I found another fascinating chart through one of my favorite blogs, Writers Write.
Looking at the chart, I was fascinated to see the advantages of speed reading.
- Increased comprehension
- Less eye time on the page
- Less eye fatigability
I learned to speed read while I was working on my Masters’ degree. Had to. Those professors thought all I had going on in my life was their class reading assignments!
Reality was I worked full time as a teacher, part time with my antiques business, and full time as a corporate wife and mother to three teenagers! Fitting in time to read hundreds of pages was a very real challenge.
I am a firm believer in the rapid reading, especially in today’s world where we spend so much time reading—emails, web articles, texts, etc.
Two techniques I taught reading/study skills classes are skimming and skipping smaller words, i.e. prepositions and articles. Both skills got me through grad school and continue to be a help with all my reading whether professional or for pleasure.
It does cause a problem in my writing, though.
Because I don’t read prepositions and articles, I tend to leave them out when I write. Thank goodness for great critique partners and editors who put all those three and four letter words back in for me!
Interested in learning more about speed/rapid reading?
Mindtools.com offers great suggestions. http://www.mindtools.com/speedrd.html
More techniques can be found here. http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/methods.html
There’s even an eight-minute free video on Youtube. Click here to watch.
YOUR TURN: Did the chart hold any surprising facts for you?