SPEED READING

Rapid Study Skills for Students: Speed Reading will allow you to become familiar with and practise realistic speed reading techniques to boost your average WPM (words read per minute) and save you time.

These techniques are ‘realistic’ because with practice, they will allow you to increase your reading speed whilst maintaining maximum comprehension. What they will NOT do is allow you to read the Bible in half an hour like certain products seem to be promising!

Obviously, academic reading requires thorough and complete understanding, so the techniques within this book will not sacrifice this. With training, you’ll see your WPM increase substiantially, and free up hours of your time across weeks and months.

What Will I Gain From This Book?
This guide provides explanations about what speed reading is, as well as the increase in speed you should expect to see after trying out some techniques. To accompany this, you will find activities and practice tasks to give you a sense of how you should go about your next reading assignment.

As well as this, you’ll find specific tips on academic speed reading. This involves how to incorporate not-taking and how you should prepare for this.

Sample Speed Reading Technique
Let’s have a look at one of the speed reading techniques you could practise using.

Reducing Sub-Vocalisation

The first step you should take when aiming to increase your reading speed is to reduce sub-vocalisation. Let’s start by discussing what this means! While ‘sub-vocalisation’ sounds complicated, it’s actually quite a simple concept to grasp. You’ll already be familiar with it – it’s what most people do whenever they read anything!

In short, sub-vocalisation is the act of sounding out the words in your head, or ‘silently speaking’ as you read, in accordance with the way most of us were taught to read at primary school. While this logical and helps children with comprehension, it is possible to suppress this instinct in order to increase your reading speeds.

There are a few methods you can use to reduce sub-vocalisation. The most straightforward way to do so is to practise using rapid and jerky eye movements (‘saccades’) to get through a sentence, rather than one smooth ‘tracking’ motion that you might currently be doing. This means that you are only actually  looking at a few words in a line, and letting your peripheral vision catch the rest.

RAPID STUDY SKILLS FOR STUDENTS – SPEED READING

Written and created by the UK’s leading recruitment experts; this handy pocketbook contains:

  • In-depth discussion about what speed reading is and how practising it will save you time;
  • Sample extracts and tasks that you can undertake to get to grips with the techniques;
  • Explanation about how you can adapt the methods to an academic context;
  • All you need to know to get your speed reading career up and running.

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