Join Paul Nowak for an in-depth discussion in this video How fast do you currently read?, part of Speed Reading Fundamentals.
- In this lesson, I'll show you how to figure out how fast you read. and how that speed compares to the average reader. You can measure your reading speed using the exercise file included in this lesson. We're going to start by reading for just one minute. So set a timer for yourself. Read at whatever speed feels comfortable. Don't go faster or slower than you normally would. and make sure that you're reading for good comprehension. When one minute is over, mark the spot where you stopped reading, and then look over to the right hand margin of the page, you'll notice a list of numbers on the right hand side of this article.
These numbers will tell you how many words in total you've read in total if you've finished that particular line of text. For example, if at the end of the minute of reading, you've finished the first two paragraphs, then that would correspond to 250 words. So your reading speed would be 250 words per minute. The average person reads somewhere in the range of 150-250 words per minute through this kind of material. If you were above 250, you're a faster than average reader. And, of course, if you're below 150, you're a little below average. Regardless of whether you're average, above average or even below average, our goal in this course is to help you make an improvement.
The good news is that we know our starting point, and now we can focus on making progress.
The course then focuses on improving comprehension by understanding how memory works, practicing the "read and recall" method, and breaking down technical terms. The final chapter introduces some advanced tips and strategies for reading different types of media: news and magazine articles, textbooks, technical material, and ebooks.
- Measuring your reading speed
- Reading faster on the computer
- Reading groups of words
- Previewing and overviewing
- Improving comprehension and retention
- Understanding the 80/20 principle of reading
- Reading magazines, textbooks, diagrams, and ebooks