Tested speed — 500–600 wpm
Optimal speed reading speed — 760–780 wpm using RSVP (rapid serial visual presentation) with 3 word chunks. Multiple words are key for context; 1 word at a time dramatically decreases comprehension.
Best tools — Velocity for RSVP; multi-word support is key. / Outread uses an interesting meta-guiding technique, but it still requires eye movements and page repositioning; could be interesting if it had ‘typewriter scrolling’ and there was a faster animation. / Spritz/OpenSpritz is okay—I like the delay based on word complexity and pauses like commas—but one word at a time is a limitation.
Best case scenario — There should be an ‘anchored’ technique that still uses the multi-word chunking that Velocity’s RSVP uses, but combined with the anchor plus the variable reading rate. Fast rewinds based on sentences, visual guides on where you are in the reading and being able to change it (like Outread does).
Future plans — Keep reading articles in Velocity, Outread, and OpenSpritz; continue testing reading speed and try to push the limits a bit. Try to increase comprehension rate.
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