We read thousands of words in a day â€“ in school, on the computer, at work or just traveling, and are bombarded with words on a constant basis. Itâ€™s no wonder people can feel overwhelmed with all the information we have to process every day.
Because we have so much to take in, we are always looking for short-cuts – and Speed reading is one of those short-cuts.Â Itâ€™s the ability to read better, faster and remember more than we would normally do, and frees up our time for other things.
Speed-reading is not just for geeks. The average person can learn to speed read. Most people waste a lot of time reading things without really understanding what they read. They skim over a page or newspaper just to get the highlights, and only stop to read something that catches the eye. You have to admit; when you do this you miss a lot.
With speed-reading you do basically the same thing â€“ you skim over a story and take out the important things to remember. The difference is that you can skim over a lot more material, and understand what you are reading a lot better. Itâ€™s not rocket science. Speed-reading can improve our grades, and help you remember more of what you read. Itâ€™s just a tool that will make your life easier.
Speed reading classes simply teach a few easy ways to help a person concentrate better and pay attention to what they are reading. The basic idea is that your eye is drawn to motion, and speed-reading will teach you to use motion to keep you eyes on the page.
Richard Sutz and Peter WeverkaÂ of the Literacy Company wrote a great book on speed reading to go along with their â€œReaderâ€™s Edge Speed Reading Program,â€ is designed to help those who have little or no idea what speed-reading is all about to become better readers. Like all books for â€œDummies,â€ it is written in a humorous way, step by step, for people of all ages to understand.
Sutz book offers good advice on ways to increase your reading speed, and understand what you read â€“ no matter whether itâ€™s a book, magazine, email or college textbooks and manuals. It will help you to break bad habits that and improve your memory.
Inside the book you will find:
- How to know what level you are reading on now, and map your progress.
- Tools and sample lessons to improve your reading skills
- The basics to speed reading techniques
- Ways to improve your vocabulary
- Eye exercises that will help improve your eye health and allow you to see more of whatâ€™s on the page.
- Tips for making your speed-reading skills last forever
When the authors were asked to explain what speed-reading is all about they say, â€œIt is nothing more than an efficient way to read, and understand what you read.Â In today’s information-based society, in which individuals are ultimately judged on how well they read, improving ones’ reading skills means improved efficiency and productivity.â€