January 20, 2018

Read with your eyes not your lips

Dave Farrow - Read with your eyes not your lips

When you’re in college, before the stress of having to pass mid-term and final exams, there’s the stress of having to read volumes of information seemingly equivalent to “War and Peace” and “Atlas Shrugged” combined – and that’s just for one class. And of course, if you want to pass the class, understanding what you’ve read isn’t a bad idea either.

I teach a Speed Reading¬†Course that doubles your reading speed AND increases your comprehension and although I can’t share the whole course in this blog post but here is your first exercise that will help eliminate a common bad reading habit.

Stop moving your lips!

Many people – even people who are considered good readers – twitch their lips while reading. They do it subconsciously as they try to read faster but it actually it slows them down because, well… you can only twitch so fast.

Do you lip twitch? I’ll bet you do! Want to find out? Here’s how…

Simply take a pen or pencil and place it between your nose and upper lip while you read as fast as you can for at least two pages to get a good read. Your lips will look like they are puckered up for a kiss and, yes, you will look a little goofy, so do this when no one else is watching – unless you like the attention.

I ask you to read for at least two pages because as you get into the material, your normal twitch will kick in and the pen/pencil will start to move. To eliminate the lip movement – because it’s only slowing you down – practice this way (with the pen or pencil) until you no longer move the pen/pencil. If you can eliminate the twitch, you’re well on your way to doubling or tripling your reading speed.

If you liked that tip, you will love the Speed Reading course. It’s full of practical application exercises that will have you reading and comprehending not just for better testing, but for a better life.

You deserve a better read!


Dave Farrow – The Pharaoh of Memory

About the Author: Dave Farrow (16 Posts)

Dave Farrow is today's most requested Guest Expert on Memory, two time Guinness World Record Holder for Greatest Memory, an outspoken literacy and education spokesperson and busy speaker and trainer. Because Dave has ADHD and dyslexia he studied memory techniques and developed powerful techniques of his own out of necessity. He used those techniques to become a successful student, businessman and speaker. He's been recognized for his memory programs, speed reading programs, programs for children with learning disabilities, memory competitions and more. Dave is available to speak and deliver ADVANCED MEMORY TRAINING and STUDY SKILLS on college campuses worldwide.


  1. No moving your lips or actually reading out loud to yourself in a low tone may not increase speed but it increases recall.

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