A while back, my friend Stefan Knapen published a post called, “The Ultimate Guide to Speedreading“. This article is a fantastic introduction to speedreading and provides a lot of tips for getting better at it.
For those of you in the dark, speedreading is a technique for reading content faster than normal. It’s especially useful for reading content you need to learn in order to pass a class, such as a history textbook.
The goal with speedreading is to increase the amount of words you can read in a certain time while still retaining (or even increasing) comprehension and learning. To do this, you employ many techniques, including:
- “Chunking” words together – ignoring individual letters and words, and instead working to comprehend multiple words at a time
- Using a finger to quickly guide your eyes over the text
- Working to eliminate “inner vocalization” – that voice in your brain that “reads” the words aloud to you and slows you down
With practice, you can learn to read at 3-4 times your normal rate and still retain comprehension. Read More →