Peripheral vision - The ability to perceive the presence, motion or color
of objects outside of the direct line of vision; the vision by the entire retina
excluding the macula.
Develop a wider eye-span. This will help you read more than one word at a glance.
Since written material is less meaningful if read word by word, this will help you
learn to read by phrases or thought units. Invest in the time to some wide-angle
Instead of reading single words one at a time, read them in groups of 2, 3 or
4. As you fixate on each group minimize the time you spend on each eye fixation.
To overcome the problems of skipping back and regression use a guide such as your
finger, a pen or pencil or perhaps your mouse cursor. These ideas are very simple
concepts that can have a powerful effect on your reading speed if you practice them
and make them a habit.
It will show you that your angle of view is wider than you think. See, you can
read a group of words at one time!
Free program "Speed reading is not magic".
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This training can increase peripheral vision, improve eye movement, and increase
overall reading speed. The reading speed can be set up to 2000wpm (words per minute).
Description of the free flash training for expansion of the corner
of the vision.
On both sides of the central line you will see a flash of two numbers. Try to
remember them. Type the numbers (left then right) into the textbox (do not place
a space between them). If you were correct the program will futher complicate the
task and the distance between the numbers will increase. If your answer was wrong
the distance between numbers will decrease.
The idea behind the training
There are three main factors involved in improving reading speed:
the desire to improve,
the willingness to try new techniques and
the motivation to practice.
This program is designed to extend your peripheral (corner) vision. People with
extended corner vision read faster. The program shows only a portion of the information
so you can not read it at once. You see the numbers out of the 'corners of your
While practicing this training try to analyze your sensations. What happens to
your eyes? How do you recognize the numbers? Does the change sharpen the objects?
Are the objects in the center of your vision diminished?
Articles about the eyes and speed reading
Understanding the role of speed in the reading process is essential. Research
has shown a close relation between speed and understanding.
Most adults are able to increase their rate of reading considerably and rather
quickly without lowering comprehension. These same individuals seldom show an increase
in comprehension when they reduce their rate. In most cases, comprehension is actually
better at higher rate of speed. Such results, of course, are heavily dependent upon
the method used to gain the increased rate. Simply reading more rapidly without
actual improvement in basic reading habits usually results in lowered comprehension.
The most important concept behind speed-reading is the eye span. You know that
fleeting moment when your eyes blink as you read a line in a book? Your eyes are
not blinking without purpose. They are taking in the information, which that brain
of yours will later process.
The eye blink I am referring to has no more motivation than the textual material
at hand. This is where speed-reading or slow reading is decided. If you read word-by-word
your are definitely one slow reader. If you read by
vocalizing every syllable, you are also
slower than you could be. Unlike me, you probably listened to your mom when she
said that the best way to retain information is to read it to yourself aloud. Overcoming
this conventional wisdom alone will bring you a hefty gain in reading speed!
So the big rule is avoid subvocalization which is the clinical
term for reading word-for-word. The wisdom behind avoiding the subvocalization trap
lies in the fact that your eye span works in conjunction with the eye blink to record
the information in the brain. The shorter your eye span, the less information your
brain assimilates. Do you get it?
That's why the chief trick behind becoming a speed-reading freak is widening
your eye span. That means that in one reading sweep 'at the blink of an eye', you
should not only capture one word but words, phrases and eventually a whole sentence.
So back to the golden rule of speed-reading. Widen that eye span. Support and
start working on the habit immediately by reading under optimum conditions, that
is with the proper lighting, the right text size, and yes, plenty of leg room. Don't
Avoid re-reading, which is technically known in speed reading circles as digressing.
Don't get caught doing this, or better yet, avoid doing it altogether. This takes
up too much of your precious reading time. Believe me, it's not worth it. You think
your mind will remember it better by going back? Clinical studies reveal otherwise.
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