1. Don’t subvocalize. When most people read, they say the words aloud in their head. This is called subvocalization. This is the reason we read so slow. To avoid subvocalization, the words need to bypass that middle step. The website spreeder.com can help eliminate this tendency by flashing you words faster than you can subvocalize them.
2. Use a tracker. Your eyes tend to jerk back and forth as you read a line of text (whether you realize it or not). Every time your eyes jerk, you risk the chance of losing your place as you are reading, causing the need to re-read text. This is where the tracker comes in. Underline the text you are reading with your finger as you are reading. Move your tracker at a rapid, yet steady pace, and your jerking eyes will not lose their place in the text.
3. Read words in chunks. Instead of taking the words one-by-one, read them in chunks. The website www.eyercize.com allows you to highlight a set number of words at a time as you read text.
4. Practice. Don’t worry about comprehension. Practice with the above techniques. Use both spreeder.com and eyercize.com, and as you practice, challenge yourself by increasing the words per minute.