They say practice makes perfect. Find a book that keeps your interest. If you can't find a book that grabs your attention long enough to make a difference then pick up a magazine, anything to keep your mind active.
Reading a variety of books and magazines will help improve your reading, writing, and vocabulary. There are a multitude of online magazines, find a subject that really interests you and find an online source. Develop a habit of carrying around a book and use this as a time filler during lunch break, waiting for any task (like the bus or in a doctor's office), any dull break. I also trade TV time for reading time.
This is a great habit to develop and will serve you well in life.
Local libraries are a wonderful cheap way to let your habit grow without costing a bundle.
I would say you should read more. Try to read books that are a bit more advanced, and have a dictionary nearby to look up words you don't know. This way you improve your vocabulary as well as ability to read. I'd suggest reading fiction books so that you'll stay interested in your book. I'd suggest any books by Diana Wynne Jones, and if you like Sci-Fi, you could try Space Angel by John Maddox Roberts, or any of the Isaac Asimov books (although they can get somewhat boring). Other than that, I'd say always look up words you don't understand, even when you're not reading, and never stop trying! The ability to read and comprehend what you're reading is vital to a good job and a happy life. Good luck!
As an educator and a tutor I often ask my students do they enjoy reading? Second, I asked them what type of books they enjoy reading? First you need to ask yourself what reading skills do you wish to improve. Is it comprehension, pronuciation of words, or speed? In order to improve comprehension you should find passages on line or in a comprehension study book. Observe the questions that are being asked about the story passage. If vocabulary is the issue, begin with reading the dictionary and pronoucing words and getting familiar with definitions. There are online dictionaries that provide audio of pronuciation of words. As for speed reading you may want to have someone time you reading. Start out with a paragraph, then gradually increase them. If you are local in Atlanta, I will be more than glad to provide tutoring. Good look. I wish more people desired to improve their reading skills.
No word of a lie, the best way to improve your reading skills is by reading children's books! My husband was a very poor reader when I met him. Then we had children and I read to them all the time. He started feeling left out, so he picked up a kid's book one day and started reading. After a year of reading to our first child every day, he became very fluent and even started to include intonation and feeling. Now after seven years he's an avid reader. This,from a guy who hadn't picked up a novel EVER! So start back at the beginning! Good Luck!
You can start by reading each day and carefully look at what your reading and try to understand what's being read and what's the story about. Put your heart into it. And I am a very smart girl who makes just A's and B's but I never learned to read until I was 11 years old because I came here 6 years ago and now I read fast, and understand much better. You can do it. I believe in you.
Reading more will help, but you need to learn how to read more effectively. Most people do not have a clue how to read well, and go through their lives reading at the same level as when they were in grade school.
There's a great list of resources for improving reading skills here: http://lib.upm.edu.my/iisrea.html
How to Read a Book is still the best book to have to learn how to read well. Get it at the library or from any bookstore. Amazon has it: http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?PAGE=PRODU...
I have always enjoyed reading, and I read everything, even cereal boxes!
I once heard that recording yourself reading is an excellent way to improve your reading skills. And I agree with the person who said to read children's books. Also, find an author you really like and whose books you can get into and read as many of his/her books as you can.
Start with a literacy tutor (at your local library its free)...they will help you break down the words so that its easier to read words you have never even seen before...then read books that you have read before over and over again...then try to read more complex books, and take notes...highlight and underline words you don't understand and look them up and write the definition in the margin...also use a thesaurus so that you can learn other words that mean similar things...