I took the Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics Speed Reading course many years ago when I was starting university. At the time I wanted to study less and party more. This is one of the times in life when the wrong intention proved to be a very valuable decision and resource in my life.
I started the course with a slightly above average reading speed. Average is about 250 words per minute. The first week of the course, we read a book at our regular speed and got tested on it. I scored in the 70% range. The last week of the course, I was reading at upwards of 1500 words per minute and I scored 90% on the test. I was stunned and very impressed.
The first thing we learned is that simply by putting your finger under the words you are reading, you will double your reading speed. You also have to learn not to read every word in your head as your finger goes across the page. When you learned to read, you learned to read word for word. Once you have learned to read, you do not need to do this. Simply scan your eyes across the line, led by your finger. Don't worry. If your eyes see it, your brain has taken it in.
There are other steps and I highly recommend you take the course or at least find out more about speed reading. It has really served me well as I read a lot.
I have also read 'Remember Everything You Read: The Evelyn Wood 7 Day Speed Reading & Learning Program'.
After practicing with the system for a few years, my eyes have been trained so that I do not pronounce every word in my head and my eyes scan the page as I read. I mostly use it when reading magazine articles and non-fiction books. I don't intentionally use it when reading fiction books for enjoyment, however, after years of reading quickly, I still read fiction a lot quicker than the 250 words per minute that the average person reads at.
The course will:
Double your reading speed — guaranteed
Enable you to speed through emails , articles and entire books with astounding comprehension
Ensure you remember ideas, concepts and information, and retain what you have read for months instead of just days or hours