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Speed Reading: An Introduction

Jul 26, 2008
The main idea of speed reading is to start reading faster. Speed reading is an essential skill when you need to read large information quickly.

Speed of reading refers to how many words you read in a minute. For most people it is around 125 to 250 words per minute (wpm). This varies with education level, with more highly educated readers often reading faster than others. Speed reading is definitely a skill that needs to be practiced or you lose some of your ability.

Speed reading is the process of reading everything, whereas skimming is only a portion of reading at the upper limits of your reading rate. The techniques of speed reading are an attempt to slowly push your reading rate upwards so you can understand and retain information at high speeds.

Speed reading is really the act of quickly absorbing written information. The goal is to read quickly but still retain comprehension of the material, although during exercises to build reading speed comprehension may be allowed to lag temporarily.

Speed reading is an extremely important skill that you really do need to possess. Almost every form of education involves reading. Speed reading is a useful concept for higher level, often dense, collegiate material.

Speed reading is characterized by an analysis of trade-offs between measures of speed and comprehension, recognizing that different types of reading call for different speed and comprehension rates, and that those rates may be improved with practice.

Improving information retention provides us many benefits. One is the ability to remember daily lessons better. Improving reading skills is without a doubt necessary for increasing reading speed, and improving reading comprehension. The easiest and most effective way of improving your reading skills is by approaching reading material differently.

Practice reading without a great concern for your comprehension. This sounds odd, but it works to loosen up your eyes. Comprehension lags for a while but when it catches up it makes a stunning difference. Practice will help you read faster.

You may also find that you can increase the number of words read, by holding the text a little further from your eyes. Practice like a madman or madwoman! The techniques must be understood and perfected.

Practicing time reading is also good, set up a timer and see how much you read in one minute, and in five minutes. Try and honestly estimate how much did you get from the text (make sure this is something you read for the first time), and try to beat yourself at this over and over again, until you start to feel that you have improved. Practice, practice and practice more. The general rule is that the more you read, the faster you will read.

Speed-reading is about reading--and being able to recall--more written information in less time. Speed-reading can be done by almost anyone willing to take the time to learn some simple techniques and tricks.

One technique you can use is scanning. This involves moving your eyes quickly down the page seeking specific words and phrases. Scanning is also used when you first find a resource to determine whether it will answer your questions. Scan the text to find the answers to your questions. Your reading speed improves by doing this, and you stay focused on the material. Scan the table of contents and first and last sentences of each paragraph. You'll improve your reading speed and comprehension if you understand a book's structure first.

In summary, speed reading is an essential tool for the modern man or woman. Take the time to learn it and you'll be forever happy you did!
About the Author
Kaizer Kaizen is the author of 'Reading For Speed' - a website dedicated to the art and disciple of speed reading.

Visit the site to learn more about speed reading
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