I Was Wrong About Speed Reading: Here are the Facts
Reading Tip #1: Skim Before You Read
One study found that skimming a text before going on to reading it, improved comprehension in the majority of cases.
Reading Tip #2: Improve Your Fluency to Improve Your Speed
If you want to speed up reading, learning to recognize words faster seems to improve your reading speed.
Fluency isn’t just an issue for reading in your non-native language. It also matters for technical documents or prose which uses unfamiliar vocabulary.
The best way to improve fluency is to read more.
Reading Tip #3: Know What You Want, Before You Read It
Part of the reason skimming first might appear to help is that it allows you to map out a document. Knowing how an article or book is structured, then, allows you to pay more attention to the things you think are important.
Reading Tip #4: Deeper Processing Tasks to Improve Retention
Highlighting causes you to think about bolded words, not what they means.