Speed Reading Tutorial

May 18, 2009

How to Conduct a Speed Reading Test

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Taking a speed reading test is the first step to improve the rate of your reading. In order for reading to improve, it is important to know your current speed level. Speed reading tests have different formats and are available from various sources.  We found this free online speed reading test that proved very reliable.

Tests can be designed to analyze actual reading speed or they can test comprehension levels. Many tests available are able to give an accurate idea of both. A person that is capable of speed reading could test your abilities. Once you have the results to your test, the teacher could then assist in pinpointing weaknesses and demonstrate some techniques that would benefit your current skills. Working one on one with someone has many advantages. It is easier to be motivated if you have ‘homework’ to complete before the next lesson. It may also be possible to establish your problem areas more quickly with the help of a professional. Unfortunately, learning speed reading from an instructor can be costly.

Now that I have mentioned the help of an instructor, it is not to say that you won’t be able to effectively learn to improve your skills by yourself. The reading test can be done by yourself, at home. All that is needed is an article to read and a stop watch. It will be helpful to have a friend to operate the stop watch! Ask your friend to take time for one minute while you read. After the minute is up, count how many words have been read. This will indicate an average speed, for example, 200 words per minute. To test comprehension levels, get your friend to ask you various questions on the article you have just read. If you are able to adequately provide the answers, then you will know that you understand your reading as well. It’s no good being able to speed read at 1000 words per minute, yet at the end have no idea what you’ve read!

The best and easiest way to conduct a speed reading test would be to find one on the internet. There are hundreds to choose from and you won’t even need to find your own stop watch! Online tests often have multiple choice questions included to test comprehension levels at the same time. Experiments have shown that we tend to read a little slower from a computer screen. So it may be interesting to conduct your own test from paper after taking the online test to see how they compare.

Bear in mind that the difficulty in text has an influence on the speed at which we read. Therefore, don’t be alarmed if your speed fluctuates a little when reading different types of writing.

After you have your speed reading test results, it is quite easy to teach yourself various speed reading techniques to improve your reading speed. Though, often the help of a good speed reading book is immensely beneficial. Before you know it, you will be zooming through books at a speed you never imagined possible!

April 19, 2009

Improving Reading Speed – Why do I Read Slowly?

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Speed of reading depends on certain factors and improving reading speed can be achieved in different ways. To improve reading speed you must have the desire to improve as different speed reading techniques take some time to master. You will have to practice!

It may help to first have an understanding of why your speed rate is currently slow. There can be many reasons. Before continuing, ensure that your eyes are in a physically good condition. An individual may read slowly due to an undiagnosed eye problem. The assistance of eye glasses may be the answer. Otherwise, there are many things that we do out of habit that slow down our reading. A person may not read fast because he is used to reading slowly. This is the way he has always read. Fear that we are not understanding the writing will also cause you to deliberately read slower. An individual may read word-for-word, read out loud (even if it is in your head) and re-read information that has already been read. Trying to remember everything instead of only the important information is another reason why we may read slowly.

Once you have established negative habits, do some research into speed reading techniques that you can develop to help un-learn problem reading styles.

Your speed rate will depend on the type of material you are required to read. You may need to slow down for the entire article or for only parts of the article. Your purpose for reading will determine how fast you read. For general understanding you can rapidly skim or scan the information. Reading for enjoyment can be done fast or slow depending on your wishes. Analytical studies will take some time to grasp the concepts.

When you decide to increase reading speed make sure that you have sufficient desire to improve, a willingness to try new methods and the motivation to practice. It is also essential to have reasonable vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Improving your speed rate has many advantages. High school students and pre-college students will be able to comprehend much more of their work if they improve their skills. This is a good age to learn speed reading as they are able to easily absorb new ideas, and preparation for college is important. College students often need to read large amounts of information, so learning techniques can be essential. Speed reading in the work environment will save a lot of valuable time.

Have a plan of action to improve your reading speed. Determine your potential problems and decide which speed reading skills you are going to focus on. Practice on the type of material that you are going to have to read most often. Set aside some time each day to practice your new skills and you will be well on your way to success.