On Monday I wrote about increasing the reading speed and linked to the free speed reading software, that trains you how to read in phrases at readspeeder.com.
The idea to reading in phrases is instead of reading single words you’re reading groups of words, much like you read groups of letters and not the individual letters themselves.
Reading in phrases allows you to read more visually, actually visualizing what your eyes are showing you.
This is not just the words themselves, but what you see in your mind’s eye.
Readspeeder.com says to increase your concentration you need to think about what you’re reading and visualize each phrase.
For example, the first part of the first sentence of chapter 11 of Alice In Wonderland is “The King and Queen of Hearts were seated on their throne when they arrived,”
In phrases this sentence looks like “The King — and Queen — of Hearts — were seated — on their throne — when they arrived”.
I’ve already had nearly 30 000 words of practice already and it’s almost natural for me to see the phrases now, but I remember taking note when I first started practicing that it seemed to feel more natural than reading word to word.
I also had a good chuckle when my inner voice turned into Christopher Walken for a chapter.
It’s kind of incredible how easily this concept can be picked up and how much power it has. I’m surprised that this isn’t taught in grade school as a basic skill already.
I’m finding that visualizing each phrase is becoming easier with more practice and that my speed is gradually going up already; and that’s only since Sunday!
What’s really awesome is that in order to read a book a week as I mentioned in Monday’s post, is that I don’t even have to read over 300 words per minute to accomplish that and I’m nearly there already.
I can take my time and enjoy the process of learning how to do this and still accomplish the book a week goal until my reading (or thinking) speed increases at a natural pace.
I know that this is going to take awhile to be normal, but when I read an actual book or on my kindle, I find myself already ‘seeing’ the phrases instead of the individual words by themselves.
Now that’s cool!
Thanks for reading (or listening) and have a great day!
P.S. If you’re ready to dive deep into increasing your reading speed, pick up a copy of the book “Speed Reading with the Right Brain: Learn to Read Ideas Instead of Just Words” by David Butler.*