In an orchestra, the conductor uses his baton to coordinate all the musicians. While speed reading, your hands perform the role of the conductor’s baton. They move your eyes rapidly across the page. Here are two simple steps to begin increasing your reading speed by using hand motions:
- Place your fingers at the start of a line, and quickly move them towards the right margin.
- Make certain that your hand moves completely across the page from margin to margin. There are three possible ways to coordinate your eye-hand action.:
- Your hand can lead your eyes across the line of text by moving in front of your focus.
- Your hand can push your eyes across the line of text by staying behind your focal point.
- Your hand can underline text, and your eyes focus directly above your hand.
Experiment to find the position that feels best for you.
Speed Enhancement Drill
Now that you can control your eye movements using your hand, you are ready to begin dramatically increasing your reading speed using a simple four-minute exercise:
- Set a clock to beep after each minute
- Read for one minute at your peak comprehension rate
- Read at double your comprehension rate for one minute. You will not be able to comprehend text during this minute but will be making your brain work harder so it can read faster during the fourth minute.
- Read at triple your comprehension rate for one minute. Again, you will not be able to comprehend text during this minute.
- Read at your peak comprehension rate. Amazingly, you will be reading faster and with comprehension!