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Two Little-Known Reading Tips

newspaper photo1. Narrower columns of print, as in newspapers, reduce saccadic eye movement (the rapid shuttling of the eyes back and forth across lines of text), enabling readers to move more quickly through text, with less fatigue.

And faster readers comprehend better, because reading too slowly is boring and causes the mind to wander.

Try using your device to reformat text into columns and see if it improves your reading experience.

2. Take a walk after reading, without music, cell phone or company, to allow what you read to sink in. Gazing quietly out the window also works. One of the reasons students don’t retain what they learn is because they don’t allow for these quiet periods of “memory consolidation”:


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Two Little-Known Reading Tips

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2015). Two Little-Known Reading Tips. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 25, 2020, from


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