How To Increase Your Reading Speed

There are many reasons to develop a faster reading speed. An increase in reading speed leads to more efficient use of your reading time, the ability to recognize the main ideas in a reading assignment and a better understanding of larger amounts of written material. These are especially useful advantages to a student who is studying a subject that requires a weighty amount of reading.

A student faced with several assigned chapters to read each evening for his distance learning courses is bound to become discouraged at the amount of time it takes to get through home work. However, if the student develops the habit of reading at a faster rate and at the same time learns to absorb the main ideas of the material, then he is making the most efficient use of study time.

Five Methods to Increase Reading Speed from Glendale Community College

1. The Hand Method : Put your hand at the top of the right hand page in a book before you begin to read. Then, begin sliding your hand down the page in one slow, swiping motion. Read the written page in a smooth, continuous way that matches the motion of your hand. The movement of your hand is meant to be a, "pacing" technique for your reading.

2. The Card Method : Find a large index card and position it at the top of the page that you intend to read. Start moving the card down the page, covering up the sentences as you swiftly read them. Challenge yourself by moving the card faster than you think you are able to read. This technique will sharpen your focus on the material and prevent you from rereading sentences. The rereading habit is an important one to break in order to increase your speed.

3. The Sweep Technique : Learn to move your eyes across a written page in a more even way by cupping your hand and tracing underneath each sentence with your fingers as you read. This will set your pace and get you out of the habit of pausing during sentences.

4. The Hop Movement : The hop movement is made with the cupped fingers of your right hand. Begin reading on the left side of the page with your fingers at one end of a sentence. Then lift your fingers off the page to put them at the other end of the sentence. This will be a continuous, "tapping" movement from left to right using your fingers to guide your reading. This exercise helps you to learn to absorb groups of a few words with each movement or hop.

5. The Zig Zag Exercise : This exercise requires that your fingers and eyes travel down three lines of a page in a diagonal motion. Then, trace underneath a single sentence, quickly reading it. Repeat the process until you've reached the bottom of the page. The goal of this exercise is to train your eyes to take in the pertinent points of the reading without seeing every word individually.

>Even a small increase in a person's reading speed can greatly improve the efficiency with which he or she learns any type of new material.

Published: 2010-01-20