5 Common Reading Mistakes And How You Can Fix Them

5 Common Reading Mistakes To Avoid

Written by Brai

Abdulganiyu Ibraheem otherwise known as Brai is a mass communication student from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He developed an interest in writing ever since he was in high school and hopes to be an advert content creator working in a manufacturing company. Brai is also a fashion designer whose optimism is high in owning a big fashion designing house, sewing different kinds of cloth for men and women

July 19, 2021

Do you know you can travel around the world within the four painted walls of your room? How? I know you would ask that question. Okay, the answer to that ‘how’ is through reading. Oh yes! To anywhere of your choice, Asia, Europe, America, you name it. But why the saturnine face? Or are you still blue because you think you are not a proficient reader? Worry no more, Brai has got you covered in tackling some common reading mistakes and how to fix them. So, fasten your seatbelt, while I take you on a ride to places you can fix the problems robing you to see the world.

As you and I both know Reading to be the act of ascribing meanings from printed words or as stated in Longman contemporary dictionary; the activity or skill of understanding written words. So it is through it, students expand their vocabulary and learn about the world.

Apart from the challenge on how to read faster, and comprehension issues, the majority of readers are confronted with reading errors or mistakes, which has become an obstacle in their comprehension and understanding.

Furthermore, the common reading mistakes have turned a great number of adults indolent when it comes to reading.

5 Common Reading Mistakes You Should Avoid

1. Vocalization

As long as Merriam Webster Dictionary is concerned, vocalization entails making sounds with the voice. Hence, this is one of the most common reading mistakes most readers make while reading. The mistakes of vocalization may as well be seen as the mistake of reading out loud. It entails too much oral reading, which slows down the readers reading pace. In so doing, it takes away understanding and comprehension of what has been read.

However, this happens on most occasions as a result of the complexity of the reading material or the reader lacks vocabulary comprehension. You can overcome this challenge by disciplining yourself to always read silently or within yourself. Also, you should try as much as possible to study more vocabulary in your leisure time, as this will familiarize you with new words. 

2. Repetition

Repeating sentences after reading is another most common reading mistake. Among the reasons for this is when you vocalize while reading. Hence, you probably tend to forget most phrases and sentences as a result, which will automatically trigger repetition. Furthermore, repetition may be a result of the complexity of the material or because of the reader’s poor comprehension of vocabulary as the case may be with vocalization.

As the Same case with vocalization, you can tackle this issue by taking your time in developing your vocabulary skills.

3. Word Guessing

There was this particular scenario that happened when an SMS message from a sister of mine named Tayo came in through my dad’s phone. My younger brother who was the first person who saw the message said, “Dad, you have a message from Taye”. But when I got to realize it was “Tayo” not “Taye”, then I smiled because I understood he had word guessed. I am also not left out of this type of mistake. In most cases, I only look at the first letter, then guess the word.

This same mistake has now become major error readers do make while reading. Examples of such include mistaking; Never as Nurse, Shell as shoe, Canoe as Canon, Taking as Talking etc. This happens as a result of reading the word phonetically. And simply because those words share several of the same letters in common.

To fix the problem of word guessing, you just need to learn to read phonetically. Furthermore, you also need to get yourself acquainted with words that look similar but are different in both sound and meanings. Patience is the way to achieving this.

4. Unknown Vocabulary

Most readers get trapped in unknown vocabulary, hence this is one of the majority of the mistakes we make while reading. You know, it is somehow funny some people go an extra mile in having a dictionary with them while reading, to check any vocabulary they come across. But in an instance like this, you forget most things you might have read easily because you have divided your attention into two (for the book you’re reading and the dictionary you are consulting). However, in most cases, the meaning provided by the dictionary may not be in line with the context meaning, therefore causing problems in understanding and comprehension.

Most articles and books need to be reviewed, but not closely analysed. so, while reading, you should be clear if the meaning of a particular word (vocabulary) is really important worth wasting time on searching for the meaning. If not, just move on. It might interest you to know that most of the writers of the content don’t understand every word written by them.

To get rid of this problem, you should be perfect in English vocabulary. You can achieve that by learning at least 5 words with their meanings in a day. By doing so, you will be surprised by the number of words you will capture just within a week. Mind you, the more words you know, the easier it will be to recognize them in reading, thereby making it easy for understanding and comprehension.

5. Blending Difficulty

This happens when words that are meant to be pronounced together as one are segmented, or split separately, then pronounced as a different entity. In most cases what is being pronounced might be correct but may lack meaning because you have segmented that which is not meant to be segmented.

How you can get rid of this is by learning to smoothly blend sounds. You can check out how to develop smooth blending.

In Conclusion

You must remember that it is only by reading you can expand your vocabulary and learn a lot of things about the world. The more you read, the more you know. However, the only way you can understand what you have read is by avoiding these common reading mistakes. You should also check out how to master the art of fast reading in 10 easy steps.

So, where do you like to journey to first now that you are good to travel?

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