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Breakthrough Reading Speed: Is It Really Possible?

Jun 18, 2008
Have you ever seen a commercial or watched a demonstration of speed reading and wondered if it could actually help you? For students, class reading speed is extremely important to keep up with your teachers. It is no surprise that an increased reading speed can help you get through homework assignments more quickly

Breakthrough reading speed is a skill that many people would like to possess. The newspaper can be read more quickly as well as magazines. If you can read really fast, you can get more of your books read in a shorter period of time.

Speed reading does not have a set number of words per minute, pages by minute, etc. It just describes the ability of a reader to search through printed material faster than normal. The average adult without any special training reads about two words per second or 120 words a minute. Some trained speed readers have stated they have the ability to process and read over 10,000 words a minute and more. Of course the claims vary and this is a controversial topic.

All of us actually practice a technique of speed reading at times. This is called "skimming". Skimming is the process of quickly glancing over a document scanning for keywords, phrases, or words which catch your attention. You then get a sense of what the text content is about without a whole lot of detail and of course, a low degree of comprehension. Some speed reading methods are structured around skimming techniques but with emphasis placed on the reader trying to increase comprehension at the same time.

Some techniques in speed reading teach the reader to look at large segments of text as opposed to individual words, to train your eyes to take bigger "bites" of text at a time. This helps the person to see a wider line of typing at a single glance. This is based on old military studies which employed a tachistoscope. This device using a window, would flash text at the reader in a sequence. Research found that one could speed up the machines flash rate, without the subject losing much comprehension.

Additionally, breaking bad reading habits can greatly improve your reading speed. A common habit is "subvocalization", where people silently say each word being read. This slows down reading speed greatly. When first learning to read as a child, this approach typically helps the reader by sounding out new words letter by letter, and then syllable by syllable. Later however, this approach can become a hindrance to speed reading. By training you can eliminate subvocalization and improve your reading speed.

Internal dialogue is another bad habit that slows reading. Instead of subvocalizing, the reader actually reads aloud in their head, slowing down the reading. Participants in this course are trained to turn off this internal commentary and concentrate on the whole section, then going over it. Another important thing to avoid is regression, which is the re-reading of a passage. Following these methods can be a means of speeding up reading, either in a course setting, or in a book about reading, or in software applications for the purpose.

Being able to read at speed is important for students as well as for every day life. Students must be able to read at the Class Reading Speed to keep up with the teacher. You may need to practice some speed reading techniques to develop your Course Reading Speed. Techniques such as skim reading for words or phrases that attract attention can help. Reading whole segments rather than words can help your speed, as can breaking any bad habits you've developed. There are techniques that help you achieve a Breakthrough Reading Speed of many hundreds of words per minute.
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