Here’s a great way to increase your speed at reading and improve your comprehension.
Spreeder.com is an application that lets you insert text into a dialogue box, which it will then flash back to you, one word at a time, forcing you to read the text at a certain speed. This, says the website, will make you a better reader.
Here’s the logic: "Most readers have an average reading speed of 200 wpm, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud. This is no coincidence. It is their inner voice that paces through the text that keeps them from achieving higher reading speeds. They can only read as fast as they can speak because that’s the way they were taught to read, through reading systems like Hooked on Phonics.”
Spreeder gets around this limitation by showing you words at a predetermined speed, giving you no choice but to read and comprehend the text, or get left behind.
It certainly is a something of a mental workout, especially when using it on technical or difficult-to-understand texts. Luckily you can adjust the speed that it runs to anything you like.