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Speed Reading Techniques

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Are you stressed and frustrated with the amount of studies?

Are you overloaded and struggling to keep up with the information you need to read?

Anyone can develop Super-Learning skills!

This course is about improving your ability to learn new skills or information quickly and effectively. You’ll be amazed by how many hours you can save when you double or triple your reading speed.

Speed reading is not just about reading fast. It is also about how much information you can remember when you have finished reading. The World Championship Speed Reading Competition says that its top competitors average between 1,000 and 2,000 words a minute. But they must remember at least 50 percent of the information. 

So, in this course we will look at:

  • Useful speed reading tactics
  • Retention tactics
  • Multiple reading processes
  • Reduction of sub-vocalization

So shall we get started?

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1. Lesson 1: What is the most efficient way to retain fax in your memory? How can you go through vast amounts of information, several pages of densely written material and memorize as much information as possible? I have always had this question and tried several techniques to achieve better results. One of them was obviously speed reading. Hi there and welcome to exam Easy. Today we will start our lesson with the basics of speed reading. So let's ask this logical question. What is speed reading? Do you know? Well, I am sure you know the answer since you're taking this course right, But just in case I will give you this definition. Speed reading is a Siris of techniques that have been devised to increase the speed of reading without compromising retention and comprehension. To master speed reading, you need both speed reading techniques and memory boosters for better retention. So in this course we will look at both speed. Reading is a crucial skill for anyone serious about their education in any field. Whether you would like to be very well informed on world news or you're interested in learning a new skill, reading can help you and obviously speed reading can help you even more. Think about speed reading as a true upgrade to reading. If you speak to read a nonfiction book, for example, it will not only save you time, but it would be more useful than if you had read it slowly. This is because comprehension improved along with reading speed. Learning how to speed read is simpler than you think. It doesn't take hours of listening to audiobooks learning fancy terms for speed read or days of attending offline seminars. You can learn how to speed read in Justin our starting now Imagine what it would be like to read three times as much as you do now picture in your mind all the books you would pick up from the library. You will be so excited about how much you can learn in a short amount of time, and your eagerness for knowledge will be completely rejuvenated. So are you ready for this journey? Let's get started 2. Lesson 2: first things first. There are a few steps to take before we even pick up a book yet so Step number one. You should eliminate all distractions. Get rid of anything your mind could think about. Besides, the reading material is their conversation in the backgrounds activity TV on perhaps an uncomfortable seat. Music in the background. Remember anything which might occupy your mind. Waters down your concentration, even occupying your mind in background. So your job in this pre reading stage is to eliminate distractions. Step number to ask yourself What is my purpose? Why are you reading this? And what kind of passages? It is it a classic or fiction work you're reading for fun? Then why hurry through it at all like a leisurely meal? Sit back and taste each bite. Turn over the delicious phrases in your mind? Or is it a collateral reading for a course where you must be familiar with the central notions than finding the notions is why you are reading right? Or maybe you're reading collateral where you will be tested on the content. Or maybe you're just reading the book, searching for some new ideas on your own situation. Perhaps you have to write a review, or maybe you plan to teach it to others. See how different your purpose might be for each. Before you open the book, take a minute to state your purpose to yourself. It will largely determine how you read the book from then on. Third step do a 10 minute pre read, take 10 minutes or less and pre read the entire book. Go ahead and try this. If you've never done it before, how do you do that? Well, treat a book like a jigsaw puzzle, dump it out and organize all the pieces first before putting it together. Read the dust cover and any cover reviews, then looked through the author blurb. Moved to the table of contents and see if you can figure out the whole book from this page . Page through the entire book page by page and glanced through all the summaries, tables, pullout quotes, diagrams especially and scam through all the section titles and you go. Chances are you'll find the key chapter while you are doing this, some publishers say. Off the record, of course. Ah, book is simply one great chapter with a dozen other filler chapters. Have you heard this expression? If this is so, find that chapter step for read the key chapter when you find that key chapter, start using the speed reading techniques to read this key chapter. However, before we move on discovering these techniques, one more thing I would like to mention is Once you've read the key chapter of your book, you are ready to read the rest. So this is how important to pre read in order to find the key chapter. So let's move on with our course and find out those speed boosters, shall we? 3. Lesson 3: There are several