The average person reads about 200-250 words per minute. there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be able to double, triple, or even quadruple that with these very simple steps.
keys to reading faster are:
1- when you get the book; read the table of contents, read the review, read the chapter summaries, these are often the most important things that the author want you to get from their texts. so by reading these your brain will be aware and looking for them as you read.
2- Don’t sub-vocalize, in other words whenever you read, don’t say the worst yourself, don’t read to yourself even if you’re saying them very softly to yourself, the act of saying them is going to slow your reading speed down. do not subvocalize the word, some people will even chew gum to keep themselves from saying the words as they read because there’s no other way that they can fight that.
3- Studies also show that if you listen to music, especially classical music when you read, it’s going to improve your reading speed. I don’t know why this is maybe because classical music relaxes your brain. but whatever the reason is listening to music while you read it has been shown to speed up your reading speed. so get some Mozart or Beethoven and read faster.
4- Forcing your eye to move across the page by using your finger or a pen is the most important part of speed reading, whenever you see a sentence and the sentence says: “the boy ran to the store”, most people will read that sentence this way: “the the boy the boy ran the boy ran to the boy ran to thee the boy ran to the store”, in other words it’s called visual regression what your is doing its go as it’s going back and it’s reading all the words that you’ve read before and it’s doing it so fast that you don’t even realize that you’re doing it and that is the biggest thing that slows you down when reading it’s the visual regression your eye bouncing all over the page. so instead whenever you read, take your finger or take a pen or pencil or marker or highlight there and read with that and force your finger or force that pen across the page, that for senior the pen or your finger across the page and then force your eye to follow your finger that alone should double your reading speed because your eyes not bouncing all around.
5- learning to see groups of words, for example if you see the three words (statue, of, liberty) you’ve seen it so many times and you know it goes together your eye is trained to see that phrase as a group “Statue of Liberty”, you’re not reading statue of liberty as individual words, if you’re going to learn to do that and learn to see in groups of words as you read it is going to speed up your reading speed.
6- Read the first sentence of each paragraph and read the last sentence of each paragraph, but kind of zoom through the middle and here’s why: the first sentence of each paragraph often tells you what it’s going to be about and the last sentence of each paragraph sums it up and if you read those two and then just kind of zoom through the middle, you will probably get the gist of that paragraph.
7- Go faster than you think, is possible when you’re using your finger or get marker and you’re pushing your eye across the page and forcing your eye to follow your finger, go faster than you think is possible, you will be amazed at how much you can remember and retain and the speeds that you can go at, but the important thing is to push yourself and go faster than you think as possible and you will be reading faster than you ever thought before. one of the biggest things that in speed reading is you need to know how fast you’re currently reading so you can gauge your progress.