Most people compromise their ability to speed read by limiting how much of their brain they employ while viewing a text. The average reader simply listens to what is written in a text. They can hear each word pronounced slowly inside of their head with an imaginary voice. Speed readers typically see more information, and run movies while reading at high speed. Both of these strategies limit your reading speed. In this article, I will describe how to integrate more of your senses to take your reading to supersonic speeds.
Imagine you are eating an apple. As you bite into its skin, it is crisp and snaps as your teeth crunch into its skin. At first, the apple makes you salivate with its tart taste, but soon you begin to savor its rich, full, sweet flavor. You can smell its orchard freshness as you continue to munch on this delicious fruit. Notice what we have just done? We experienced tastes, smells, and the feeling of eating the fruit. Your brain experienced no difficulty in experiencing the eating of this fruit while reading. Why aren’t you doing this while reading other material as well? Doesn’t it make sense, that the more senses you use while reading, the more brain you would stimulate? Doesn’t it make sense that the more brain that you stimulate the easier it will be to retain and recall that information later? This is precisely what does happen. Let us see how to accomplish this in more generic text.
Experiencing all of the senses while eating may seem easier than using your senses while studying something more bland like geography, but it doe not have to be that way. With a little imagination and creativity, you can replicate this same experience in everything that you read. Suppose I imagining that I am visiting New York City. I can smell the fumes coming from the cars driving up and down the avenue I am on. I feel the Sun heating my skin, and causing my eyes to squint. My feet begin to feel tired as I continue my investigation of the city that never sleeps. I can hear the voices of all the people moving around me, and see many buildings whose tops are impossible to see without straining to look upwards. Notice what just happened? I was able to replicate my ability to draw more of my senses into text while describing geography. This second scene had nothing to do with food or eating.
While speed reading begin to use your imagination to engage more of your senses. You will love the depth of the experience you gain by doing more than simply passively looking at words on a page. Your comprehension will improve, and your retention and recall will improve as well.