techniques that have been successfully used for speed reading throughout the years, and I want you to be familiar with These are apart from choosing the right environment without distractions, as we mentioned in our previous lesson, also positioning yourself at the right distance from the book or computer screen, then using skimming technique. This involves the peripheral vision and usually is performed by searching through the Siris of paragraphs for the important or relevant information that is necessary to perceive the main meaning of the paragraph. Excluding the redundant words, avoiding some vocalization is a speed reading technique. To speed reading is the art of silencing sub vocalization. Most readers have an average reading speed of 200 words per minute, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud. This is no coincidence. It is their inner voice that paces through the text that keeps them from achieving higher reading speeds. Some vocalization directly means repeating the words of a text at a lower voice or subconsciously, while we read, it is a very common habit, and virtually everybody succumbs. As a result, the reading speed is limited by the speed Once you get rid of sub vocalization, your reading speed will improve. Medic guiding or visual guide. Meta guiding involves using a guide for the I either a finger or a pen or some other pointer to swipe through the text. This is claimed to not only increase reading speed but also forced the eyes to expand their visual field. Several repeated movements with the pointer have been proposed and in different patterns, zigzag through the pages or at a linear motion, etcetera. Avoiding backtracking through the text is another technique. It is common to re read several chunks of text in an effort to comprehend better. It has been proven that this process helps little in understanding, and at the same time it decreases the reading speed. So now we are familiar with a few techniques, and if you want to learn how to speed read, you should remember three key requirements you must be willing to put in the effort required to learn to speed read. You have to be open to new ideas. You must have a desire to increase your reading speed and improve comprehension. If you do not have these things, you'll most likely never learn to speed read properly. So if you have all it takes, the speed read. Let's move on to our next lesson on how to get rid of sub vocalization. 4. Lesson 4: you are probably not even aware of the fact that you have a bad reading happen. U sub vocalize sub vocalization perhaps best be described as that little voice in your head that pronounces words as you read them. And some people, This habit is so serious that they actually move their lips and their throat muscles when they read. But is this a bad thing? It certainly is. If you want to learn how to read and learn faster when you sub vocalize, your reading speed cannot become faster than that of your speaking speed, which is 150 to 250 words per minute. You absolutely need to understand something here. Hearing the words you're reading in your head has nothing to do with understanding them. Your brain is totally capable of turning text directly into meaning without the help of an internal monologue. In fact, your internal monologue is actually disrupting your comprehension. So what shall we do to get rid of sub vocalization? Well, you can start with number one occupying your inner voice with something else. How do you do that? Since you cannot completely eliminate sub vocalization the next best thing is to keep that inner voice busy with other tasks, at least until you form a habit. This will be difficult initially. One simple way is to start counting in your mind the moment you start reading. If you repeat 123 over and over again in your mind, whilst reading the inner voice does not have time to focus on the text that you are reading , you may find it difficult at first, but surprisingly soon you will find that you read faster without finding the repetitive phrase distracting number to scan before reading. Some vocalizing can actually be useful and mastering complex terminology and technical or unfamiliar words. The idea is to quickly scan the text before you actually start reading. One way to reform a very quick scan is to use a finger to draw as shapes across and down the page and to force your eyes to follow the tip of your finger. The purpose of the scan is not to gain insight, but to pick up unfamiliar words in terms. When you encounter one deliberately sub vocalize it. Hence, when you start your proper reading, you will be less inclined to sell vocalize number three distract your other reading organs . Sub vocalizing is not all about that inner little voice. Your ears, tongue, lips and larynx all play a role in the process. If you can distract these organs, you will limit yourself vocalization. So how do you do that? Distract your ears by listening to music when reading? Of course. Not loud but rhythmic music with soothing melodies barely registering in the background. Classic music is the best. Keep the Larry it's occupied by humming softly along with the music and the tongue, lips and mouth. Well, you can shoot gum. You may think this is a corny tip, but guess what? It works. Additionally, to these three steps, you can also use technology to help you stop sub vocalization. There are quite a number of speed reading APS that can help you to stop sub vocalization. Almost all of these APS flash text onto the screen one word at a time and at a predetermined speed. Their job is to help you read one word after the next, without having either the time or the ability to read a specific word repeatedly or to sub vocalize it. We will talk about these absolute er on. In this course again, there is absolutely no evidence that sub vocalization has any influence on comprehension. It does not help the reader toe understand the material or to remember it. However, it does no harm either. Remember, we also vocalized, and while there is much we can do to minimize it, it cannot be completely eliminated. The main reason why you will want to minimize yourself vocalization is that it slows down your reading speed without providing you with any compensating benefits such as better comprehension. The ability to read faster will allow you to learn quicker and to cover more material in a shorter period of time. It is certainly well worth the effort to try and limit sub vocalization. 