How To Read Faster – 5 Key method To Increase Speed

Reading faster is something everyone can learn to do. Speed reading is a skill that offers a variety of benefits, such as improved memory and enhanced brainpower. By practicing timed runs and learning how to focus on necessary content, you can increase your reading speed in no time.

We’ve put together tips to help you learn how to increase your speed when you read. 

What follows are suggestions and practices to read faster. You’ll find:

  • Why you want to read faster
  • Techniques that will help
  • Finally, five key concepts (plus a bonus!) for teaching yourself how to read faster

Let’s get started with all you need to know about reading faster.

Why Read Fast?

Here are several reasons why you might want to read faster.

Discipline

Mastering a skill requires practice and dedication. Learning to read faster is a goal, and setting goals ask that you train and adapt.

Enhance Your Brain Power

Fast reading utilizes untapped brainpower. It makes you concentrate and capture information. Fast reads enhance your ability to make smart snap decisions, improve reaction time, grow confidence, and increase energy levels.

Memory Improvement

Retaining the written word plays a big role in your ability to manage complex reasoning. 

You’ll Likely Enjoy Reading More

Now, to master faster reading, you have to read. But you’ll collect information that could impact your idea of reading. You can better prep for meetings or class. You get to know yourself and grow.

4 Key Techniques

Speed reading is about reading as quickly as you can. Here are a few techniques that anyone can learn.

Subvocalization

Subvocalization refers to our habit of “hearing” the words we read. Not doing so greatly decreases our ability to read faster. You need to stop using the brain mechanism that manages chewing gum, walking, and humming at the same time. You want to develop a way to read and not “listen” to the written word. 

There is the recommendation of repeating the vowels as you scan text. The trick teaches you to read without being able to “hear.”

Follow the Text

One of the techniques for faster reading is what’s called “meta guiding.” You’ve seen speed readers do it. They point at the text while reading. The practice requires serious concentration for retaining information.

Back Slips

Black slips are the habit of going back and dwelling on what we just read, even if it’s a single word. The habit slows your reading. The best way to break it is to notice when you do it and stop.

Now that you have a few key concepts, here are five top methods for faster reading.

1. Learn How to Skip

Learning to skip is an invaluable tool for faster reading. For beginners, it’s not a great way to improve comprehension, so you shouldn’t use this for studying. 

Skipping is a good way to get through the read and, combined with the other concepts on this list, improve reading speed and retention.

We’d advise that you use non-fiction to develop this skill. You’ll easily skip sections you have no interest in.

Here are some ideas to help out.

  • Carefully review the preface or introduction. Define the main strategies, arguments, and claims of the book.
  • Read the first chapter/preface and conclusion/final chapters.
  • To finish, read the first and final paragraphs of each chapter.
  • If you find anything else particularly interesting, go ahead and read it.

This is a good practice for topics you don’t have much interest in. It works with essay collections, history books, and memoirs.

2. Abandon Works That Have No Appeal

A few chapters in, and the material has yet to snag your interest. Give it up! But also consider why you’re not enjoying this particular book. Hold onto it and see if you’re willing to go back. If not, get rid of it. 

Comfort is a big part of learning to fast read. Don’t waste your time trying to force material you don’t like into the agenda.

3. Set Up Your Environment

As we said, mastering faster reading asks for concentration and focus. Until you get a firm handle on it, prepare to devote time to it. Try to read at the same time every day. 

If possible, have a schedule that puts a book in your hand several times a day, even if just for ten minutes. Minimize distractions: no external noise, no interruptions.

Pay attention to your wandering thoughts. Don’t spend time dwelling on the beauty of the prose. When this happens, come back to the material. Avoid what’s called regression. This is when you re-read to make sure you understand what you read. The habit slows you down.

4. Don’t Read It All

First, pay attention to the eyes. To increase reading speed, you need to scan chunks of text. It’s believed, on average, readers grab at least 1.5 inches of text. This can vary based on text type and font size. Generally, that means as you read, you “catch” between three and five words as you pass. 

Instead of seeing each word, eyes should flow in a scanning motion, jumping through chunks of words. Use your peripheral vision to start at the beginning of every line and get to the end quickly. Focus on blocks of words, latching onto the intent of the text without needing every word.

Good speed readers use a pen or their finger to give their eyes something to follow. The trick also promotes less subvocalization as you read.

5. Practice Timed Runs

Reading actively with effective summarization requires a strategic approach to the text. Don’t just set aside time to read; time your reading. See how many pages or words you can read in ten minutes. Divide the number of words by the number of minutes. 

Now, you know the number of words you read per minute for that book. Reading multiple books, you may find your wordage is higher or lower based on the read. That can be for several reasons. One book may be far more interesting than another. This book may use simpler language than the textbook.

Soon, you will find yourself reading faster and faster. Track your speed and wordage, as well as your level of comprehension. Before picking up a read, summarize what you recollect about that book.

Bonus Tip: Read Several Books at the Same Time

We think the five tips above are essential, but the practice of multiple, simultaneous reads has to be a consideration. You don’t even have to finish a book. Read a section of one tome, drop it, and move to the next. Read enough to get an idea of the purpose of what you just read.

Simplify this so that it works for you. There’s no reason why you have to rely on just the written word or conventional straight text. Get out the audiobooks, graphic novels, and comic books. Make it a goal to differentiate what you’re reading.

Conclusion

Fast reading is a good exercise for the brain. It maximizes logical processing, improves focus and productivity, saves time, and much more. It’s also fun.

Another benefit we haven’t mentioned is the skill looks good on your resume. Mastering the fast read shows that you set goals and accomplish them. 

On top of this, if an applicant shows they can cull through a lot of information fast and be able to use it, they demonstrate a talent no hiring manager can dismiss.

From increasing your knowledge base to becoming a more interesting person, knowing how to fast read will have a positive impact.

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