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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!


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Top 10 Books Every College Student Should Read




David Mitchel


College is one time period of life that lets you fly like a bird (no kidding). After college life really doesn’t give you a lot of chances; first of all, you don’t really get to make true and sincere friends (not usually). Secondly, you cannot free yourself from the pile of responsibilities, even if you want to and lastly you become a part of a never-ending race. There is, however, one small problem – college life doesn’t really show you the real colors of practical world. You do need to get yourself prepared for that; it is very important, otherwise, you will be kicked out soon. No college student is interested in books, especially when it comes to writing an essay on a book, everyone knows that, but these 10 books are just not scripts but some life hacks you need to learn in order not to flunk in exam of life!

Take a look:


1. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee is just one book everyone should read once in their lifetime. The book shall broaden a student’s perspective regarding societal factors. Harper Lee has addressed the issue of class, gender roles, courage and compassion in her book excellently.


2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is another brave attempt of identifying the deep-rooted colonial germs in Afghanistan. It also focuses on bonds between families, in particular a father and a son. It is the best way of looking at the world from a different perspective.


3. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid is a perfect interpretation of desires that arise as globalization flattens. It can turn out to be a great piece for students intending to chase literature in future.


4. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai is a story of a girl from Pakistan that fought for her right to education. It is a brave step against Talibanization that is so brutally evading human lives in contemporary times. Students will realize how important education is for people who don’t have an easy access to it.


5. Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee is the best read for students who have hard time making career choices. It is a story of a girl who battles between her parents’ choices for her future and her own choice for career. The moral is that it shall be you who decides what is best and not others’ expectations.


6. As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer is an example of a boy who started his voyage empty-handed and with support of his friends and family reached to levels of success beyond imagination. It identifies how a common man can ignore Britain’s rigid class structure and still achieve goals and ambitions.


7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a story of an orphaned girl who is a victim of the 19th century social evils. Being treated bad by her aunt and servants she finally gets mentally ill and is sent off to a religious boarding. There she finds her first friend. The story is a flux of emotions, hardships and sufferings.


8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is basically the history of an isolate town called Macondo. A family finds it and starts living. For years the town comes in no contact with the rest of the world but then interaction begins and so do wars and politics. It is a story of births, deaths, love affairs and marriages, defining different phases of a shaping society.


9. The Stranger by Albert Camus is the story of a young man living in Algiers. He experiences different feelings, meets different people and comes across various events. It is a story that will allow students to look deep within them and look at life from a different perspective.


10. The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama is a splendid example of defining pursuit of happiness in life. It is a brilliant piece of writing, where people can easily learn to judge their actions in light of happiness. The writer has beautifully mentioned some rules and principles of happiness, compassion, love and kindness. He defines contentment as the ability to stop chasing what we don’t have and focus on what we have.

There are many other books that could win your heart. All that matters is one’s taste in literature. As the famous saying goes, “Books are your best friends.” They not only serve as the best company in times of solitude but also prove to be great teachers in times of hardships. People who spend more time with books have a level of understanding and maturity higher than the others. This is true to a major extent in case of youngsters too. Young people who read books make more logical decisions. Especially when a student graduates there is not much time for friends and fun, so it is better to cash time with these great books in future too.


Author bio: Dave is an academic college writer writing for various educational platforms, including www.solidessay.com. His article on is how to write a Humanities abstract helps students make their articles and dissertations look professional.

The Wolf Gamer, Baden Ronie, Expounded “geek speak” and More In An Exclusive Interview




Baden Ronie



“Write what you’re passionate about” is advice frequently given to would­be bloggers and online entrepreneurs (along with “don’t forget to check your spelling before hitting the [Publish] key”). Someone who’s turned his passion into blogging is Baden Ronie, who runs the popular site Wolf’s Gaming Blog. We asked Baden about writing and blogging in a recent interview.

7SR: You started your blog out of your passion for gaming and a desire to share information on the topic. After more than five years of writing about gaming, do you find that you’re still as enthusiastic about your blogging?

Generally yes. Now that I play more games than ever I do find myself getting burnt out from time to time, so these days if I’m not actively in the process of reviewing a game I tend not to play anything at all and instead spend my time catching up on movies, reading or chatting with friends.

