About Speed Reading
Is it really possible for
someone to double or even triple their reading speed? Will your
comprehension suffer if you become a speed reader? Will you
remember the things you read?
What is speed reading?
Speed reading is reading something quickly while still gaining
the full benefit of the information. Speed reading is
not magic, it's not a mystical skill, or something that's
difficult to master. A good speed reading course focuses on
training your eyes to move faster and more efficiently across the
page, and giving you practice so you can break though some of the
barriers that have been slowing you down. A properly
trained speed reader does not skim the words, and has
comprehension that's as good or better than before they started
There are three factors that
determine whether someone can become a speed reader.
They're pretty simple.
You must want to improve.
You must be willing to try
You must be motivated to
You also have to get rid of
your limiting beliefs about reading, and your skills.
Can you read faster without
loosing comprehension? Sure! It's a bit like
driving. I learned to drive in the country.
Two lane roads, no traffic, and I stuck to the speed limit (my
parents would have killed me if I had gotten a ticket).
I remember the first time I had to drive in a city and it was
frightening. All of those cars, all of those lanes, and
they were all going so fast! I had to put the peddle to the
metal just to survive! After a while you get
used to the new speed and it gets easier. Where I was once
unsure, and scared I'm now confident and brave. It's even
fun! You find that your brain can process the
information it receives very quickly and your body can react as
quickly as it needs to. You owe it to yourself to take-in
information as quickly as you can process it!
"The people who get on in
this world are the people who get up and look for the
circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them"
George Bernard Shaw
A Fast Reader:
A Slow Reader:
||Reads word by
||Reads to the
end of the book
speed to meet their goals, and purpose
finger or a piece of paper to keep pace
eyes wander around the page
passages, takes notes, highlights
critically and sorts the material
everything without thinking or processing the information
your reading speed?
Undeveloped Eye Muscles-
Far and away the most limiting factor for speed reading is your
eye movements. People with untrained eye muscles tend
to move around the page in unsteady motions, and they stare at
words too long. In a
study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
showed that reducing these faulty eye movements can dramatically
improve someone's reading speed. Almost half of the
participants in their study were able to read over 1600 words a
minute with 75% comprehension!
Limited Perception Span-
Poor readers tend to focus on one word at a time, thinking that
this will help them comprehend the material, but when does just
one word carry across the whole point or sentiment of something.
It's the linking of words into phrases, sentences and paragraphs
that makes literature. You rarely think in single
word phrases...why read in single word phrases? You need to
be able take-in chunks of information in order to increase your
speed and comprehension.
the words to yourself in your head. Experts go back and
forth on this topic. Some people say it's possible to
increase your reading speed by eliminating the habit of vocalization, and
some say that it's impossible to eliminate this habit.
Unfortunately there are
a lot of snake oil salesmen in the speed reading business, and
they'll promise that they have a super secret trick to easily
eliminate subvocalization. I'll save you the $20.00.
Chew gum, suck on a mint, hum a tune, or count in your head.
Will any of that make you read faster or understand more? I
don't think so. I chewed gum all the time, and I didn't
I don't think it's
possible for an average person to completely stop subvocalizing
would require an absolutely immense vocabulary. The second
you see a word that you don't recognize you'll slow-down to make
sense of it. Most people read to learn new things...and
this should be seen as a good thing! If you're not
subvocalizing at least some of the time it's time to find some new
reading material and expand your horizons.
I don't think it's a wise goal
to stop subvocalizing completely. There are certain pieces
of literature that need to be savored, and read word by word in
order to get the full effect of the author's wording and cleaver
turns of phrase. I couldn't imagine reading poetry without
subvocalizing. It would take all of the fun out of reading
is possible and something that can provide you with a pretty good
increase in your reading speed. The best way to reduce it
(other than resorting to gimmicks like humming, or sucking on
mints) is to read. The more you read the more comfortable
you become with words and the less you'll need to subvocalize.
If you can't stop subvocalizing completely don't panic.
You'll be able to increase your speed dramatically before you
ever have to worry about subvocalization.
Limiting Beliefs, and
Habits- We've all been to school, and for every great teacher
that's uplifted and inspired you there were probably one or two
that made you fear or dislike the learning experience.
I had a teacher that wouldn't let me read with a pencil to guide
my eyes. She said it was for babies. That's a
valid speed reading technique! A lot of people read slowly
because they were taught that they have to read every word of
something in order for it to make sense. It's not true.
A lot of books contain fillers. If you read with a purpose,
and define your goals before you start reading you should be able
to dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes for you to
read something without missing a thing. Some people read
slowly because it's their habit. They tackle every reading
session in the same methodical way, not realizing that there are
some things you can read faster than others. You wouldn't
drive 65 mph down a steep mountain road with lots of curves, and
you wouldn't drive 15 mph on the freeway. Why would you
read a magazine article at the same speed you would a physics
Poor ability to focus-
You sit down to read, and the phone rings, or your mind wanders,
or you suddenly think of something you need to do. It's
important to eliminate distractions, and learn to read with a
purpose in mind!
Lack of practice-
A lot of people just plain don't read any more than they have to.
Some of us have to read to survive, but fewer and fewer people
read just because they want to. It's an unfortunate
side-effect of living in our culture. It's a vicious
circle. People don't like to read because they haven't
practiced enough to have confidence in your skills, and they
don't have those skills because they haven't practiced enough to
How does Speed Your Read
address these issues?
Speed Your Read speed reading
software works by training your eyes to move more efficiently
across the page, reducing the amount you vocalize words, and
helping you to eliminate your limiting beliefs and poor reading
It uses eye exercises,
training drills, and games to help you read faster and understand
more. By combining tried and true techniques along with
state of the art technology and focusing on practicing your
reading skills it produces surprising results.
Speed Your Read
uses rapid serial visual presentation along with time-honored
push drills to boost your speed. Push drills are simple and
used to build skills of any type.
In speed reading you read something at your normal speed, and
then you try to read something faster and faster. When you
try to read at your regular reading speed again it seems sloooow.
By combining the effectiveness of push drills to train your brain
along with our unique text display techniques to train your eyes
you'll be reading faster in no time.
It seems simple and it is.
We've produced a simple to use, easy to follow piece of software
that will train your eyes and your brain to read faster.
Speed Your Read focuses on solid techniques that work.
Speed reading is not a magic technique. It involves a
little practice, but it's fun and interesting!
You'll see results after the
first session. One by one your limiting beliefs will start
falling away. You'll feel more confident, and at ease with
your new skills. You'll find yourself being able to keep-up
or even get ahead! It's amazing the difference this skill
will make in your life!
Along with these tried and
true techniques we've made it completely customizable. You
can change the background color, add the text you want, and do
the drills or games you want. You can learn at your pace as
your schedule permits.
I've sold thousands of pieces
of software to people in all walks of life. From people
returning to school, to busy executives, professionals, sales people,
entrepreneurs, home schoolers, parents and grandparents. It
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