Thread: The Truth About Speed Reading
#1 The Truth About Speed Reading04-13-2014, 12:23 AM
The Truth About Speed Reading
Thorin Klosowski, Gawker Media
Mar 14, 2014, 11.16 AM IST
Speed reading has long been a skill peddled by supposed experts, and recently a slew of cheap apps claiming to teach the technique have put it back in the spotlight. So, let's take a look at the claims of speed reading and if it's really possible to read 1,200 words a minute.
Most of us tend to read at about 200-400 words per minute. Speed readers claim to hit around 1000-1700 words per minute. To get a better idea of whether these claims have research to back them up, I spoke with professor and eye tracking researcher Keith Rayner from the University of California, San Diego.
Let's start by taking a look at different methods of speed reading before we dig into what does and doesn't work about it.
04-13-2014, 12:24 AM
Somebody try this and report back.
04-13-2014, 04:32 AM
tl;dr"The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
04-13-2014, 01:05 PM
I remember taking a short course in this in high school, long ago. It's not really correct to say a speed-reader really reads 1200 words a minute, he or she just scan 1200 words in the time it takes a regular reader to actually read 300, getting most of the meaning and blowing off the details and qualifications, which can lead to incredible disasters in technical or legal documents. As a method of test preparation, the best I can say about it is that it's better than not reading the material at all.
...Which brings to mind a quip that an SF LTC friend made to me in a staff course where we were both enrolled years ago - "There sure is a lot of reading in this course, if you actually do it."
04-13-2014, 05:56 PM
It actually works quite well on some of the painfully long DU posts like some of Will's, I used the spreed plug in for Chrome.
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04-14-2014, 11:36 AM
Like Tank, I took a speed reading class in high school. I already was a fairly fast reader. It was difficult for me to use the technique-I lost a lot of my reading comprehension skills when I did, and we were using really easy books, like The Incredible Journey.
I didn't continue to use the speed reading technique, but I think the class made me a more deliberate reader in the long run, and I improved my overall reading comprehension skills in time for college.
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