4 Ways To Read Faster with Better Focus

4 Ways To Read Faster with Better Focus


4 Ways To Read Faster with Better FocusFocus is a big part of what it takes to become a speed reader. If you can learn to focus better you’ll not only read faster, but you’ll do so with better comprehension. Learning to focus better will also help you become more productive in your professional or academic career.

Here four tips to improve your focus while reading.

Tip #1: Use Your Hand to Guide Your Eyes While Reading

Your eyes are naturally attracted to motion. And if you use your hand to create motion on the page, your eyes will naturally follow.

Try using your hand (or a pen) and going smoothly from left to right. Adjust your speed to make sure you aren’t going too slow or too fast.

If it feels uncomfortable at first, this is only because you aren’t used to reading with your hand. The more you do it, the more natural it will feel. 

Tip #2: Eliminate Distractions

If you find yourself easily distracted when you read, then you need to figure which distractions can be eliminated. There will always be distractions out of your control, but we’re more concerned with distractions that are in your control.

For example, if your phone starts ringing while you’re reading, this is a distraction that is in your control and you can eliminate it. Just turn your phone off for the time that you’ll be reading.

If you have the constant urge to check your email or facebook while you read, then try turning your computer off while you read.

If other people constantly interrupt you, then you may want to try reading in a different location.

These are all distractions that can be controlled. And if they can be controlled, we should eliminate them to achieve a higher level of focus while reading.

Tip #3: Listen to Music While You Read

Have you ever tried listening to music while you read? It’s a great way to help you concentrate on a task, particularly reading.

Although it does depend on the type of music you are listening. Typically, classical music is ideal for help you focus while you read. Try to make sure the music is instrumental (without lyrics).

Tip #4: Take Breaks

If you have to read for an hour or more, then you should definitely make sure you factor in some breaks. Your break doesn’t have to be very long. It can be a quick 30 seconds if you want.

Taking a quick break from reading will give you a chance to collect your thoughts. You can use to the break to take notes if you want, or just to simply look away from the page.

Once you start reading again, you’ll feel refreshed because it will feel like you just started reading. If you try reading in 10-15 minute spurts, with quick breaks in between, you’ll notice a higher level of focus then if you just tried reading for an hour straight with no breaks.

Summary

Without focus, your reading speed is irrelevant.

If you want to improve your focus, make sure you read with your hand, eliminate distractions, listen to music and take breaks. These are four tips simple tips that can help you concentrate better while reading.

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Paul Nowak

Paul is the founder of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading courses in North America. His workshops have been taught to thousands of students and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada.


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Comments

  • Natasha
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    Amazing article.I am preparing for an exam.this is really helpful!thank you!😊

    • Alek Sander

      Thanks Natasha. Our Speed Reading Mastery Course has a dedicated lesson that covers a strategy for approaching standardized tests more effectively (ACT / SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, ACT / SAT, licensing exams, etc.). There are many strategic ways to implement the speed reading concepts, comprehension strategies and memory techniques depending on the type of reading material you’re dealing with.

  • Zabrina
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    thanks it did help me focus thx

  • kavi
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    It will be really helpfull to improve my reading skill because i have been struggling to concentrate for 6 months. Thank you so much for the great information.

  • Prajwal
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    While I am reading my mind will be full of thoughts, I don’t get distracted by mobile or other voices…
    I don’t know how to overcome with those unnecessary things which are coming in my mind…
    Plz suggest some tips to control.

  • Carmen
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    except for the music background , which i have not done yet. I always want to read when its quiet I am able to focus and concentrate but will give it a shot. thanks

  • tosin
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    Great tips!

  • julia
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    This article has helped me improve as a student. Thank you so much!

  • Itran Azal
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    Thank you for this article, I find it very helpful. I try to read more than 12 books a year, so I hope these tips help me to save ideas that I read, as much as possible.

  • Marie
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    I love using music to read and it helps me a lot

  • Jack
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    Music is partially up to you. The idea ia is to keep your focus on reading. If jazz is annoying to you then don’t listen to it. On the other hand, it is good to be open to new things; you may find practices you thought wouldn’t be fun or detrimental to you are actually something that suits you. Everyone is different though some things are the same.

  • shone
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    this is great tips

  • shone
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    any music without lyrics will work???
    I want suggestion of music without lyrics works best to focus

  • SREEJITH
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    how to control the distractions around the surrounding?

  • evidence
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    I find it difficult to understand when I read because am always distracted I hope your tips helps.

  • Regie
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    that really help me alot

  • Emmanuel Obinna
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    Comment: this page is really good….ah must confess ah grabbed a lot…….. thanks for the great impaction of focusing when reading.

  • Jonas
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    I struggling to read more and save it in my mind what i read,but i read a lot then i will forget it all.what is the problem please?
    i finished this article .i hope it will works for me too.
    if you have any additional advise please help me.

  • Azardeen
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    I am a person who struggles im reading. I finished this article, Thanks for your tips. I hope it will work for me

    • Paul Nowak

      Glad to hear you found the article helpful. -Paul