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How to Read Faster

I read a lot. But, it wasn’t always like that.

I remember the first time a book truly grabbed hold of me. Not the slow slog that I had to read for school, but the first time I loved a book. I was a strong reader, but I never liked it. I would go through the library, as required of us, but nothing looked interesting. I would do the bare minimum, and I would read enough to at least stay competent.

But, on my eighth birthday, I received the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, the book about the young boy surviving in the Canadian bush. I was enthralled. It was as if someone had turned the lights on for the first time. Page after page, I read the book in one night. Then, I worked my way through his entire catalogue. I went on to the next writer and the next. I would go to my grandpa’s house and I would fill a paper shopping bag full of books, and go through them faster and faster.

But, reading lots of books is not the only way to get faster. I’m naturally a quick reader, but there’s a website that will make paragraphs fly by. This is especially helpful for business reports, journal articles, and any else that’s not exactly Stephen King.

There’s a website called Spreeder — there’s an app too but the website works well enough — it has an area into which you can paste text. The website will then present the words one at a time, but quickly. You can start at the relatively slow pace of 300 words per minute. Soon, you can work your way up to 700 words per minute, and you can increase the amount of words at a time, so the chunks of up to five words will fly by. This will make you an incredibly fast reader, and you learn to read words in chunks so even when you’re not using the app, you’ll read much faster than normal.

I’ll include a link at the bottom.

  • I would like to note I am not associated with Spreeder at all. I simply found it while in school and it helped immensely.