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learn to speed readThere are many reasons a person might want to learn to speed read. Students or just interested learners of a given subject, know that effective speed reading would give a huge advantage to the student. Much of the world’s best educational material is written down, so if you can read and comprehend that information quickly you will be able to learn a lot with your reading time.

Sadly, most people can’t speed read and the organisations which promise to be able to teach you are for-profit and out of the reach of most students. But there are free solutions available, and has proven itself to be a very good free solution at that. lets you easily line up your own reading material from the Internet and at the same time use the service as a game to teach you effective speed reading. You can even compete against your friends and check out what they’re reading.

How To Get Started With is a free, online service which lets you set up an account quickly and easily either with an email address or a Facebook Connect login.

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Test How Fast You Can Read

The first thing to do using is to test how fast you currently read. This means can set your minimum reading speed and ensure all the documents you read are optimised just for you.

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After you have read the passage, can quiz you on the content to ensure you have understood correctly.

You can then continue to test yourself by reading passages from within or move on to reading your own chosen content. can offer you a list of its most popular content to read if you want to try something new and interesting.

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Read Online Documents Faster

Using the bookmarklet, you can quickly take the text of any webpage and read it using

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As makes a list of your documents, it can easily be used as a short-term read it later Build an Online Reading List with "Read It Later" Build an Online Reading List with "Read It Later" Read More  style list. Although, you wouldn’t want it to get too long or it would become unwieldy.

While reading, you can control by using “s” for slower, “f” for faster and space bar to pause/start the text.

Learn Speed Reading Online doesn’t just offer you a speed reading experience, it helps to teach you how to improve your reading speed. With every passage you read you can record your speed, meaning you can see how you’ve improved over time.

If you have used Facebook Connect, your account can easily be used to compare your reading speeds with friends and have a little bit of friendly competition. If not, you’ll need to add friends manually at this stage. Hopefully soon they’ll make it possible for users who signed up with an email address to connect their accounts to Facebook later in order to find their friends and sync profile pictures.

If you have no friends on you can always compare your results with the top readers on the leaderboard.

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How do online speed reading applications like help you? Are there some texts which work better than others?

  1. mehdi
    November 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

    is there a way to check my students reading speed in a reliable way. they may not tell me the truth about the line they are reading. i dont have the access to a eyechase machine.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

      I think the best you can do is to get them to take their reading test and then give them a comprehension test on the material afterwards. Readfast does this for some passages of text if you want to try it.

  2. Angela Alcorn
    October 22, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I don't know of any, but that would be pretty useful! I'll keep an eye out and write about it if I see something.

  3. Tina
    October 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm


    I don't know of any alternative myself, however, this would be a good question for MakeUseOf Answers.

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