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6 Speed Reading Tips for Students

Secret 4: Reading in Chunks

Secret 4: Reading in Chunks

The human eye has a spot called fovea, where vision is clearest. So you can see the center of a chunk most clearly, but you can still distinguish the surrounding words.


Reading a sentence in three or four chunks instead of word per word, will increase your reading speed.

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6 Speed Reading Tips for Students

6 Speed Reading Tips for Students

https://www.thoughtco.com/speed-reading-secrets-for-adult-students-31627

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Secret 1: Viewing Angle

Hold your material or screen at a 30-Degree Angle.

Reading from flat material is painful to your retina, causes eye fatigue, and after about two hours often leads to dry eye and irritation.

Secret 2: Head Movements

Research claims that moving your head left to right as you read helps to stabilize images on your retina. It's called the vestibulo-ocular reflex.

Secret 3: Read with a Pointer

We instinctually follow moving objects in our field of vision. A pointer will help you create a pace and focuses your attention on the page.


Using a pointer object, or your finger, to underline each sentence as you read focuses your attention on the page. This speeds up your reading six times by allowing your peripheral vision to pick up six words on either side of the focus point.

Secret 4: Reading in Chunks

The human eye has a spot called fovea, where vision is clearest. So you can see the center of a chunk most clearly, but you can still distinguish the surrounding words.


Reading a sentence in three or four chunks instead of word per word, will increase your reading speed.

Secret 5: Believe

H. Bernard Wechsler believes that repeating positive affirmations 30 seconds a day for 21 days helps to "create linked brain cells (neurons) in permanent neural networks."

Secret 6: Exercise Your Eyes for 60 Seconds Before Reading

  • Focus on a spot on the wall 10 feet in front of you, keeping your head still. I
  • With your right hand extended in front of you at eye level, trace an 18-inch infinity symbol (a sideways 8) and follow it with your eyes three or four times.
  • Switch hands and trace the symbol with your left hand, effectively awakening both sides of your brain.
  • Drop your hand and trace the symbol 12 times in one direction with your eyes alone.
  • Switch, moving your eyes in the other direction.

H. Bernard Wechsler

H. Bernard Wechsler

"This daily one-minute exercise  may help you avoid eye-muscle fatigue. It sharpens your vision and activates your peripheral sight to speed up your learning speed."

Affirmations That Make You Learn Faster

  1. "I release my past beliefs/perceptions/judgments and now easily and quickly learn and remember."
  2. "Every day in every way I'm speedlearning faster and faster, and getting better and better."

H. Bernard Wechsler

H. Bernard Wechsler

"Chunking makes it easier for your retina to use central vision (fovea ) to offer you sharp, clear words to read."

H. Bernard Wechsler

H. Bernard Wechsler

"When using a (pointer), never permit the point to touch the page, Underline about ½ inch above the words on the page. In just 10 minutes of practice, your pacing becomes smooth and comfortable. Your learning speed will double in 7 days and triple in 21 days."

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