Some people love to read and some people really don’t. Some may claim that they just don’t get much enjoyment from reading, but oftentimes, they are missing out on the joys of reading because they lack the reading comprehension skills required. If you or your child is struggling with reading, there are a few ways to know whether or not the difficulties you are facing are a product of poor comprehension or just lack of interest. Here are five ways to identify common reading problems.
You read very slowly
if this is the case, it is a sign that you are struggling to comprehend the content that you are reading, which can make reading very non-enjoyable. If you find that you read much slower than your peers, it probably means that you should go back and read content that was written for a lower reading level. In time you will get better and your speed will increase without you even noticing it. You will move on to more difficult content without even being aware of it, because you will crave more and more complex information.
You struggle with more than five words on each page
If your vocabulary is limited, you may have to constantly look things up. No matter what you’re reading, you want to be able to feel like you are transported to someplace in your imagination and forget exactly where you are in real life. If you constantly have to stop and look up a word, you won’t really enjoy your reading experience. It’s always good to be looking up new words, but if you’re not enjoying the process then you may want to back up a bit and look for easier reading sources.
You can’t focus on the page for long periods of time
If you lose concentration, this is a sign of reading difficulty. It may be that you need to visit LearningRx to undergo various brain training exercises that will boost your cognitive skills. These days, a lot of people do the majority of their reading on social media and trending websites. Unfortunately, this kind of content does not require much imagination or thought – it’s just headlines and emojis. If this is the case for you, you will need to do some brain training to strengthen your brain – remember it’s just like all of your other muscles in that way.
You have trouble explaining what you read to other people
If you have just read an article, but you find yourself unable to verbalize the content, you definitely want to find out if you have an issue with reading comprehension. This may be more of a sign of difficulty with communicating than it is with reading comprehension, but you should be able to intellectualize the content on your own, whether or not you are sharing it with anyone else.
You don’t enjoy reading
Of course, if reading is just unbearable to you, the issue may not be that you hate books, it may be that you pick up a book and get frustrated because you don’t know what’s going on. Studies show that the majority of people who claim to dislike reading have serious reading deficiencies. Are you one of those people?