I find myself reading faster after i have read any article about speed reading or scanning. You cannot base anything on 2 people, especially when one of the test subjects is the researcher. One thing I disliked about this paper was that they chose short material to test, and pointed out it took longer using this method, which it obviously would, especially if you use all the steps. But they also say read books in about a third of the time, which I believe, but Ferriss just gave a method for that in the above video article.
A bit of acclamation must be factored. The line could be up to 80 characters in length. Working pages upon pages of dotmatrix columnar greenbar perf became second nature. I have heard of photoreading, and although, the concept seems to be fine, I never liked it. I also want to enjoy books consciously, which photoreading does not allow in the same sense.
Photoreading is a multi step process for information extraction. If your purpose is to enjoy a book, you use different techniques. They recommend the subconscious process, and then just reading the book. Who forbids you to go slow in a super fast car? I have heard of what you are talking about. And I am on a journey of learning how to speed Read. Do you know where I can get more info on The topic you were talking about?
You are a great inspiration. Looking forward to your next book! Page not found from the link. I used the method sometime ago with great success but would be interested in the PDF. Check it at http: I have been waiting for this post for a long time. Since I read about your seminar in the book. I was looking for something to help my wife increase her reading speed for an upcoming English exam. I tried the site you linked, and in the process of testing it for her, my reading speed went from wpm to ! I also remember having purchased a speed reading book back in high school.
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It does take time to practice but the rewards are great I suppose. This one is even better: This for me is the efficiency equivalent of the invention of OCR in scanning — especially when it is so easy to have wish lists on services like shelfari, but so little time to actually read them.
Very simply just using a pointing device to help the eye track increases reading speeds. My personal preference to training increased reading is to go far faster than possible, not just 3x. In the beginning they eyes might get only one or two words. Yet after seconds, the brain starts to learn and expand that. Other tools for training the peripheral vision are some of the games on lumosity and other similar web sites.
Then we go the other side and train how to read the page in one second, although that takes a bit more effort, training and experience. I will put this technique to practice and keep reading your posts, it took a while for me to post a comment but I think you are the real thing. People are asking whether given target speed of wpm, one must practice for 2, wpm i. Or else, you should say 2x. Or correct the article. Do you retain things and are the skills lost if you stop practicing? The potential for increased productivity and effectiveness is enormous.
Keep leading us to the promised land, Tim. This is pretty old information. What I mean by that is it has had time for debunking. There is no magic here, and there is no requirement to read beyond comprehension rate when actually reading for recall. The conditioning and drilling is a different matter with a different purpose. If you just make better use of peripheral vision, reduce fixation time and duration, you are not missing ANY content whatsoever. The speed then, is up to you.
Yep the peripheral vision is key to the boost in reading speed while retaining same comprehension. Speed reading helps me find those key points more quickly, and if I want, I can slow down for comprehension at such key parts of the text. It should make my work much more efficient, and I plan to teach my children this in homeschooling.
It impedes their performance significantly, in spite of their being highly intelligent. Four to six months of training fixes it. Would mind sharing with us what is the precticing routine you have used with them in these 6 months? Btw, have u ever tried or heard any feedback on other famous speedreading techniques? Using this approach on the Made to Stick book, my wpm went from to Those techniques leading up to the second testing, definitely train the eyes to move more efficiently.
About two years ago, I did a similar but much less documented program, which drastically helped. Thanks for posting this Tim. Many people have started suggesting speed reading to me since I am starting grad school in the fall. God I wish I learned some of these techniques in time for University. Way too much time wasted on reading crap I needed just for an exam. I unconsciously do some of these techniques, however, I need to take the time and learn the proper ones and really start cooking. Its like you read my mind! Have you gone beyond these steps mentioned and focused on other resources for further mastery?
And as the poster Tyler asked what are your thoughts on photo reading? I tested PhotoReading when it first appeared on the scene and was being advertised heavily on TV. I have yet to meet anyone who can demonstrate it live and then undergo any type of comprehension or recall testing. Here are my experiences: At the moment, I am testing myself. One night I dreamed of the pages. In my dream I was able to see the pages but the Text was not sharp, so I was not able to read conscious within my dream.
Sometimes I imagine without timestopping , that speedreading goes faster when photoreading ahead. Sometimes when speedreading I rerecognize pages and know that I have seen them before. For the time being, I will continue to be very selective about what I read low-information diet to minimize the time spent with reading. Reading a book by A.
Huxley about the art of seeing, in which he describes how he manged to heal strong his seeing problems, I figured out that while trying to photoread I had the wrong focus with my eyes. While learning the photofocus I tryed to reach a visonable expression like described by Scheele in his book. Actually I figured out that I did not focus on a thing which is farer away than the book.
