4 tips – Catch up with speed readers

February 8, 2007  |  Reading

Have you ever noticed how some people flip through pages that may take you (and me) hours to read in order to fully comprehend? What are these people doing that we might be missing? Not that much actually and it’s not really that difficult to accomplish. Here’s 4 important factors to help you read faster and catch up with these speed offenders.

1. Knowledge is #1

This goes for all situations, you need to have knowledge about something before you can take action. Did you know, for instance, that an average student may spend around 2400 hours studying (if we consider this person studies 20h/week in a period of 3 years). Do you know that this means?

It means that if you can manage to improve your speed by merely 25% you save as much as 600 hours, that’s equivalent to 15 weeks! WOW, that is a lot of time you’ve manage to save and it is not really that difficult to raise your speed by anywhere from 25% to 50%. How can you do this?

Continue reading to find out how.

2. Measurement – Where do you stand?

Before you can change your speed you have to measure your speed. This can be done by buying really expensive software or by just trying out my free speed reading test. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve it feel free to contact me by e-mail.

3. Methodology – How it’s should be done

Okay, now I know why I should indulge in speed reading and how fast I read so what now? I would suggest the first move you should take is to start using a pen or a similar object to follow each sentence. This will enable you to easier focus on the sentences and gradually read faster.

When you think you have mastered this you might want to try to follow only half of every sentence with the pen (and catch the rest with your sight). In the example below you would only follow the bolded text with your pen.

— “Okay, now I know why I should indulge in speed reading and how fast I read so what now? I would suggest the first move you should take is to start using a pen or a similar object to follow each sentence. This will enable you to easier focus on the sentences and gradually read faster.“ —

By constantly doing such exercises you tend to read faster. Remember that you should try to do this when ever you can, whether you reading your morning paper or your morning blog post here at the Study Habits Blog. The key to speed reading success is the willingness to strive and try.

4. Resources – Keep your self on track

Finally, you will always need fresh new resources on this subject. That is why we here at study habits.com are determined to help you out on this matter and others. So what are you waiting for, go out and break that speed limit!

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About the author

ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


10 Comments


  1. Thanks for the tips to improve speed reading

  2. No problems, I was thinking about writing a series on how to read faster. You could always subscribe to this blog for further updates! Take care Sunny

  3. http://www.spreeder.com/
    This is a speeding reading site though it just forces you to reed quickly might be useful.

  4. Thank you for the link, very beneficial indeed. I was thinking about improving this tool, do you guys have any suggestions?

  5. I will also try your suggestions since it takes me a couple of hours to read

  6. Thanks for the tips to help me improve my reading.I will spend more time reading.

  7. the tips are very helpfull,and i intend to read over 1000 words per minute,this would be extremely helpfull to me

  8. Don’t give up on that, just remember that it’s more important to understand what you read than to be able to read fast.

  9. Do these tricks really work? I don’t feel like reading right now due to a headache. Thanks!

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