SpeedReading

The Goal is just too Idealistic

It has been a long ride…

It’s been six years since I’ve discovered the SpeedReading, and omg I was hooked. The promise of reading a book a day in a few hours made me so hyped to learn this skill. Unfortunately, so far I’ve learned about speed reading but I haven’t been able to actually master the skill.

Can you even learn something like that? :/

So in today’s post, I’ll write the short conclusion of everything I’ve discovered so far, even though I haven’t been able to use it.

But, anyways…

*waiting for the skill to kick in, instead of actually reading*

My Discoveries

I’ve been researching this for a long time! That means that I’ve been through a lot of resources and courses, so everything that I will write now has been filtered by my judgment on what is believable and plausible (to me).

So about speed reading and speed readers:

  • speed readers don’t read out loud (vocalize), and probably they don’t subvocalize (that’s that voice in your head that you hear when you read to yourself),
  • speed readers don’t regress and re-read,
  • speed readers don’t read word-by-word, they read chunks of words
  • (some) speed readers use pointers to pace themselves and keep them more focused on the text (like a pen),
  • speed readers use their “Mind’s eye,” (that’s the brain controlling their peripheral focus) to read even bigger chunks of words and ideas, instead of only focusing on one word with their central vision/focus,
  • speed reading is actually comprehending at higher speeds, not just speed seeing words on paper,
  • and you can say that for the most part, comprehension is seeing fast changing pictures (or a movie) in your head, effortlessly!

How to Speed Read?

(maybe, I don’t know…)

I have two simple solutions for becoming a speed reading (and achieve everything from the above):

  1. Use pointer (this one is actually really useful) – I use a pen because I’m really used to it and I’m really focusing more and not regressing and re-reading.
  2. Train your Mind’s eye – although, this may sound unreal, training your Mind’s eye is actually possible. I use Schulte tables to do so and here are the links where you can learn more and practice: OnWikipedia>> and SiteForPracticeOnline>>; also, I like the desktop version a lot more because you can increase the size from 5×5 to 6×6, 7×7…, so google for it and download it, and practice! At least you’ll have a bit better peripheral perception 🙂

Some bonus tips:

  • while reading, read for comprehension and don’t try to use your mind’s eye on purpose and strain your eyes, just use a pointer and move it down the lines of text with the speed of best comprehension,
  • sometimes, re-reading some parts can improve your understanding of the topic and you’ll even memorize some information from the text better, so don’t feel bad if you re-read some parts (because of the “you are not supposed to do this,” and, “it slows you down”),
  • try to focus and try to be as present as you can be while reading because that can impact your comprehension and speed,
  • try to imagine what you’re reading and if possible try to think about the topic(s) you’re reading and you can read more on this here: Shifting Between the Two Realities>>>
  • whatever you do, don’t exchange your comprehension for speed…
  • about everything else I’ve listed above in the My Discoveries; the only thing you can focus on is not vocalizing, the rest will come on its own without any extra effort. (So just: pen+schulte).

Conclusion

Speed Reading is an awesome skill you can acquire and master – IF YOU CAN. If, after a while, you’re not progressing and you’re stuck at 200-400 wpm range, that means that you probably can’t increase your speed that easily.

Even though I think that speed reading might be a scam or an (speed reader’s) illusion, there are some benefits of training yourself to become a speedster; better focus, using a pointer, better peripheral perception, fewer regressions and learning about reading and information absorption…

So, the biggest tip I can give you is:

Try it for a month and see what happens…if nothing, just move along like nothing happened and at least you’ve learned about (speed) reading – it’s useful…
Cheerz!


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