Speed Reading For Education
7 Speed Reading EDU is the world's most advanced accelerated reading system for schools. Based on proven principles of faster reading, 7 Speed Reading EDU contains all the features of 7 Speed Reading plus:
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Stephen L. (Reviewer)
If you’ve been using the 7 Speed Reading program, you’ve been practicing one of our recommended techniques for increasing your overall reading speed: widening your area of visual focus. It’s one of the key facets of our on-line training modules, and a proven way to improve the rate at which you take in written information. Our on-line training gives you exercises at various levels to help you learn to expand your visual field, and using the computer for these exercises gives you a way to practice that would be more difficult in any other format.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s an on-line reading technique that may also increase your reading speed, but by narrowing your visual field. It’s called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation, or RSVP. This technique depends on the extremely fast rate at which the human eyes can receive and process information, especially if the eyes do not have to move or change focus in any way. In RSVP, the words of a text are flashed on the screen one at a time (or in groups of two or three), in the same place each time. The reader only has to focus on one point on the screen, and wait for the words to appear.
Some studies have shown that people using RSVP can increase their reading speed by 33% – but only up to a point. RSVP appears to work best with shorter texts, possibly because when a person is required to process large amounts of text it’s very helpful to be able to pause, refer back to a previous section to clarify something, and then continue. As the amount of text increases, we automatically start to create a mental “map” of the information, arranging it in more of a spatial format, which is more difficult to do with text that is being presented to us in a linear mode.
Because RSVP is only possible using on-line text, it’s probably not going to be the best way to decrease the overall time you spend in reading. However, it’s an interesting technique, and with the innovations in both computer technology and scientific research, who knows? The next step might be to wire words directly into your brain, and bypass the eyes altogether!