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Speed Read Faster Than Ever With These 4 Tips
by Kenth Nasstrom
Many people, particularly students, would love to be able to absorb information faster. But before retaining information, they have to go through the first stage of learning, which is reading.
For many individuals who are pressed for time, speed reading has become a necessity. However, it's not just the reading part that is important. Equally essential is for the reader to fully understand the words coming out from the book or paper.
Speed reading can be learned from courses where you learn the techniques and how to train. It is then important that you keep practicing your speed reading as well as reading comprehension.
Here are some great tips to read and comprehend faster.
If you're in the stressed mode, it is much more difficult to concentrate; hence, it is a lot harder for the information to sink in.
2) Know what you want.
Focus on the areas that you really need to learn. Some people read all parts of a book, when all they need to know is a specific chapter.
If you need to find out about a certain subject, go to the Table of Contents and search for the heading that best suits your requirements. If you need to learn more, then adjust accordingly. The important thing is to weed out the stuff that you don't currently need.
4) Get rid of the structure words.
Did you know that around 60% of the words we read are structure words? Examples are the words "the, or, and." They are essential in the structure of the sentences; but when you ignore them, they basically mean the same thing. They only serve to beautify, yet you can understand what you are reading even without them. Try not to focus too much attention on structure words.
5) Practise, practise, practise.
When I started exercising with weights, I could only lift the lighter ones. As the time went by, I slowly added more and more weights as my body adjusted and became more comfortable lifting heavier ones.
The same concept goes for speed reading. Set a goal. Figure out how fast you can read, then create a plan to increase your ability.
If you can read 200 words per minute, set a goal to read 250 words a minute. After accomplishing this feat, set a goal to read 300 words per minute, and keep increasing the the goal as your speed improves.