The purpose of speed reading is to help people read and comprehend easier and quicker. It is vital to have a competing reading speed if you want to absorb a great amount of information in less time. If you are reading a lot of books, studying a lot or moving in a hard professional battlefield then you certainly suffer from what the experts call “Information Overload”. Speed reading is here to help you survive.
The following method can double your reading speed quickly and effectively. Practice and see for yourself!
First you need to know the information you want to absorb. This is really important. The idea is to know what you want from what you read. For example before reading a document, you must know what information you want from that document. Do you want all the information you can get or you just want an outline? Do you want to fully understand every portion of the document or just the general subject? Some documents are very detailed and excessive. You must learn how to skim those documents and keep only what is important to you. Ask yourself the two questions above before reading any document and you are well on your way to increase your reading speed.
Next, you must take some time to observe your eye muscles. Watch how your muscles react when you read this text. You will find out that you are not reading word by word but you are actually fixing your eyes on blocks of text. You go from one block of text to the next. If you don’t fully understand something, you will find yourself going to a previous block of text. If you are like most people this is the way you read. Try it here and see how your eye muscles react. If you are an experienced reader you probably read a lot of words in every block and will not go back to a previous block of text often. The amount of time you spend on each block is small. If you are a poor reader your blocks of text will contain a small number of words and you will go back to previous blocks often. It will also take you more time to move from one block of text to the next.
Now, if you want to double your reading speed you must double the number of words in your block of texts. You must also minimize the number of times you go back to previous blocks. Finally you must reduce the time you spend reading each block of text.
It may sound difficult but is in fact very easy. All you need is a few minutes of practice every day. Try it here. Try to expand your blocks of text, try reading an entire line or two lines! Then try to reduce the time you spend reading each block. Push yourself to grab that line of text quicker. Have confidence. Finally, in order to reduce the times you go back to a previous block you can use the following technique. Imagine there is a cursor or a symbol inside the text and it moves along with your eyes but just a little bit faster. Imagine your eyes smoothly following that symbol. If you learn how to move the symbol fast then you’re done. No more skip backs and your reading speed will be doubled to say the least.
Now, as I said this simple method needs a little practice and you’ll be amazed with the results. What you don’t get by using this method is the confidence gained from a professional speed reading course. Start with this free speed reading mini course and learn a few more tips and tricks about your reading speed.