Originally Posted by ItalianFX
Secondly, speed reading requires you to learn how to not read every word. I think it is suggested to start 3 words in from the left margin and then end 3 from the right.
But start with my first suggestion and move forward from there.
It is worth noting that the reason you start a couple words in is not so you can 'skip words', but because you have trained your eye to see chunks of words (in your example I assume you would be seeing chunks of 5). You probably shouldn't start off doing this.
I think this is a pretty good way to practice improving your wpm (words per minute): Pick a passage in an easyish book (not your physics text), and read for 3 minutes at your normal speed using your finger as a guide. Mark your place and record your wpm. Now read that far in 2 minutes. Then read that far in 1 minute. The key isn't to actually read every word, this drill isn't about comprehension. This is designed to train your eyes to move across the page at a rapid rate. When you finish, begin from your stopping point and read for 3 minutes at a normal rate. Record your wpm. I did this a couple times a day for a few weeks and my reading rate went up a lot without hurting comprehension.
For increasing your reading rate, the most important thing is avoiding subvocalization, or reading words individually in your head. Once you can learn to not do this, your reading times will skyrocket. I don't have any tricks for this, but the drill I mentioned seemed to help. Eventually you will just start to see chunks of words and they will make sense. It is hard to explain but definitely cool.