How to Speed Reading

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Camilo Nova


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I recently read this book:

Speed Reading by Kam Night is an excellent tool for people getting into making reading a daily habit, just like me.

The book starts with this perfect quote:

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why—Mark Twain.

I have some notes shared from my Kindle, available here:

Camilo Nova’s Kindle Notes & Highlights for Speed Reading: Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 Hour (Mental Performance) | Goodreads

My takeaways:

  1. Write down the purpose. Why am I reading this book? Answer the question and write it down on a piece of paper.
  2. Explore first. Look at the chapters, table of contents, first and last pages. Take a general look first.
  3. Adjust speed according to what you are reading. Technical documents go slow, novels go fast.
  4. Look at the white spaces between words when reading. Use your peripheral vision to get more words from a single view to the page.
  5. Visualize text chunks. Stop reading word by word. Go for chunks instead.
  6. Don't vocalize. Shut your mouth, and don't use that voice in your brain to read.
  7. Stop fixating on words. If you are unfamiliar with a certain word, try to get its meaning from the context. Improve your vocabulary.
  8. Avoid re-reading. Force your brain to pay attention to what you just read. Recall from memory what you learned from reading.

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