Your Reading Speed

United States
September 26, 2008 4:19pm CST
How fast or slowly do you read? Does your reading speed stay the same or vary depending on the material. For example, if you're reading a "literary" novel or a textbook, do you slow down or do you increase the pace? Are you happy with your reading speed or would you like to increase or decrease it, and why? I like my reading speed, sometimes for dense material, I tend to read too fast and then have to slow down and read the text a second, third, fourth or fifth time.
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@soulist (2986)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I think my reading speed is rather fast. I'm not really sure how you would consider my speed. I can read a book within one night if I really liked it other times if I don't particularly like a book I will read a little slower, or um skip chapters lol. I think my speed stays the same when I am reading a novel or a textbook.
@coffeechat (1961)
• New Zealand
26 Sep 08
Speed reading has improved my quality of life. I can go through much more at the same levels of comprehension as before I took the course. With three kids - it is not easy to keep up one's reading otherwise. I average between 300 and 400 words per minute regardless of the material. I use techniques such as chunking and running my finger through the text. The human brain is defenitely faster than the eye, and we can train our brain to be predictive about the text to increase comprehension. It is a little known fact that John F. Kennedy, the US President was an advocate of speed reading and encouraged all his staff to attend courses. It certainly is worth trying to improve one's reading speed without losing comprehension. Here is a site that can help: http://www.readingsoft.com/ There is a free test available and there are some techniques that most people can use.
@duranv (517)
• Honduras
26 Sep 08
I went to the readingsoft site and clocked in at 323 words per minute, I guess that that is fast enough and anyway apparently you can read from a book faster than on a computer screen so I guess my time is really even better.
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• New Zealand
27 Sep 08
That is good news, but imagine if with a bit of technique you improve your reading speed by even 10% without sacrificing comprehension!! Awesome!
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@GemmaR (8524)
26 Sep 08
I read pretty fast. It's annoying actually, as when I'm in college, the lecturer will always say 'i will give you 10 mins to read this' and it only takes me about 2 mins. I've always been a fast reader though, ever since primary school, so I am used to it by now really!
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• China
27 Sep 08
U finish it only in 2 mins? Ooh, this is pretty cool! I do wish I would be capable to do this!
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27 Sep 08
I read pretty fast as I love books and have read numerous texts and novels. It depends on whether I am reading for pleasure or to learn something. If it is the latter then I read things twice to make sure I have understood correctly which takes a little longer. I can read around 100 pages in a novel in an hour!
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• United States
27 Sep 08
I am a pretty fast reader for the most part! :) I like many others have read the Harry Potter books within days, and I enjoy a book of fiction once every couple of weeks. However, I would like to be able to soak up material from textbooks/journal articles more easily, since I am a college student and this would help me improve my grades! ^_^ When I was comparing how quickly my boyfriend read a book on a plane one day, I discovered he could read twice as fast as I could! Unbelievable! :) I guess there's always room for improvement!
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• Philippines
27 Sep 08
I don't know how fast or slow I am in reading, I think it depends on what I am reading, if it is boring or too slow with the story, I am quite slow as well in finishing it. But if I am reading was really good, fast paced and very interesting, I read it quite fast because I am too excited to know what will happen. But I am content with my reading speed however, even though I don't know if I am fast reader or not, perhaps, I may be slow in reading compare to others but I like my speed and really enjoyed reading.
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@myLOL11 (80)
• Hong Kong
27 Sep 08
i don't know what to say that i read very slow no matter it is a bk or internet article (like this one), of course, my reading time will increase when the article contains a lot of words that i do not know,,, i think i know to work hard on imporiving my eng
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@lanlan011 (701)
• United States
27 Sep 08
I am a very fast reader. I didnt realize it until I was it at first. I can read a 200 page book in a day. Ive done it before. It just depends on how interesting the book is.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
27 Sep 08
My reading speed totally depends on the book that I am reading, at the minute I am reading a book that is really good and so the speed I am reading it is really fast. In fact I am so eager to see what happens that I have to skip ahead now and again and then go back and try to slow my pace down. If it is a book that is a little slow and boring then it takes me ages.
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• India
27 Sep 08
I am a very fast reader.. whether it is a mail or novel or any kinds of story books. i read fast.. but i will not read fast just to finish the book fast. i will read every line clearly and send to my brain, eventhough i read fast..
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@mhrmasum (678)
• Bangladesh
27 Sep 08
i am in average not too east nor too slow. whatever it is novel,literature is not matter for me
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@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
27 Sep 08
my reading speed is average... not too fast and not too slow as well... and i am quite happy with that... but when i am reading my uni textbook in the past, i have to read them at least couple of times for me to understand the contents better... so it takes more time and effort compare to if i am reading a novel... take care and have a nice day...
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@Metalchick (1387)
27 Sep 08
I must admit i'm a pretty slow reader but I put that down to wanting to take everything and wanting to digest everything that is being put across in the text. It does take me a while but I feel I have a deeper understanding of the text than readers who just perhaps skim through it. I would like to improve my reading speed but really wouldn't know how to go about it? Are there any tips people could give me?
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@rimmos (56)
• Kuwait
27 Sep 08
I'm a slow reader. If i tend to speed up, I would have to read the same line again slowly. I don't know why, but I get distracted if speed up and won't be able to focus on the subject.
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@NrgDfenZ (1810)
• Belgium
27 Sep 08
I can read pretty fast I think.. One book each night :D (500-1000 pages) IF I want to.. Have a nice day..
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@icegermany (2524)
• India
27 Sep 08
if the book or a text is simple and easy i think reading faster helps in understanding and there is no need to repeat reading but the phrases are something complicated and i think at that time in order to understand i need to read repeatedly. my reading speed is not son faster and also not so late so i think its fine but usually it happens while reading faster we skip to understand the thing properly. my reading speed will vary when i am doing more than one work at a time like i am reading and also watching tv then i am prone to not understand and also my reading speed is slow and hence i need to again read to understand. so everytime specially its meant for reading then i concentrate only on one thng that is reading and finish it and then do other work, as simply at all reading again and again is wasting time and i think i can finish reading first and then watch tv and save time and also energy.
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@Mirsya (520)
• Indonesia
27 Sep 08
I don't know how fast I read. But, I tend to read fast if the material is easy, but if it's difficult, I like to read slower and try to understand each line.
@chiaeugene (2226)
• China
27 Sep 08
i would say my readnig speed is quite fast. i have no problem finishing reading my newspaper in less than an hour. however, i realised that my reading speed slow down by quite a lot whenever i read novels esp those related to literature. i find them extremely painful to finish even a chapter while i would have no problem digesting a soccer magazine within minutes. so i guess interest in the reading materials also play a part in affecting your reading speed.
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@lizard211 (240)
• United States
27 Sep 08
I think my reading speed definitely depends on what I am reading. I read Tolstoy much slower than Grisham. Okay, part of the reason is the Russian names! (I always Americanize Russian names in books - much easier!). Textbooks/schoolbooks really depends on the subject matter. For newspaper articles, magazines, etc... I think I am a pretty fast reader.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
27 Sep 08
I really don't know how fast or slow I read. Although I know I read fast. And generally it really depends on the subject and the reason I have for reading and the book itself. If I'm studying and reading academic lits, then I read slow and over again to make sure I understand the logic of the writer/author. Now, if it's leisure reading i read fast and finish faster if the book is real interesting I read the same way but re-read the book over to see and re-read what my fast reading has missed.