5. Lesson 5: today. Let's take a look at four top tips for speed reading so that you can use them right away and start saving your time. But before we get started, I want to measure your reading speed. Why? Because you need to know if you're below or above an average reader. Right for that, you need to take a sample text and read it with a one minute timer. Let's try this exercise together. Take any article and set a timer for one minute. For this exercise, you shouldn't read too fast or too slow. Instead, make sure you read for good comprehension in a normal reading speed. When timer clocks out one minute, stop reading and count how many words you've read. The average person reads about 1 52 to 50 words a minute. So if you're above to 50 then this means you're faster than average reader. And, of course, if you're below 1 50 your below the average reader. You can now pause this video for one minute and try this exercise. Good luck. So how did it go? Do you have your result ready? I hope you are above an average reader. You can comment on this lesson and write your response in any ways. We're here to help you double your reading speed, right? 6. Lesson 6: today. Let's take a look at four top tips for speed reading so that you can use them right away and start saving your time. Number one. Use a tool to assist your reading. If your goal is to be faster than the average reader, my advice would be. Try out using your pen or finger as a guide while reading this visual guide will help you improve your concentration. And if you have better concentration than you will have better reading speed. Which means, of course, better comprehension. This technique works great on printed material, and if you've never done this technique before, it might be slightly uncomfortable in the beginning. But the more you read this way following a pen or finger mawr, you can get used to it. Now take any text material and read again using one minute timer. But this time, by pointing with your finger, see how many words you've read this time and how you comprehend the text. You can again stop this video for one minute. Good luck noticed any improvements. Many people immediately noticed 20 to 30% increase in the reading speed just by using their finger as a guide for digital material. Of course, using fingers could be challenging, especially if you have a touchscreen. Research shows that reading on screen slows down speed by 20%. This is because the monitor has direct glare as light shines directly in your eyes. So when you re digital materials, you should not forget to adjust brightness of your screen. For more, I comfort one easy way to speed. Read immediately with digital screens is to use some online software. Such a spreader spreader is a program that lets you paste a large amount of text into a website and then quickly runs through all the words, showing you one word at a time for a set duration. You can choose that duration and then, by looking at the word count, the program can tell you precisely how long it will take to read that content. You will be surprised that you can read a very huge novel in just a couple of hours. This app won't give a chance for sub vocalization, as you won't have time for it. Tip number two Use jumps. Normally, we read by letting our eyes scan left to right across the page. You can speed this process up by letting your eyes jump from one block of text the next and by taking mental snapshots as you go. When you do this, you may notice you are no longer sounding the words out to yourself, which is the bad habit known as sub vocalization but instead just trying to take the meeting in. This is a great thing to develop because you're removing the need to mentally verbalize so that you can start reading with uncivilized thought much quicker. Chip number three Time and track Yourself Reading with deadlines is quite useful for doubling your speed, and timing yourself at reading is an easy way to get quicker. For example, if you're giving yourself 30 minutes to read in the evening, why not challenge yourself to see how many pages you can get through and then try to better that next time? Remember, what gets measured gets improved. Eventually, you will be able to go a little faster, and you can comfortably understand the text while maintaining the overall comprehension. Let's do another exercise for this technique for this exercise. Find any material online and read it within 10 minutes after 10 minutes are up. Try to read the same material again, but this time read it within five minutes, which means you double the speed right. Then go back to normal speed for strong comprehension, which means you read the same text again. But this time with 10 minute speed. You will see then that the lower speed won't feel assed fast. This way, you notice you can read the rest of the text with slightly higher rate, as that would be more comfortable for you to read and maintain your comprehension for best results. Practiced this exercise every day for at least two weeks. This will consistently increase your reading speed, and our last tip for today is number four. Have a goal in mind. Often we don't really need to read every single word in an article or even a book. If you're trying to get a specific piece of information from the