How to Read 500 words per minute in 10 days?

How to read 500 words per minute in 10 days?

I began at 300 wpm (words per minute) with 80% comprehension and by the book end, I had grown to 480 wpm with 80% comprehension. Inspired by Bill Gates who beats at least 1 - 2 books a week, I decided to achieve my goal, and here's how you can do it too.

So that's how I see it:

More books => Quick Reading == Better Understanding => More Blogging==> more typing

So to type fast it is important to read fast. Hence reading will lead you to type fast. So, here in this article, we will be going to learn to read fast and how to improve our comprehension skills. After you practice and master reading you can test your typing speed at wpmtest tool.

After that Casey Neistat reminded me of something Seneca said about time and how we use it:

“It's not that we have a short life span, but that we're wasting our time. Life is long enough, and we have been given a fair enough amount of great success if everything had been planted properly. ”~ Seneca

I think I can do this!

Great opportunity. Think back to what it was like to live 100 years ago only when prominent and wealthy people were able to access information. Now we all do. If only we had more time. There is a way that does not involve Einstein's relationship.

"The path to knowledge begins with opening a page.

Back to Basics

We all know that basic skills are important. A house without a foundation is a living duck. What if what I learned in school went wrong? Or out of date and modern times. Or it is not enough. It was time to go back to basics and learn what I can do better as I read. So I picked up a book by Princeton Language Institute and Abby Marks Beale called 10 Days to Faster Reading. An article equal to what I wanted to achieve. This book begins to crush the lies at school. These constitute "you have to read all the words", "hear the words out of your head", "don't be biased, that's cheating", "you require to fully comprehend everything you read". Ok book, you noticed me. 

Setting the Base

What does the ordinary reader really look like? They read 200–300 words per minute (wpm)


  •     100-200 wpm: Fast reader - move their lips and maybe read for yourself
  •     200-300 wpm: Student rate - whispers while reading
  •     300-400 wpm: Educated student - can speak slowly while reading but not as much as the average student
  •     400-500 wpm: Above the average reader


People talk about 100-150 words per minute.


PEOPLE THINK OF OVER 400 Words per minute.


What occurs to delta? Yes, that’s your amazing mind as you read. Therefore, why do slow readers sometimes fall asleep when reading?

Good comprehension

Learning speed alone is not enough. Good understanding is needed. Good understanding drops between 70-90%. If your understanding is less than 70% you will need to work on your vocabulary.


See effect of comprehension in reading. 

Your understanding is better than you think. We underestimate our potential. The brain works in mysterious ways. Therefore, you need to TRUST your brain more and believe that you can understand it better. 


3 common reading habits:


  • The mind wanders
  •  retreating again 
  • subvocalization


It is impossible to eradicate them. But you can lessen them. First by knowing their existence and then by learning to read quickly while trusting your understanding. 1 & 3 can be reduced by using quick learning strategies. Remember that your brain works very fast. Do not give delta navigation (e.g. daydreaming). And 2 trust your mind to understand the context of the message. Contrary to what you have been taught, you do not need to learn word for word. 

Quick Learning Tips    

What I found helpful throughout this book is the end of the chapter test. Each chapter introduces you to a clever process followed by a reading test. You must do a reading test. It gives you more information about your speed of reading and comprehension. This has played a role in giving me hope that I can do this. Farewell to the old school lies.

“Your brain is clever enough to learn a language. But not reading. Learning to read fast is like learning how to distinguish words correctly. ”

Technology 1: Pacers

Use your hand, pen, or blank white card to boost your reading speed. These are called Pacers. Think of a pacer as a switch. Pacers force the eyes to move with a directed pattern at the bottom of the page to help you get up faster. The Pacers serve as a speed car in the race. You know, that 1 car that directs everything around the track at a certain speed before you go on the road.


The general rules for any pacer are:

Keep your pacer running down the page and not across and don't stop or go back.


A finger-like pacer is also good

Tip 2: Extend your track

To quickly read you need to see some words. Access your external view. You do not need to focus on one word at a time. Phase flashing is a way of grouping words together into ideas. The book has tips on teaching you what is called The Eye Span Pyramid. It's too late. Even if it is just to see how you view your external view.

Technique 3: Focus, Focus!

Focus. Find a quiet place to focus. Reading in bed will not work. You lie in bed. You will soon be swept away. Anything lying on the floor will make you fall asleep. Cut out all the distractions like background music. You also need to sit down and stay awake. Have you ever tried to meditate while lying in bed? Yes, you will fast asleep.


I found the library to be the perfect place to focus. Quiet and purposeful studying/reading. It has the power around you that is what people do there and it forces you to focus and learn while sitting down. If you need a tool that will help you focus on 1 thing at a time then look at Gomfaster's Pomodoro Technique. It uses a timer to help you focus on 1 item over a period of time. Sitting for many hours breaks your focus. In this way, you divide your reading into 30-minute intervals with breaks in between. No fatigue.

Strategy 4: Have a Goal

This is more powerful than you might think at first. Ask yourself:

“WHY should I read this?” and

“WHAT more could I ask for?” 

This is a powerful motivator. It helps you find your purpose and work. It says literally: this is important. It must be done. It’s like a personal trainer. If something is not important then it can be done at any speed or at any time. WHY and WHAT set the level of importance and urgency.

Technique 5: Reading Between Lines

Speed ​​up your reading and comprehension by standing in white space just above each line. Not on the print line.

Example - see image below; easy to read?


 "Learn fast and then it will be a tool to assist you to understand what you want."


There are other strategies in the book that you would like to explore. The ones I mentioned above touched me and helped me hit the 500 wpm mark.

Turbo Understanding: Getting to Gist

It does no good to read quickly if you cannot understand what you just read. Context. The points in the book state that anyone with <70% understanding lacks vocabulary. Better understanding is like breathing your English vocabulary. 

Here are 2 helpful tips:

1. Use 5W and H: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Preview or read looking for these to give you context. These indicators will give you about 40% of the important information. The remaining 60% complete, modify, or define.

2. Expand Your Vocabulary: Many words you know are better. If you come across a word that you do not understand, go to the dictionary and read it. A dictionary is a great tool for learning new vocabulary. Especially if English is not your 1st language. Many of the words you know are easy to read not only quickly but also with great understanding. Comprehension is taken in 3 ways - Literally, by translation, and usage. Make sure your understanding is above all 3. The book has good examples of this.

    "It needs time to save time."

End of Chapter: Time Testing

The book contains time trials at the end of each chapter to check your words per minute (wpm) and comprehension. At first, I resisted but soon changed my mind and found that this category was very useful. There is nothing like tracking and comparing progress. Especially as you progress and begin to see the value of what you are learning. So how did I do it? It's better than I thought. I started with 300 words per minute (wpm) at 80% understanding until I finished at 480 wpm.


If you're interested, you can find my school card (more data on my progress) on my personal blog here http://www.theroadtosiliconvalley.com/book-reviews/howto-10-days-faster-reading-480-wpm/. Now that I have more data, I am able to make better decisions. In addition, these exercises changed the way I felt about my ability to read, speed, and understand. I now have more confidence in my ability to read. Victory!

My top 3 picks


  •     Rely on my brain to comprehend what I am reading.
  •     Use a pacer to keep my eyes and mind concentrated on content.
  •     It's okay to skip. Point # 1.


Final note. Reading 10 Days Quick Reading alone is not enough. You need to participate in the end-of-the-chapter tests and practice them vigorously. This book is a wealth of information that breaks down old barriers and gives you the tools you wish you had in life before.


Exciting reading!