Many people, particularly students, would love to be able to soak up information quicker. But before retaining information, they have to go through first stage of learning, which is reading.
For many individuals who are pressed for time, speed reading has become essential. However, it's not just reading part that is important. Equally essential is for reader to fully comprehend words coming out from book or paper.
Here are some great tips to read and comprehend faster.
If you're in stressed mode, it would be much more difficult to concentrate; hence, it would just be a lot harder for information to sink in.
2) Know what you want.
Focus on areas that you really need to learn. Some people read all parts of a book, when all they need to know is a specific chapter.
Know your priority. If you need to find out about a certain subject, go to Table of Contents and search for heading that best suits your need. If you need to learn more, then adjust in view of that. The important thing is to weed out parts that you don't currently need.
3) Get rid of structure words.
Did you know that around 60% of words we read are structure words? Examples are words "the, or, and." They are necessary in formation of sentences; but when you ignore them, they basically mean same thing. They only serve to beautify, yet you can understand what you are reading even without them. Try not to focus too much attention on structure words.