Speed Reading for Beginners- What is it?
Reading is something everyone learns to do at a very young age. It is an essential skill and all future skills learned are based on it – you learn to read and then that reading helps you acquire other skills e.g. coding. However, how many people wish they could improve the way they read? Make themselves more efficient at reading? Save time, remember more and have more time to read more! Speed Reading for Beginners courses/tutorials helps you achieve all of this.
I have always wanted to read faster and more effectively than I currently am capable of and this desire led me to discover Speed Reading. Although this topic isn’t directly related to what Code Central is all about, I thought I’d write an article about it as, like I said before, reading is an essential skill required to learn other skills. Therefore, by becoming a better reader, you can greatly improve your learning ability.
Speed Reading then is the ability to read at a faster rate. Speed Reading for Beginners courses train you to increase your reading speed and also focus on other areas such as comprehension, recall and memory improvement. You can find these courses through Google or Youtube and I’ll be listing two that I recommend later in this article. However, first let’s cover the 3 basic techniques that you can implement right now to start improving right away!
1) Skim Read to Warm Up
One technique I have picked up is to skim read a passage of text before actually properly reading it. Your brain is naturally accustomed to focusing on the larger picture before diving into the details of any new piece of information. So when you walk into an unfamiliar room, for example, you will first notice all the larger details such as wall colour, number of large objects, people in the room before you actually start to focus on the smaller things – like who the people are, type of plant in the room, small decoration items etc. You work from the larger picture all the way down to the smaller details.
You should approach reading in much the same way. Before you start reading a new text, run you hand down the page(s) and just skim read to get an idea of what the text is about. You can read the first and last sentences of each paragraph for example. This was when you actually start to read something properly, you will find that it’s much easier as it is already familiar and you are able to get through it much faster.
2) Use a marker for your eyes to follow
Your eyes are automatically attracted to motion. They will focus on whatever is moving. Therefore, use a pen or your finger even to slide across a page of words while you are reading. You will find that this speeds up your reading time and makes it a lot easier on your eyes. Your eyes are not fixating on each word and so there is less strain on them. You will still be able to pick up the words even though you’re spending less time on them. You can start slow and build the speed you move your marker up gradually.
3) Reduce Subvocalization
When you were little you were taught to sound out the words inside your head or even to say them out loud. That’s a great technique to use when you’re teaching someone to first read. It becomes a limiting factor though once you’re proficient at reading. Your reading speed is limited to the speed at which you can talk – because you’re actually saying the words inside your head. People talk a lot slower than they can read, therefore, you need to practice how to not say the words when you read them. You might now even have been aware of the fact that you’re doing it up until now. But hopefully, now that it has come to your attention you can consciously make the decision to stop saying them.
You’ll find that you already do this for certain words, for example, when you’re driving down a road and you see a stop sign you don’t actually say stop to yourself. You read the sign using your peripheral vision and automatically know that you should slow down or stop. You need to get into he habit of doing this with other forms of text as well.
Courses I Recommend:
Ultimately, improving your reading speed comes down to how much you practice. The more you practice the faster you’ll get. If you require some tools and helpful tutorials to follow along I have two courses I would recommend.
Iris is a company that solely focuses on creating material to help users improve their reading speed and comprehension. They aim to make their students better readers regardless of the material they’re reading, so people looking for improvement in reading technical, academic material benefit from their courses too.
If you’re living in the United States or the United Kingdom you can register for their in-person classes. For all other students, they have online courses available. You can buy a single course or purchase the complete bundle for $149.00 (currently on offer, the price may increase in the future).
Check Out their website here.
2) SpeedReader Bundle
This bundle basically compromises of two software that you can download on your laptop, SpeedReader CX, and 7 SpeedReading EX. You can purchase these for only $19 and get a full lifetime license from Science Alert Academy. You can read more about it from their website.
Hurry though, this offer will probably expire soon. You can also find both software using Google.
That was just a quick introduction to what Speed Reading is all about. I only covered the basics in this Speed Reading for Beginners Guide. You should do your own research to learn more about the ways you can improve your reading. Be sure to check out the courses I’ve listed above. It is said that one key habit all super successful people have in common is Reading. Bill Gates takes a week out to solely focus on reading and Elon Musk learned how to make rockets by reading. So I’d argue that if you’re looking to be super successful, the investment is totally worth it.