Speed Reading

Speed Reading



  • Author: Justin Hammond
  • Full Title: Speed Reading
  • Category: #books


  • it is a skill to be learned – not an ability you’re born with. (Location 41)
  • APPLY what you discover here to your own reading; (Location 78)
  • PRACTICE these reading techniques. (Location 78)
  • your mind sees the written letters, thinks about the sounds those letters represent, and then connects these sounds to the meanings. This process is called subvocalization. (Location 190)
  • This process of subvocalization can actually slow down your reading speed, because you’re trying to pronounce each word in your mind. (Location 194)
  • Reading silently is easily five to ten times faster than reading out loud. (Location 237)
  • The aim is to decrease subvocalization. Since words are directly related to meaning, controlling what you “hear” in your mind means that you can decrease the amount of time it takes to construct meaning. (Location 258)
  • regression negatively affects your reading speed because your eyes are not moving forward all the time. (Location 267)
  • Remember that sentences, not individual words, have meaning. When your eyes stop, pause or wander, it means that you’re probably trying to derive more meaning out of an individual word rather than out of the sentence’s complete meaning. (Location 283)
  • techniques #3 “Read Phrases Instead of Words” (stopping subvocalization and reading blocks of words) (Location 341)
  • #5 “Meta-Guiding.” Be sure to give these techniques special attention, as they will be responsible for 80% of your reading improvement. (Location 342)
  • You don’t need to think about sounds of words! (Location 367)
  • You don’t need to read every word! (Location 368)
  • The key is to practice reading at a pace where you simply cannot pronounce words or think about their sounds. (Location 382)