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Read like Speedy Gonzalez

Read like Speedy Gonzalez

When it comes to speeding, it hasn’t been the best week for me. I didn’t receive one, but two lovely speeding tickets. What a useless way to spend money, but hey I guess I was in a hurry and trying to save time. However, driving might not be the best activity to speed up, but reading definitely is! Of course, like most skills, practice makes perfect. In the meantime, here are my favourite tips and tricks on speed reading!

Reading fiction

The best way to learn something is when it’s fun. In the case of reading, that means reading the stuff you’re interested in. Reading fiction is captivating and relaxing. Whenever you’re reading a really nice story it is easier to read on. Therefore, reading fiction could be a great starting point on speed reading. Did you know reading fiction is also empathy stimulating? We’re elaborating more on that subject in this post.

Readspeeder.com

Don’t let the non-slick layout of this site fool you! Readspeeder.com offers free exercises to, like the name suggests, speed up your reading. The course is modelled out of four concepts.

  1. Reading ideas instead of just words.
  2. Reading phrases instead of chunks of words.
  3. Visualizing whatever it is you are reading.
  4. Concentration score.

The concentration score is where it all comes together. It is the result of how closely your reading speed correlates with the length of the phrase. My scores range between a word count of 544 words per minute with 26% concentration and 411 words per minute with 68% concentration. The goal is to have the highest word count per minute, while keeping the concentration score above 50%. Not only is readspeeder.com an effective way to practice your skill, seeing the progress is very motivating. Still not convinced? This course is free for you to take, so nothing to lose there, right?

Use your peripheral sight

Normal vision for a human being is about 170 degrees, however the part we focus on is only about 18 degrees wide. This part is called the centre of gaze. Regularly, you’re reading every part in the book using the centre of gaze. When using peripheral sight during reading, you’re deliberately skipping words. More specific, the first (two) and last (two) words from every line. Because of your peripheral sight, you still pick up on those words while saving time. And saving time is what we’re going for here! Still a bit hesitant on how to do this? No worries, Tim Ferriss explains the concept in this video.

Reading is great fun and it gets even better when you’re getting faster at it! Will you be trying out these tips for speed reading? We’re curious to know, what are your tips for us to speed up on the reading? Drop them in the comments below!

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