Speed Reading: 4 Key Areas

Accomplishing a faster way to read isn’t simply about getting through more material faster, it’s about comprehending information quicker and better than before. If you want to learn more efficiently by speed reading, the four areas outlined below will help you get to there.

#1 Concentration

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things. ” – Steve Jobs

What is Jobs getting at? Well, basically he is saying that concentration is the key to speed reading, which means saying NO to your phone, Facebook, Twitter or any kind of multi-tasking. Reading has to be your only focus.

#2 Speed

Some tricks to help you read faster:

Speed ReadingFocus on speed first, your level of understanding will improve with practice
Use a guide (a finger, a pen, etc.) to avoid losing your spot
Increase your field of vision
Reduce eye movement
Don’t read out loud to yourself, remember your brain is faster than your tongue
“When we read, 80% of the time is spent moving our eyes from word to word” – Spiritz

#3 Understanding

Different types of reading material require different levels of comprehension. For example, it’s not the same thing to read a Harry Potter book as it is to read your chemistry textbook. Therefore, before you begin to read, you should assess what kind of text you’re facing and what your end goal is.

#4 Memorisation

We forget 50% of what we learn in about an hour unless we practice it or go over it regularly. So remember, repetition is the foundation of learning but the question is how to accomplish this repetition. For this there are several methods:

Taking Notes is one of the most common and effective forms of repetition
Teaching someone else will show whether you understand what you’ve read
Mind Maps help you put everything in perspective so you can create new connections and ideas
Using mnemonics is a great trick for better retaining information
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