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7 Keys to Reading Faster. Photo by Nathiya Prathnadi Want to read faster? In this article, I’m going to share the lessons I learned that doubled my reading rate, allowed me to consume over 70 books in a year and made me a smarter reader. I’m also going to destroy some speed-reading myths, to show you it isn’t magic but a skill anyone can learn. How I Started Speed Reading My first introduction to the concept of speed reading was from a book, Breakthrough Rapid Reading.

More than just words per minute, speed reading helped instill a new passion for reading. Here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned from several years of speed reading: 1. Your eyes don’t actually stay fixed in one spot. Normally, when your eye twitches away, it must relocate in its previous position. The easiest pointer is just the tip of your finger. Note for Advanced Speed-Readers: You can further increase your speed-reading rates by keeping your pointer 1-2cm away from the margins of the text. 2. To me, these arguments miss the point. 3. 4. 5. 6. Interrogating Texts: 6 Reading Habits to Develop in Your First Year at Harvard - Research Guides. Critical reading—active engagement and interaction with texts—is essential to your academic success at Harvard, and to your intellectual growth. Research has shown that students who read deliberately retain more information and retain it longer.

Your college reading assignments will probably be more substantial and more sophisticated than those you are used to from high school. The amount of reading will almost certainly be greater. College students rarely have the luxury of successive re-readings of material, either, given the pace of life in and out of the classroom. While the strategies below are (for the sake of clarity) listed sequentially, you can probably do most of them simultaneously. They may feel awkward at first, and you may have to deploy them very consciously, especially if you are not used to doing anything more than moving your eyes across the page. 1. What does the presence of headnotes, an abstract, or other prefatory material tell you? 2. 3. What is fact? 4. 5. 6. Free online speed reading software |