As for the blogging, it’s largely the same answer. There are those days when you get up and feel like you’re banging your head off a brick wall because views haven’t gone up much over the past month or because nobody seems to be commenting, but then there are days when you get to play a cool game you may have never known about or when you get a pile of comments thanking you for the review that make it feel pretty awesome. There are so many other sites out there that becoming successful is pretty unlikely. Most of the time, though, I feel that so long as even a few people are reading what I write, I’ll keep doing it. Luckily, though, there seems to be a lot of really awesome people who come and check out my site. Yup, I’m pretty damn lucky.

7SR: What do you do to make sure you’re always coming up with new and interesting ways to present information, when you’re talking about similar games, or upgrades to older versions?

I don’t sit down and plan out reviews or how to change up the way I describe certain things. At the end of the day there are so many similarities between mechanics in games that after a while you run out of ways to talk about them. Still, while I’m writing I do attempt to vary the way I approach talking about something. Quite honestly one of the ways I do this is by reading a lot of other reviews. By checking out the style other writers use and how they tackle talking about certain mechanics it provides a little inspiration.

In fact reading in general helps. It’s amazing how much you learn without even realising it. The way different writers piece their sentences together can vary so much. It’s amazing how versatile the English language can be. Perhaps one day I’ll actually be able to write well enough that people will recognize it as English, rather than the mess it is now :)

7SR: Gamers, like other online groups, often have a jargon that only insiders will understand. Some of those words (like “noob”) eventually make it into standard English usage, but other words and phrases are confusing to non­gamers who might be looking for information. How do you handle the difference between “geek speak” and everyday English vocabulary?

I think the bigger question is where exactly do you draw the line between “geek speak” and normal English? Is describing a game as being a cover­based shooter too geeky for most people, or not? These days “geek speak” is almost is a part of the everday English vocabulary, so I don’t actually avoid using it very much. Indeed, l tend to assume that most of my readers are already entrenched within the culture of gaming and understand terms such as “noob.” If I attempted to avoid all “geek speak” then almost every review would increase massively in length because I’d have to describe a lot of basic stuff, such as what a cover­based shooter is. Having said that I try not to pepper my articles with incomprehensible gibberish. Provided a term like “noob”, for example, is presented in the right context I think even the uninitiated can generally understand its meaning, at least enough to accept it and carry on reading. Really it comes down to the fact that if I simplified everything I was saying and attempted to explain each individual element of a game or word then reviews would be messy. It comes down to attempting to concisely describe things while also describing the mechanic, theme etc. as a larger picture.

On the other hand I also review board games, and in those I tend to be a lot more mindful about using terminology that my regular readers may not be familiar with. Whereas with videogames I’m writing to an audience that already known their stuff, with the boardgames I’m hoping some of those videogame fans might read some of the boardgame stuff and check them out, so I actually take the time to stop and quickly explain what a worker­placement game is. How long I’ll keep doing that, though, is hard to say.

I guess when you get right down to it I’m probably not the most accomodating when it comes to people who have don’t have at least a passing knowledge of videogames :)

7SR: In many ways media are seamless, with movies morphing into video games (or vice versa) which leads to online fanfic and blogs like yours. What’s your vision for the future when it comes to gaming and participation in communities devoted to gaming (virtual and IRL)?

Now that is a complex question. Obviously at the moment we have virtual reality entering the picture, having suddenly become a technology that anyone can acquire and have in their living room, provided they can afford the hefty price. At the same time the adoption rate hasn’t been fast, although we can probably safely assume that the high cost of something like the Oculus has a lot to do with that. The headset itself is expensive, as is the computer upgrade most people would need to run it. Until VR becomes much cheaper I don’t see it becoming too common, and thus at least for the forseeable future I don’t think gaming will change too much from what it is right now. Perhaps what is more important in the gaming landscape right now is that consoles are going to start getting hardware upgrades, moving them away from what consoles once were and closer to the PC market.

As for the other topic E­sports seems to be growing and growing, and with it Youtube. Video reviews from people like AngryJoe let people connect more with the reviewer, and through that subtantial followings are built. Written media, on the other hand, is struggling, which is bad news for me since I’m not pretty enough for Youtube! Sadly, though, we’re still seeing plenty of hostility within the gaming community, which the media loves to focus on.

