How to Read Fast - Advanced Techniques
Here are some other "fast" readings!
Question for you!
Would you sacrifice the "beauty" of a text in order to read it faster?
As I said in my previous hub, you would put a piece of cardboard or something bellow the line you'd like to read, and then just move it again one line at a time.
Now, for the next stage, you should remove the cardboard and start reading more lines at the same time. A paragraph would be very good to begin with. Place your index finger and slowly move it downwards, trying to read 2-3 lines at once. It might pay off to follow the text with your finger, it in a wave-like motion. So, the finger should help your eyes to focus.
This next thing gets pretty interesting; in time, your gaze will not follow all the text, but rather it will focus itself on the key words. The reason for this is that the understanding of a text is unhindered even if you would remove 50 to 75% of the words. Now, while this aspect is obviously debatable, it also makes way for a bigger problem. The words that could be discarded would prove to be useless with regards to the information within the text. And so, it is been said that if you read less words, you would better understand a text, because the connections and associations of information are made much more easily. Therefore, you obtain an overall view on the subject at hand, and so it is pointless to waste time on reading words that are additional to the text. But again, while this may help you to shave some seconds/minutes from your time, I would not recommend it, because you would strip the text of its beauty.
Moving on to the second point, the speed of the reading is proportionate with its difficulty. But once you acquired the idea of the paragraph, you would obviously move faster. In some cases, the reading is extremely quick; the readings that do not interest you, or the ones which you already know, shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes, depending on the size of the text.
Skip the passages and the chapters that are not interesting. In the world of knowledge, there are so many books, that a whole life would not be enough to read them. Thus, discard all the boring things!
The Final Stage
Now, this is the thing that poses a great amount of trouble to all of the fast readers, and that is the inner voice. Usually, one can "hear" what he is reading, as if an inside voice is speaking to them. This is very bad for a fast reader, because, being fast is all about the speed, right?
Experiments have shown that the understanding of a text is not hindered when one suppresses his mental repetition. This means that a word can be understood even if you do not speak it. Moreover, when one's attention is focusing on every word, the left hemisphere becomes more active, while the right one shuts down.
Much more difficult than expanding one's visual field is fighting against this mental repetition within one's head. This, obviously, can be overcome through training. It is called "ideographic reading", which means it is purely visual. After you developed your peripheral eye sight, so, after you considerably increased your speed of reading, try and practice this visual reading. In order to do so, try and count in your head as you read. Of course, the degree of understanding the text in this stage is severely impaired, but this helps. In time you will recognize the words without having to pronouncing it in your head. Combining this ideographic reading with the formation of mental images will lead to a more easy way of understanding a text, as opposed to the "audio" one. Therefore, while you read, your mind becomes silent, which in turn will be the result of a better understanding and an exact retention of a text.
Hopefully, this clarifies the issue of fast reading. It is not something that you can do in a couple of hours. In fact, it takes a lot of practice, and, because of the high degree of difficulty, lots of people simply give up on this and return to their old-fashioned way of reading. But, then again, when was learning something easy?
Here are other hubs with fast-reading
- How to Read Fast and Efficiently
This article sets itself to give a couple of tips regarding fast reading. Since we are in an age where everything gets faster and faster, why should reading lag behind?
- Learn How to Read Faster
As I promised in my previous hub, here are some more techniques of fast-reading. I am also elaborating on concepts that were already mentioned in my older article (the link is bellow).