Join Paul Nowak for an in-depth discussion in this video Using deadlines to improve your reading speed, part of Speed Reading Fundamentals.
- If you want to read faster, you need…to improve your focus.…One way you can do this is by setting deadlines…for yourself while reading.…Here's a simple reading exercise that will help you…read faster through the use of deadlines.…You'll need some reading material…and a timer for this exercise.…To start, just see how long it takes to read…just one page of text.…Let's say it took you one minute and five seconds.…Write this number down somewhere,…and think of it as your benchmark.…Going forward now, you need to meet or beat this time…with other pages of similar length.…
If you read that one page in one minute and five seconds,…let's try to see if we can do the same amount of reading…in a little less time.…Try reading another page of text,…and see if you can get it done faster.…You'll want to repeat this exercise, keeping track…of how much time it takes you to read a page,…and little by little, lessening the time.…You can keep track of your time on a separate sheet of paper…or on a spreadsheet, but it's important to keep track,…
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