Double Your Reading Speed in One Hour
When was the last time you read a book? A whole book. By yourself.
If you’re struggling to remember you’re not alone, reading is a hard activity to engage in compared to watching tv or playing video games. Reading a book forces our brains to focus and helps keep us mentally sharp.
As a kid, I read anything I could get my hands on. Most of it was space and earth science but my favorite was Goosebumps, I read a new Goosebumps book every day. To calculate reading speed you can take your favorite book and google the word count for the entire book and divide it by the number of pages for the average amount of words per page. From there you can calculate how fast you read by how many pages you read in a minute – and from there determine how many words.
The average Goosebumps book had 23,000 words printed on about 110 pages so that means there were about 210 words per page. In elementary school, I could cover 1 and a half pages in a minute which means my reading speed was 315 words per minute.
Most people learn to read slowly from left to right and read everything in the same way that they were taught – slowly. We never push our minds to reach its potential.
Like any other skill learning how to read quickly without losing comprehension is a learnable skill. We need to train our brains and eyes to move faster.
When we read normally we start at one side of the page and pan from left to right. Instead, think of your eyes as tiny cameras that make rapid snapshots of what you want to read. Snap from left to right as fast as possible using your finger to guide you.
Next, we want to make use of our peripheral vision by focusing in on the 3rd or 4th word from the beginning and end of each line. The closer to the center word you can focus and still comprehend the entire sentence the faster your reading will become. Once you get really good you should be making two snapshots per line.
Lastly, we’re going to train our brain to take these snapshots faster while understanding what we read. Practice reading too fast for comprehension but with good technique for 10 minutes. In the same way listening to a podcast at normal speed seems slow after you get used to listening to it at 2x speed you can train your brain to get used to reading faster.