My average reading speed is 250 words per minute. This speed is extremely slow and laughable among book reading pioneers. To improve my reading speed, I started reading this book called Speed reading with the right brain by David Butler. The book is well written and I tried the technique mentioned in the book. It seemed to work quite well given I read it last night and I am trying to read everything with my right brain now.
Meaning – I am trying to read fast and visualize the words rather than sub-vocalizing them. Ever since we were kids we have been sub vocalizing everything we read. Sub vocalizing is reading the words in our head. This process is highly inefficient as one first has to read the words and then try and comprehend the meaning.
Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to read everything in the head to understand its meaning. Glancing the word works just as well. The problem is, we are not used to this way of reading and this might take some time to get used to.
I plan on using this technique to increase my average reading speed to about 500 words per minute. It is an ambitious goal, but hey so is reading 180 books a year.
See you on the other side. 😉