Read Super Fast

Author background:

My expectation:

> This book reads like cliff notes of books with actual research behind them (like Break Through Rapid Reading). It doesn’t have any exercises of its own, although it points you to some websites. You might as well Google speed reading yourself.


Whether meet my expectation:

Title: Read Super Fast
Authors: AK Jennings, Lucas Morea
Edition: 1
Finished Date: 2017-04-20
Rating: 5
Language: English
Genres: Speed Reading
Level: Entry
Publishers: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication Date: 2013-05-02
Format: No
Pages: 40
Download: No

habits to break

  • vocalizing



    1. reading faster than you normally would

      feedback: the voice in the head fails to keep up and fades away

    2. count 1,2,3,4 rhythmically

    3. “hum” as you read (even out loud)

  • backtracking

    • use hand as a guide

      maintain a consistent and brisk speed

  • read every single word

    peripheral vision


    Method 1

    1. focus on a central strip of vertical text down the middle of a page
    2. keep eyes directed on this column
    3. try to indirectly take in the words to each side of area as well

      tip: hold the page farther away from eyes

      Method 2

    4. divide up a page into 3 equal vertical columns

    5. try to see all of the words in a sentence within that ‘third’ of the page
    6. practice until you become accustomed to “expanded” gaze

advanced techniques

  • indenting

    skip the first and last 2-3 words in every line

    1. use a finger/pen
    2. start a few towards in from the left margin and stop a few words before reaching the end of a sentence
  • z method

    1. read a single line normally
    2. once you reach the end of the sentence, you sweep eyes from right to left across the next line in a diagonal motion
    3. land on the beginning of the 3rd sentence
    4. repeat all the way down a page

  • s

    if the Z method works well, try rounding those sharp corners into a smoother curve: S

key takeaway

Speed reading strategies all center around one unifying theme: creating a smoother ‘flow’ as you read, and shifting the focus from single words to larger blocks – phrases, sentences, paragraphs.

practice makes permanent

  • time yourself

    use a stopwatch
    many reading speed testing tools online

measure improvement

calculate reading speed

  1. use a stopwatch

    time how long it take you to read a selected passage of material

  2. calculate the average number of words per line by counting the number of words in the first three lines of the text and dividing by three

  3. count the number of lines

  4. multiply by the average number of words per line
  5. get the total word count
  6. divide this by the time in minutes

reading with purpose


  • table of contents
  • index
  • introduction/preface
  • conclusion
  • any graphs, tables or images
  • section or chapter headings
  • bullet points, study question or tests at the end of chapters

before reading on a chapter

  • look over the pages quickly for

    • bold or italic print
    • lists or numbered items
    • repeated words
    • other indicators of important information

    • scan the opening and closing sentences

  • journal articles

    • the abstract, introduction and conclusion will be the most useful as a starting point for readers looking to maximize their time


try to answer a few questions in your mind

  • who… are the key people involved?
  • what…are the main arguments?
  • why…do they believe these to be true?
  • How…do these concepts work?

The best speed readers are constantly asking questions and generating hypothese as they go 问题是: 我提出的问题都是超出这本书的范围的

  • like a debate with author
  • make prediction about upcoming information predictions about upcoming information in following sections

    then skim for confirmation of your ideas

    => enhance the understanding

  • try to draw connections between the various concepts outlined in a text and relating this new information to what you already know

many factors affect how quickly you can finish a given text

  1. familiarity with the subject
  2. clarity of purpose
  3. the level of jargon

different pace

  • speed up over easier and straightforward material
  • slow down for denser information

read it 3 times

  • phase 1: the pre-reading stage

    • outline the book
    • identify the writer’s purpose and conclusions

      You might make a note of key passages that warrant a closer look when you return for a more in-depth reading.

      take note step 1
  • phrase 2: read to understand (set aside more time)

    goal: gain a deeper overview of the whole picture

  • phase 3: commit the most crucial points to memory

    take more time than Phase 1 but less time than Phase 2

    take note step 2

    outline the main arguments and evidence

tip: take break

after break: ask what you recall from you left off

memorization and study tips

reciting after reading process

the key elements of reading are

  • speed
  • comprehension
  • recall

summarize the content frequently as you read and monitoring comprehension

after finishing a chapter or section, run over the key points in heads

note taking

Method cornel


  1. once complete a text
  2. reread outline
  3. recite it from memory
  4. quick yourself on the key points

memorization tricks

  • acronyms

    use the first letter in each word from a group of words to form a new word

    suitable for: a list/phrase/a string of words in a specific order

  • acrostics
    use the first letters of words to create sentences


    My very energetic mother just served us nine pizzas

    (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune).

  • chunking

    Our short-term memory is limited, and one way to get around this is to memorize fewer, but larger, items.



    break it up into chunks, e.g. 535 932 4909.

    instead of remembering 10 individual digits, you need only remember three separate groups of numbers.

  • make up rhymes and songs

  • visualize mental images

  • flash cards

  • mind maps

  • mental journeys: loci method

    great for kinesthetic learners

make a plan

  • commit to practice

    at least 30 minutes

  • 4 weeks

  • make notes after each reading

  • test reading speed regularly

10 Days to Faster Reading (Abby Marks-Beale)
Speed Reading in a week (Tina Konstant)
Speed Reading: Accelerate Your Speed And Understanding For Success (Tony Buzan)
Speed Reading For Professionals (H Bernard Wechsler)
The Learning Revolution(Gordon Dryden and Dr Jeannette Vos)