Stop saying the words to yourself. Almost every reader mentally utters the text (subvocalization) or is distracted by repeating a word. This helps the reader remember the terms, but it also slows down reading speed. Here are some ways to minimize this habit:
Chew gum or hum while reading. This will occupy the muscles used for subvocalization. If you move your lips while reading, press them down with your finger. Close the words you have already read. When reading, your eyes often return to the words you have already read. These are mostly short-term movements that do not improve comprehension in any way. Use a bookmark to close the words after reading them, weaning yourself from this habit. These "back jumps" also occur when you fail to comprehend material. If your eyes jump back a few words or lines, it's a sign that you should slow down. Let's move on to eye movement. As you read, your eyes move jerkily, stopping at some words and skipping others. Reading only happens when your eyes stop. If you reduce the amount of movement per line of text, you will learn to read much faster. But be careful--there have been studies that have found a limit to what a reader can see at a time.
You can read eight letters to the right of your eye position, but only four to the left. That's about two or three words at a time. You notice letters 9 to 15 spacing to the right, but are unable to read them. Regular readers cannot read words on other lines. Learning to skip lines and still understand the material is extremely difficult.
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