professional reader's livelihood depends on their ability to race through
words. Last year Sutherland finished a new book approximately every 2.4 days.
"I turn four pages at a time if I have to," Sutherland says,
"whereas most people like to enjoy their reading. Even I tend not to read
more than one book a day… unless there is a gun pointed at my head."
As a schoolboy, Tony
Buzan was given a secret speed-reading test. He was pleased with his score of
213 words per minute. "I thought, wow, I must be a pretty fast reader. But
then I asked a girl in my classroom and she had scored over 300. I was crushed."
decided to improve his skills. He practised speed-reading at home and
researched the physics of the eye, as well as learning about fixation (also
known as eye focus) and chunking (grouping words together so they can be read
as a single chunk)
discovered that he could read more quickly after physical exercise. Before
long, he had doubled his reading speed
a speed-reading and memory consultant, Buzan believes the number of books we
read is important. "Instead of reading, say, 1,000 books in my
lifetime," he tells me, "I might now read 2,000. And that could
change my life."
Tony Buzan's tips for reading quickly Learn how to use your eyes to read faster
Become physically fit, to give your brain more oxygen
Learn how to memorise chapters and even whole books
Read about the brain and its workings
Form a speed-reading and studying team with friends