Tip to Increase Reading Speed
The other day I was on a webinar by Jim Kwik of Superhero You which covered the topic of How to Increase Reading Speed. It was an hour long video recording of a live event and we were asked to bring a book to use for practical purposes during the session. I’d invite you to go get a book now if you’d like to Increase Reading Speed – it’s real fun!
Jim started out by asking the audience to test their current reading speed as there is no way of determining how much you’ve improved if you don’t measure where you started. So for two minutes, we were asked to read.
Go ahead now and set a timer for 2minutes (you should have a stop watch setting on your iphone or you could probably just google for an online stop watch).
When your time is up, make a small pencil mark where you ended and go back and count the lines that you have read. Divide that number by two (as you read for 2 minutes) and that is your ‘lines per minute’ reading rate. The other thing you could do is count the average number of words per line ie. 10 and multiply that number by your lines per minute rate to get your words per minute reading rate.
I’ve always been a slow reader – I never REALLY enjoyed reading as a child although I did what was necessary to do well in school. When I made it to University, I found myself enjoying Philosophy which is probably partly because this subject requires an extremely slow reading rate so that you can analyse the words and contemplate the sentences. So it wasn’t surprising that my reading rate on my first test was 150 words per minute which was the bottom end of what people usually achieve according to Jim
He then went on to describe the 5 Obstacles to effective reading as follows :
Lack of education
Lack of focus
Subvocalisation (reading the words aloud to ourselves in our head)
Regression (going back and re-reading the sentences)
In this particular webinar Jim went into quite a bit of detail about each of the 5 topics above so if you are interested in finding out more about this, I’d head over to http://superheroyou.com/
Tip to Increase Reading Speed
Finally, Jim gave us the one very powerful technique to improve our reading rate by 50-100% and I’ll gladly pass this on to you here! It is simply to use your finger to read. This is what he calls a visual pacer, so it could be a pen, pencil or other type of pointing device but the main point is that our eyes are attracted to motion and using the visual pacer will help us to focus.
Whole brain learning
He went more specifically into why this works and also into ways to maintain comprehension whilst increasing reading speed but the proof was in the pudding for me. When I tested myself the second time (after practising a bit with his technique). My reading speed increased to an amazing 330 words per minute!!!! So it literally doubled in the space of an hours worth of learning and practice.
So go ahead now and practice this for a while.
When you use your finger, use your whole arm to scroll across and scroll across the entire line quickly from beginning to end going backwards and forwards. The point isn’t to skip words at either end but to let your eye run over every word so your brain can process all the words at a speed that is better suited to it and it won’t keep wondering off.
Now, re-test yourself and see how you go! Did you Increase Reading Speed?
I continue to utilise this strategy and Increase Reading Speed every day and I’m finding I feel more connected with the words and am now feeling as though I have even better comprehension than I had previously. Totally amazing! Please leave me a comment telling me how you went! I’d love to hear from you!