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By Aparna Shankarraman
The competitive world requires every individual to keep abreast of the fast
changing technology, as well as the latest developments in every sphere.
How can you do this? Simple, you can steer ahead of the competition by reading
every bit of information that comes your way.
Reading is one of the main techniques of absorbing information, and a good
reader can work wonders with the minimum time at his disposal.
Reading at a fast pace can help you read the morning newspaper, browse the
countless mails from customers and colleagues, books, periodicals, reports
and even your favorite magazine/ novel within a short span. When you look
closely, reading is actually a work-related skill that you need most often
in your life.
Most people acknowledge that though they approach a book with an intent to
complete reading it within few minutes, they literally take hours to finish
it. Why is this so?
First, you will have to understand the main reason that impedes your reading
speed. There can be several factors that can stop you from reading and
comprehending information at a same time. Reading word by word, sub-vocalization,
poor concentration, regression are some bad reading habits that bring down
your speed of reading. This article focusses on a simple trick that will
give you more time to read.
You will amazed to find that you can master the art of fast reading within
a matter of a fifteen minutes. This trick is a set of three steps and you
need to master each step before proceeding to the next one.
· Use Index Finger as a Pointer
The first and foremost step to speed reading is to you use your hand as a
pointer on the words while reading. Move your index finger below the words
that you intend to read, and increase the speed of finger movement in a phased
manner. Keeping your finger below the word can help you improve your speed
and also help you overcome the habit of backtracking.
Backtracking slows many readers as this habit makes people come back to read
the first word after completing four to five words. To help you stop
backtracking, you should use your index finger as a race car. Move your finger
under the text at a speed faster than you generally read. Remember to look
only at word above your finger, and you will find yourself coming out of
the habit of backtracking.
· Use the Z Eye Pattern
The next step is to control the motion of your eyeballs. Focus your eyes
only on those words, which you are reading at the moment. Use the 'Z' concept
while trying to read the page.
This Z concept works on the principle that your eyes move from left to right
to complete a line, then sweep diagonally to the next line on the left hand
side, and complete reading it without any unnecessary intermissions. Repeat
the z pattern down the page. Try completing as much z patterns as you can
and surpass your own result on the next page.
Now combine both the techniques of finger-pointing and eye movement. Glide
your hands from left to the right side with such speed that your eyes will
automatically follow the Z concept. The index finger acts like a guide or
an indicator for the eyes, and help you to concentrate fully on the reading
content. You can increase the speed by improving the pace of the finger motion.
· Use Peripheral Vision Technique
Once you have mastered the speed of reading one line per second, then you
start using our peripheral vision to read even faster. The human brain can
work at a lightning speed, and is actually capable of comprehending several
words simultaneously. The key to improve your speed of reading is to read
two or three words at a time, instead of just one word. In order to read
multiple words at a time, you need to develop your peripheral vision. You
should try to capture more words within your vision than just concentrating
on a single word.
You can two fingers, instead of mere index finger to point to multiple words,
and capture them in your vision. Seems tough, not at all. It just requires
some practice. You can get into the habit of reading chunks of text by practicing
to read a newspaper. Newspaper columns are normally around 1.85 inches in
measurement. You can easily fit around four to five words in your vision,
thereby providing you the perfect medium to master reading many words at
a time. Use your two fingers as pointers, read in a z pattern, and use your
peripheral vision to capture multiple words at a time within your vision
range. In fact, your brain can comprehend more words with this simple method
than by reading a single word at a time.
Reading at a fast pace definitely requires a lot of practice, but a fifteen
minute practice can definitely improve your overall reading speed. You can
soon find yourself reading through a local news about a dance event, within
a matter of seconds. Many people have gained considerable improvements by
following this simple tactic. You will not only be able to read at a faster
pace, but also complete your daily work more quickly and maintain a healthy
However, ensure that your speed of moving hands does not interfere with your
comprehension ability. If your mind fails to understand what you are reading,
then you should try to reduce your speed. Similarly, if the words appear
blurred while moving the fingers at a fast pace, then it is an indication
that you are reading a little too fast. Reading one line is a second is
considered a pretty good speed for a beginner.
This trick is of utmost significance, and can definitely give you more time
to read during the day. A person who has mastered the art of speed reading
never complains about the lack of time to read his favorite book, magazine,
developments or newspaper.
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