19 Instant Speed Reading Tips

This compact list of free speed reading tips is easy to apply in daily life. It also comes in a printable pocket style. You may print and laminate your list (white/black) to have it on hand whenever you like. Apply these easy tips daily to constantly increase your reading speed and comprehension.

I use the list as a bookmark for my study books and have one laminated copy on my bed table. It’s a great learning tool. And, by the way, to learn speed reading simply start here.

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19 Speed Reading Tips

  • Preview material. Scan for trigger words, numbers and names.
  • Recall main idea. Set a reading goal.
  • Ask questions Who, Where, When, What, Why and How.
  • Use your index finger as a hand pacing tool.
  • Read groups of words at a glance. Start with 2 words, then 3, 4 and 5.
  • Sum a melody while reading to avoid speaking words in your head.
  • Resist skipping back in text. Just keep reading.
  • Pref- and suffixes: Get familiar with them to understand words faster.
  • Conceptualize. Link images to common nouns to improve comprehension.
  • Improve vocab to increase comprehension and reading speed.
  • Visualize information. Use memory techniques to embody knowledge.
  • Create mind maps to recall ideas, review content and to create data bases.
  • Web Reading: Scan headlines, bullet lists, bold words. Use mouse pacing.
  • On the go: Scan urban space for word groups. Read signs, ads, layouts.
  • At the doctor: Preview magazines. Recall ideas. Read word groups.
  • Applications: Try free web apps to practice speed reading online.
  • Use affirmations to create a positive attitude. Believe in your skills.
  • Reduce any distractions. Improve light conditions. Sleep well.
  • Practice daily.

Tools to Apply Speed Reading Tips

Update: Here’s our new Speed Reading Tips 101 list.


  1. Carpet Cleaning Lacey says:

    I think another helpful tip that could be added to that list is to take frequent breaks. I’ve noticed that it gets harder to speed read effectively and absorb maximum content when doing extended bouts of speed reading. If you take short, frequent breaks, it seems that it keeps your brain fresh and performing at its best.

  2. “Sum a melody while reading to avoid speaking words in your head.”

    Really? That doesnt really work for me. Gets me distracted.
    But very nice list anyway. I will print it out at work. Too much black to use it for my homeprinter ;)

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