Outline the text
iStock/tomml No, you don’t need to take out a pencil and paper; you can do this in your head—especially if whatever you’re reading is a news article or a dense report. Simply read the first two paragraphs of the text to get an overview of its main points and, from there, jump down each paragraph reading only the first sentence. These are the brain exercises that help you get smarter.
Use a pointer
iStock/tomml We know using your finger to read can make you feel like you’ve traveled backward to the second grade, but it’s one of the easiest ways to increase speed. If you don’t want to use your finger, hold a pen or pencil under each line of text to keep your eyes focused. Aim to move the pointer faster and faster with each line. You’ll be forced to group words together in order to keep up.