How To Speed Read


Posted on : 25-01-2014 | By : My Study Coach | In : Speed Reading
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Here are some simple techniques that will significantly improve your reading speed and also make you a more efficient reader.

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I’ve been reading the comments here to practice. Reading groups of words at
one time helps a lot, even if it does take some getting used to.
Sub-vocalizing is the harder part, so i try to skip words like a, and, if.

how can you read and say “1 2 3″ in your head? not sub-vocalizing seems

Short video for tips on speed reading. Probably the most common task you do

I’ve tried following the words with a pen, and I find that I just follow
the pen and my brain isn’t focusing on the words at all. If I repeat
something in my mind that takes the focus away from what I’m reading, (like
a song repeating in my mind, for instance), my brain doesn’t focus on the
words. My eyes follow the words, but my brain has no idea what my eyes are
looking at.
For me, the best way for me to read and understand is if I read slowly and
purposefully, and speak the words in my mind (sometimes out loud). If I
skim over the words, my brain doesn’t take any of it in.

lol that video is a bit so so… :D
A bit weird, but still there is some sense

Chewing gum while reading helps – so I have heard!

I think that’s the point. Sub-vocalizing slows down a reader. It’s a skill
that requires time to develop. The more you do it, the better and faster
you’ll be able read, remember, and understand stuff.

But if you say 1,2,3 in your mind you’ll just focus on that and don’t
remember anything from the text your reading.

Only those were Schulte tables. Sorry for the typo.

Try repeating aloud 1,2,3,1,2,3,… you should be able to read just fine
despite repeating.

I love your videos, very insightful. Might I recommend a chapter from Susan
Cain’s “Quiet” book, ” When you should act more Extroverted than you really
are?” It is a really nice chapter and I like the Free Trait Theory
approach. This is one of the best books I’ve read and has kept me on my
toes for other books such as, “David Dobbs, The Dandelion and the Orchid.”

I get your point. But to me, speed reading is hard, especially when going
over textbooks like into to philosophy. I am not saying I disagree with
sub-vocalizing but I remember the material better when I sometimes do
sub-vocalize. It’s like the idea, reading and teaching with a purpose.
Sometimes I prefer to sub-vocalize not just to get get a limpid, deeper
understanding, but in a sense that I also want to teach the material back
to friends, classmates, or even younger siblings at that manner.

2:00 you spelled simple wrong, but I cant tell if you did it on purpose, so

Thank you for your answer. I will try

Sub-vocalizing causes you to break up sentences in to words and loose track
of the concept the sentence is communicating. Hence when you try and
remember the text you read you will likely end up trying to remember every
word, where you only need to remember the concepts those words were
communicating. Also sub-vocalizing forces you to read slower than your
brain can take in information. So basically, when you sub-vocalize, you
take longer and remember less.

Because then you are limited to the speed at which you sub-vocalize. If you
don’t, you will read much faster because you don’t have to wait for your
mind’s “voice” to finish speaking.

Daniel widfeldt lonås is calling

I don’t think English is his first language. Don’t be so intolerant.

That’s the “high definition” and “high colour” spot in our eyes – it has
the highest concentration of cells that see colours and higher sight cell
density overall. But that doesn’t mean your eyes are blind in the
peripheral vision (unless you have a disease), humans are just not used to
use a peripheral cell consciously, and that requires some training. More so
the letters are black on white so your almost-colour-blind peripheral
vision can perfectly well identify those letters.

Many of these techniques are described in much greater detail in a book
titled “How To Read A Book”. Not sure but this video seems inspired by it
and also worth a read.

It’s because you think the words as if you are actually reading them out
loud, which makes it slower, because you can think MUCH quicker than you
can speak. So it is basically like when people move their lips when reading.

Me too. Seriously? Go back and edit the video, then repost. Please.

Theory or not, I have learned to use my peripheral vision. And trust me,
you don’t need to twitch your eyeballs left and right to read a text. If
you think it’s a hoax, try researching a bit first: there are crazy fast
speed readers who use this method, and they manage to read a page in mere
seconds. It is officially documented and proven to be working. But if you
are closed to new ideas, whatever, don’t bother.

after trying some of these, I found this absolutely frustrating and
completely distracting when I was reading. Although, following w/ a pen
worked quite well, the other 3 things just made me feel lost.

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