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5 Ways For Students Which Are Actually Increase Reading Speed (Guest Post)




Alyssa Johnson


Many students think that only geniuses have the power to read books at high speed. Every normal human being can increase his/her reading speed. This is because reading does not deal with inherent capabilities such as the mind utilization capacity. It deals with conditioning one’s motor skills and human recognition (ability to process information quickly). In other words, every student can learn it. It is evident that speed-reading comes with many benefits. Some of these advantages include saving time (you may find that lunch breaks great for reading) and going through many texts. Let us review five ways or tips, if you will, on how you can increase your reading speed as a student.

Determine your reading speed

This is the initial step towards fast reading. It tests reading speed or how fast can you read a particular text. You do this by counting the number of characters and words in each sentence. After counting the number of characters and words in a sentence, count the number of sentences in a page. Multiply the number of sentences with the number of words on a page. Now read at your average reading speed with a set timer maybe in seconds on in minutes. If you do not have a timer, you can use online apps or programs. In case the time goes off before finishing the page, stop reading and count the number of sentences you have read. Do this from time to time using the same page until you minimize time spent in reading. To gauge your advancement, use super-fast reading programs found through various websites

Get rid of sub-vocalization

Sub-vocalization are those small voices one hears while reading. In most cases, students vocalize nearly every word in their heads. This results in confusion and hence slow reading. You do not have to say the words to process what they mean. Learn how to look at words on the page and try your best to process their meaning. You may think that this is impossible, but your mind is made in a way that it interprets texts. This trains you to minimize your reading time as you advance from one level to another.

Use of the pointers

To avoid wandering of your eyes, you need to use a pointer. You may not realize the movement. However, even those small movements from what you are supposed to be reading consume your time. By use of pointers, you maintain your eye contact and focus on what you are reading. This technique comes with regular practice. At the initial stage, use a pointer and then pace yourself by reading one line in a second. Advance and pace yourself regarding minutes as the pointer slides across the page. You should training until you move at the speed of the pointer. Repeat these processes as many times as possible until your eyes move at the pace of the pointer. You must read and try to understand all the words in the page to be a successful fast reader.

Use of peripheral vision

Reading and understanding do not mean you read every word in a sentence. You may find a student reading from the first word of every line to the last word. This is time-consuming. Scanning is the best technique. Train your eyes to scan quickly over words. You can do this through focusing on the middle line of a sentence and then allow the peripheral vision to interpret and process the rest. If possible, skip few words at the start and the end of each sentence. By use of these techniques, you read only the relevant words. All you need is to practice and try your level best to stay focused. This is essential even when you seek help in writing papers.

Avoid re-reading words in a page

Flitting and jumping back and forth on a page means more time is spent in reading. You do not want to be caught up in a scenario where it takes you weeks to paraphrase exercises that probably require one day. As discussed in the above speed-reading techniques, you can use the pointers to read every word. You can also use a bookmark or your finger as a guide in reading. Gauge your comprehension after you are done with reading to avoid confusion.

7 Simple Speed Reading Tricks for Beginners




With a few improvement in how you read, you can quickly improve your reading speed and save a lot of time. But first, forget everything you know about reading rules you’ve been taught as a child. Reading as an adult comes with a lot of hacks and strategies. Here are seven of the best:

Speed Reading Trick #1: Skim and Scan

Long-form reading is not always important or necessary. You need to be critical in what you choose to read by developing your “skim and scan” habits. Scan the piece of content in front of you for key sections in the main body, and always pay attention to the introduction and conclusion where the main ideas are often recapped. That allows you to skip over anything that isn’t essential to the information you need to get from the text. With 7 Speed Reading™ you’ll learn the techniques that help you quickly locate essential content in all of your documents.