text, then set out with the goal of retrieving that and then look on Lee for relevant content in the page. This is a fantastic way to research things. As normally you are much more productive to skim quickly for specific information. Instead of wasting time reading long paragraphs, let's discuss skimming technique in more detail in our next lesson 7. Lesson 7: Many of us work with a computer all day long, and it is usual that you read far more texts from the computer screen that from paper. So can you apply speed reading techniques for reading from computer? Well, yes, you can. In general, the speed reading techniques are applicable both for reading from prince or digital screen . However, there are some differences in these two ways of reading and therefore in techniques to with digital text. You can actually change the way the text is shown on the screen. The first thing you should do is adjust attacks in a way that there are two columns on a page. Why? Because when the text is broken into two narrow columns and you could read a faster in comparison to an ordinary single broad column text. So whenever it's possible, convert the text to a two column format. Next you could make changes. Is the font and its size Many texts, especially M s word documents or written in times new Roman font. But remember, this is not the best fought for speed Reading. Research proves that texts in aerial font could be read at faster speed. Therefore, if possible, change the text to Ariel Fund. A typical 12 fought size is not the best solution for fast reading. If your near vision is normal, the new will benefit from decreasing the font size because in that way your field of vision will cover more text. However, don't make the font size too small as it's going to be uncomfortable for your eyes and your eyes will get tired after some time, which will lead to disk Reese in reading speed, I would say nine point Ariel is the best fought for speed reading from the computer screen . The distance you sit from the computer also matters. If you are reading from the computer than your, I should be a bit more far from the text than in comparison to reading from paper. It should be 50 centimeters, 20 inches or more. In any case, you have to feel comfortable when reading from that distance. If you want to read faster than you should rather read the text from a greater than a shorter distance toe. Have more text in your field division. Proper light conditions are also important if you are reading from computer screen than there should be enough background light in your room. If you are sitting behind your computer in a dark room, then there is a big contrast between the screen and the background, which will cause your eyes to get tired faster, and it will slow down your reading speed. In addition, you have to avoid direct sunlight on your computer screen, as it will make reading. Also difficult. You may use the cursor for keeping track while reading from computer screen. Place it on the left edge of the text, start beating and move the cursor down vertically so that it is always pointing to the line you read. By doing this, it will be easier to keep track. And if you move cursor with a smooth and said he pays, then it enables you to keep a good rhythm for reading. The bad thing about reading from computer, however, is that you have to scroll the text, which waste time and distracts your attention for reducing the need for scrolling. Use full screen mode when reading documents. Getting a larger size monitor will decrease the amount of scrolling you have to do as continuous scrolling would make it difficult for your eyes to find the right line. Developing a good scrolling rhythm will help you to keep up your reading speed 8. Lesson 8: In our previous lessons, we've discussed that you should read introduction, conclusion and topic sentences in linear way. I'm arrest of a text in nonlinear way to adjust your reading speed. Right? So basically, first, what you're doing is you're previewing the text. You are slowly reading the introduction and conclusion to have an idea what the text is about. Second, you're reading the headings and the topic sentences, and in the third stage you're involved in the actual read process. This process is called a multiple reading process, consisting of three steps preview, overview and read. Why is this useful to know? Well, the main reason most people read slow is because they don't know what to expect from the text. So they have to pay great attention to details, which slows their reading speed. With this multiple reading process, you know what to expect from the text so you can go faster than average reader. Part of the reason why people read slowly is because they read on a word by word basis. You can speed up your reading if you learn to read more than one word at a time. This, of course, applies to our third stage of reading process. The read Basically what I mean is you can learn reading not each word, but group of words. Instead, we're all doing this on every day basis, any weight. For example, when we see a banner Matt in the streets, we read the whole line, right? So just use the same technique here for passages. In order to use this technique of group words, you should divide each line in the passage into beginning Middle and the end. Basically, you're fixating your eyes for line in the three different points beginning point, middle point and the endpoint. Your job here is a focus on 3 to 4 words. Perfect saving point. This might be challenging for beginner, but by practice often enough, you could master this technique. Try it right now, take any text and divide each line into three points, trying to read your text for one minute. Using this fixation technique, you can pause this video for one minute. Good luck. So how did it go? Have you been able to fixate in mention three points? We all need to