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Best Ways to Increase Your Reading Speed

Best Ways to Increase Your Reading Speed

Sarim Hamid

The second part in a skill self-improvement series. Discover new ways and tips to try out to improve productivity, reading skills and save time.

1. Read Books!

Read more books!

The most obvious of the bunch is to read more. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and the only way to perfect your reading speed is to read tons of books. Read challenging books that use vocabulary that is not commonly used, read books on various topics. The more experience you gain reading, the faster and more accurate you get.

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2. Kill the Distractions

Kill the Distractions

Getting distracted or mentally wandering away for even a second can kill the flow you have been maintaining and in turn affecting your speed. When reading, try to find yourself in a quiet place, where it would be hard for you to get distracted easily. The more focus and attention you are able to give to the text you are reading, the better your speed gets over time.

3. Manage your Inner Voice

Manage your Inner Voice

A lot of people would argue whether using your inner voice to read should be eliminated as a whole as it hinders reading speed. A lot of people depend on that inner monologue to comprehend what they are reading. So, I would suggest that one should learn to read faster internally, the faster you are able to read in your head, the faster your able to read in general. Even the best read internally to some degree, they just do it much faster than others.[1]

4. Track your Reading Speeds

Track your Reading Speeds

Time yourself each time you read, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin reading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish reading.

Alternatively, you could use online websites to test your reading speed – there are tons to try out to see which one you find best.

5. Set Goals

Set goals

Now that you have started timing yourself and recording the progress you have been making, it’s time to start setting targets to reach each week or month. Go from 250 to 300 to 350 WPM and so on until you are satisfied with your reading speed.

If you follow these tips, you are surely going to increase your reading speeds over a good amount of time. Be sure to comment on any other tips you may have for increasing reading speed.[2]

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Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

Time yourself each time you rad, and count the number of words in the text or multiply the number of words in one sentence by the number of lines in the entire text – alternatively you could do a word count if it is a digital copy. Once you have done that, start timing yourself when you begin ading and calculate your WPM (Words per minute) afterwards. To calculate WPM, divide the number of words by the number of minutes it took for you to finish rading.read

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