Eliminate the habit of pronouncing words as you speed read.
One key to reading at a much faster rate is learning not to mouth the words while
trying to read yourself. It is important to develop the habit of seeing the words
but not reading them to yourself. The rate in which you speak is a lot slower than
the rate in which you are capable of reading. Try to see the words instead of mouthing
each individual word.
Instead of seeing a book during reading, your brain hears a voice that pronounces
the word sounds printed on the page. Quite simply, you don't see a book - you
hear it. Yet, vision is faster and more powerful than hearing. By becoming a more
visual reader you will instantly increase your reading speed. Let's begin this process
Eliminate the habit of pronouncing words as you read. If you
sound out words in your throat or whisper them, you can read only slightly faster
than you can read aloud. You should be able to read most materials at least two
or three times faster silently than orally. If you are aware of sounding or "hearing"
words as you read, try to concentrate on key words and meaningful ideas as you force
yourself to read faster.
Eyes move across a written page in a series of quick jumps. Between each jump
there's a stop lasting a fraction of second, called a 'fixation'. The fixation occurs
when the eye actually takes in a written word. The untrained eye takes about a quarter
of a second at each fixation, and takes in 2 or 3 words per fixation. By speeding
up the eye movements and training your eyes to make fewer fixations you will be
able to take in more words per fixation. This will help break the habit of sub-vocalization
since your eyes will be moving faster than you can possibly subvocalize.