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Speed Reading: How to Read Faster

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Reading is an essential part of self development and education that nowadays is facing a decrease in demand. The world speed rate is fast enough, so, every minute is on account. The state of things around the world is rapidly changing – not a surprise that we want to get the information the fastest we can. The majority just scrolls down web pages and do not get to the bottom of the message. Moving the display up and down isn’t sufficient for learning and memorizing the information presented. On the one hand, there is a great lack of time but on the other hand, there’s a large amount of information to be consumed. The compromise is pretty easy – speed reading.

An average adult reads at a speed of 300 words per minute. A speed reader can accelerate reading velocity up to 1200 words per minute. The world champion in speed reading Anne Jones has a record of 4200 words per minute with 67% comprehension of the material. The percentage of comprehension may seem not very sufficient for some of you, though it’s still much more effective in terms of the amount of the processed material and it retains what you would get from web scrolling.

However, many experts consider speed reading to be speed scanning, rather than actual reading process, because it shows a decline in understanding of the material. Nevertheless, in some cases absorbing the details from the text is not necessary at all, so speed reading can save some time for other more important activities. Here are a couple of tips how to improve the reading speed and retain the most information from it.

Practice Reading Everyday

Any skill needs practice if you want to achieve a good result. The same is true for reading – the more you read the easier it goes through the head. Find at least one spare hour each day to read a chapter from a book, instead of watching its adaptation, or read a favorite magazine. As you get more practice, you will notice that you read faster without using any special technique.

The Schulte Table

It is a grid with some randomly disposed numbers or letters that is used for developing peripheral vision. Due to the improvement in visual perception and broader peripheral vision, a trained reader can embrace the greater amount of words, or even the whole line.

Disable the Background Noise

By the background we mean the dialogue that goes in your head while you are reading – all the irrelevant thoughts that distract from the topic; and some external irritants that prevent from concentrating on the text.

Pre-read the Text First

Some experts suggest reading the tables of contents first, thus, get acquainted with the subject of the text you are going to read. Some as well claim, that you should pre-read the text, meaning look through the chapter for the words in bold and underlined subparagraphs. It will give a general idea of the chapter and help concentrate on the most important parts.

Avoid Eye Regression While Reading

Try not to make “the return movement” with your eyes to the parts of the paragraph you have read. This skill is tightly connected to the development of the memory abilities.
Practicing all of the above tips for a couple of times will give a noticeable improvement. Just remember that speed reading for the sake of speed is worth nothing. The main goal is to obtain more information within less time.