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Speed Reading Tips: Can Comprehension and Memory and Recall Work When Speed Reading?

Aug 5, 2008
This tip title will probably cause you to go, "huh?" or have an "aha!" when reflecting on your own experience trying to learn to read faster.

One of the most frequently asked questions I get about speed reading is, "Can you really read fast and still comprehend and remember?" The short answer is yes, but you have to understand the differences of these cognitive processes.

Although it isn't possible to teach everything there is know about comprehension in this single article, I assure you, this tip you are getting is not revealed by anyone else teaching speed reading.

Most speed reading programs sell speed with very attention to comprehension, memory, and recall. This is probably the biggest reason why so many people give up mastering this improtant set of skills.

What is your approach if you have something to read that is really important and you want to be sure you remember it? If you're like most people, you probably read very slowly to be sure you "get it." Then while reading very slowly, you find yourself forgetting what was said a few sentences or paragraphs earlier. This is a common approach, but is entirely wrong!

Comprehension, memory and recall are similar in that they are all cognitive processes. But they develop separately!

Comprehension is understanding while you read. Memory is the storage of the information. Recall is your ability to bring the information back at a later time.

But the untrained reader tries to combine these processes leading to confusion and frustration. If what they read is "important," they will slow down. Then they lose focus and concentration.

Don't slow down your reading to try to remember the material! You'll only get yourself confused. Create the memory after you've understood the material.

Understand it first. Then reflect to consciously create a remembrance of it. This step is most often skipped and a reason why we forget.

So, again, read to understand first (pre-reading helps), push the mind to respond, then reflect on what you read. Create a memory of it.

There are many ways to consciously create remembrances of your reading material. But notice that I said "consciously creating" the memory. If you don't create the memory, your recall will probably be fuzzy, after about 48 hours. That is a natural rate
of forgetting that has been proven several times, including the famous Ebbinghaus Study.

Too often in our daily rush, we may read something but not spend the time to reflect. So the information doesn't get stored. If it doesn't get stored properly, it will get lost in the unconscious not having a direct path back for retrieval.

If you're looking for effective speed reading training, make sure the program you take has these important brain training elements included. Happy reading.
About the Author
Ed Caldwell, formerly National Director of Instruction for Evelyn Wood, created the "Masters Online Program: Dynamic Reading, Memory, and Recall" at ProductivElearn.com You can learn more at http://speedreadingtactics.com/speed_reading_newsletter.html
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