Speed Reading Trick #2: Selective Reading

Any piece of text contains a lot of filler words: words that often facilitate meaning, but aren’t necessarily required to understand the essential details. This means that you don’t truly need to focus on these words to make out the meaning of a sentence. Take the following excerpt from a 7 Speed Reading™article:

“The Winter 2014 semester class going on now focuses on films, poetry, photography, essays and a heavy dose of the mushrooming subgenre of speculative fiction known as climate fiction, or ‘cli-fi’, novels like ‘Odds Against Tomorrow’ by Nathaniel Rich, and ‘Solar,’ by Ian McEwan.”

The highlighted words are the key words that you need to focus on. The rest are descriptive language, conjunctions, and other extra information you don’t really need to read to understand the paragraph’s meaning. There are dozens of professionally-designed exercises in 7 Speed Reading™ that train your eyes to find and focus on the key words in the text.

When you’re reading a longer paragraph, always start by reading the first and last sentence to get the gist of the paragraph. You’d be surprised how much you can learn by reading only these two sentences out of each long paragraph.

Point and Read

If you’re reading on a computer, use your cursor to accelerate the reading pace. If you’re reading a book or journal, try using your index finger to guide your eyes to move faster. This tip helps you to stop yourself from re-reading what you’ve just read, and increases your focus on the text so that you comprehend what you read, even if you’re reading much faster. The accelerated training program in 7 Speed Reading™ uses moving text displays to help you focus on the text in front of you.

Stop the Voices In Your Head

Even if your tongue and mouth don’t move, and even if no noise comes out of your mouth when you’re reading, you might still notice a voice in your head that “reads” what you read. This is called subvocalization and it’s a technique that helps us process what we’re reading when we first learn to read as a child. One way to avoid subvocalization is to read in chunks of words rather than word by word, and 7 Speed Reading™ uses this “chunking” method in many exercises and activities to train your eyes to read word groups. Because your mind cannot process a set of words all at once, you won’t automatically try to sound them out, and that will save you time.

Trust Your Brain

This tip goes along with the “selective reading” hack. Your mind is very good at filling in missing details, and if you’re getting the sense of text from the important words, you don’t have to worry about the rest of the paragraph. In fact, your eyes are actually seeing all of the words, even if you’re only consciously reading a few of them. Trust your eyes and your brain to automatically read and store the rest of the words, and don’t be tempted to re-read text over and over again. The many reading comprehension tests in 7 Speed Reading™ help you develop the confidence you need to be a top speed reader.

Cover the Page

If you can’t get out of the habit of re-reading text, make it impossible to do so. When you’re reading printed material, use a blank piece of paper to cover the text from top to bottom as your read down the page. If you’re reading on line, adjust the display so that the line of text you’re reading is at the absolute top, and then use the cursor key to scroll down line by line as you read. When you practice with 7 Speed Reading™ you’ll see this technique in action during the “Text Highlighter” exercises.

Learn More Words

One big thing that slows down a lot of people is having to stop and look up words, or figure out what a word means. If you have a bigger vocabulary, you’ll be able to read without stopping. To save time, keep a notebook (or on-screen notepad) handy and jot down unfamiliar words as you read, and then make a note of their definitions. Use these notes for vocabulary practice later so you’ll never have to look them up again. And the more you read, the more words you’ll learn, so read as many different types of text as you can. With 7 Speed Reading™ you can easily access and import text documents from almost any source, so you’ll never run out of things to read, and words to learn!

 

GRE Reading Comprehension Practice




Taking and passing the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a requirement to get into most advanced university programs in English-speaking countries. Students who are pursuing a doctorate in their field will need to take the GRE General Test, and may also be required to take one of the GRE Subject Tests. In these exams, students are required to show their ability to read and analyze texts in the reading comprehension section.

Good reading comprehension is based on having a good vocabulary. Obviously, if the text you’re asked to analyze contains one or more words that you don’t know, you’ll find it harder to accurately discuss the meaning and content of the text. We’ve found a passage from H. G. Wells’ “The Outline of History” that’s related to vocabulary. Read the text, then answer the questions we’ve provided, which are modeled on questions you’ll encounter in the GRE.

