User say about speed reading is not magic
Speed is important
It certainly is more enjoyable to be able to read something rapidly, instead of
spending what seems like forever struggling through the words.
Students and workers improve
Besides the enjoyment factor, students need to get through a lot of reading
material in as fast a time as possible. Efficient reading skills will help them
in their schoolwork and help to improve their grades.
Workers must read reports, as well as research material, for their jobs. If they
can read faster, with greater comprehension, their chance of a raise and a
promotion is increased. Note that top executives usually have rapid-reading
Although it is difficult to speed-read a complex chapter in a Mathematics book,
using speed-reading techniques do help to improve your comprehension. This is
especially true when you have to read a large amount of material that can numb
Some speed reading methods have you first skim-read the material and then read
it over a second time more carefully, but yet still at high speed. In skim
reading you often just scan through the material, letting your eyes catch key
words, that give you the crux of the written material.
Skim several times
When reading extensive material, you can first skim over the chapter and section
titles to give you an idea of when the material is about. Then quickly scan
through the material again to get a better idea of the topic. Finally, you read
the assignment, but still reading rapidly.
Read first sentence
Since often the first sentence of each paragraph states the main idea of that
paragraph, while the other sentences elaborate on that idea, you can skim read
by just reading the first sentences. In some cases, you can get enough
information by only reading the first sentence from each paragraph.
Unfortunately, some writers make their paragraphs so long, that they have
several ideas in them, and others stick the important sentences in the middle.
In such cases, you can\'t use the first sentence method effectively.
With some complex reading--like Mathematics--you should still skim over the
material, quickly looking at section titles and the equations and formulae.
After you get an idea of what the material is about and where it is going, you
can read it more carefully. Since you often may have to work out problems with a
pencil, obviously your reading speed will not be as high as other type of
Most people read one word at a time, saying the word to themselves. This is a
slow way of doing the task, especially when your mind is capable of processing
information at a much higher rate.
Look at groups of words
One of the primary tricks in speed-reading is to look at phrases and groups of
words instead of individual words. Instead of reading word-by-word, you read in
chunks of information. You don\'t have to say the word to understand what it
Practice with newspaper
Try reading several words, a phrase, or even a sentence at a time. A good way to
practice this is to read newspaper articles by scanning down the column,
digesting all the words across, instead of reading each word at a time. A
newspaper column usually has 4 or 5 words per line, and you should be able to
process all of them at once.
This method is one of the best for getting used to reading phases instead of
words. Just practicing reading this way should noticeably increase your speed.
If you think about reading faster, you will make an effort to pick up the pace.
Reading speed is something you must work on and concentrate on until it becomes
Being able to read and comprehend the material at high speed is a skill that is
worthwhile for students and people in business. Most methods involve reading
chunks of information so that you are skimming or scanning the book or document.
Psychology of speed reading