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Monday, August 11, 2008

Quick Guide to Speed Reading

I am an avid reader. Whether you want a terrific education or to gain some new wisdom, you can’t beat the price of reading a book for obtaining new knowledge. Books win easily compared to other sources – college, seminars, online courses. In fact, visit your local library and it free.

Because of my thirst for knowledge, I took several speed reading courses. I wanted to maximum my reading time. Reading is a learned skill like karate that requires practice to increase your skill level.

Here’s some simple steps that will instantly double or even triple your reading speed with no comprehension loss:
  1. Preview the chapter or section first – Curiosity slowed the cat. Okay, I know this is a terrible play on the old sayings, but research found that people get curious about the upcoming section and waste time constantly looking ahead to see how many pages are left. Quickly, paging through the section will stop you from looking ahead and pique your in the material making it easier to focus our reading.

  2. Use a pen or finger to follow under each line as you read - Using your finger as a guide prevent our eyes from re-reading a section called regression. Also, you can push your speed limits by tracing with your finger faster and faster. Practice this drill for the first two minutes of reading.

  3. Take Snapshots with your eyes – Focus your eyes at two points on every line – the third word from the left at the beginning and the third word from the right at the end. The idea is to use your peripheral vision to absorb sections of the reading instead of reading every word. This reduces that amount of eye movement required to read the line. Practice this for 3 minutes.

  4. Read a chapter too fast for comprehension using the techniques above – Most of use can read and comprehend at much faster reading rates than we think. Give yourself permission to read a chapter at a rate to fast to comprehend. You can always re-read the chapter. I found that doing this drill I actually comprehend most of the material at super fast speed.
I found that the faster you read the easier and more interesting the material becomes. With these simple steps and a little practice, you will be reading super fast too.

Do you want to learn more? I suggest the following two books.

Triple Your Reading Speed, Fourth Edition

The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532

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