Newspapers are a great tool to keep up your reading speed. Their structure and formatting are just perfect for speed reading.

You don’t have to know every word in your daily newspaper. Neither do you need to learn it by heart, nor are you interested in all it contains. Thus, you don’t need to read it in a manner that guarantees you a 100 percent knowledge of all the content. A text apprehension of a good 50 or 60 percent is usually enough.

Chunking: sending bundled information to your brain

If you read my book or visited one of my speed reading seminars, you’ve already learned what chunking is: reading groups of words with just one eye fixation. The advantage of this technique is that you are sending bundled information to your brain instead of single words. Newspapers are great for practicing this speed reading technique, because the rows of a usual column have just the amount of words that your eye can absorb with one fixation.

One row, one eye fixation

So, when you read your newspaper, try to do it in such a manner that each row gets only one eye fixation. You can do this by focussing the centre of a row and then jumping along the column from one row to another. Try it out and you will see that it works! But be warned, you will probably have to subscribe to another newspaper because one won’t provide you with enough reading for our morning coffee anymore!

Newspapers are a great tool to keep up your reading speed. Their structure and formatting are just perfect for speed reading.

You don’t have to know every word in your daily newspaper. Neither do you need to learn it by heart, nor are you interested in all it contains. Thus, you don’t need to read it in a manner that guarantees you a 100 percent knowledge of all the content. A text apprehension of a good 50 or 60 percent is usually enough.

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