV and working on computer 2- before sleeping 3- in your free time 4- in the washroom :P it really is fun!...try it! and read these authors: 1- Charles Dickens 2- Roald Dahl 3- Enid Blyton 4- Carolyn Keene 5- William Shakespere
I found books that are based on comic strips are good because you can stop reading at any time. Also mystery books such as Hardy boys which are quite old now will help you to think. Read random magazines from the library. I do mean random, not just stuff you are interested in. If you find a word you don't understand ALWAYS look it up. If you skip over it, you will never learn it. As you get better you will look up fewer words. Just experience talking.
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Try reading out loud and reading the same passage or phrase over and over, pronouncing the words with clear distinction. A large part of reading involves memory because as you may already know, to read sometbing and not remember what you've read is not reading at all. Also try picturing what you're reading, you will automatically gain focus and therefore the process of reading becomes more vivldly clear and maybe even more interesting. I use to have an issue with reading a little bit more slowly than others. I was never told that by an instructor or anyone, but it was a personal thing because whenever in a group, it just seem to me that I would never be in the percentile of the ones finishing first and it began to bother me a little. Later, I majored in English/Mass Communications in college and discovered that I was not reading with measure so I would often need to go back and re-read something for clarification and this would of course cause a delay. Now I read with more focus and actually I enjoy reading and I believe that you can too. :)
To improve your reading skills you could start with easy books and then make your way up to longer and harder books. To improve your reading habits start reading genres that interest you, that way you won't want to put the book down. I hope this helped!!
Like everyone else said, practice your reading - out loud can really help. Also, look around different bookshops in different sections to find the types of genres that might interest you. Reading is always better when you're reading something good. Once you've practiced enough, and you feel that you're improving, look for something that has a larger range of vocabulary ( If you're not sure on what to read , ask one of the people working there for advice). Classics are quite good for improving your skills. They worked well for me! Hope this helped.