Speed reading is not magic

The first steps in speed reading

Your starting position is important. You should sit up straight, hold the book down with your left hand, and use your right hand to do the pacing.

You should already be a good reader before you attempt to speed read. Speed reading will not help you if you have problems in comprehension and vocabulary. In fact, it may hurt you to try to rush through stuff that you can't comprehend. You should have the basics down already first.

Before you start speed reading, you should do a survey of the information first to get a general idea of what you will be covering and of the type of writing.


Speed reading tips

Read to the end! Do not get discouraged and stop reading. Ideas can become clearer the more you read. When you finish reading, review to see what you have learned, and reread those ideas that are not clear. When you begin to read:

  • Look for answers to the questions you first raised;

  • Answer questions at the beginning or end of chapters or study guides

  • Note all the underlined, italicized, bold printed words or phrases

  • Read only a section at a time and recite after each section

  • Reread captions under pictures, graphs, etc.

  • Reduce your speed for difficult passages

  • Stop and reread parts which are not clear

  • Study graphic aids

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