Simple speed reading experiments

Time is money, and the more time is saved, the more can be applied to more important, or interesting endeavors. It seems like no matter how quickly we learn to do something. It can never be done quickly enough.

Read the words back to front

Ability to concentrate on the problem is one of the constituent parts of the successful mental work. Try to train the ability to concentrate of mental reading of the words in back to front position.

When you mentally read a word back to front you should imagine it by the letters and then to read these letters. For example “word” - “draw”, “tell’ - “let”. If your consciousness is distracted on a strange object, you instantly loose the thread of reading and you have to make the exercise again. In that way you can train the attention.

These exercises can be done in the public transport to make the most of the uselessly loosing time to your benefit. Begin with the simple words consisting of four letters. Gradually try to deal with longer words.

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Breathing and reading

Breathing is also a good way to improve the rate in which you read. Try to take solid deep breaths instead of short quick breaths. This will allow you to calm down and try to read with more concentration.

Metronome reading

Place the text before yourself and give yourself the command execute this instruction clearly and dynamic.  Do two frication of eyes on each line of the text. One click of metronome - one eyes jump! Work in this mode 1-2 minutes. Adjust velocity of the metronome upper. Continue to execute the task. First time the rate of metronome seem to be very high. Through several seconds (through how much?) you will sense that the rate was slow. Your mind adapts for current task and ready for the next task.

Say yourself thank you! It is necessary to do business with yourself with care. The brain can good adapt for new condition.

You see, the maximum speaking rate is 400 words per minute.    If you say the words to yourself (even silently) as you read, you will never be able to read any faster than the maximum speaking rate.  This is known as the "sub vocalization barrier".

The Speed Reading software can increases your mental processing speed to the point of "synchronization" and breaking the subvocalization barrier, it can also help you attain speeds far beyond what was once considered possible.

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Two vertical lines

If you use a glass 'anti-glare' screen, draw 2 vertical lines in felt-tip, 5 cm. apart, so that you have a strip 5 cm. wide located over the middle of the text you are reading.

Now move your eyes in a 'Z' pattern down this central strip, at a speed faster slightly faster than is comfortable. Because your Mind is not reading each word, it is forced to 'fill in the gaps'. This engages much more of the Mind, since it has to build associations and patterns in the written material. This in turn leads to greater comprehension and increased memory of what was read. This technique takes advantage of the fact that much of written English is highly redundant; a lot of words can be skipped without any loss of meaning.

Strips reading


Cut up the text on three perpendicular strips. Place the piece before yourself. Make the one-inch blanks between the strips.Read quickly. The more speed of reading then more understanding. Soon you will not notice the space between the strips. Shift central strip in any order. Creating the brain maximum inconvenience. Let the works for brain! Feel the eases. Pack the strips in initial order.

Read the text. What do you feel?

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Read first sentence

Since often the first sentence of each paragraph states the main idea of that paragraph, while the other sentences elaborate on that idea, you can skim read by just reading the first sentences. In some cases, you can get enough information by only reading the first sentence from each paragraph.

Unfortunately, some writers make their paragraphs so long, that they have several ideas in them, and others stick the important sentences in the middle. In such cases, you can't use the first sentence method effectively.

Browse through the publication - front words or backwards - so that you get to know what's in it and where it's located. Notice the layout and how the information is presented. Notice the table of contents and any special sections. Don't be too serious - it's best to be playful.

Notice which articles pique your interest, but don't read them yet. Catch titles, subtitles, pictures, and charts. When you find something interesting, think of how you can use it--reading for information should be a goal seeking activity. Decide how much time you can afford, and then go for it.

Follow this tip and your reading will become purposeful, active, questioning and goal oriented...this means you save time and get more information from the time you spend reading!

Do not read not every word

Ask you friend to guess the sentence from the text. Try to find it as faster as you can. Training develops selective ability of the brain. Sometimes you do not necessary to read whole text, but need to find important information by several key words.

While you are performing the exercise try to fix the subconsciousness condition. What happen in the brain when you find the answer? What you see, what you hear, what you feel? Is the word, which you searching for have the color (bright, red, twinkling, dark, pale). What happen with other words? Do you pronounce words (what voice, what tone)? What comes with your hand, belly, throat and eye when you find? Continue the list of the questions.

Try to understand how do you read (I know it funny). Understanding helps you to make your plan of speed-read developing.

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Wider eye-span

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.

Instead of reading single words one at a time, read them in groups of 2, 3 or 4. As you fixate on each group by minimizing the time you spend on each fixation. To overcome the problems of back skipping and regression use a guide such as your finger or perhaps a pen or pencil. 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.

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Active reading

When you are reading a document in detail, it often helps if you highlight, underline and annotate it as you go on. This emphasizes information in your mind, and helps you to review important points later.

Doing this also helps to keep your mind focused on the material and stops it wandering.

This is obviously only something to do if you own the document! If you find that active reading helps, then it may be worth photocopying information in more expensive texts. You can then read and mark the photocopies.

If you are worried about destroying the material, ask yourself how much your investment of time is worth. If the benefit you get by active reading reasonably exceeds the value of the book, then the book is disposable.

Think for a moment, what you read

You were taught to read with your tongue because you were taught to read by being taught to speak. Want to enjoy what you read? Think for a moment, what were the best books you've ever read in your life? The ones you enjoyed the most?

I'm going to bet they were the best books for you because your imagination was totally engrossed in the book. Thus your brain was working at a much higher capacity when you were using your imagination. - speed reading articles, tips and soft this article you can find here


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