Speed reading can facilitate the most common and basic learning technique of repetition. Knowing how to speed read is highly advantageous for students in any grade or in college. Being able to apply this skill to their school work and study methods will save time and give the student and extra boost for improved grades. Speed reading can also be applied to learning by repetition. In fact, the history of speed reading suggests that it was originally developed to be part of a study program.
Everyone knows that when something is repeated often enough, it becomes part of our memory. For instance, your best friend’s phone number. You didn’t know the number until she gave it to you, and after you had dialed it a couple of times, you didn’t need to look at it written down anymore, it has been memorized. The same applies to any fact that needs to be remembered. It can be argued that learning by repetition is not the best and most efficient way of memorizing information. This is because repetition is a left-brain learning style and the information will not be remembered for lengthy time periods and takes longer to memorize. Even so, it is still the most common way for many students to study their work, by speed reading and summarizing.
Speed reading allows the student to absorb large amounts of information whilst reading quickly. It also improves the student’s comprehension level. These are two very important factors for effective studying. A speed reader will be able to go over the original information several times, far more quickly than the average reader will take to read it once. This will assist with the repetition process.
Speed readers are also, in general, much more proficient with key words than the ‘slower reader’. This helps with the summarizing of the study material. Once the work has been effectively summarized, the speed reader will be able to effortlessly revise it a number of times in a short period of time.
When learning by repeating information, it is important to take regular breaks between study sessions. Research shows that the most information is memorized at the start and end of each study session. Therefore, shorter periods, for example half an hour, will have a better success rate than an hour. Breaks also help to strengthen and stabilize the information within the brain. The lengths of study sessions and breaks will differ between students. They should experiment to determine the time span that works well for them.
Over time, the facts memorized by repetition will fade and be forgotten. If you would like to retain this information, revision every week or every few weeks will be necessary. Students should make use of their speed reading skills to maximize their revision process.