you find people who always know the latest gossip or high
tech info especially confident and popular? How do they
get and retain all these nuggets of information?
What is Speed Reading?
I am sure you have seen TV documentaries
about whiz kids who have the ability of a photographic mind
and are then able to memorise much data and then regurgitate
them at an instance.
Do you remember how amazed you were and
wished that you can achieve half the skills for such fantastic
memory? You can thn remember all the boring stuff at school,
never forget another important detail at work, impress your
with the latest gossip or make new friends with your wide knowledge!
Well, such fantastic memory skills can
be learnt! One of the best way to pick up such memory skills
is through the art of speed reading.
Speed reading or rapid reading is basically
a process that allows a person to read a text at an increased
speed. This can be done
by skimming or selectively reading certain words
or phrases that are relevant to the text.
The average reading comprehension rate
of an individual is around 75%. However, some methods individuals
employ to achieve
reading significantly cuts into this figure, as
much as less than 50%. When this happens a reader's
is compromised. Under this condition it would be
very difficult for a person to learn or study new
Many, many books have been devoted to
the topic of speed reading. Individuals who want to
speed have also
invested a lot of money on courses that teach
speed reading techniques.
Many reading experts have mixed feelings
about speed reading. It has been said that speed
reading is not
for all reading, especially since the comprehension
during the process of speed reading.
Anything below 50% reading comprehension
is considered to many as a failure. Therefore,
some argue that
conducive to learning.
When scholars did some research on speed
readers, they determined that speed readers
as good at drawing
as those readers who were just instructed
to skim the text.
This has been attributed to the fact that
some speed readers have been trained
to increase their speed
of reading without
paying much heed if they actually are
absorbing the information they are receiving.
Many advocates of speed reading claim
that speed reading increases IQ and
memory. But others claim
is not the case, and
they have gone as far as to take legal
action against those businesses that
that have made
The problem with speed reading is that
a person's ability to process information
this is when you hear your own voice
in your head. This plays a big part
in a person's
that he or she is reading. Some speed
readers avoid subvocalizing to increase
This is why some reading
claim that their ability to comprehend
Some tips on how to speed read:
1. Before actually reading the text,
preview the material that you are
about to read
way you would
have an idea
on what your topic is about. Read
the title, heading of the paragraph; assess
is, etc. This
you would develop
a sense of familiarity with the
material you're about to read.
2. Devise a plan on how you are going
to tackle reading the material.
You might want to spend
a little bit
than others, depending on the complexity
of the text.
3. Focus on the keywords. This
way, you don't spend a lot of
be omitted while
such as the word 'the'.
4. Certain sentences don't need
to be read word by word. Just
extract the essence
of the sentence,
5. Avoid regression- this is
when you go back to reread
Speed reading requires a
lot of practice to execute.
as auding) which
clocks in at around 700 wpm
(words per minute). The average
Those who rate at around
10,000 wpm are said to
belong in the
as Kim peek.
Kim Peek- an autistic savant
has been said to read
at an incredible speed
He was the person
that served as the inspiration
for the character of
Dustin Hoffman in
It is no doubt that speed
reading has many benefits.
why many people
a lot of money
enrolling in speed
courses in hopes of
trying to acquire this skill.
that this is
Some community colleges
offer seminars on
how to learn
of speed reading.
to improve one's
reading comprehension can be
practiced at home.
Something that will
surely help a person