Work and study can both involve a fair amount of tedious reading, which is why knowing how to get through and comprehend text quickly is a useful skill to have. Looking to learn? Try incorporating the A-E-I-O-U method.
In the above video demo (warning: 15 second ad) posted on instructional web site 5min, speed reading guide Chris offers his advice on how to plow through your words. According to Chris, you can do so by choosing a passage and voicing "A-E-I-O-U" or "one, two, three, four" as you read the text. He goes on to say that the average person reads between 125-250 words per minute because they're still reading with their larynx (even if not out loud). To read above this level, you need to read just with your eyes, not your larynx. Chris suggests that repeating the above phrase will help train you to stop voicing the word using your larynx, which will apparently help you to better visualise the text in its entirety and thus get through your required (or other reading) faster.
We're not promising you'll get through ten books a day, but the idea makes sense and certainly seems like it could speed up your reading a bit.
How to Speed Read [Boing Boing]