Join Paul Nowak for an in-depth discussion in this video A simple technique to improve comprehension, part of Speed Reading Fundamentals.
- The easiest way to improve your comprehension…is to adjust your reading speed.…In other words, don't always read at the same speed.…There are points where you should slow down,…and points where you should speed up.…Adjusting your speed is very important,…and there are some simple ways you can do it.…Here's a good rule of thumb.…Slow down on the first sentence of a paragraph…and then speed up a little bit…through the rest of the paragraph.…When you get to a new paragraph,…just repeat the process.…Slow down on the first sentence, and again…speed up a little through the rest of the paragraph.…Now why would we slow down…on the first sentence of a paragraph?…As you probably already know,…the first sentence of a paragraph tends to be…the main idea, or topic sentence, of that paragraph.…
It's not always the case, but most of the time…maybe 80 percent of the time or more,…the first sentence is the main idea of the paragraph.…So it's important to slow down…just a little bit here, to make sure…you don't miss that important sentence.…
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