Many of us work with a computer all day and it is normal that you read much more text from a computer screen than from paper. You can apply speed reading techniques to read from the computer? Yes, you can, as the general speed reading methods are both read from the computer or book. However, there are some differences and you’ll enjoy the speech read from a computer screen, if you will apply the following tips.
In the case read by the computer, you can have superior processing text and make it easier to read. It means that you can change the way text is displayed on the screen. The first thing you should look for is to set the text in a way that there are two columns on the page. When text is divided into two narrow columns, you can read it faster compared to normal one wide columned text. So when it is possible that convert text to a two-column format.
Next, you may make changes to the font and size. Many texts, especially MS Word documents are written in Times New Roman font, but this is not the best for speed reading. Test results have proven that the texts in Arial font could read at a faster speed. If possible to edit text in Arial font.
A typical 12-point text is not the best solution for a quick read. If near vision is normal, then you will benefit from decreasing the font size in a way your field of vision to reach more text. Still, you should avoid making the font size too small as if you read it then your eyes will get tired after a while and this will reduce the reading speed. 9pt Arial is the best font for speed reading from a computer screen.
The distance you sit from your computer is also important. If you’re reading from your eyes you should be a bit more far from the text, but in comparison to reading the paper. There should be 50 cm (20 inches) or more. In all cases, you need to feel comfortable when you read from that distance. If you want to read faster then you should read text from more than a shorter distance to have more text in your field of vision.
Proper lighting conditions are also important. If you’re reading from a computer screen then it should be enough background light in your room. If you sit behind a computer in a dark room, it is a big contrast between the screen and the background, which will cause your eyes get tired quickly, and it will slow reading speed. In addition, you avoid direct sunlight on your computer screen as it will make reading difficult.
You can use your cursor to keep track of the reading from the computer screen. Put it on the left edge of the text. Start reading and move the cursor down vertically so that it is always the point on the line you train. This will be easier to manage if you move the cursor with smooth and tight since it allows you to keep a good rhythm to read.
The bad thing about reading the computer is that you need to scroll the text, which wastes time and spreads your attention. To reduce the need for scrolling use full screen mode when reading documents. Getting bigger big screen will reduce the amount of scrolling you have to do. As continuous move would make it difficult for the eye to find the right line you should scroll text in large doses. While scrolling the text with your eyes to be sure that you will not get lost in the text and you can continue reading without losing much time. Developing good scrolling rhythm will help you keep up your reading speed.