As we occupy our time with more activities, we need to be more efficient with the resources we have (mainly time). Since learning everything requires to read, here are 3 useful techniques with which you will increase both your reading speed and comprehension.
Read in 45-50 minutes intervals
Even though it is difficult to give this advice as if it were a recipe, the reason why it works (and it has worked for me too) is that we listen to the “Pomodoro Technique” without even thinking if it fits with the activity we are doing.
And since we lose focus every 25 mins using this technique, we need to enter in a “focus phase” when reading, and we also need rest, a 45-50 minutes interval accompanied with some rest seems to be the best option.
Use a pointer to guide your vision
As humans, we tend to be attracted to movement. That’s why sports seem too fascinating to us, something that books in their essence don’t have. Nevertheless, there is a way of making you feel attracted to movement while reading: to generate it yourself. In this way, you will enjoy more your reading session, and also, as several studies has confirmed (e.g. View Kirsh & Joy’s paper) it improves comprehension while letting you focus to read faster.
Think of your eyes as if they were a scanner
If I ask you: when you listen to someone, do you understand word by word or whole phrases? It is feasible you go for the latest option. Then, the question that arises is: why aren’t you trying to understand what someone says (in ink) the same way? Reading is about receiving the message from someone, which means it is a social interaction.
The unique way of doing so, is to avoid reading word by word, and rather choosing to expand your perspective (by using peripheral vision), and dividing each line in 2 or 3 parts, that will be your main focus points around which your peripheral vision will also work.