How Can I Read Faster?

reading-fastWould having more money be nice? Yes.

Would losing a few pounds be nice? Yes.

Would living closer to my family and friends be nice? Yes.

But for completing a doctorate, there is something else I need more than anything: the ability to read faster. Throughout this week, I will be watching (and posting) various videos in the attempt to get my eyes moving. For those of you who are also asking the question, “How can I read faster?” I hope you find this series of blogs beneficial.

Though I love to read and learn, I have a horrible habit of reading quite slowly. When you are expected to cover hundreds, if not thousands of pages within a few weeks, reading faster is a necessity. I love to learn, but I bog down in the material I want to learn the most.

So today, I decided to turn to YouTube. I will be watching different videos over the next week that have been created to transform reading habits. I am not trying to become a speed-reader. The video below addresses this. However, I do want to develop the skill of “reading discernment.” In other words, there are times I need to be skimming and other times when I need to slow down. There is a time for both. Getting these two activities confused is probably much to blame for reading dissatisfaction.

So, how can I read faster? This is my question. If I read faster, then I will be able to cover more material. Also, I will have more time to slow down and really “crawl” through the material that is really, really important.

If the question, “How can I read faster?” resonates with you as well, then click here.




Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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