The key to learning how to read faster is simple:
This means stop pronouncing words in the back of your throat as you read them. To accomplish this requires a bit of work, but it results in a dramatic increase in reading speed. Plus it has the added benefit of being engaged with the text, as your content intake will be able to keep up with the speed at which your brain processes information.
I had been very fortunate to have a quick speeding read growing up, but I still trained myself to boost my reading speed* and now read an average of 650-800 words per minute. This sounds great, considering the amount of content available today, but it has its drawbacks.
Being able to comfortably read at a fast speed works wonders for devouring fiction books as it allows you to stay immersed in the text.
Where it becomes a problem is non-fiction books.
When you’re reading non-fiction, the author is asking you to think through and process the information being shared. When you power through texts at a quick speed, there’s only time to comprehend what is read, but not enough time is spent thinking it through.
Works of non-fiction need to sink-in, work with the ideas already in your head, and build neuropathways that make sense to your brain. That’s how knowledge gets built and how your brain stays sharp.
There’s a time to speed and a time to slow down. Know the difference between the two.
*I share no affiliate with the company, but offer it as a potential solution to those wanting to learn how to speed read. It’s the program I personally used.