How to Speed Read: Faster Reading, Improved Comprehension and Becoming a Better Reader: A Very Easy Guide
by John Connelly
Kindle Edition: 80 pages
This book will vastly increase the speed at which you read. Within an hour you will be able to at least double, probably triple your reading rate.
This is the second edition of what was a shorter eBook, now containing more ideas on how to read faster and new advice on using multi-step strategies for greater comprehension and retention. This edition offers an altogether more complete presentation of what it means to be an effective reader.
To make sure you get the most value for money possible, I've also included the FREE eBook: "How to Study ". It contains my best advice on time management, goal setting, and how to get the best grades with the least effort. It's advice that also transfers brilliantly well to professionals, the self-employed, and anyone who manages their own projects and/or daily work cycle.
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Technique 2: See More, and Move Your Eyes Less
Fixating on every word is another barrier to higher reading speeds. It is a reading habit that we learn as children. Although it is perhaps the only way we can learn to read, fixating on every word in a passage is not needed to understand it. The time your eyes spend moving between words, although small, can be reduced, thereby increasing your overall reading speed.
To become aware of how you can see more by fixating on only one place, focus your sight in the middle of a sentence. Notice that you can read the words around the central word. Indeed, without moving your sight from the center, you may be able to read the whole sentence with your eyes resting on just this one place.
Below is a text that is dissected by circles. Whilst keeping your focus on the red dot, attempt to expand your field of vision so that you also see the circles around it and the words within them. You should be able to read the first five words of the paragraph by only fixating on the red dot. The text is taken from my book, Total Mind Maps.
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If you are struggling to see the words around the word “central”, relax your eyes, and make them feel slightly lazy. Weaken your gaze, and soon you will be able to see more than you did before.
A useful extension of this technique is to draw two lines down the page to dissect it into thirds. Then, move your focus ONLY between these two lines. There is a text below to practice this technique with. Try reading it by only stopping your eyes twice for each line of the text, whenever the line of text is intersected by a blue line.
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Now try this technique with the book you have been practicing with. Draw lines, lightly in pencil if the book isn’t your own, down the page at intervals. Space these lines so that there are roughly three to five words on each side of the lines, just like in the picture above. Read by moving your focus between the blue lines so that your eyes zigzag down the page.
The pencil lines are helpful to start with, but once you have practiced this technique you will grow accustomed to guessing where best to fixate your eyes. Don’t worry; you won’t have to draw lines onto everything you read in future!
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