Speed Reading

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Speed Reading is all about how to READ FAST and REMEMBER more. We read Reports, emails, websites, blogs, etc - we have a lot to read each day. So how can we get through it all faster, while still keeping up-to-date? This slide will tutor you on that.


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Speed Reading:

Speed Reading Learning to Read More Efficiently  

Read Faster, Remember More! :

Read Faster, Remember More! Reports , emails, websites, blogs, etc - we have a lot to read each day. So how can we get through it all faster, while still keeping up-to-date?

Think about how much you read every day? :

Think about how much you read every day? R eading could be the work-related skill that you use most often!

But what does becoming a better reader involve? :

But what does becoming a better reader involve? Reading more quickly and more efficiently. understanding what you're reading .

How We Read :

How We Read How do your eyes make sense of the shapes of the letters, and then put those letters together to form a sentence that you can understand? When you think about it, reading is quite a complex skill. Previously, scientists believed that when you read, both of your eyes focused on a particular letter in a word. Recent research shows this isn't the case. Scientists now believe that each of your eyes locks on to a different letter at the same time, usually two characters apart. Your brain then fuses these images together to form a word. This happens almost instantaneously, as we zip through pages and pages of text!

Advantages of Speed Reading:

Advantages of Speed Reading And you can better comprehend the overall structure of an argument. Many people read at about 250 words per minute. This means that an average page in a book or document would take you 1-2 minutes to read. However, imagine that you could double your rate to 500 words per minute. You could zip through all of this content in half the time. You could then spend the time saved on other tasks, or take a few extra minutes to relax and de-stress.

Breaking poor Reading Habits:

Breaking poor Reading Habits Sub-vocalization Sub-vocalization is the habit of pronouncing each word in your head as you read it. Most people do this to some extent or another. When you sub-vocalize, you "hear" the word being spoken in your mind. This takes much more time than is necessary, because you can understand a word more quickly than you can say it. Eliminating sub-vocalization alone can increase your reading speed by an astounding amount. Otherwise, you're limited to reading at the same pace as talking, which is about 250-350 words per minute. The only way to break through this barrier is to stop saying the words in your head as you read.

Reading Word-by-Word :

Reading Word-by-Word Not only is it slow to read word-by-word, but when you concentrate on separate words, you often miss the overall concept of what's being said. People who read each word as a distinct unit can understand less than those who read faster by "chunking" words together in blocks. (Think about how your eyes are moving as you read this article. Are you actually reading each word, or are you reading blocks of two, or three, or five words?)

Inefficient Eye Motion:

Inefficient Eye Motion Slow readers tend to focus on each word, and work their way across each line. The eye can actually span about 1.5 inches at a time, which, for an average page, encompasses four or five words. Related to this is the fact that most readers don't use their peripheral vision to see words at the ends of each line. To overcome this, "soften" your gaze when you read - by relaxing your face and expanding your gaze, you'll begin to see blocks of words instead of seeing each word as distinct unit. As you get good at this, your eyes will skip faster and faster across the page.

Regression :

Regression Regression is the unnecessary re-reading of material. Sometimes people get into the habit of skipping back to words they have just read, while, other times, they may jump back a few sentences, just to make sure that they read something right. When you regress like this, you lose the flow and structure of the text, and your overall understanding of a subject can decrease. Be very conscious of regression, and don't allow yourself to re-read material unless you absolutely have to.

Poor Concentration:

Poor Concentration If you've tried to read while the TV is on, you'll know how hard it is to concentrate on one word, let alone on many sentences strung together. Reading has to be done in an environment where external distractions are kept to a minimum. To improve your concentration as you read, stop multitasking while reading, and remove any distractions. This is particularly important, because when you use the techniques of chunking blocks of words together and ceasing to sub-vocalize, you may find that you read several pages before you realize you haven't understood something properly.

Approaching Reading Linearly :

Approaching Reading Linearly We're taught to read across and down, taking in every word, sentence, paragraph, and page in sequence. When you do this, though, you pay the same attention to supplementary material as you do to core information. (Often, much more information is presented than you actually need to know.) Overcome this by scanning the page for headings, and by looking for bullet points and things in bold. There is no rule saying that you have to read a document in the order that the author intended, so scan it quickly, and decide what is necessary and what isn't. Skim over the fluff, and only pay attention to the key material.

One reason people read slowly is because they lose their place and either re-read words or skip lines. The finger method is intended to keep a reader's eyes oriented to the page and moving smoothly from one line of text to another.:

One reason people read slowly is because they lose their place and either re-read words or skip lines. The finger method is intended to keep a reader's eyes oriented to the page and moving smoothly from one line of text to another.

Keys to Speed Reading Success :

Keys to Speed Reading Success Practice, practice, practice - you have to use your skills on a regular basis. It took you several years to learn to read, and it will take time to improve your reading skills. Choose easy material to start with - when you begin speed reading, don't use a challenging textbook. Read something like a novel or travel-writing, which you can understand and enjoy with a quick once-over. Speed read appropriately - not everything you read lends itself to speed reading.

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Use a pointer or other device to help push your reading speed - when you quickly draw a card down the page, or run your finger back and forth, you force your eyes and brain to keep pace. When you start speed reading, it's wise to benchmark your current reading speed. This way you can tell whether your practice is paying off, and you can impress your friends and family when you tell them that you can now read faster. There are many speed reading assessments online.

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Take a step back and use the material's structure - this includes skimming information to get a feel for the organization and layout of the text, looking for bolded words and headings, and looking for the ways in which the author transitions from one topic to the next.


Survey Browse for photograph, Diagrams, Pictures, Bold print Objectives and Preface. Read the title - help your mind prepare to receive the subject at hand. Read the introduction and/or summary - orient yourself to how this chapter fits the author's purposes, and focus on the author's statement of most important points. Notice each boldface heading and subheading - organize your mind before you begin to read - build a structure for the thoughts and details to come. Notice any graphics - charts, maps, diagrams, etc. are there to make a point - don't miss them. Notice reading aids - italics, bold face print, chapter objective, end-of -chapter questions are all included to help you sort, comprehend, and remember.


Question Jot down what the chapter is about Turn statements into questions Answer these questions. Eg : This section is about the SQ3R method of reading. What does SQ3R stand for. Help your mind engage and concentrate.


Read You have a purpose to read now Find answers to your questions You retain what you read because you focus on answering your own question.


Recite Recite information out loud to yourself. Share information with others through discussions. Silently – internally while in a non-study mode. On paper jot down everything you know about the chapter. Ask questions and answer them


Review Refine your mental organization and begin building memory. Once you've finished the entire chapter using the preceding steps, go back over all the questions from all the headings. See if you can still answer them. If not, look back and refresh your memory, then continue.

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