Honestly, I can’t even begin to guess what the future holds for gaming. I’d love to see VR become more affordable, and for the media to grow bored of using videogames as a scapegoat for bar parenting or acts of extreme violence. But more than that I’d like to see larger companies back down from their various anti­consumer policies.While we get treated to many amazing games, we’re also treated pretty poorly by the likes of EA and Ubisoft. Awful pre­order bonuses tha tare designedto boost pre­order numbers with no real benefit to the customer, games being released in buggy states or with poor performance, and questionable microtransactions. These are just some of the problems that need to be solved.

7SR: Ernest Cline’s book “Ready Player One” has been turned into a movie that looks as if it may be as popular as the book. Do you have any plans for writing a book, a movie script, or anything like that?

I’ve thought about writing a book or comic/graphic novel a lot over the last few years. I’ve always got characters, scenes and plot outlines floating around my head. But my problem is that I’m terrible at creating all the smaller things that need to happen along the way. In my mind I know the big things that occur at the beginning, middle and end, but get utterly lost when it comes to joining it all up to create a book­length tale. For this reason I think that if I really want to get into writing some stories I’d start with fanfiction. By choosing to write about characters and worlds I already know I could focus entirely on learning how to structure a story and join all the major plot points up.

My fear is that I’ll write a book and by some strange miracle people will enjoy it, but I’ll be completely unable to write another one. Maybe I’ll just have one book or comic in me. Or maybe I’m the next George R.R. Martin! But y’know, with less death and depression. Actually, scratch that, if I could be even a fraction as good as great, late Terry Pratchett I would be one very, very happy person.

What Ruins Your Writing?





Have you ever stopped to think about your writing skills? If you have, your first thought was probably the words of your favorite (or least favorite) English teacher who was always scolding you about something. Was it word choice? Your lack of orthography skills?

For many people vocabulary and spelling are the two issues that tend to ruin otherwise well-crafted content. If you’re one of these people, you’ll definitely identify with the problems discussed in this article. For example, you may be frustrated by misspellings that seem to appear in your writing no matter how careful you are and how thoroughly you proofread afterward. It’s hard to understand how you can be a good writer and still mix up words that are spelled with only one letter difference, words such as “complement” and “compliment.” If you’re truly frustrated it’s because the mistakes just seem to go on and on.

This frustration is even worse, now that writers are so much in the public eye, and where every piece of digital information we put out there gets scrutinized – often harshly – by others. It’s important that what we put out there for the entire world to see is of the utmost quality. It’s sometimes impossible to find misspellings and misused vocabulary if you don’t have an eye for it. Thankfully, spellcheckers and online grammar services help many people avoid such awkward and embarrassing mistakes.

Or do they? Actually, these computer tools do not provide a long-term sustainable solution. You cannot rely on others to proofread your work. It’s not good to depend on outside editors, whether real people or word processing functions. In fact, it can cost you a lot of money and time in the end.

The trick is to improve your spelling and vocabulary skills once and for all. To enhance your editing skills you should try taking a language class at your community center or local college.

You can also invest in a more discreet, DIY solution: a language improvement program to build your vocabulary and enhance your spelling skills at the same time.

A good vocabulary building software program will help you enrich your vocabulary with new words and concepts for better communication. It will also ensure you learn the correct spelling of these new words, and completely master the orthography of the words whose definition you already know.

So if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to improve your editing skills so that your online and offline writing doesn’t suffer (and make English teachers furious) then invest in a vocabulary builder like Ultimate Vocabulary to expand your working lexicon and improve your orthography skills.

When good vocabulary and spelling skills are in place, you will be able to quickly and effectively proofread your own writing and get rid of embarrassing language usage errors before they’re published for all the world to see.

Don’t forget that polished, error-free online content promotes you as an authority in your niche and makes people value you, and what you contribute, online and through your business.


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Justin Germino, Owner of Dragon Bloggers, Has A Piece of Advice For 7 Speed Reading Readers





Justin Germino


If you’re going to spend a lot of time at the computer, you need to know how to get the most out of that time. Blogger and product reviewer Justin Germino runs the website DragonBlogger, a great resource for anyone looking for tips on how to both save money and make money with their online minutes wherever possible.

7SR: Speed is everything when it comes to computers. Here at 7 Speed Reading, we focus on reading speed and how to maximize it, whether with a print book or an online article. When you read a blog or a book on your computer, what do you do to maximize your own reading speed?

