We live in the age of information, and we must read extensively if we intend to be successful in our studies, or careers. Schools and colleges have discovered that courses in reading skills give enormous aid to students struggling under the heavier loads of today’s scholastic programs. Young men and women trained in speed reading show distinct advantages over those who lack this kind of skill. For any competitive examination preparation, Speed Reading is an essential requirement. It is not only a must have skill for reading comprehension and verbal ability section but for the entire paper. Most of the examinations test your accuracy as well as speed.
How fast you can be?
Reading speed has no known theoretical limit. A speed of between 800 and 1200 words per minute (wpm) can comfortably be reached by permanent speed readers, without any constant practice and drilling. Reading speed varies according to the complexity of the reading material, type, face, print quality, grammar, style etc.
How much time it will take?
When you participate in a speed reading courses online, or read the book, you will find your reading skills increasing from the very start. With serious application, you will soon be speed reading with ease, and astonished at how much you comprehend in such little time.
Obstacles to Speed Reading
1. Reading phrases more than once.
2. Wondering mind and straying thoughts
3. Anxiety about missing a critical word, phrase, sentence, etc.
4. Outside anxiety like job, home, family, etc.
In this post few speed reading techniques are discussed to overcome all these problems and helps you to enhance your speed in reading comprehensions.
General Speed Reading Gyan
Concentration: You can learn anything if you pay attention!
Enjoy Reading: No matter whether you are reading technical material fun is the most important ingredient in a successful reading experience.
Preview the chapter: you will organize your mind before you begin to read, build a structure for the thoughts and details to come, you will be able to sort, understand and remember the information better.
Question: Read each section of the chapter with your questions in mind. Look for the answers, and take note of questions you didn’t think of that were answered in that section
Eye Stops: Read in phrases of three or four words – meaning is easier to pull from groups of words rather than from individual words.
Varying Reading Rates: Vary your reading rate to suit the difficulty and type of writing of the text. An efficient reader speeds up for easier material and slows down for the hard.
Skimming is a high speed reading process and involves visually searching the sentences of a page for clues to meaning.
There are many strategies that can be used when skimming. Some of them are
1. Read the first and last paragraphs
2. Read the title, subtitles, subheading, and illustrations.
3. Read the first sentence of each paragraph. This technique is useful when you’re seeking specific information rather than reading for comprehension.
Few good speed reading books are available in the market. My personal favorite is “How to Read Better and Faster” by Norman Lewis. Another amazing book is “The Speed Reading Book” by Tony Buzan. I have given flipkart affiliate link if you wish to order this book online.