When Peter arrived home, he went straight to his room. He believed he was holding the key to a superpower he could only dream about. If there was one superpower Peter could have, this would be it. Well, maybe knowing how to do karate and being able to run really fast would be cool too, he thought. But speed reading was something that other mortals obviously have done, so it must be possible. Peter was about to learn a valuable skill that would be invaluable throughout his life. He was holding in his hand something special, powerful and amazing. But the book itself was only paper with words. They became powerful to the person who would read this book, have faith in what he was reading and apply this incredible information.
Peter was an athlete, and he instinctively knew that by just reading this book, he would not automatically be a speed reader. After thumbing through the book, he knew he would need to devote time and effort if he truly wanted to become the speed reader which he had the potential to be. Peter loved to read books and he believed he had the resolve to do what it takes to become a fast reader with improved comprehension. First he read the back cover, then opened up the book and started reading the first chapter. As he did this, a thought occurred to him. After reading this book, and applying the information, he would not be the same person, and his life would only get better.
The first thing Peter needed to do was test himself and determine his current reading speed. The average person can read between 250 – 300 words per minute. Peter was at 326 words per minute. Not bad, he thought. He would underline and make marks in his book so he can refer back to it again and write notes in a notebook. He did this for two reasons. He wanted to have concise information to look at and study, and he knew that if he wrote something on paper, it would help reinforce what he wanted to learn.
Speed reading study notes
- Relax; sit straight, both feet on floor, eyes comfortable, not strained.
- Do not regress, read to the end of the line, and move eyes quickly to next line.
- No vocalizing. Don’t say the word, just look at the word, and recognize it.
Peter knew that just the few things he has learned already would help improve his reading skills. He knew that this was not just a book to read and keep on the shelf. He would read, study, practice, read some more and practice again. He had the desire and he believed nothing would stop him from becoming a speed reader.
As the sun shone through the window, Peter opened his eyes and his first thought was Today I will try my new reading skills. Peter knew that he had much to learn, but he was excited that he was now on the path to be better at something he truly enjoyed. Although Peter loved to read, he didn’t have many opportunities during the day when he was in school. Whenever he had a free moment he would read, give much thought to what he read, make marks in his book and take notes. After one week, his reading speed improved and this was only the beginning.