Instead my visual focus was set up for seeing things very close. To test if you do the same mistake you can use a pen and move it infront of your eyes while beeing in the wrong photo focus. If you see the pen shark, I think, than you do it wrong. I will give it an other try after having learned to focus in the distance.
What might improve my eyes too as Scheele describes too. Next to the exercices of the bates method. The experiences I made with sunlight concerning the Bates method, are positive. At least in the moment just after the exercise. It really depends on what you are reading. Sometimes it is necessary to slow down and let your mind and emotions catch up with what you have read.
Not everything should be read quickly. It is somewhat akin to inline skating through the Louvre. Sure you can see everything 10 times as fast, but you miss details along the way. Speed reading is basically scanning. With that said, I had a professor once who could scan long reports in seconds and give detailed feedback. Maybe I just need more practice. Thank for the great post. I just did the exercises in the article.
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I practiced photoreading quite a bit in college while cramming for exams. I found that I could not effectively recall the information for essay questions and oral exams, but it seemed to really help with multiple choice questions. Then again, maybe I just got good at taking MC tests. Any way I have been implimenting 4-HWW principals for about 2 years now and am loving life on my own terms! Thanks again and best of luck on your next book amigo!
Sometimes for me it is hard to deal with the fact that education is not directly income generating. Let me add to this something that I learned when I took my first speed reading course. I did it when I was an institutional broker for a large investment bank in London.
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He was teaching a class in Oxford. His first student came into the room and sat very near him. Seinfeld would have called him a close talker, I believe. As the tuition began, the first speed reading accessment came in. On average, most people read about words per minute, or about as fast as we talk, as we sound the words in our head as we read. This kid came in at 1, words per minute. The instructor was astounded.
Now most people, after trying and improving a few times, you can get over 1, words — I hit over 1, per minute — but it takes a couple of tries. This kid was doing 1, per minute every time, without the tuition.
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They just look at shapes. Much like Su Doku, which is NOT a numbers game, just a game played with numbers, you need to get 9 shapes in a square, row, or line without repeating. Like Liked by 4 people. I think it will stick with practice. Great post Tim, and awesome comment Sean about the deaf person who is seeing the word versus saying it in his mind! Good things really do come to those who wait! You have both refuelled my drive to research alternate ways of teaching my struggling students to read. You have singlehandedly managed to change my way of learning, you introduced me to subvocalization and the effects it has on my reading efficiency..
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thanks for posting this. Finally someone tells us the actual science behind speed reading. This stuff actually works. I suggest you review you referencing. People are judgrd by the company they keep. I shot my Words Per Minute WPM rate up very quickly from to with just a few practice runs using this easy and fun program!! I was considering the speed reading exercises for some time now. At least when it comes to casual reading for pleasure I mean.
However when it comes to work I would really like to improve my speed. I often need to look through hundreds of pages in a short time. I have yet to do the exercise but I am hopeful for the wpm increase. I will be testing it in a foreign language, namely Polish. I thought it would be interesting if we could compare the results for different languages. You said it was tested in five Which ones? Has this been posted before? Maybe it was in the book? I remember it from someplace. Naysayers, it really works.
But thats usually after a couple days living in airports. Thanks to all of you for the great comments and dialogue! You said that the above post is a concise version of the actual course you taught at Princeton. Could you post the pdf containing transcripts of the entire course material so that those interested in following the entire PX project seminar, could go through all the contents of that course.
Tim, very interesting post indeed. For online material, I recommend spreed! Set the speed to 4 times target, read it, then 2 times target, read it, then target speed. You will not understand the first two passes, but will do surprisingly well at your target speed! Also, use this bookmarklet, which I modified from the site to handle apostrophes and bad Unicode characters:.
Another one that I have been using as a resource is http: I hope to meet you one day and have been a big fan for years!
When to use skimming
I release this information for my body and inner mind to process. I am curious how many ways my mind can demonstrate that this information is available to me. I found through personal experience that activation is triggered when you enter a deep and relaxed state of meditation the very next day, and then ask questions of the material you PhotoRead the day before:. The depth of your questions will help you to unlock deeper and more meaningful insights from the information you PhotoRead the previous day. At other times I found it helpful to ask a question and then simply physically scan the book for an answer.
I was pleasantly surprised with the results, however, they were inconsistent. The final stage involves an analysis of the PhotoReading process. Here you would ask yourself a set of question that will help you to improve your PhotoReading methods the next time around. In conclusion, please understand that there is a lot more to the PhotoReading process then what has been presented within this post. It is a rather extensive and interesting topic that we may give more time and attention to in the future.
