now, when you look at a line of print,
you focus straight at it. Sometimes your
eyes feel like they get stuck. Maybe you
even focus on every single word.
You can read 20% faster by using this
- Instead of staring straight on
the line, off-center your focus by
looking slightly higher on the line.
- Focus between the top half of
the letters and the space above the
This method is faster because instead
of your eyes getting stuck on a word
here and there as they do occasionally,
your eyes will glide along the line
without that happening. You will also
find that you are automatically seeing
the words as clusters instead of
To help you remember how to do this,
just think of how one of our graduates
described it: he referred to this
technique as "surfing along the line."
Don't worry about exactly where your
eyes are focusing as you try this. If
you feel that your eyes are flowing as
you read, you are doing this correctly.
You can surf both on hard copy and on
the screen. Try it on this page. Some
people learn to read 100 words per
minute faster with just this hint,
but use it as part of our "Layering
Process" to read faster and comprehend
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