It is improbable that there was ever such a thing as a common human language. We know nothing of the language of Paleolithic man; we do not even know whether Paleolithic man talked freely. We know that Paleolithic man had a keen sense of form and attitude, because of his drawings; and it has been suggested that he communicated his ideas very largely by gesture. Probably such words as the earlier men used were mainly cries of alarm or passion or names for concrete things, and in many cases they were probably imitative sounds made by or associated with the things named. The first languages were probably small collections of such words; they consisted of interjections and nouns. Probably the nouns were said in different intonations to convey different meanings. If Paleolithic man had a word for “horse” or “bear,” he probably showed by tone or gesture whether he meant “bear is coming,” “bear is going,” “bear is to be hunted,” “dead bear,” “bear has been here,” “bear did this,” and so on. Only very slowly did the human mind develop methods of indicating action and relationship in a formal manner. Modern languages contain many thousands of words, but the earlier languages could have consisted only of a few hundred. It is said that even modern European peasants can get along with something less than a thousand words, and it is quite conceivable that so late as the Early Neolithic Period that was the limit of the available vocabulary. Probably men did not indulge in those days in conversation or description. For narrative purposes they danced and acted rather than told. They had no method of counting beyond a method of indicating two by a dual number, and some way of expressing many. The growth of speech was at first a very slow process indeed, and grammatical forms and the expression of abstract ideas may have come very late in human history, perhaps only 400 or 500 generations ago.

Question 1: According to Wells, is a large vocabulary necessary for communication?

Question 2: How does Wells imagine Paleolithic man communicating the difference between the phrases “bear is coming” and “bear is going”?

Question 3: What is the main difference that Wells finds between modern language and the earliest forms of language?


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How and When Did Reading Start?





People are so used to using written language that it’s almost impossible to imagine how the arts of reading and writing were first discovered. How weirdly magnificent a moment that must have been when they were invented. Although no one knows exactly when or where the first inspiration struck, we can enjoy the thought of a Neanderthal standing in front of a cave wall, saying, “Okay, this symbol will mean ‘we are hungry’ and this one will mean ‘forest’ and this set of symbols will mean ‘bears here, stay away’ …” – even though it never really happened like that.

In fact, the invention of writing was a gradual process, rather than a one-time thing. And while historians are in disagreement as to the exact time true writing was brought to life, it’s presumed to have taken place about six thousand years ago.

Reading glyphs and graphemes out loud

Before letters became language, the first languages were glyphs. And we still have their modern equivalent: emojis. Like early pictographs and glyphs, drawings have long been used to communicate in a way that’s more lasting than the oral record.

Many specialists in early civilizations confirm that reading these graphemes was something that was likely done out loud, rather than silently. The concept of deciphering these graphemes without reading them for all to hear was not a concept people were familiar with for centuries.

What’s most important, reading or writing?

Today linguistic rules, literary strategies, and critical analysis skills enable us to arrive at common interpretations of standard symbols. Reading is widely perceived to be a creative, cognitively complex process. However, during the Enlightenment, reading was considered inferior to writing.

Reading was deemed to be a passive, uneventful activity. In contrast, writing was considered a vivid sign of people actively participating in and contributing to their societies. Historians see reading and writing as connecting the values and sociocultural attitude of people during the Age of Enlightenment.

Today: Reading as a powerful tool

In today’s world, literacy is not only a fundamental human right. It’s considered the foundation for lifelong learning.

Advanced societies believe literacy to be essential to the development of humanity and human cultures. Several initiatives around the world currently promote literacy programs for underdeveloped nations and minorities in Western civilizations where financial constraints put education and literacy in the back seat.

Today, there’s no question as to what’s best and what people should prefer. Both reading and writing are instrumental to our personal and professional growth and continue to be the preferred channels for communication, entertainment, and cultural exchange.

Importance Of Speed Reading For Children, Teens, And Adults





Reading will be a part of every day for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading tweets, books, legal documents, or your daughter’s homework, reading is a way of obtaining information that is vital to our survival and success as human beings.

Yet for all that, most people are never taught a productive way to read. Instead, children learn the basics, but they often learn bad reading habits at the same time. Only when we’re older do we realize just how crucial it is to learn the right way to speed read.