However, for the time being, if you would like to learn more about this accelerated reading study skill, then please visit the Learning Strategies website for further information. To finish off our exploration, I thought it might be helpful to briefly discuss how you can incorporate these accelerated reading strategies to help you during exams and also for class preparation purposes. The way you approach your examinations must be structured using methods presented within this post.
You should effectively be looking for patterns within the information you are reading. Patterns will reveal hints and snippets of information that will help you to answer questions more effectively. Before you begin your examination you should essentially move into a deep relaxing learning state similar to the one that was presented in the PhotoReading section of this post. The second step is to begin PhotoReading your examination paper from front to back and then from back to front, all the while following the methods presented in the PhotoReading section. Once PhotoReading has been completed, apply the speed reading principles discussed within this post.
At the same time, keep your eyes open for key pieces of information, word and question patterns. Remember that in many instances the answers to questions within your examination can be obtained from other questions presented on your examination paper. Expand your awareness and understanding that this possibility could exist, and work from there.
Finally, once you have completed the speed reading process, read at your normal pace through your examination paper one question at a time, continuously looking for specific patterns within the information. Before heading into a lecture it is important to prepare your brain as well as your physical notes so that you are within an ideal frame-of-mind — ready for learning. Your first objective is to move through the PhotoReading process focusing on the chapters your teacher will be discussing in class. Secondly, speed read through the appropriate chapters using the speed reading strategies discussed within an earlier section.
Finally, create a mind map representing the main chapter headings and subheadings of the topics under discussion. As a general rule, you should always record your lectures just in case you need to clarify the information that was discussed at a later time. Also, bring your mind map into class and expand on the headings and subheadings in further detail — creating new interlinking pieces of information that will help you to gather a more thorough understanding of the topic under discussion.
During class, your number 1 objective is to do all you possibly can to chunk information into related and easily manageable categories that will help you to remember and recall the topic easily at a later time. Accelerated reading study skills are far more than just a set of effective learning strategies that will help you to become a better student or academic.
They are in fact indispensable technique and method of information assimilation that will help you to better deal with the ever growing amount of knowledge you are exposed to on a daily basis. Without effectively applying these tools, we might as well resign ourselves to a life of mediocrity and ignorance, however with them, the world is our oyster and the impossibilities of tomorrow become the possibilities of today.
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These packages provide you with the ultimate visual reference library for all your personal development needs. Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly at first. Key Reading Facts and Stats Here are some interesting statistics about reading: The average reader only reads words per minute wpm.
Most of us can only assimilate what we hear when it is presented at wpm. Most of us can assimilate what we see at 2, to 10, wpm. Two Methods of Accelerated Reading Throughout this post, we will be discussing two specific methods of accelerated reading that will help you to improve your assimilation, comprehension, and understanding of the information you are studying.
Here is a quick look at the two principles of Photo Reading and Speed Reading. Speed Reading Principles Speed reading involves the process of skimming, chunking, identifying and filtering specific pieces of information in order to accelerate learning. PhotoReading Principles PhotoReading involves a pre-conscious level of awareness that naturally stimulates creativity, rapid information assimilation while opening the doors to non-judgmental learning. Benefits of Accelerated Reading Learning to read at an accelerated and rapid speed utilizing the methods described within this post and mind map, can dramatically reduce your study time and efforts while enhancing your speed of comprehension and assimilation of new information.
Principles of Speed Reading Speed reading is far more than just a process of rapid reading. Speed Reading Uses As previously mentioned, speed reading is a conscious process of accelerated learning that is best utilized for skimming large chunks of information in a structured and proactive way. Speed Reading Guidelines There are some simple yet fundamental rules for speed reading that we must abide by if we seek to rapidly accelerate our learning ability and get the most out of this study technique.
Read in Chunks and Blocks As kids, we learned to chunk letters into whole words. Use Incomplete Sentence Scanning Method This method assumes that the first and last two to three words of every sentence are not significant or important to the underlying meaning of the entire sentence. Only Move Eyes while Reading Have you ever seen a typewriter in action? Sweep Hand Across Page while Reading When it comes to speed reading, it is important to guide your eyes across and down a page at a patterned speed and rhythm.
Reduce Amount of Skip-backs We naturally slow down our speed of reading because of simple skip-backs, which involves rereading words and sentences over and over again. Reduce Fixation Time Throughout the reading process, many of us have an unfortunate habit of staying fixated upon a word for an extended period of time.
Alternate Your Reading Speed As you progress forward with these speed reading guidelines, it is important to test and move out of your comfort zone by progressively challenging yourself to read at faster-accelerated speeds. Form Mental Visual Mind Maps while Reading In order to improve your comprehension of the information you are reading, it is important to form ongoing visual mind map images of each sentence, paragraph, topic, and chapter throughout the reading process.
