Reading in groups of words will increase your reading speed. Keywords and contextual cues come in handy with this technique.

All this talk about groups of words, when it comes to speed reading.. It does make sense though: Being able to read three words at a time will result in a three times higher reading speed. But how can we tell if words build a logical group of words? You will find an extensive answer to that question in my BrainRead book. But I can already tell you the basics.

Focus on nouns and verbs

In a text, not every word is of the same importance. Let’s have a look at the following sentence: “Yesterday I ate an apple that fell off a tree”. Only a few words in this sentence are important in order to understand its meaning: I – ate – apple – fell- tree. It is no coincidence that these words are nouns and verbs. In general it is enough to focus on these two types of words in a sentence-¬ you will see that your eye can perceive the surrounding words as well. And look at that, you are already chunking!

Contextual Cues

It works similarly with contextual cues. These are words, primarily nouns, that convey more meaning than others. For example, the moment your eyes perceive “alu” you don’t have to read the whole word anymore. You already know that the word is “aluminium”- or maybe alumni- but you will probably find out within the next two chunks.


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