So I started to read Breathrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump last night. This is an older speed reading book but I think it’ll still be applicable. I should mention right away that my goal here isn’t to be able to speed read but to read faster. I would like to get to around 1 page per minute for difficult to read books with the same retention and understanding that I currently have. At this moment I read about 1 page every 2 minutes. I basically take twice as long to a read a book as others. I spend a lot of time reading every week, at least 20 hours. I just want to be able to read more books that I love without hindering my enjoyment.
My initial WPM speed is 240. This is extremely average, around low level college rate.
I did the first exercises of using my finger to read and my wpm jumped to 288 and then 300 wpm. That’s a pretty good increase and 300 wpm is the bottom line speed I’d like to be able to read. The only issue is that I have to get used to reading with my finger. Reading a mass market paperback and using your finger is a bit odd and reading while laying down and using your finger is awkward too. I’ll figure it out though. I do know that I’ll have to always break my spines in books in order to use my finger which I’m alright with since I started breaking recently.
So this is my starting out experience so far. We’ll see how this improves my reading and also if I enjoy doing it. It is so difficult to break bad reading habits. We’ll see what happens over this process.