How to learn to read fast is a relevant and difficult, but solvable question. One of the prerequisites for the success of self-study is a conscious desire, persistence and practice.
The technique of fast reading consists of several exercises that must be mastered. All exercises “work” independently, but are interconnected by a common idea – a change of attitude to the process of perception and assimilation of information.
It is impossible to reveal the content of all of the exercises in one article. Each exercise has a different weight in increasing the speed of reading. We can distinguish two main exercises. We will look at them.
In this stage we learn to read fast gradually, increasing the speed as we acquire and master new skills of mental activity.
To control the progress you make, you should start a diary right away. At the beginning of the diary we should determine and mark the initial speed of reading. It is determined by the formula:
Number of signs in the text / Time in minutes X Coefficient of reading comprehension.
The coefficient, which determines reading comprehension, is determined by analyzing answers to questions about the text. Each correct answer is assigned 0.1 point. Correct answers to all 10 questions will constitute 1 point.
The first diary entry, will be the first step in solving the question of how to learn to read fast.
Exercise 1: Learn to suppress articulation when reading
This is the first and most difficult exercise for many people.
Articulation (pronunciation of words to oneself) is the main problem of “speed-reading”. And it is not easy to suppress this articulation when you are not used to it.
When doing the exercise, it is necessary to remember that it is not only mumbling or whispering words that are excluded, but a new way of inner speech is created. It perceives the text only at the expense of visual identification. The speech and hearing components are completely eliminated.
To eliminate articulation when reading, one must constantly distract oneself with rhythmic movements of the fingers, counting numbers aloud with any cue, i.e. any way one likes best. The main thing is to distract the internal speaker from repeating aloud the text you see with your eyes.
You can get rid of the articulation after 20-25 hours of practice. Do not strive for records, the main thing is to get the desired result. When you have mastered the exercise and obtained the expected result, i.e. reading without articulation, check your reading speed and write the result in your diary.
Exercise 2: Learning to read diagonally
The point of this exercise is to figure out how to read fast by expanding your peripheral visual angle and attention span.
The essence of the exercise can be explained on the example of speed typing on a typewriter or a PC keyboard. Especially where the keyboard is as if divided into two parts. In this case, the user works with each hand separately only on “its” part of the keyboard, without duplication. So it is with reading.
Before starting the second exercise and after mastering it, also record your reading speed in a diary.
Each eye can and should bring “its” part of the typing images to the brain, separately. The eyes look parallel in a common direction, but each covers only “its” part, not focusing at one central point in the common center.
Through the parallelism of the gaze, lateral or peripheral vision is expanded. You can see a larger area with text without making unnecessary eye movements. Thereby increasing the speed of “consuming” information or speed of reading.
This exercise will also help you learn to read aloud quickly. By learning to work with expanded peripheral vision, the speed of reading aloud will increase automatically due to the fact that the brain will always have an “operative stock” of words that have not yet been uttered, but have already been seen with the eyes and transmitted to the brain.
Without developed peripheral vision, the brain often does not have a stock of “extra” words to pronounce, because the eyes have not yet seen them and transmitted them to it.
As you can see, everything is simple and complicated at the same time. Simple to understand, but difficult to master. Nevertheless, a conscious desire and persistence are sure to give the expected result.