The benefits of speed reading are numerous. You probably know about many of them already. But have you put that knowledge to use?

Remember, when you speed read you improve  your comprehension and expand your understanding of the topic. As a result you become an expert at – and an authority on – what you do.

Because of the sheer amount of knowledge you accumulate, you’ll also be able to exert influence and inspire others. In short, speed reading is the springboard to success. But success requires strategy, not shortcuts.

Speed Reading for Children

“But wait,” you might think, “surely speed reading is secondary to teaching children the basics of how to read!” The problem is that most children never go past the basics, and continue early reading habits like subvocalization and regression into adulthood.

A child can grow up still sounding out the words in their head as they read (subvocalization). They still go back to re-read whole passages of text (regression) because they weren’t paying attention. As an adult, you’re being slowed down by these habits learned in childhood.

That’s why it is so important to teach the right reading skills from the start. Offer children the tools and know-how to read fast without sacrificing comprehension. And when you read a lot and read the right things, a world of opportunities opens up, and the road to realizing your dreams becomes real.

Imagine the time you’ll save and the amount of books you’ll read once you learn to read words in groups instead of one by one. Once you stop backtracking and reading text twice to be sure you understand. Once you have developed the critical skills needed to skim through paragraphs and chapters and only slow down in important sections of a book or textbook.

Speed Reading for Students

The good news is that with the proliferation of cloud-based apps and speed reading software you can quickly improve your reading speed.

Learning to let go of time-consuming reading habits becomes easier when you have software or a virtual tutor to guide you through the essential skill-building exercises.

Speed reading is not a buzzword. Speed reading is not difficult to master. It’s a skill you can acquire through practice and the right guidance.

Let me explain.

Take the sentence “Mary gave John and Julia the keys to her apartment.”

This sentence contains 10 words. You can read it word after word or slice it into two semantic clusters, choosing to ignore words such as ‘and’ and ‘the’ and ‘to.’ Why?

Because these words are not giving you the gist of the sentence. Words like ‘gave’ and ‘keys’ and ‘apartment’ do, and its keywords like those that you need to focus on. Students have a lot of reading to do, and keyword recognition is a speed-reading skill that helps them keep up with even the heaviest course load.

Speed Reading for Adults

It’s obvious that speed reading is all about being smart about your reading. It’s what will ultimately save you time, improve your knowledge base, and keep you a step ahead of the competition. Reading clusters of words instead of one word at a time is one way to learn to read faster. For example, software or online tools will help improve your eye fixation rate and span, which increases the number of words you can read at one time. A good online app will also help you to eliminate subvocalisation and reduce backtracking.

This might sound like a lot to start learning as an adult, but you can learn at any age. In fact, you can master these skills right now. Speed reading will benefit you at every point in your life and give you the seeds to grow your own tree of success and happiness.


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5 Little Things You Need To Know About Speed Reading





Speed reading is your ticket to the world of knowledge. Here are 5 things you need to know about this must-have skill.

Speed reading is impossible without fixing bad reading habits first

Regression, limited fixation, and vocalization are just three of the many bad reading habits that prevent many people from speed reading. Or at least doing so at their full capacity. But please do not blame your primary school teacher. It’s not their fault.

However, you can change these reading habits now. Learn to get rid of them and make room for speed reading habits that will boost your reading speed.

About 30% of your reading time is spend on rereading

Seems like an awful lot of time wasted, doesn’t it? Regression and backtracking are the two main reasons you’re not reading as fast as you could.

Lack of focus, distractions, and the move from paper reading to digital reading all have a role to play in how much you backtrack when reading.

You can eliminate regression, the act of re-reading material either unconsciously or consciously, by making it impossible to do so. Let me explain. Use a pointer to force your eyes to only read what’s in front of you. A pen or cursor can do the trick.

If you’re reading a book or newspaper try using a blank sheet of paper or another book to cover every line you just read. This will force you to be more focused because  you know that you cannot go back to re-read!

