Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
How You Can Double, Triple, or Even Quadruple Your Reading Speed! > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

How You Can Double, Triple, or Even Quadruple Your Reading Speed!

Are you drowning in a sea of unread papers? Do you feel frustrated because you cannot keep up with your reading assignments? You may have wondered if you should take a speed-reading course. Or can you learn to improve your reading ability by yourself?

The good news is that if you are committed and actually do the work, you can develop your own speed-reading program at home. You can greatly increase your reading speed without sacrificing comprehension.

How do you start to improve your reading speed? The first step is to determine what your current reading speed is.

Find some reading material to practice with, such as an article in a magazine, or use a chapter of a book. Set a timer for a short period, such as five or ten minutes. Start reading at your regular speed, and see how far you can get in the time allotted. Do not try to read faster or slower than normal; the object here is to find out what your regular reading speed is. When the time is finished, mark the page so you know exactly how far you read. You will need to count how many words you read in this amount of time.

Now, using the same article set the timer again, for the same number of minutes. Start at the point in your article where you left off the last time. Do not re-read exactly the same material that you have just finished.

This time, concentrate on reading much faster than you did the first time. Go as fast as you can while still taking in every word and maintaining your comprehension. Calculate your reading speed and compare it to your first effort. Did your score improve? Try again, striving to read even faster without sacrificing comprehension.

If your performance has measurably speeded up, notice whether you feel relaxed or tense. Are you telling yourself that reading fast is hard? Many of the roadblocks you face in going faster are mental, in your mind, and can be changed.

Many people have developed bad reading habits that slow them down. See if you make any of the following errors.

When you read, do you read word for word? Or do you sweep your eyes across phrases and sentences? Trying to take in every single word will slow you down and even interfere with your comprehension. Why? Because in the English language, the meaning of sentences is built up from groups of words, from the way phrases and clauses are put together. Halting at every single word can keep you from absorbing the meaning of the entire sentence.

You can actually take in the meaning of a sentence better by using your eyes to sweep across phrases and clauses, rather than slowing down to take in each word separately.

A very common bad reading habit is called "sub-vocalization". You have probably noticed that many young children who are just learning to read will sound out syllables and words to themselves. Many people continue to do this even as adults. The habit of sub-vocalization is a drag on your potential reading speed because your brain can take in and process information much faster than you can sub-vocalize.

You can actually look at printed information and have it enter directly into the mind without moving your lips or sounding out the words in your head. If you have been sounding out the words in your mind while you read, you will not be reading at your optimal level. From now on, consciously make the effort to take in meaning from the printed page without hearing the words spoken in your mind.

Another bad habit that slows down reading speed is going back and re-reading a line or phrase every time you think you may have missed a word. In many cases, going back to read the line again does not really improve comprehension. Simply eliminating this one negative habit could double your reading speed!

Consciously practice making the effort to keep on reading, refusing to back track, until it becomes second nature for you.

Most people when reading will sweep their eyes across each line of print from left to right. When they get to the end of the line at the right, their eyes jump to the beginning of the next line at the left. This is not always necessary, and it will slow you down. If you are reading columns that are not very wide, you may not need to sweep your eyes across every line from left to right. Practice looking at the center of the lines, and move your eyes down the column of print. See if you can still take in the meaning of the entire line this way.

How can you tell if you still understand the material when you increase your reading speed? How do you know if you are missing something important? Getting through an article faster is of little benefit if you don't understand most of it, or if you miss some vital points.

Every time you finish an exercise to improve your reading speed, ask yourself, "What was the article about? What were the main points? What were the supporting arguments presented?"

Write down what you understood and can remember. Then go back and read the original more slowly and carefully. Check it against what you have remembered. Were you correct in your understanding of what the article was about? Did you understand most of the main points? Did you miss anything important?

Keep track of how your reading scores change over time. With practice you should be able to greatly improve your reading speed while maintaining a good level of comprehension.

Retraining your eyes and brain may require a committed effort on your part, but the results will be worth it in terms of reading speed gained. Stay relaxed and confident while you practice.

Royane Real is the author of several downloadable self improvement books available at her website. She has spent over twenty years as a science educator. This article is taken from her new book "How to Be Smarter - Use Your Brain to Learn Faster, Remember Better, and Be More Creative" and you can check it out at http://www.royanereal.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

American Veterinarian

Time Management Secrets
American Veterinarian
Rather than succumbing to always being a few steps behind, consider implementing these tips to become more organized and “find” time to work on projects that are most vital to your success. Practice Accountability Accountability is an extremely ...


ZNBC

“TIME MANAGEMENT CRITICAL”
ZNBC
Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training Director Alex Simumba says there is need for Africa to redefine itself by becoming a better manager of time. Mr. Simumba says most African countries have remained poor because they are not good time ...


