Can People Really Learn to 'Speed Read'?

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Mar 6, 2020
I can read faster than average, but I wouldn't call that speed reading as I often skip sentences without noticing. It's no problem when reading a novel, but I have to slow down when doing a math word problem or something like that.
It seems that reading faster can be taught, but when the article says speed reading they mean using certain techniques to understand a passage without having to read the words one by one, like reading a whole sentence at once.
Mar 4, 2020
I read somewhere that people can recognize words, with just the first and last letters, with the appropriate letter spaces between them. I once saw a text example of this, and I was surprised at how easy it was. But it did not increase my reading speed. It seems that I have only one gear when it comes to reading, a granny gear.