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SPEED READING TECHNIQUE #1: META-GUIDING
We will start with our speed reading techniques the same way as its pioneer Evelyn Wood did: Meta-guiding. This speed reading technique basically entails using a visual guide to increase your focus and, therefore, your reading speed. The simplest meta-guiding method is by using your hand while you read. By tracing your hand (or a finger or two) across the text in front of you while you read, you will be able to effectively direct your vision and swiftly progress through any reading material. You could also use just a single finger to ‘invisibly’ underline the words as you read them- your vision and finger progressing simultaneously. The invisible patterns you draw with your fingers don’t have to be in straight lines. Research has shown that any sort of invisible patterns drawn by your pointer can act as motion guides. Also, instead of your hand and fingers, you could also use another pointer- such as a pen or any other object that can be used to trail what you read.
By using a pacer (such as a piece of cardboard) as your visual guide, you can kill two birds with one stone: You can use it as a pointer to keep your vision on track and hide the words you have just read. The latter also helps in increasing your reading speed because it stops you from going back over words and re-reading (a bad reading habit known as Regression).
While reading text on a screen (such as on that on a Computer’s) is comparatively difficult, meta-guiding becomes easier because you have a ready-made visual guide: your mouse pointer. By trailing the arrow/cursor as you read text, you can increase your on-screen text reading speed too.
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