March 30th, 2022
Tips for Speed Reading
Most of us want to read, but it can be hard to find the time! There are always a thousand different things vying for our attention, leaving us very little room to sit down and read a book or an article for an hour or two. We may be able to squeeze out a few precious moments, but it’s not enough time to read a substantial amount and really get into what’s being read. So how can we make the most of the little time we have? That is where speed reading comes in! What is speed reading? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s increasing the speed at which you can read by using a few different tactics. These tactics will still allow you to consume information and let you do it at a much faster rate! That is what I will be talking about today in this blog post. So without further ado, let’s dive in!
Silence Inner Voice
The first and most important tactic is to silence your inner voice. Each of us usually learns to read by following along with the words on the page and saying them in our minds. But what if I told you that your brain can comprehend the information without saying it in your head? Mind blown! By silencing this inner voice, you can move your eyes faster across the page and still get the information. It definitely takes some practice! But if you keep at it, eventually, it will become second nature to you. One of the best ways I’ve found to work at it is to take your finger and move it along the sentence you’re reading. However, the trick is to move your finger slightly faster than your inner voice can say the words. This will cause your mind to “catch up” to your finger. By going too fast for your mind’s voice, you will slowly begin to silence it. It won’t have anything to say! Practice doing this with a paragraph, and once you’re done, see what you remember about what you just read. You might be surprised at the information you got without reading it in your mind! If you found you didn’t remember as much as you wanted to, try doing it again but a little slower. Make sure it’s still faster than your inner voice, though!
Doing this tactic alone will significantly improve your reading speed. If you don’t remember anything in this blog, remember this: silence your inner voice! This will be your greatest way to read faster!