I was always an avid reader, so reading quickly comes naturally to me, but when I have to speed read to absorb information then I tend to do like others do and skip over common words when reading (the, and, but)..etc.  and only read the meat words from a sentence.  In some cases I can just pick out a phrase from a paragraph as key phrases, usually this is when I am looking for specifics.  I don’t tend to like speed readying when reading for fun, because I like to enjoy and make the reading last.

7SR: How much time do you spend writing each day, and how much time reading?

Work or home I spent hours about 2-3 reading something each day, this could be documentation, news, product reviews or simply browsing online information.  I spent about the same amount of time writing, most of it is in the form of emails, but about 1 hour per day is to writing blog posts, reviews or 1000+ word single piece of content items.

7SR: You’ve also got some helpful podcasts on a range of topics; many people are choosing to listen to podcasts rather than read the same information in an article. Do you have a preference?

I have preferences here, for information or technical information I love to read.  I read reviews, technical documents…etc.  For personal I prefer audio books which force me to slow down at the narrator pace.  I am actually not an audio learner, I am a visual learner so audio podcasts or instruction are not the most efficient way for me to learn.  Yet when I am sitting quietly or laying down or on an airplane where there is nothing to distract me, listening to an audio book engages me and gives me the option of learning or enjoying material while driving or doing something that I can’t read while doing.

7SR: What’s your first piece of advice to someone who wants to do what you’ve done, and set up a blog on a topic they’re passionate about?

Think about how you want readers to consume your message, you may be more effective in Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube or one of the dozens of other networks than a blog, at the very least use them to compliment a blog.  You don’t always need to pay for web hosting to share your world, use free services like Tumblr, WordPress.com or other sites, only need paid hosting if you want to truly monetize or have the flexibility to become an affiliate and use plugins.  Try your hand at writing free content, figure out which topic excites you and focus on what you love to share.  I approach building a blog as in what kind I offer to my readers, why would they want to come here, what will they learn or will they be entertained?  Know what you want your readers to get out of reading your content, and make sure you inject personality in whatever you do so you can connect with your readers, everyone is a character, play yours up!

7SR: What’s next for your own blog, and your own personal plans for 2016 and beyond?

Continue adding massive amounts of video content, video content is where it is at and while the written blog posts are still found and searched, my video channels have 3x as much viewership as the written blog this last year and the trend continues where live video and recorded video reign supreme as more people prefer watching video or listening to content rather than reading it.


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Robby Leonardi, Creator of Interactive Resume, Shares His Insight of Print Book vs e-Books





Robby Leonardi


One of the things that expert speed readers know how to do is to pick out the most important information from a page of text. An employer looking through a stack of resumes uses the same techniques to find keywords related to the skills they’re looking for – but if you want to be the successful candidate, you’ll need format your resume to highlight those same skills and stand out from the crowd. Of course, you could always write a small video game to present your credentials, right? Well, that’s what Robby Leonardi has done. We talked to Robby recently about speed reading and information management.

7SR: Yours is the first “interactive resume” we’ve seen here at eReflect. How did you come up with the idea?

I always want to create an interactive resume because I saw that some designers already did that. I also wanted to create a game at that time. So I decided to combine those into one single project. I never saw anyone did game theme resume, so I thought this would be a very unique project.

7SR: You’ve worked for a major TV channel doing graphic design and website content development. How do you arrange information on the webpage or screen to make it easy to read and understand?

I arrange them based on the priority of those website elements. I tend to put everything important at the top and less important at the bottom. But sometimes I shift those elements a bit if it is better visually.

7SR: It seems like every company has multiple media streams directed to their clients and potential customers, and that’s a lot of information that those people have to read. How do you handle this information overload, and what are your coping strategies for reading and processing all of those emails and other mailings?

To tell the truth, I still have no strategy how to handle this. I still read those messages from many different media stream.

7SR: What are your top three tips for making a website’s text attractive and easy to use?

Combine 2 or 3 different fonts and play with their sizes.

7SR: With all of your involvement in online media, do you still read printed books? What’s your opinion of print media vs. e-books?

I rarely read printed books nowadays. Usually it is almost always e-book. Print media will still exist, but it will be very few in the future.


