Speed Reading Review

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E-book, 256 Pages
Non-Fiction/ Self Help
By: Howard Stephen Berg
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

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Ebook, 304 Pages
Non-Fiction/ Self help
By: Abby Marks Beale, Pam Mullan
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

🌟 This time I am going to review the books in the same review because my thoughts are almost the same. I will refer to Super Reading Secrets as book 1 and The Complete idiot’s guide to speed reading as book 2 throughout this review.

🌟 I read a lot of books and I thought that maybe if I speed read then I will be able to save more time or read more. But the main reason is sometimes I feel like I need to skim some parts or skip or speed read and that’s why I started those!

🌟 The first book is written by the world’s fastest reader with an average speed of 25000 word per minutes, check this video:

🌟 I did not expect to become the world’s newest fastest reader, the author also tells us how to flip pages to keep the pacing and I felt that was too much for me because I was not planning to be that fast.

🌟 Both books explains some methods that I will talk about later, book 1 is mostly just explained in written formula, book 2 puts visual aids and pictures and with someone who is very visual, I thought the second book was more helpful for me.

🌟 Both mostly focus on non-fiction books and the fiction books part is really small which was a disappointment but they also say that we do not need to read Fiction that fast.

🌟 They also explain how to retain information, book 1 was a bit subjective with the author using himself and his university stories multiple times which is not bad but I want something more scientific and more objective! Book 2 was more objective and both books provide samples at the end to read and train! Book 1 also started talking about meditating and religion which I thought was a bit weird?!

🌟 Some of the techniques they both talk about:

  • Using a pacer such as the finger or a white card to guide our eyes.
  • Overcoming our bad reading habits such as sub-vocalization and going back.
  • Some techniques on how to move the hand and flip the pages
  • Dividing the page into columns and jumping between them.
  • Explaining Schema and focusing on thought chunks while reading.
  • For non-fiction book and studying: Read the blurb and about the author and the glossary and introduction and those page at the beginning and end!
  • Writing down what we learned after a reading session to remember it more!
  • Shifting speed gears depending on what we read, slower for dialogue and faster for descriptions

🌟 Those are some of the things I remember now, some thing I forgot because they were in my nature and after reading them I was like doesn’t everyone do that? I could reach a speed of almost 700 words per minute!

🌟 So these were my thoughts on the matter, I hope I can apply some of the techniques to read faster in the future and I recommend the second book more for anyone interested on the matter!

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5 Comments

  1. I find using a finger as a pacer really helpful and I find myself reading faster πŸ™Œ

    If you’re interested, you can try How To Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler which I’m currently reading. I find it applies more to non fiction so I don’t know if that’s your thing πŸ’β€β™€οΈ

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