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Skimming as a Speed Reading Technique

Speed reading is a good way to absorb a lot of printed information quickly, but sometimes you just need to get the gist of what is being written about, without all the details. That's when knowing how [more…]

How to Skim Text

Skimming — getting the essence from reading material without reading all the words — boils down to knowing what parts to read and what parts to pass by. Following are some tips and techniques for recognizing [more…]

Scanning Text for the Information You Need

Think of scanning as a hyperactive form of skimming, which is in a turn a quicker form of speed reading. You speed through the text in search of information without any regard for the overall gist of the [more…]

Increase Your Reading Speed by Locating Topic Sentences

Going straight to the main idea of each paragraph significantly increases your reading speed. This main idea is the paragraph's topic sentence. You don’t have to read as much to get a firmer grasp of the [more…]

Understand Prefixes to Expand Your Vocabulary

The larger your vocabulary is, the faster you can read because you don’t stumble as often on words you don’t know or recognize. When you read words that you’re already familiar with, you read beyond the [more…]

Understand Suffixes to Expand Your Vocabulary

The larger your vocabulary is, the faster you can read because you don’t stumble as often on words you don’t know or recognize. When you read words that you’re already familiar with, you read beyond the [more…]

Eye Exercises for Speed Reading

Eye movement is controlled by muscles in your eye sockets and eyeballs, and like the rest of your muscles, you can strengthen them through exercise. Eye strength comes in handy for speed reading, which [more…]

What Is Speed Reading?

Reading engages the eyes, ears, mouth, and brain. Speed reading engages these senses even more than normal reading because you use your senses and brain power even more efficiently. The following sections [more…]

Vocalization and Its Effects on Speed Reading

Reading educators use the term vocalization to describe readers who hear words when they read. Vocalizers are readers who read with their mouths — they say and hear the words as they read. Vocalizing slows [more…]

A Speed Reading Pre-Test: How Much Do You Vocalize?

To become a fluent speed reader, you must break the habit of vocalizing, or hearing individual words in your head as you read. How you break the vocalization habit depends on how much you vocalize when [more…]

Speed Reading Fundamental: Eye Fixations

For your eyes to see anything, they have to be still. You can’t swing your eyes wildly around the room and expect to see anything but a blur. The same is true of reading words on a page. To see words, [more…]

The Importance of Eye Fixations to Speed Reading

A major component of speed reading is eye fixation, a point where your eyes come to rest as you read. Readers who make fewer eye fixations read faster because they take in more words with each fixation [more…]

Speed Reading Pre-Test: Establishing Your Effective Reading Rate

The following speed reading test establishes your starting rate so you can see how fast a reader you are and how much you improve in the course of your speed-reading studies. For this test, read without [more…]

Speed Reading in Clumps by Using Your Peripheral Vision

Reading in clumps means taking in more than one word at a time while you read, and it's essential for speed reading. A clump is a collection of 4 to 16 adjacent words that you read in a single glance. [more…]

How Recognizing the Shapes of Words Aids Speed Reading

Speed reading up to 16 words at a glance is possible because when you read most words, you don’t see the letters in the words or the words per se. What you see on the page are shapes or images that you [more…]

How to Stop Vocalizing and Become a Speed Reader

Stopping yourself from vocalizing is an essential first step to becoming a speed reader. Vocalizingis hearing words as you read — you may even move your lips and quietly pronounce each word. If you're [more…]

See Where You Stand as a Speed Reader

If you're challenging yourself to become a speed reader, you may be curious to know how you compare to others in the speed-reading department. (And who wouldn't be?) Roughly speaking, readers fall into [more…]

Defining Speed Reading

Speed reading isn't a whole different way of reading; it's just a more focused way of reading. Reading engages the eyes, ears, mouth, and, of course, the brain. Speed reading engages these senses even [more…]

Debunking Speed-Reading Myths

You may have some preconceived ideas about what speed reading is. Don't worry, many people have erroneous ideas about the practice of speed reading, including the myths in the following list, all of which [more…]

Speed Reading For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can use speed reading to enhance both your reading ability and your reading enjoyment. Some misconceptions about the speed reading method persist — pay no attention to them. By making slight adjustments [more…]

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