New York Magazine

The 10 Best Books on Productivity, According to People Who Get Things Done
New York Magazine
So for this reading list on the best productivity books and books on time management, I reached out to a broad range of experts from academia, business, journalism, and tech. That list includes Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Girlboss and author of ...


Brandon Frere Believes in Strengthening Time Management Skills by Defining Mindset, Philosophy and Goals
PR Newswire (press release)
PETALUMA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Time management skills are often used to define what is important, estimate the time it will take to finish tasks and prioritize and order the tasks that need to be done. For an entrepreneur, each aspect ...

and more »

Tech.eu (blog)

Norwegian startup Memory secures $5 million for its AI-based time management tools
Tech.eu (blog)
Norway-based startup Memory that works on AI-powered time tracking and time management solutions for businesses has raised $5 million in a funding round led by Concentric and Investinor, with participation from existing investor SNÖ Ventures.


Refinery29

These Time Management Apps Will Help You Do The Most
Refinery29
Sometimes we all need a little bit of outside help with organization, productivity, and focusing, so ahead, we rounded up the best time management apps for whether you're a student, a freelancer juggling multiple gigs, or just a 9-to-5er without enough ...


Yahoo News

28 tools to help you improve your time management and work habits
Yahoo News
This tool is a great solution for managing billable time: tracking it, issuing invoices, process payments, and analyzing revenue data. It includes a time-tracker that allows to track time expenses against clients and projects, leave notes to tracked ...


The Enterprisers Project

Time management: A key tip for rising IT leaders
The Enterprisers Project
The best leadership advice I was ever given was to remember that no one ever has enough time to do everything they want. Prioritizing based on the value you bring to the business is always the most important responsibility. This advice from my director ...


The Vector: NJIT's Student Newspaper

Dear Highlander: Time Management
The Vector: NJIT's Student Newspaper
I'm having trouble managing my time well. I always know when everything is dueand budget my time, but things never turn out the way I planned or wanted them to.What are some tricks you've learned to help you do things you want to do/study/complete ...


Courier Mail

Australians are being crippled under time pressures, here's how you can regain some time
Courier Mail
News Corp Australia has spoken to researchers and academics across the country who have given their insights into the issue of time management and how we can all lead a much less stressful life by making better use of our time at work and at home.

Google News

Time Management Training - A Necessary Investment or A Waste Of Money?

Many organisations view time management training as something they'll spend... Read More

The WIT to WIN

What are the most important things you should accomplish today?... Read More

10 Time-Saving Calendar & Scheduling Tips

Nowhere is the line drawn more clearly between 'Industrial brains'... Read More

Time: Do You Spend it or Invest it?

Time is our greatest and most precious asset. Time is... Read More

3 Ways To Do More With Less Time

We live in a world where more is expected of... Read More

Time Management: 11 Tips

Work more efficiently and be more productive using these time-management... Read More

24 Time Management Tips

Where does your time go? We all know we are... Read More

Doing Things We Dread

As I sit here in front of the computer... Read More

Boost Your Productivity with Sixty Minutes A Day

How you spend the first sixty minutes of your day... Read More

Too Much to Do? Too Little Time?

Hey - Did someone press the FFW button?Have you ever... Read More

Effective Time Management Techniques

TIME MANAGEMENTWith the creation of the universe, God gave humankind... Read More

Time Management Wasters

I am an ordinary man - A middle class high... Read More

Time Management Mastery

From Potential to PerformanceOne of the great things about life... Read More

How to Conquer the Five Major Time Wasters?

* spreading yourself too thinTaking on too many things at... Read More

Oh, My Goodness! Where Has the Time Gone?

It's 6:00 a.m. I'm awake. I'm pumped! I'm ready to... Read More

Freelance Productivity: Do One Thing Extra Each Day

This may not sound like a big deal. But it's... Read More

Decrease Your Sleep, Increase Your Energy! And Have More Time In Your Day!

Many of the world's most driven and successful people sleep... Read More

Time and Life, Bit by Bit

Looking out through my picture window during a recent winter... Read More

5 Days to A Simpler Life!

Of all the Attraction Principles, the most popular class I... Read More

It?s Not The Same Old Routine

We are constantly inundated with routine (often boring!) tasks around... Read More

How to Find More Time in Your Day-Balancing Career and Family

Goal Planning-Achieving balance in a person's life requires assessment of... Read More

Low Tech Time Management

A simple kitchen gadget is transforming my life. I don't... Read More

Discover Your Procrastination Personality

Determine Your Procrastination PersonalityBrook Noel is the author of The... Read More

Spend Less Time at Work and Get More Done

Sounds too good to be true?It really isn't!In fact, studies... Read More

Time Management: Set Yourself Up For Success

Any habit of mind or body that interferes with taking... Read More