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Speed Reading

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Black Tortoise, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Black Tortoise

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    Any tips on speed reading? any good speed reading books anyone can recomend?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.
     
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  2. Simonvm

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    I bought this one, a while back:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breakthroug...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299667497&sr=8-1

    Haven't found the time to do the practice though, although that would supposedly save me time :p
     
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  3. Black Tortoise

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    Cheers Simon, just ordered it!
     
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  4. Simonvm

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    Hehe, since you gave me a reminder, yesterday I started the exercises. :D
     
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  5. Black Tortoise

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    I'm going to use the MM A+ book to practice !
     
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  6. JonnyMX

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    Well, as a tortoise, I guess speed is never going to be your thing...

    :biggrin

    I guess it comes from experience. You get to know the probable flow of words because of the context.
    It gets more difficult in technical/scientific areas where there may be words or concepts that you aren't used to.

    Have you ever seen one of those exercises where the first and last letter of a word are kept static, but all the ones in the middle are jumbled up? Funnily, most people can read them without slowing down. Weird.

    I find that I can read a novel in no time flat, but a tecnical text book seems to take much, much longer. Maybe it's an attention span thing. :oops:
     
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  7. Black Tortoise

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    I will let you know if I am improving!

    I've got a lot discipline I believe I will be able to hack the exercises.
     
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  8. dales

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    I just downloaded a sample for my kindle, I could really do with reading 30% faster
     
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  9. JonnyMX

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    Why?

    Read slowly, enjoy, absorb...

    :wink:
     
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  10. Simonvm

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    It's best to practice on easy-reading stuff.
    Technical writing is something you have to process and comprehend so it will read a lot slower than, let's say, a novel or biography.

    I'm doing my exercises on the band of brothers book :)
    Average reading rate before the speedreading exercises is 220 words per minute so I hope to at least double that in a couple of weeks :)
     
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  11. Black Tortoise

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    True, but I'm already reading the A+ book. Reading any other book on top of that is just extra work. Might as well be extra work for something that will pay off and just practise using the A+ book. Plus I'm going to need to read plenty of other IT books ahead of this.
     
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  12. Simonvm

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    Well, I wouldn't practice on anything you have to know by heart, for sure.
    Anyway, once you get the book and read the first chapters that'll become clear I suppose :)

    Once you get to a decent level it shouldn't be a problem though, you'll be processing most texts a lot faster!
     
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  13. Black Tortoise

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    Its all good. What I plan is reading the book once other with my normal reading process. And then once again with the new learned speed reading techniques to really "seal the deal"
     
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