Finger Training Exercise
Take your favorite novel or book, open a page and turn it upside down. All the words and numbers will be inverted but don't worry about it. The sole purpose of this exercise is to train your eye and index finger for very fast movement and follow-through.
Now, put your index finger on the beginning of the page and run your finger below each written line of the page very, very fast. Simultaneously, your eyes should follow the motion of your finger all along without any break. Try not to read anything, breathe normally and carry on this exercise for five minutes.
Repeat this exercise twice for the same duration with a two-minute break between each session. Take a break for a few minutes and then attempt this exercise again, this time with the book in the usual reading position. You will find that you'll be able to go through the complete text of the page very quickly. Do not worry if you don't understand everything you read. This is your first day, so everything will not be comprehensible.
With a little practice you will master the finger technique and be able to comprehend 80 percent or more of the words in a page. When you are not able to understand a few words or concepts while practicing the finger technique, do not try to go back for reading them again. It is important not to revert back but to go ahead at full speed for the sake of hand-eye coordination. With some more practice you will be able to understand everything you read by utilizing this technique.
Many students have a habit of reading aloud when they are reading. This focuses their mind but slows down their reading speed, so try to skip this practice consciously while practicing speed-reading. A few students have a habit of speaking aloud in their mind when they are reading something. This can be avoided by chanting a nonsense phrase like ''da-rum'' or ''da-drum'' in your mind, to avoid any distraction.
Speed-reading can be used in conjunction with the Link Method of Memory to aid in quick memorization of a topic or paragraph. Suppose you speed-read a chapter in History on the American Revolution; you will be able to find all the keywords easily and then link them one after the other using the Link Method.
If you are reading about the American Revolution, you will link the keywords like declaration of independence, beginning of hostilities, role of the Congress, General George Washington and General Cornwallis, important battle at Yorktown, help from the French Government, British retreat and surrender, drafting of a new constitution, and so on.
This will enable you to summarize what you've read and retain the subject in your mind. After a few minutes you may write down the summary of the topic you've studied so that you may check for any inaccuracies and correct yourself.