Speed Read Painlessly
Speed reading is great. A few years ago, I bought Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump. It’s a well-written guide outlining step-by-step exercises to improve your reading speed. I practiced the exercises prescribed in the book and quickly doubled my reading speed. However, the techniques are not particularly well suited for reading on a computer screen.
For example, one of the common constraints to reading speed Kump tries to fix is the problem with eye fixation. Many people look and fixate on a word at a time when they read. On average, people can fixate once about ¼ of a second. For many people, fixating on each word as they read creates an upper limit on their reading potential. Kump’s solution is to have you read by following the movement of a pencil under the words.
By fixating on the pencil and reading as you sweep the pencil across, you can eliminate that upper
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