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How to Learn Speed Reading

How to Learn Speed Reading

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Published by Abhilash V Pillai
Whether you're hitting the textbooks in philosophy class, reading long-winded emails from co-workers, or just reading the morning newspaper, chances are at one time or another you've wished you could read a little faster. So widespread is the desire to learn speed reading, in fact, that teaching the skill has become big business: a host of companies now offer books, training sessions and even computer programs to increase reading speed, sometimes at a cost of hundreds of dollars. But why fork over your paycheck or student loan money for a speed reading system when you can start reading faster today by following these simple steps?
Whether you're hitting the textbooks in philosophy class, reading long-winded emails from co-workers, or just reading the morning newspaper, chances are at one time or another you've wished you could read a little faster. So widespread is the desire to learn speed reading, in fact, that teaching the skill has become big business: a host of companies now offer books, training sessions and even computer programs to increase reading speed, sometimes at a cost of hundreds of dollars. But why fork over your paycheck or student loan money for a speed reading system when you can start reading faster today by following these simple steps?

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Whether you're hitting the textbooks in philosophy class, reading long-windedemails from co-workers, or just reading the morning newspaper, chances are at onetime or another you've wished you could read a little faster. So widespread is thedesire to learn speed reading, in fact, that teaching the skill has become bigbusiness: a host of companies now offer books, training sessions and evencomputer programs to increase reading speed, sometimes at a cost of hundreds of dollars. But why fork over your paycheck or student loan money for a speed readingsystem when you can start reading faster today by following these simple steps?
Steps
Method 1
1.1
Have your eyes checked
. Many people who read particularly slowly do sobecause they have an undiagnosed vision problem. Even if you think youhave perfect vision, if you haven't had an eye exam recently, there's no timelike the present.2. 2
Time your current reading speed
. It is important to find out how fast youread now so that you can track your improvement through subsequenttimings. Not only will timing help you to tell if you're improving, but it will alsokeep you motivated.
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 You can break out a book and a stopwatch and either time how long ittakes you to read a certain number of words on a page or find out howmany words you read in a given amount of time.
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An easier way to time yourself is to take an online reading speed test. There are a plethora of these available: just enter "reading speed test"in your search engine. Many of these have reading comprehensiontests, as well, so you can see how well you're understanding whatyou're reading.
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Regardless of how you decide to time yourself, be sure to read at yournormal speed during the timing, and time yourself on a few differentpages - the average of your times should approximate your averagereading speed.3.3
 
Get rid of distractions
. Even if you think you read better when you havemusic playing or when you're in a crowded coffee house, you can probablyincrease your speed if you reduce distractions to a bare minimum. Try to finda solitary place to read, and turn off the TV, radio and cell phone.
Evenbeing in a room of people talking is distracting.
If no solitary place isavailable, try using earplugs to block out any distractions around you. Inorder to maximize comprehension while reading quickly, you will need tofocus on the material at hand as closely as possible.4.4
Adjust reading speed depending on the material
. Often, we must tradeoff comprehension for speed, so an important part of increasing readingspeed is deciding how thoroughly you need to comprehend a particular pieceof writing. So before you even start reading, decide how fast you intend togo. If you're reading a newspaper article, chances are you just want to getthe main ideas, and you can skim through the passages quite rapidly. If,however, you're reading a mathematics textbook or a demandingphilosophical treatise - and you need to fully understand the material - you donot want to rush.5.5
Learn to separate the wheat from the chaff with pre-reading
. Nomatter what you are reading, there is frequently a lot of "filler" that you canread quickly through or even skim over. With practice, you will be able toidentify the most important parts of a book as you skim through it. When youget to such a passage, slow down. Before you begin a chapter or book, lookover the entire piece very quickly. Try to find patterns of repeated words, keyideas, bold print and other indicators of important concepts. Then, when youactually do your reading you may be able to skim over large portions of thetext, slowing only when you come to something you know is important.6.6
Train yourself not to reread
. Most people frequently stop and skip back towords or sentences they just read to try to make sure they understood themeaning. This is usually unnecessary, but it can easily become a habit, andmany times you will not even notice you're doing it. One exercise to help youavoid rereading is to take a sheet of paper or index card and drag it down thepage as you read, covering each line once you've read it. Try to drag the cardin a steady motion; start slowly, and increase your speed as you feel morecomfortable.
 
7.7
Stop reading to yourself 
. As you read you probably subvocalize, orpronounce the words to yourself. Almost everybody does it, although todifferent degrees: some people actually move their lips or say the wordsunder their breath, while others simply say each word in their heads.Regardless of how you subvocalize, it slows you down. (You are concernedwith speed reading here, not reading to practice communicating the materialverbally, which can be done later if you find it necessary.) To break the habit,try to be conscious of it. When you notice yourself pronouncing words toyourself, try to stop doing it. Practice visualizing a word at the moment yousee it, rather than confirming the word in your mind and then visualizing it. Itmay help to focus on key words and skip over others, or you may want to tryhumming to yourself or counting "1,2,3,4" repeatedly in order to preventsubvocalizing. One exercise to stop your lips from moving is to put a finger onyour mouth and keep it there while you read.8.8
Read with your hand
. Smooth, consistent eye motion is essential to speedreading. You can maximize your eyes' efficiency by using your hand to guidethem. One such method is to simply draw your hand down each page as youread. You can also brush your hand under each line you read, as if you arebrushing dust off the lines. Your eyes instinctively follow motion, and themovement of your hand serves to keep your eyes moving constantly forward.Note, however, that many speed reading instruction books warn off using atracking member in speed reading as it inhibits the process.9.9
Practice reading blocks of words
. Nearly everyone learned to read word-by-word or even letter-by-letter, but once you know the language, that's notthe most efficient method of reading. Not every word is important, and inorder to read quickly, you'll need to read groups of words - or even wholesentences or short paragraphs - instantaneously. The good news is youprobably already do this to some extent: most people read three or fourwords at a time. Once you make an effort to be aware of your reading style,you'll discover how many words you read at a time. Now you just need toincrease that number. Using your hand as a guide may help, as may holdingthe book a little further from your eyes than you usually do.10.10
Practice and push yourself 
. While you may see some gains in speed themoment you start using these tips,
speed reading is a skill that requires

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