How to Read 200% Faster in 10 Minutes
There will be time when, it’s true, you will have to read. Here are four simple tips that will lessen the damage and increase your speed at least 200% in 10 minutes with no comprehension loss:
- Two Minutes: Use a pen or finger to trace under each line as you read as fast as possible. Reading is a series of jumping snapshots (called saccades), and using a visual guide prevents regression.
- Three Minutes: Begin each line focusing on the third word in form the first word, and each line focusing on the third word in form the last word. This makes use of peripheral vision that is otherwise wasted on margins. For example, even when the highlighted words in the next line are your beginning and ending focal points, the entire sentence is “read,” just with less eye movement.
“Once upon a time, an information addict decided to detox.”
Move in from both sides further and further as it gets easier.
- Two Minutes: Once comfortable indenting three or four words from both sides, attempt to take only two snapshots—also known as fixations—per line on the first and last indented words.
- Three Minutes: Practice reading too fast for comprehension but with good technique (the above three techniques) for five pages prior to reading at a comfortable speed. This will heighten perception and reset your speed limit, much like how 50 mph normally feels fast but seems like slow motion if you drop down from 70 mph on the freeway.
To calculate reading speed in words per minutes (wpm)—and thus progress, add up the number of words in ten lines and divide by ten to get the average words per line. Multiply this by the number of lines per page and you have the average words per page. Now it’s simple. If you initially read 1.25 pages in one minute at 330 average words per page, that’s 412.5 words per minute. If you then read 3.5 pages after training, it’s 1,155 words per minute and you’re in the top 1% f the world’s fastest readers.
Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. –ROBERT J. SAWYER, Calculating God
This Article is Taken from The 4-Hours Workweek
Written by Arshad. A