Note: Denise and I recommend only products that we have tried and tested. These include the popular speed-reading software 7-Speed Reading.* This article was written by a freelance writer commissioned by eReflect software, the maker of 7-Speed Reading.
First, you need to start quite small and reflect on your reading capabilities at the present time. How quickly can you read 500 words? How many times would you have to read it before you could tell someone who has yet to read the passage what it concerns, in a little detail?
It is important to recognize your limitations in this area because you have absolutely no way of improving your speed reading skills otherwise. In addition, by answering both of those questions, you not only concentrate on the physical act of reading but also on the mental act of understanding; both have to be employed if you are to speed read and comprehend more.
When you are aware of your current capabilities, you need to practice your speed reading skills and recognize that you cannot increase your reading speed in this area overnight. It is all about developing speed reading skills over a period of weeks. As with any other learning process, you need to be able to run before you can walk; so, identify a new article that you have yet to read and skim through it as you normally would. The first time you do so, you should time yourself to see how long it takes before explaining what the article talks about.
When you have done that, use an article of a similar length and skim it a little bit quicker, trying to only read and commit the important words to memory. You may not be able to do this at first, but a little practice will soon help you to pick up the mental process that is vital for speed reading and comprehending more.
Of course, the exercise outlined here should only be the start of your speed reading skills improvement. There are numerous other exercises and techniques that you can use, especially if the one above does not suit you. It will not suit everyone but need not provide a road block.
Instead, you should look at investing in software that can improve your speed reading skills and encourage the retention of information. 7-Speed Reading, for example, is a comprehensive package that incorporates 7 strategies; there is bound to be a strategy to suit you. Investigate the possibilities speed reading software offers and you will hopefully find that learning how to speed read and comprehend more is worth the initial investment.
*Denise and I have agreed to receive a commission from some sales of 7-Speed Reading software because we are happy to endorse this speed reading software.