How To Become a Better Reader

How To Become a Better Reader

February 13, 2011  |  How to, Reading

Everyone wants to become a good reader, in this guide you’ll learn exactly how to become a better reader. The path towards improving ones reading skills isn’t always easy. However once you’ve managed to improve your reading you’ll be much more effective. In this article I will touch on some of the core elements of becoming an avid reader. Let your old reading habits be a part of history! Starting today, it’s the beginning of a new reading era.


What is ‘better’?

To begin with you need to define what you mean by becoming a better reader. Being a better reader could mean a lot of things so it’s good if we try to define it more explicitly. By becoming a better a reader is your primary goal to:
a) Read faster b) Understand more or c) Both

By defining your goals in the beginning you’ll know what you’re aiming for.


Read frequently

The most obvious way of improve ones reading capabilities is to read a lot more. The more you read, the better reader you become. In this regard I’d recommend you to not only read a lot but also to read frequently. If you haven’t done so already, make a schedule for reading where you mention the amount of time you’ve set aside for reading every day. Be sure to keep yourself accountable. You don’t want to lag behind and start missing your reading sessions. If you want to become a better reader you need to have discipline. Below you can see an example of an reading schedule.

Daily Reading Session

DayName of BookPage number
1Name of book44
2Name of book67
3Name of book95
4Name of book140
5Name of book169
6Name of book210
7Name of book275

Always look up new words

If you’re reading a book and you stumble upon a new word you haven’t seen before it’s a great opportunity to learn that word. You can make your own glossary where you write in the new words along with their definition. This is a great way to get the most out of each reading session. If the author uses a lot of complicated words you may consider collecting them at the end of the reading session so you don’t interrupt the reading flow. The table below shows you how a typical glossary is constructed. I can make this available for free download as well, once again just leave a comment below if you’re interested.

Glossary of Terms

WordDefinitionOccurred on page
Word #1Name of book12
Word #2Name of book41
Word #3Name of book45
Word #4Name of book140
Word #5Name of book146
Word #6Name of book155
Word #7Name of book167

Stay in touch

Don’t forget to stay in touch with this website! I have a lot of exciting reading applications that are in the making. Be sure to subscribe below and leave a comment. Until next time, have a great day!

PS: I’m currently considering whether or not I’ll include a guide on children and reading, if there’s an interest I’ll try to include it in the upcoming reading app.

About the author

ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


  1. It’s good. I can rate 4 to this article

  2. Thanks, that’s nice of you! 🙂

    Abderisak Adam – Author of The Study Guide PRO

  3. I would like to download the tables. Thanks!

  4. Working on it Jessie! 😀

  5. I think the information you provide here is very useful. Thank you.

  6. I think the information which anybody gets from this site of yours can really inspire an individual with regard to his approach to studies.

  7. I am happy becouse i encountered this website when i needed it most. I just want to thank every body who have a hand in the success of this site…

  8. I appreciate the help! Can you send me the tables please?

  9. It’s very helpful. Thanks a lot!

  10. Thnx 4 your teachings !!


  12. I would like to become a better faster and a more comprehensive reader.

  13. Yes I would like to become a better faster and more comprehensive reader.
    I’d encourage my children to do the same.

  14. YES!!! I would love to become a better reader so I can undstand a word,And read faster like poroe

  15. I think that this page can help more than I expected. I will follow all instruction above so I can be a good reader.
    Best regards,

  16. I needed a little more information than what I was able to get from this sit.

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