We live in an age of information. There simply is not enough time in the day to read every word in every piece of media presented to us. The good news is that we don’t need to read every single word on a page to understand its content. In fact, by focusing on key words, you can comprehend and store the information just as efficiently as you would if you read the text word for word, thus speeding up your reading. So, you could say that speed reading is a speed memorization technique.


The average reading speed is a little more than 200 words per minute for the average student with varying rates of comprehension. However, this speed can be increased in excess of 1,000 words per minute with practice – by following these inextricably linked keys of speed reading.

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Use a pointer. Although it may seem unnatural to begin with, using some form of pointer, such as a pen or your finger, helps the eye glide smoothly along the line. This allows you to develop a continuous rhythm, without distraction. Read a whole passage, or a short article, without breaking off, reading each sentence only once and taking in only the essentials.

If you give your full attention, you will not need to back-track: minor words need not detain you. Keep up a smooth, steady pace, and try increasing the speed with which you move the pointer.

Speed Reading Exercise

This exercise lets you experiment with the technique of speed reading. First you need to calculate your existing reading speed, then monitor yourself as you work at improving it.

1. Take any piece of continuous prose in a book, magazine or newspaper and read, in your usual way, as much text as would fill one page in this book – about 250 words. Use a stopwatch to time yourself; or ask a friend to keep time for you in seconds and indicate to them as soon as you reach the end of your passage. Then calculate your reading speed using this formula.

Total words read ÷ Time taken in seconds) x 60 = Words per minute

2. Check your level of comprehension by jotting down in your notebook the main points you have absorbed from your reading, including all facts and examples. Or get your friend to ask you comprehension questions. Satisfy yourself that you have absorbed the essentials of the passage.

3. Take another passage of similar length and similar density of content. This time, apply the speed reading principles described opposite.

4. Calculate your new reading speed using the formula above. Check your comprehension as before. Compare your second result with your first.

5. Experiment with different speeds of reading on different passages until you find a workable balance of speed and comprehension.

In the end all i want to say is this that speed reading is an important skill and can help you improve your career and academic life so you should dedicate some time to learning and practicing speed reading everyday. Good Luck!