Speed Reading

It seems that the average person today barely reads for work or for fun let alone has the ability to plough through hundreds of pages in under an hour like some speed readers do. Imagine what you could do and what you would know if you could read quickly and be able to retain what you zip through? With the speed reading techniques offered in this chapter, you can!

It's certainly not your brain or your eyes slowing you down. Your current speed of reading most likely comes down to how you were taught to read. When you read out loud, you let your tongue and ear take over when you really should be letting your eyes and brain do all the work. Because we speak and think each word, the average reading rate is between 200 and 250 words per minute with an average comprehension rate of 50 to 70 per cent being understood of those words. In actuality, science has calculated that the eye can actually read 90,000 words per minute given the ability to do so. Just do the maths on how quickly you could read a set of encyclopaedias or one of those gripping Russian novels that surpasses the 1,000- page mark.

But, enough about the science and maths of what the human brain is capable of doing – let's get down to the nuts and bolts of what you can employ right now to accelerate your reading and comprehension skills.

Top Speed Reading Tips
Increasing the speed at which you read and understand is both environmental and physiological. Let's first tackle some of the environmental tactics you can employ:

From there, you need to have an action plan for attacking your reading:

You might be surprised by this as so many students often highlight while they read with one of those fluorescent pens, but this does not really work. It slows down your reading speed and distracts the brain from what it needs to focus on. You get so caught up in the highlighting that you are not really retaining.

Two other good tips are:

Speed Reading Techniques
Specific speed reading techniques are valuable to learn. Some of these include:

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