SPEED READING

 

Reading is one of the most important features, capabilities and abilities, you can possess.

Only about 10% of the information you receive, is gained through reading but this information binds-together all the other information.

Many famous people have gone through life without the skill or reading or writing, but they all admit it has been a challenge.

Reading consists of a number of skills, including reading the words correctly and reading at a speed that will allow a large amount of script to be covered in the shortest time.

This course is aimed at only one thing  - to discover the speed at which you read and by following a few of our hints and guides to improvement, you will be able to increase your speed without affecting your retention of the details.

It is important to gain and retain a comprehension of 80% to 100% of what you read, otherwise the effort is wasted.

Remembering facts, is a completely different skill and we are producing a course for this at the moment, for release very soon.

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SPEED READING  applies to those who read at a rate above 2,000 words per minute, with the fastest reader achieving an astonishing 25,000 words per minute.
Most of us read at about 250 to 300 words per minute, but this can be increased to 1,000 words per minute (with 80% comprehension) by following two simple rules:

RULE 1:
Group the words together and focus on these three words. Then move your eyes to the next group of words. This will reduce the number of times you shift your eyes across the page as most of the time is taken by shifting your eyes and focusing on the page.
That's why newspapers have very narrow columns.
The narrow column makes it very easy to read with only one eye-shift or even no-eye-shift.
If you don't have to move your eyes across the page, you can concentrate on moving down the column.

But most texts are in page-format and will require 3 or more shifts.

By increasing the number of words for each eye-shift, your words-per-minute will increase.

 
RULE 2:
Do not use any "crutches" such as pointing or moving your finger across the page. This will slow-down your reading ability.

Do not read faster than your ability to absorb the material.
It is pointless saying "What was that all about?"

Make sure you are not reading the words incorrectly.
To only real way to gauge this mistake is to read aloud and have someone identify the mistakes.
These are all topics for a more-advance course.

This course just records your words-per-minute.


Comprehension is an amazing thing.
Over 55% of people can read the following and understand most of the words:

 
Great minds can read this . . .

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a graet mnid too

55 plepoe out of 100 can.

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On the following pages we have 20 tests. Each test consists of a short story or an educational topic.
Simply click the START button, read the text and click the STOP button.
Your words-per-minute score will appear.
Carry out 2 or 3 of these test each week and concentrate on grouping the words efficiently and reducing the number of eye-shifts.

You will surprised how your speed will increase by concentrating on improving you attention to reading and comprehending.

 

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READING TESTS