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Tips For Selecting Speed Reading Software

May 21, 2008
If you are interested in learning the art of speed reading, it will usually mean that you are pressed for time. After all, who isn't? Students as well as professionals are sometimes overwhelmed by their work load, and it's easy to see why. Every year, it seems that more and more written information comes our way and also with the overload of information now available freely on the internet.

This accounts for the current growing interest in the need to learn faster, and more specifically, for speed reading software. If you don't have time to keep up with your reading, you probably don't have time to take a regular course. Learning from a book can be great, but there are many of us that need something more interactive in order to learn speed reading methods properly. A software based learning method seems to be the solution - it allows you to participate in a virtual course, but at your own speed.

Learning to read faster is not a new idea. In fact, it was popular in the 1960s and 70s, and was invented decades before that. However, the concept of speed reading is evolving. In the past, the speed of about 100 words per minute was considered the maximum speed that the common person could hope to acheive. This is relatively fast - it would allow you to read a 300-page book in about an hour and a half. Nowadays, however, there are new claims - ones that seem incredible.

One individual claims that he read Tolstoy's War and Peace (a book of about a thousand pages) in fifteen minutes. A teacher claims that he can teach some adults, and virtually all children (who seem to have a greater natural ability) to read up to an astonishing 18,000 words per minute. Most software programs and courses available today may not allow you to reach those dizzying speeds, but it probably will allow you to substantially increase your natural reading time all the same without any loss of comprehending the words.

Treat your speed reading software as you would any course. Set aside a time and place, preferably every day, for working on it. Follow the instructions carefully. One drawback of software based courses as opposed to an actual class is that people are a bit more likely to get discouraged in the early stages.

Speed reading is not necessarily a skill that you can pick up at high speed - more often, it takes some painstaking practice at first, followed by a 'breakthrough' of sorts. Because you are working on your own, you aren't able to observe the progress of others, as in a classroom.

Rest assured, though, that if you are having problems, you aren't alone. At the early stages, the trick is just to stick with it, doing all the speed reading exercises. In the longrun, chances are excellent that you will successfully decrease your reading time.

Most software programs are also created to be fun with a great deal of interactivity which is much more likely to keep you interested and progressing rather than the standard speed reading courses which can be a bit dull and boring.
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