Practice, Practice and Practice Some More Finally, you will not improve your reading speed by thinking about these techniques and strategies. SQ3R Process of Learning This is a simple method of learning that will help you to assimilate the information you are studying in a more structured and effective way. Survey Stage This stage involves taking in a thorough overview of the material you are about to learn.
Question Stage This stage involves questioning the material you are about to read in a way that will expand your perspective and understanding of the topic. Reading Stage Here you will spend time speed reading through the material by following the guidelines discussed above and by utilizing the methods and strategies that will be mentioned further in this post. Reciting Stage This stage involves answering any outstanding questions and organizing the information you have read in a way that will help you to further your understanding of the topic or subject area.
Review Stage The final stage helps you to lock the information you have been learning into your long-term memory. Index Analysis Stage Your first objective is to gather an overview of what the content of this book is about. Overview Information Stage Your next objective is to quickly overview the contents of the book in order to grasp a thorough understanding of the information and the difficulty of the material you are about to learn.
Quick Scanning Stage Here you should spend about seven seconds per page just scanning the content and material of each chapter in a little more detail. Sketching Analysis Stage Having now over-viewed the content of the book using three different methods, you are now ready to begin sketching out your knowledge about the material through the use of diagrams, pictures, and mind maps.
Review and Learning Stage The final stage simply involves reviewing what you have learned in a way that will allow you to lock the information away into your long-term memory. Just because we cannot remember something, does not mean that it never existed. PhotoReading Uses PhotoReading is best utilized for rapid unconscious level learning that expands creativity and assists with problem-solving. PhotoReading Guidelines Before undergoing the PhotoReading process it is important to keep in mind the following set of guidelines: Gain Clarity About Your Goals and Objectives For PhotoReading to be successful you must first clarify the goals and objectives that you seek to obtain as you undergo the PhotoReading process.
Stay Focused and Relaxed Focus and relaxation are the two key fundamental aspects of the PhotoReading process that will help you to sink into a deep state of unconscious awareness that is necessary for accelerated learning. Hold Book at 45 Degree Angle Before beginning the PhotoReading process you must sink yourself into a comfortable seating position and hold the textbook you will be PhotoReading at a degree angle in front of you at a comfortable reading distance.
Utilizing Affirmations In order to help you to develop the right frame-of-mind, it is important to utilize a few powerful affirmations to assist with getting into a deeper PhotoReading state: As I PhotoRead my concentration is absolute. I desire this book to help me accomplish my purpose of… I am fully absorbing and assimilating this material into my being. Preparation Stage Before undertaking PhotoReading one must become clear on the goals and objectives one seeks to obtain by undergoing this process.
Ask yourself the following set of questions: How important is this information to me? What specific value does this information have for me? Preview Stage This stage incorporates the Overview and Scanning Stages described within the speed reading section. Once complete ask yourself the following three questions: What is this information really about?
Does this information fit my current purpose and outcomes? PhotoReading Stage Follow the PhotoReading guidelines presented above and begin to PhotoRead through the book at a rate of two seconds per page.
This is why I utilize a technique called skimming , that allows me to go through these articles faster and read only as necessary. Skimming is a form of rapid reading or speed reading , and it is about looking through a text quickly to get the general idea the gist. Like everything else, skimming is a skill , and you can actually get better at it. That will then allow you to reduce the time necessary to go through material.
It can also help with the overall comprehension of a subject, as it is often used together with your actual studying more on that in a second. What you need to keep in mind, though, is that by just skimming through a text, your comprehension will be lower. It is impossible to beat actually reading the text fully.
In order to skim successfully and effectively, the speed must be fast, the comprehension relatively low, but you need to feel like you grasp the concepts included in the skimmed material. If you want to learn how to speed read, check out the SuperLearner course by Jonathan Levi Disclaimer: This is an affiliate link.
Personally, I consistently skim through articles especially large ones on topics I know a lot about. It is completely inefficient to read the same things again and again. Therefore, I use skimming to identify the core points of the article, and then I read only parts that I am really interested in, or that contain new information to me. Let me say this clearly: Just because someone wrote something, it does not mean you have to read it. Feel free I give you permission to skip a section if you know it, if you find it boring, or if it is unnecessary to your learning goal.
Use skimming to identify these unnecessary sections beforehand, saving yourself a substantial amount of valuable time. Probably the best use of skimming is to preview or pre-read the material. This is very important, as it allows you to get the main idea of the text and to grasp the important concepts throughout. By skimming ahead, you will greatly increase your comprehension during the actual reading, and thus will make your learning much more effective. This process is very important in other types of content too, like video.
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Read my article on how to learn from video to find out more. If you find yourself with a lot of material to study and not enough time, skimming can save you.