Join Paul Nowak for an in-depth discussion in this video Using your hand to guide your eyes, part of Speed Reading Fundamentals.
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- The simplest thing you can do right now…to improve your reading speed…is to use your hand as a guide.…Now, you can use your hand, your finger,…or even a pen, while you're reading.…Either way, you're guiding your eyes through the text.…This is the simplest way…to improve your concentration while reading.…And guess what, if you have better concentration,…you'll have a better reading speed.…Also, if you're able to concentrate better,…that should also improve your comprehension too.…You'll want to place your finger or pen…slightly below the text on a page…and underline the words from left to right…in one continuous motion.…
Don't actually look at your finger,…but instead, let it guide you from left to right,…through the line of text.…Your eyes, being naturally attracted to motion,…will follow your finger through the material.…Now, initially, you might feel slightly uncomfortable,…if you don't already read with your hand.…But the more you do it, the more natural it becomes.…As you would imagine, this technique…works better on printed material than computer-based text.…
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