Speed Reading in Just 90 Minutes - Easily Increase Your Reading Speed And Make Studying Faster


Title: Speed Reading in Just 90 Minutes - Easily Increase Your Reading Speed And Make Studying Faster
Authors: Kenny J. Wu
Edition: 1
Finished Date: 2017-05-03
Rating: 3
Language: English
Genres: Speed Reading
Level: Entry
Publishers: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2013-06-27
ISBN: 978-1490543659
Format: No
Pages: 80
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How speed-reading works?

  1. increase the width of eye movements

    focus on the meaningful groups of words rather than the size of a word clump

  2. change the way you comprehend

    understand the gist of any sentence without following the grammatical sequence

  3. practice again and again

    这和practice相关, 和how speed-reading works问题无关
  4. make small and continuous improvements

    It is not that you have attained your desired word count per minute so you can stop the training program.

    You should practice regularly and try to make small improvements in reading speed, in you want to maintain the level of speed-reading ability for a longer period

understanding what reading actually is and changing that for speed-reading

  • What is reading 确切地说, 什么是从眼部看世界, 不只是reading

    7 processes that combine together to form our daily reading habits

    1. recognition


    2. assimilation

      eyes -> brain

    3. inner-integration

      integrate 2 parts of information and get the gist of the subject

    4. outer-integration

      analyze all the previously accumulated information and make appropriate connections between it

    5. retention
    6. recall
    7. communication

the 80/20 rule in speed-reading

3 main types of reading to apply 80/20 rule

  1. reading for pleasure
  2. reading for study
  3. reading for speed

train your eyes to cope with speed-reading

what is the difference in the movement of eyeballs between a speed-reader and a normal person

saccades: make short and rapid movements of eyeballs through the line of a text mixed with fixation: stops

most expert readers: move eyes on an average of every second during reading


  • normal reader: 250-500 milliseconds
  • speed-reader: 100 milliseconds

the distance in each saccade

  • normal reader: 1-10 characters
  • speed-reader: up to 20 characters


  • speed-reader: an average of only 15%

the main difference between normal reader and speed-reader

  • normal reader

    • fix a long duration over any word or group of word

    • short saccades

    • much more regressions

read more than one word or phrase at a time, not one word

use newspaper’s articles to practice daily

eye to hand reading

  • try to keep eyes and finger on the same word as you are reading the article
  • once you have made perfect coordination between eyes and finger, increase the speed, i.e., start moving finger faster from one word to another
  • increase the speed to the limit that you maintain the best coordination between them

stop re-reading

cover up the previous read text

sweep with fingers

sweep finger down to the text you are reading

zigzag motion

key word reading

pick out the important words from a sentence

Train you to leave the words like a, an, the, and, but, if , etc.

get rid of bad reading habits

  1. sub-vocalization

    2 methods

    • read group of words at a time
    • conceptualize the words as an object
  2. polysyllabic fixation

    collect newspaper articles which have a good amount of syllables


  3. habitual regression

  4. one word reading
  5. similar speed-reading

    vary speed

    • easy stuff: faster
    • tough stuff: slower

      while practicing, adjust the speed of reading based on difficulty level of the material

  6. movement of lips

    put a finger on the lips

Speed-reading involves a balance between eye movement and speed of comprehension

some simple techniques to get started

  1. record your current speed
  2. remove all distractions

    silent environment with 0 distractions

  3. adjust reading speed based on the matter

  4. perform a quick pre-reading
  5. refrain from re-reading
  6. don’t sub-vocalization
  7. use your hand

find the important information

  1. keywords

    usually keywords are the nouns and verbs used in a sentence

    For example: The Government announced a major change in the Visa Policy for the East.

    Government - change - Visa Policy-East’

  1. topic sentence
  2. printed matter arrangement
  3. hand movement — zigzag
  4. using a rule

more advanced speed-reading techniques

  1. raise the comfort level
  2. perform imaginative reading
  3. visual block reading

    level of this depends on imaginative reading

    1. take a newspaper
    2. block all the other lines except the one you intend to read
    3. read the words in the middle of the sentence ( in a group of 3-4 words)
    4. proceed to the second line and block the previous lines
    5. until you are able to comprehend the sentences correctly
  4. learn to slow down

    3 types of speed used while reading

    1. rapid reading
    2. slow reading
    3. normal reading

最终能达到: an eye rest after 4-5 lines instead of stopping after every couple of words

2 main rules of practicing speed-reading: work in sessions and stick to timing

practice for months

  1. use a timer

    • break should not be more than 4-5 minutes
    • within break, try to cool down mind, e.g., listening to favorite music


    • speed-read 5 pages in next session

  2. daily sessions of speed-reading
  1. speed-reading in your daily activity

    no need to devote special session for daily practice

    try to perform speed-reading each time you read

use your subconscious mind

train to read by eyes and mind only

then become a high level mind habit

some exercises

eye-mind coordination practice daily before speed-reading practice

  1. take a plain paper
  2. draw different shapes on the 4 corners of the paper

    • triangle-top right
    • square-top left
    • circle-bottom right
    • rectangle-bottom left
    1. move eyes through different shapes in the order: triangle - square - circle - rectangle
    2. try and recall the name of each shape in the mind

      coordinate the eye to mind relation while reading

    3. do this about 15-20 times

      the whole process of seeing and recalling should be finished in just one seconds

    4. change the order of the eye movement: triangle - circle - square -rectangle

      if feel any pain or tiredness in the eyes, pause for a few seconds and resume the exercise

enlarge vision

  1. focus at the * in between
  2. read the words next to the * out loud (wi)
  3. practice enough by doing similar exercises
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