Thread: The Truth About Speed Reading
#1 The Truth About Speed Reading04-12-2014, 11:23 PM
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.
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04-12-2014, 11:24 PM
Somebody try this and report back.
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04-13-2014, 03:32 AM
tl;dr"Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em." ~ Will Rogers
04-13-2014, 12:05 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, 04:56 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.The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
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04-14-2014, 10:36 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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