be able to read proficiently write. It is essential to good communication with other people and to achieving success. The concept of speed reading grew from this idea when reading at an average speed were all able to gain so much information but by being able to speed read, were able to gain a lot more and do so much in less time. 9. Lesson 9: one trouble with developing speed reading skills is that by the time you realize the book is boring, you've already finished it. Quote by Franklin P. Jones Did you know that the World speed Reading champion can read 4700 words per minute? This means that a person can easily get through long novels and books in less than an hour . However, at that speed, there is precious little left to learn and retain. Now, if you're reading Inferno or Harry Potter, it is fine if you read quickly, since the purpose is entertainment. However, when studying for an exam, you need to prepare your mind to be inquisitive and open toe learning so that you can grasp the information in the text before you. It isn't like if you read it, you will learn it. So today I would like to talk about memory in reading, basically retention. There are actually three ways to remember what you read. You should train your brain with impression association and repetition a great place to start with book retention is with understanding some key ways our brain stores information . Here are these three specific elements to consider number one impression Number two Association number three Repetition. Let's take an example and say you read Dale Carnegie's how to win Friends and influence people. You loved the information and want to remember as much as possible. Here's how you do that. Start with impression. Be impressed with the text stop and pictures scene in your mind, even adding elements like greatness, shock or a cameo from yourself to make the impression stronger. If Dale Carnegie is explaining his distaste for criticism, picture yourself receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace and then spiking the Nobel Prize onto the dais. Another trick with impression is to read an important passage out loud. For some of us, our sensitivity to information can be greater with sounds rather than visuals. Next is association linked the text of something you already know. This technique is used to great effect with memorization and the construction of memory palaces. In the case of Carnegie's book, if there is a particular example you wish to retain, think back to a time when you were part of a specific example involving the principle. Prior knowledge is a great way to build association, and lastly, repetition the more you repeat the more you remember, right? This can occur by literally re reading a certain passage or in highlighting it or writing it down, then returning to it again later. Practicing these three elements of remembering will help you get better and better with time. So the more you work at it, the more you remember. 10. Lesson 10: then focus on the four levels of reading. Mortimer Adler's book How to Read a Book identifies four levels of reading. Number one. Elementary number two. Inspectional number three, Analytical number four. Sin Topical. Each step builds upon the previous step. Elementary reading is what you were taught in school. Inspectional reading can take two forms. One. Ah, quick leisurely read or to skimming. The book's preface, Table of Contents Index and Inside Jacket, where the real work and the rial retention begins, is with an little core eating ants and topical reading with analytical reading. You read a book thoroughly. More so than that, even you read a book according to four rules, which should help you with the context and understanding of the book. Eight. Classify the book according to subject matter. Be state what the whole book is about. Be as brief as possible. See list. The major parts in order and relation outlined these parts as you have outlined, the whole de defined the problem or problems. The author is trying to solve the final level of reading Ihsan Topical, which requires that you read books on the same subject and challenge yourself to compare and contrast as you go. As you advance through these levels, you will find yourself incorporating the brain techniques of impression association and repetition along the way. Getting into detail with a book, as in the analytical and sin topical level, will help cement impressions of the book in your mind. Develop associations, toe other books you've read and ideas you've learned and enforce repetition in the thoughtful study nature of the different reading levels. And one more technique to remembering mawr of books you read is this. Take good notes scribbled in the margins as you go bookmark your favorite passages right of review. When you finished, use your kindle highlights extensively, and when you've done these things, return to your notes periodically to review and refresh. It's not important which method you have for note taking and review so long as you have one . Let it be as simple as possible to complete so that you can make sure you follow through 11. In Conclusion: In conclusion, I can say that speed reading, like any other skill, has to be exercise from time to time. It isn't as if you can become a speedier overnight and start reading 1000 words per minute from day one. You need to invest the time and effort required. The result at the end of it is worth your while. As you develop the ability to read faster than 99.5% of the population not many people are aware of and practicing speed reading. So it is a unique skill you can acquire to open up new opportunities for you. So to master it, you need to keep practicing. So congratulations. Well done. You have now completed the whole course. Thank you very much for your time and dedication. 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