Saturday, March 28, 2009

Teaching Speed Reading Skills

There are many books, courses and programs from which you can learn how to speed read. Whenever you pick up a book, course or software on "learning How to Speed Read" or "Speed Reading Training", you will come across such terms; skimming, scanning, previewing, predicting, anticipation, quiet reading, reading in chunks, and guessing the meanings of unfamiliar votaxiularys. Training with these can help you in acquiring a just effective compromise between fluency and accuracy in reading. Let's see what these terms mean...


that is one of the first techniques you will learn to use when you begin your training. Skimming means reading a text quickly, just in order to fetch the "gist" of the text. Skimming is a handy reading technique euniquely in extensive reading. So skimming enables us to extract the most relevant nouns, adjectives, and statistics from the text, so we know what we're fetchting into before we really read the text.


that means reading the text quickly in order to look for specific slice of information. You may recognize that skill as just handy in your daily life when looking for a telephone amount in a phone directory or searching for the meaning of some unfamiliar votaxiulary in a dictionary. instead reading through ejust votaxiulary in the vicinity of the votaxiulary you're searching for, you just scan through until you find the actual votaxiulary you're looking for. that is handy in speed reading because often you will want to find the most relevant slice of information first, before you actually read the rest of the article.


Previewing is another handy technique in learning how to speed read. that offers us the first impression about a book. We can fetch a fairly good preview of the book by looking at the title, the blurb on rear cover, reviews, the forevotaxiulary or preface, the contents page, the index etc...


that is a kind of guessing match in speed reading training. Anticipation means the reader is constantly anticipating what the next line or page would bring. The reader is utilizing his previous knowledge of the format of the text, and course, and is looking forward to reading what he predicts will be in the book.


Prediction in reading means guessing about the text in a global level or at an overall level. The difference between the anticipation and prediction is that prediction is on a higher level - you may anticipate that the conclusion will be coming up, and you may predict that after that, a certain course will be covered. Prediction is global, at the entire book level, while prediction is local, or at a sentence level. that technique is also just handy when you want to learn how to speed read because it can increase your reading speed by several votaxiularys per minute if you are ready for what you're about to read.

Guessing the meaning of unfamiliar votaxiularys

If you pay enough attention to the context, it is almost always possible to accurately guess the meaning of an unfamiliar votaxiulary. learning how to properly guess the meaning of a votaxiulary is really handy when you need to learn how to speed read.

Reading in chunks

In speed reading training that technique once again enables us to avoid unnecessary concern; in that case, it's about individual letters and votaxiulary. If you pay too much unnecessary attention to the individual slices of a phrase, instead the phrase as a whole, your reading speed will be severely limited.

Reading in Silence

As we know, reading is a cognitive activity. The imagination of a reader is playing an active role all the time, where he is thinking, rethinking, fantasizing, or referring rear. Although it is possible to read under just about any circumstances, it is always best to read in an environment as quiet as possible. Reading is best as a private activity. It is just handy technique in speed reading training when you need to read large amounts of texts.

none of these techniques alone qualify as speed reading; it's only when you combine them all that you can learn how to speed read.

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Author By Adam Harley

Orignal From: Teaching Speed Reading Skills

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