- Before we get started, there are a few things you should know before watching this course. As you make your way through this course, I'll go over a variety of techniques and exercises to help you become a more efficient reader. Every so often I'll ask you to practice a particular exercise or techique in your own reading material. What kind of reading material do I want you to use? I want you to use the same material you already read on a daily basis. If you're a student, you can use your text book. If you're a business professional or executive, you can use your work-related material. Or if you want to use reading material that's of personal interest to you, that's fine with me.
The important thing here is that you practice what you learn. We'll focus on three areas of improvement. Speed, comprehension and retention. It's important to practice each of these areas separately, and then try to tie them together. In order to make real improvements in anything, we need to practice. And if you practice the exercises discussed in this course, I think you'll find yourself reading significantly faster, while also improving your comprehension and retention of the material.
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