Reading fast is all about improving comprehension

Reading at 900 or 1000 wpm is useless if you cannot retain any information. Speed reading is all about your goals, but your two goals should be speed and comprehension working together.

To speed read is not to have your eyes scan content as fast as you can. It’s about being a selective reader where you read slowly when an important argument is made, you start skimming through pieces that are redundant or supplementary, and overall you read at a pace that’s comfortable enough to facilitate comprehension yet fast enough to be time-efficient.

Put simply, speed reading ultimately boils down to being a discerning, critical reader.

Speed reading is an essential skill for today’s professionals

Reading faster is more than saving a few hours every week. It’s about having the opportunity to learn new skills and gather new knowledge. In other words, it’s about staying a step ahead of your competitors and colleagues.

Being a speed reader opens up a whole new world for you, from better career prospects to increased influence and expertise in your company and at a wider community level. Speed reading is your opportunity to move ahead and to stand out.

Educator and entrepreneur Evelyn Wood created the first speed reading course, named Reading Dynamics. That was in 1959. A lot has changed since and speed reading courses have been fine-tuned and optimized, now offering a comprehensive speed reading learning experience with tangible yet impressive results.  7 Speed Reading, for instance, can help you read three times your current speed through the power of technology, progress tracking, and step-by-step video tutorials.

Any bit of help matters

Speed reading is a complex cognitive process. It requires a combination of alertness and mental focus and of course learnable skills like using your peripheral vision to expand your eye fixation, eliminating regression, and reducing vocalization to a minimum.

While it is possible to learn to speed read in a self-directed manner, using a speed reading app can offer you the right tools and techniques to speed read in less time and with less practice.


7 Speed Reading is designed to be the world’s most powerful speed reading training program. If you want to learn speed reading, 7 Speed Reading is the best option.

Master Speed Reading Skills With These 3 Keys To Success





Learning a new skill can be hard. But you can make learning easy with the right tools! Learning to speed read ultimately boils down to discovering and practicing some key principles while building up your skills.

Speed reading is 99% practice

To speed read you need to eliminate subvocalization, or when you hear and shape words with your mouth and in your head. That’s a fact. And that’s the first step to mastering speed reading. There are several simple techniques that help you fight this habit, but only practice will get rid of it entirely.

You’ve been reading in a certain way because that’s what you were taught to do in school. Now you need to unlearn those old methods and acquire new speed-reading habits! And it’s only through consistent practice you’re going to make it happen.

Amp up your speed reading gradually

In other words, start small. You cannot expect to speed read a medical textbook after a few hours of practicing subvocalization elimination and cluster reading. You need to start small, and practice with books or text that is at your current reading level to help you get in the speed reading mode. It will be easier to concentrate and implement everything you learn when the content is with you and not against you.

It’s also important to be relaxed when you learn to speed read, and starting off with easy stuff does help. You’ll know when you’re ready to move on to more difficult texts.

You’re not on your own

Don’t be that person who sabotages their own learning process because you don’t know how to find help when you need it. If there are tricks and hacks to help you speed read, please use them.

Use a ruler, or a pen, or a card to guide your eyes at the desired speed to the next cluster of words.

This simple device can help you speed up your reading without exerting too much effort. By changing the circumstances, you’re forcing yourself to adapt to the new speed-optimized reality of reading.

Remember, speed reading is all about making smart choices. These three best practices will help you speed read, and read smarter, not harder!


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What You Need To Know About Vocalization in Speed Reading





If you’ve ever tried to speed up your reading, you probably realized right away just how difficult it is to avoid sounding out the words in your head. It’s something called vocalization, and it’s one of the most persistent reading habits you need to get rid of in order to speed read to the maximum of your brain’s capacity.

What is vocalization or subvocalization in reading?

When you “hear” the words you’re reading on a paper or screen, even if only inside your head, you’re doing what’s called vocalization. You’re reading with your mouth instead of just your eyes, and this inevitably slows you down.

For most people, the eyes go faster than the mouth. That means reading silently is much faster than pronouncing words and phrases out loud. It is difficult to speed read as fast as you’d like if you still engage in this time-consuming habit.

