Speed reading

Finland
August 16, 2008 7:05am CST
I'd like to know if anybody knows any speed reading programs. Free would always be better but maybe I can buy one if there are no good ones available for free. So what do you recommend?
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Aug 08
I do not know any off hand. I remember there was called the Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics, but you had to pay for that one and it was in many of the business courses back in the 70s. I learned by reading a book and what it did was tell you to see things in paragraphs rather than actual words and all about skimming, but I do not know the author. Anyway these links might help. http://uk.yhs.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?partnerid=yhs-hpfr-sb&p=speed+reading+programs&fr=yhs-hpfr-sb&ei=UTF-8 Most of what I learned was by getting info from various sources, but I did learn one thing, you also have to learn how to memorize because it just do no good to see things in paragraphs or a whole page if you forget it ten minutes later.
• Finland
16 Aug 08
Thanks, I'll check it out!
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
21 Aug 08
I dun really believe in speed reading because i dun think it helps much in our life.. Though i'm fast in reading by nature, but i dun like it, because it doesn't train up my patience with things.. Thus, i wun really recommend speed reading..
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• Finland
21 Aug 08
Yeah, it doesn't help much it would be nice when reading something boring. And I first thought that speed reading wouldn't decrease the amount of understood things in the text but I think I was wrong...
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
23 Aug 08
U are wrong by thinking that way.. The meaning of speed reading is to pick up points fast and think of it later on when one has time to do so.. It's especially important for mainly accountants or investment personnel as time is money to them ^_^ If i find a boring article, i wun even bother to finish reading it, i will just skip it, and i will just take a look at it again when i have finshed the whole newspapers.. haha
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• Finland
23 Aug 08
Yeah, I think it's good when reading something like manuals because when you read fast, you can "skip" the things that you don't need to read and read the parts you need to more carefully...
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
16 Aug 08
GO to the liabrary and see if they have any programs for it.
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• Finland
16 Aug 08
Good idea but here in Finland... Well, there aren't many programs in our libraries...
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
16 Aug 08
So sorry maybe use a book store? or online amazon?
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• Finland
16 Aug 08
Yeah, that might work :)
@derek_a (10902)
17 Aug 08
I don't know of any on-line speed reading programs, but a friend of mine showed me how he did it several years ago. You just need to read the first sentence out of each paragraph and you can get a strong enough indication of what the piece of work is about - enough in some cases to write your own review about it. I was quite surprised at how effective it was. I don't know if there are any other techniques, but it may be worth putting a post up asking if any other member on myLot knows.. Good luck with it.. :-)
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• Finland
17 Aug 08
Well, that's a very strange way to do it Maybe I'll try that, it's a good way to read something you wouldn't want to but you've got to...
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@derek_a (10902)
18 Aug 08
Oh no, I wouldn't say it is a good way to read if you wanted to really absorb some information or a good story, it was just a good way of scanning information if you wanted to write an article about it or have a discussion - you would get most of the gist of the subject.
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• Finland
18 Aug 08
Well, that's exactly what I said...
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
26 Aug 08
I've tried a few speed reading books and they didn't work for me. I found out no speed reading course could work for me unless it was one of the speed computer reading courses (where the computer reads and you learn to listen more quickly) due to visual disabilities. I was rather disappointed since my reading is painfully slow. But I wish you better luck than I had!
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• Finland
29 Aug 08
Well, it's a pity it didn't work for you. Could have been useful in some situations...
@aprilten (1977)
• Philippines
26 Aug 08
i'm mot familiar with any online program, free or not, online. but, i read somewhere that the secret to fast reading is to not read each and every word in each and every sentence of a paragraph. the best thing to do is to sort of browse through the sentences and find the keywords that would say what the main thought is. i tried that and it worked.
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• Finland
29 Aug 08
Yeah, I've understood that it's pretty much like that too. Tried it too and it worked pretty good.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
I saw a book on speed reading a long time ago and I did not really study it but there are a few things that stick in my mind like, don't read the small words like articles and conjunctions and stuff. The big words will tell you what the article is all about and the small words like conjunctions will only slow you down. Another thing is to pay attention to words in bold letters and headings, they are important. Hope this helps. Cheers!!
• Finland
17 Aug 08
Read your post like that Understood everything and read it pretty fast. So I think it works...