Michael Perry of Sparta, NJ, serves as ClubsGalore’s head of marketing. Michael Perry spends much of his spare time in Sparta reading. Avid readers know the value of speed reading, as it enables them to read more and better comprehend what they read.
1. Most of us were taught to read one word at a time. As we read, our eyes travel from word to word, resting for a split second on each as we read. Speed readers know that grouping words is one of the easiest ways to improve reading speed and comprehension. Try reading two words with one look, then once you’ve got that down, graduate to three words, then four. Grouping words together enables readers to take them in quicker with less eye movement.
2. Have you ever been reading something when you have to stop and go back a line because you missed a word or maybe read it wrong? Regression is one of the worst enemies of speed reading. Easily remedy this by using a bookmark to guide your reading, placing it above the line you’re on so you can’t jump back to previous lines and reread.
3. Readers often subvocalize what they’re reading, that is they’ll “say” the words in their mind as they read. Work on quieting this voice to help improve reading speed. Once you begin reading faster, your inner voice will have a hard time keeping up and will only serve to limit your reading speed to how fast it can “speak” the words. Quieting the voice gets rid of this concern all together.