To be clear up front, vocalization is very difficult to completely eradicate. Even the most proficient speed readers sometimes vocalize, but they know how to keep it in check.

Why you should get rid of vocalization when you read

If everyone does it, you might ask, why should I worry about it? Here are a few reasons:

You’ll Read Faster

When you vocalize every single word you read you are slowing down your reading speed. People who can speed read at 800 wpm vocalize very little – that’s what allows them to read at this pace in the first place.

You’ll Improve Comprehension

If you vocalize the words you read, you’re putting extra cognitive burden on your brain. When you speed read, all of your brain needs to be focused on processing what you are reading, and not  on sounding the words out in your head (or worse, murmuring them out loud). The more focused you are on comprehension, the more you can extract from what you read.

How to eliminate vocalisation when you speed read

As you’ve realized by now, vocalization sabotages your speed reading ambitions. It’s completely unnecessary and slows you down to the point of ridiculousness.

To stop subvocalization you need to push yourself into reading whole clusters of words. While still maintaining a reading pace slightly faster than your comfortable speed.

When you see words, and even whole phrases, as semantic entities, you leave no alternative to your brain but to fast-process what you read in order to quickly move onto the next chunk.

As a result, you have no time or ability to sound the words in your mouth or head.


7 Speed Reading is designed to be the world’s most powerful speed reading training program. If you want to learn speed reading, 7 Speed Reading is the best option.

How To Increase Your Reading Speed By A Factor Of Three





Speed reading is all the rage these days. We have little time and so much to read through that being able to read more without sacrificing comprehension is an essential skill more and more students and professionals want to master.

You can improve your reading speed and get up to 3 times faster, simply by letting go of reading habits you learned in primary school and by adopting skills that are more … 21st century compatible, shall we say. Let’s dig in!

Read chunks of words, not word after word

At school you learned to read in a linear manner. Spell out every sound, syllable, and word before moving on to the next. It’s a great practice for children who are just starting to learn to read, but it’s not helpful when you want to read at 500 or 600 words per minute.

When we read we fixate our eyes on a particular area in front of us. To read faster you need to have the fewest number of fixation points per line as possible in order to read faster through each line. This is reading in saccades, jumping from one fixation point to the next in little bursts.

Each fixation act lasts as little as 0.25 of a second, so imagine how much improvement you will achieve by having only one or two fixation points per line! This will greatly improve your words-per-minute rate.

To achieve this you have to learn to use your peripheral vision when reading. Instead of fixating on a single word, focus your eyes in the blank space between two words so that you must read both the word on the left side of the space and on the right side at the same time.

After some time you’ll be able to read more than two words at once using your peripheral vision and by expanding your fixation area.

The only way is forward

Fixation is not the only problem when it comes to speed reading mastery. You also need to eliminate regression.

This is another leftover habit from when you were young and just starting out to read. You would spell out a word, and then instantly read the whole thing to get what you’re reading.

This habit as an adult, however, will completely ruin your speed reading potential. If you constantly back-skip to reread words and whole sentences because you weren’t paying attention, you’re spending too much time. It is estimated that about one third of your reading time is spent rereading stuff  you just read either because you consciously didn’t get it the first time, or because it is something your brain is still trying to process in the old letter-by-letter method.

Either way, you need to reduce regression to a minimum in order to read more in less time. What you can do:

– Prevent yourself from re-reading a phrase of word – unless of course you absolutely have to!

– Use a pointer to keep your reading speed at a high level. Using your index finger, your cursor, or a pen will force your eyes to read faster. Of course, to achieve this you first need to increase your focus and alertness so that every phrase you read is understood and you can move on to the next without backtracking.

By eliminating these two bad habits of regression and vocalization you will be able to read at as much as three times your current reading rate. Remember, speed reading takes practice and the more you practice the faster you will read!


7 Speed Reading is designed to be the world’s most powerful speed reading training program. If you want to learn speed reading, 7 Speed Reading is the best option.