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