Note: Denise and I recommend only products that we have tried and tested. These include the popular speed-reading software 7 Speed Reading.*
The most powerful way to improve your reading speed is to increase your vocabulary. The more words you know, the less time you spend reading or comprehending a word or sentence. To increase your vocabulary, try good vocabulary-building software such as Ultimate Vocabulary. Or find other ways of learning at least one word a day.
The next important tip is to reduce "inner speech" or "inner audition". These habits are sometimes called sub-vocalization. Sub-vocalization is when you "say" the words to yourself as you read them, or at least hear the words in your mind. Sub-vocalization drastically reduces your reading speed. To get out of the habit, you can try:
- putting a pencil between your teeth to stop your lips moving
- counting to yourself as you read
- humming or singing to yourself as you read
- if you must say or hear the words, just say or hear the first syllable of the word
Eventually, you will hopefully break the habit of sub-vocalizing and learn to read without inner speech and inner audition.
Another good tip is to read words in chunks rather than as individual words. For example, rather than reading a sentence like this:
- "This / is / a / good / tip / for / increasing / your / reading / speed",
force yourself to read the sentence in phrases, like this:
- "This is a / good tip for / increasing your / reading speed".
Or, with practice, like this:
- "This is a good tip / for increasing your / reading speed."
You can learn a lot more about speed reading and do speed reading tests and daily exercises to improve your reading speed with good speed-reading software, such as the popular 7 Speed Reading software, which we have tried and can recommend.
*Denise and I have agreed to receive a commission from some sales of 7 Speed Reading software because we are happy to endorse that software.