ANOTHER EXERCISE TO GET YOU READING FASTER
Now let's do another exercise which trains your eyes to see more
words at a time and also trains you to process the information quicker.
In this exercise, you practice reading bits of information in a
split second in order to push yourself to think quicker. Take a
blank piece of paper, and place it over all of the words in the
column below. Now lower the paper enough so that you can see the
first word, BBA. Quickly raise the paper again so that the word
is only seen for a split second. Lower and raise the paper as quick
as you can. Try and recite the letters you just saw. Then move on
to the next work, WJK, and do the same. This exercises pushes your
mind to process and retain information in an instant.
You remembered the words at the end of the exercise because you
didn't read them as a series of unrelated letters. You took in the
whole combination of letters instantly to produce something meaningful
-- a word you knew. When we read faster, we do the same with whole
groups of words. Instead of reading word by word, you take in groups
of words to create phrases or larger groups of meaning. You have
already started to do this with certain words. Try the same exercise
with the following words:
You didn't see the above words as a series of unrelated letters,
and you didn't see them as a series of unrelated words. You saw
the whole phrase and took it in all at once. You read hot dog as
one object - a hot dog, not as two separate words meaning two separate
When you read, read in groups of words, two, three, or four at
a time. Take a minute now and lower and raise the paper. See if
you can get these phrases:
how much raining cats and dogs Oh, what a relief it is
lunch time singing in the rain many stars in the sky
summer time read in phrases Ants are small insects
water balloon can you believe it? colors in the rainbow
feeling good Been a long day faster than a speeding jet
light eater down by the river-side who stole the cookie?
You can practice this exercise on newspapers. Newspapers are great
because they have narrow columns of words. Reading down the column
helps you read more than one word at once.
Now you have an understanding of how you read. You make a series
of stops along each line. At each stop, you processes that information.
To quicken your speed, you increase the number of words you take
in per stop, and decrease the time you spend at each stop. Now what
I'd like to do is have you try something different. You're going
to push yourself to read faster. You'll get better at reading the
same way you get better at sports.