Difficulty: 3 (Light)
Genre: Speedreading, Learning
Main Idea: How to Speedread and be a better student
Recommended For: Students from grade school to college who want to improve their study skills
I went to the library in search of a speed reading book, and they didn’t have any of my choices. This was the only book on the subject that they had. While I did gain a small amount of benefit from this book, I was expecting to find more in the 200 pages of text. This book is a very easy and quick read, so I’m not too disappointed. The positives: This is the second speed reading book I have read, but it’s the first time I’ve read about the benefits tracking the text with your hand. The benefits to this are that it helps keep your pace up, it discourages going back and re-reading sentances, and improves focus. This book also made it clear to me the role that fear plays in reading. Fear of not understanding everything, or missing something leads to re-reading, which leads to lower words per minute read. The significance of this effect is that the mind comprehends information coming in from a higher paced, more fluid source, any even if you think you missed a word, it really doesnt make a difference in your overall comprehension. The book explains its reasoning by saying that the brain can think at around 50,000 words per minute, and the average person reads at around 250 words per minute. The negative: There is pretty much no training exercises or routine for developing the ultra fast reading speeds that the book claims to train students to achieve. There are two types of reading: subvocal linear and visual. Subvocal linear, the common method, is where you read the words linearly while saying each word under your breath or in your head. Apparently with visual method you can swipe your hand across the page and have it read in four seconds. I have no idea how though, as the book doesn’t really tell you how. Half the book is about study tips such as writing, note taking, planning. The material was pretty dull, except for the note taking.
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