One great way to learn to read faster is to practice reading upside down. Reading upside down might sound a little crazy but turning the book around forces your brain to process information coming in completely differently.
When you read upside down until you reach your normal reading speed will take some time to master but once reading upside down is mastered, reading right side up will become so much easier and so much faster almost automatically.
While this photo of President Bush holding a book upside down has been fodder for many critics, there is a good chance that Bush can actually read upside down and that teaching children to read upside down will increase their normal reading speed.
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Theory of Why Reading Upside Down Works
The reading mind works through pattern recognition. When reading a person recognizes groups of letters as distict words. Without the fact that everyone writing English uses the pattern F A C T to spell "fact" there would be no opportunity to recognize the word "fact" as anything but random letters.
When you read upside down the mind must first invert and reorder the letters into a recognizable pattern. If you can train your mind to recognize the pattern in words upside fast than your mind will recognize words that are right side up even faster than before.
Research suggests, and the following paragraph proves that word recognition does not require the letters to line up even in the right order.
Reading upside down creates a similar out of order situation for the brain.
Other Benefits of Reading Upside Down
Practicing reading upside down to become a speed reader comes with side benefits. You will be able to read memos and reports in front of someone else across a desk - great for gathering info without the other person realizing it. It could even save your job.
You can read the notes others make about you in a job interview or any other situation where it is helpful to know what others are writing .
You can scan menus upside down and be ready to order before the menus is passed to you.
Mastering the skill of reading upside down will help you master the skill of speed reading. It is all about training the brain to recognize word patterns faster, allowing you to read normal material faster too. So grab a book, flip it over, and get reading today.