There are a few skills that many of us pick up as children and never think much about them ever again. You might learn how to count and tell time before you even get around to going to school. And then once you have started kindergarten it is time to begin learning how to read. This is a skill that will definitely help you in everything else that you do, from completing high school English class to becoming a dentist or a banker who works of Wall Street. While most people learn this skill quite young, there are some who go through the beginning of their life still struggling with it. The good news is that it is never too late to learn how to read.
If you have been working in construction creating deck plans or working on a factory floor and still feel that you do not have a solid grasp on reading then the first thing that you should do is assess what you do know. Those that feel self conscious about lacking some skill in this regard might think that they are too far behind to ever catch up. But, by looking at what you do know you might find out that you are closer to being able to read everything on that high school test or job application then you ever thought that you were. Sometimes it is just about putting all of the pieces of what you know together to gain that understanding.
Make sure you're working with a teacher who has experience teaching people of your level how to read. This is not something that is going to happen over night for most students and you want to make sure you're working with someone who can both give you the tools to learn and will be patient and positive about the progress that you're making along the way. If you have a goal of working with others or taking an exam a few months down the line then you might feel a lot of pressure to know everything and be able to read fluently right now. The right teacher will help you encourage you and monitor your progress.
Make sure you're working with a learning plan that caters to how you learn best. Some people are more visual while others are going to want to concentrate more on the sounds that are involved with the different letters of the alphabet. If you're working towards getting your real estate license or being able to help a child with their homework then you will want to make sure that you're making the most of your practice and lesson time. You can do this by knowing which learning style you respond to best.