Speed reading is not magic

Speed readers do not read every word.

Speed readers do not read every word. But I hear you say, "What if I miss something?" You do not have to read every individual word to follow a text.  

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Speeed readers select words, and they read groups of words. Rather than reading from left to right, speed readers will move their eyes up and down the page to find the important words. Their motive is not to understand every word, rather it is to seek answers.

In order to avoid reading every word you can practice increasing the rate your eyes move across the page. Rather than reading from left to right, speed readers will move their eyes up and down the page to find the important words. Speed readers select words, and they read groups of words. Their motive is not to understand every word, rather it is to seek answers. Effective readers will adjust their reading speed. Sometimes they will skim; sometimes they will read carefully. They also predict what they are likely to learn next.

The single major secret of speed reading is to be aware as you read, to focus above the words, and keep sweeping your eyes extreme-left, to the center-and extreme-right. Once more until it becomes a habit automatic, with its own neuropathway in your brain, you will your eyes to to focus above the sentences and sweep across each sentence, left-center-right.

Don't you will yourself to stand-up and walk over to the refrigerator for a Diet-Pepsi or a beer? Will is another word for choosing to do something you want. It require practice to turn it on auto-pilot, but focusing above the words and sweeping left-center-right is the top secret of speed reading.

See if you notice your head automatically moves-back an inch or so when you are about to chunk multiple-words simultaneously. It is changing your eye-focus to a wider-eye-span.

Ignore words that are unimportant.

When reading, you may often come upon a word or phrase that you don't understand. Your first impulse may be to look up the word in your dictionary. Before resorting to a dictionary, though, you should first determine whether the word you don't know is important. If it isn't, then ignore it. Consider the following sentence.

 

Phrase reading

As you lessen the number of times your eyes fix on a line, you will learn to omit unnecessary words. As your eyes are trained to read quickly across a page, your comprehension rates should improve. You will more readily recognize ideas and concepts as well as relationships.

When you were taught to read as a child, you probably learnt to blend letters together to make a work. Phrase reading takes that process a little further by combining words into phrases (a phrase is a group of words).

When you first practice phrase reading, read the words in a cluster, as suggested in the following passage. As you practice both the mental and the physical levels of scanning, you will find that your concentration improves. If you don't sub-vocalize and if you don't read word-by-word and if you don't regress, you will read very efficiently.

Many people read - very quickly but do not - understand what they read. - If you practice - eye movement exercises, - you are practicing - the physical level - of reading. - When you practice - phrase-reading, - you are attending to - the mental level of reading. - Ideas are recognized - more easily when you read works - in a cluster - rather than reading - one - word - at - a - time.

When you learn to phrase - read quickly, you will find that you are able to skip over many predictable words in your reading. As your concentration improves, so will your comprehension and understanding.

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