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80 Years Old And 3 Miles A Day: One Woman’s Environmental Fight




You Will Surely Be Amazed By How An 80-Year Old Woman Helps Our Environment Clean

Slow Down For Better Productivity





Sometimes, fast-paced lifestyles don’t cut it. You’d think that reading, eating and working faster would catapult your productivity into a new level of efficiency, but the truth is  that such an energy-depleting way of living can lead to burnout instead.

There’s only so much stress and pressure one person can handle. While power drinks and coffee might offer you that desperately needed push, sometimes to be productive you must slow down. Yes, I said slow down.

Before you dismiss my proposal as impossible, hear me out. It might sound ironic but it’s true; we’ve been trained to think that the faster we engage with tasks the better our results. But this is only partially true. If what we’re after is long-term, sustainable productivity then the key is to slow down a bit. With less stress burdening your shoulders you boost your clarity and efficiency, ultimately allowing yourself to be more productive.

Thanks, but no thanks

It’s important to turn down extra projects, overtime work, and anything else that puts extra strain on your already packed schedule. If people come to know you as the “yes, of course I will” person, then you will soon find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of tasks and responsibilities constantly deluging you, and you’ll find it increasingly harder to say “no.”

Saying “sorry, no” reminds people of your own humanity and limitations, and its nurtures others’ respect for you. Fewer responsibilities mean less workload, which then equals better productivity. Simple math here.

It’s all in the present moment

To manage to be productive even at a slowed-down pace requires that you practice mindfulness. Stop worrying over others’ future expectations and opinions of you. Rather, focus on what you need and should accomplish right now.

You can do this by focusing in the present moment. Forget the bigger picture and just be at peace with what you didn’t manage to do (your past) and what you should do (your future). This way you are mindful of what you’re capable of achieving right this moment.

This realization is what will boost your productivity, even if you are working in what it seems to be ridiculously slow-motion.

Sleep, what’s that?

It shouldn’t be optional, period. Sleep has been found to be more important than exercise and its essential role in your well-being is unquestionable. Sleep helps you better control your diet and food intake, while sleep deprivation makes you prone to mistakes and less resistant to fatty and sugary snacks.

With more sleep, you will achieve a consistent and enhanced brain functionality, increase your alertness, and overall perform better with less effort. No project, event or circumstance is more important than sleep.

Our society fosters fast-paced lifestyles; we’re expected to speed read, touch type at 150 wpm, and constantly multi-task so that we can fit everything we need to do into a tight 24 hour time frame. While this increased speed can improve our productivity in the short term, slowing down is important for both our well-being and work performance.  Having overwhelming schedules is not obligatory. It’s an option, and a choice we make each day.

You can change this by being more mindful of your daily routines, focusing more on your health and well-being by resting, turning down more responsibilities, getting enough sleep, and just slowing down from time to time, to recuperate.

Helping Children Learn to Spell Through Reading





The more children read, the more words they learn, and the more words they’ll be able to spell correctly. Even if a child does not actively try to learn the correct spelling of a word, the more times they see it while reading, the faster that spelling will be stored in their memory. If a child is not old enough to read for themselves, parents can start the learning process by reading aloud and having the child follow the words on the page.

Parents can encourage independent reading by helping children realize that reading is fun, and not just something they are required to do at school. If your child is interested in a particular activity or hobby – dance, skateboarding, music, computers – then you can help them find books on those subjects at the local public library. Instead of taking them to the toy store with their holiday money, lead them to a good bookstore instead. They’ll get into the habit of finding their entertainment in a book, and will start reading more on their own.

Keep children engaged in the learning process while they read by asking questions about the book. To help them work on their spelling, try asking these questions in e-mail messages that require them to write a response. If you make this a regular pattern, and show your interest without making the children feel like you’re testing and grading them, they’ll be happy to share what they’re learning.

While it’s possible to figure out the meaning of words just by reading them in context, there will be words that your child doesn’t know. Help them learn how to use a dictionary to look up words. When you’re traveling or walking around town together, point out interesting or unusual words, especially if they have uncommon spelling patterns. For example, if you’re at the zoo, you might visit the aardvark, the leopard, or the rhinoceros. When you’re back home, ask your child to draw a picture and write the name of the animal below it, and help them understand that there may be differences between the way a word is spelled and the way it’s pronounced.

Above all, stay involved in your child’s education – your support and encouragement will motivate them to learn!