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Introduction to Speed Reading
Learning our speed reading methods is easy and financially beneficial in life. Even if you are just learning for pleasure, you can read an entire book in under an hour. Anyone can double their reading speed with very little effort - itís that easy. Others can increase far beyond that!
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING YOUR READING SPEED
LEARN TO CONTROL SUBVOCALIZATION:
When I first learned to read, I was taught to sound out letters, then syllables and finally words. Then I read out loud to the class and Mrs. Langbein. As I got older I began to read to myself, and soon I could read the words silently in my head.
Thatís .... Subvocalizing. Itís much slower than just reading. Because one can only speak at about 200 words per minute if from down south, or maybe a bit faster if from up north ... so if you subvocalize every word youíll slow down your reading considerably. To prevent subvocalizing use a CD or cassette tape of nature sounds through headphones while you're reading. Sounds strange ... but it works.
THE MOTIONS OF EYE TRACKING:
Uniform and coordinated eye motion is vital. When you try to move your eyes in a straight line without a guide (like a moving light), they tend to move in a tottering and unsteady fashion. Many other tests abound, but the bottom line is your eyes are basically untrained for the coordinated motion required for accelerated reading. Also. . . your eyes move smoother when there is something to follow.
One of the reasons youíll use the finger tracking method to guide your eye movements when reading, is that it prepares you for the coordination methods used in our Speed Reading in Only One Hour Method. Youíll stop back-tracking, regressing and back-sliding to re-check what youíve read and thought you missed.
VARYING YOUR READING SPEED
Your brain operates at different speeds. When youíre critically thinking, youíre at one brainwave speed. When youíre daydreaming youíre at another. When youíre asleep you're at still another. Your brain also accepts data at varying speeds.
You won't consistently read at only one brainwave speed. If reading a newspaper youíll be scanning for specific details. If reading your favorite romance novel, you may want to read slower to make the juicy love themes melt your heart. If you can read at 1200 wpm, that doesn't force you to read 1200 wpm all the time. We highly recommend varying your reading speed. And to take another analogy. Just because your Lexus can drive at 180 MPH on the getaway doesnít mean you should drive that fast downtown or in a school zone.
Soon youíll be able to read much faster. Youíll also have the ability to choose your own comfortable speed reading pace. Youíll know what speed is best for every reading task.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF:
All new thought psychotherapy, motivational therapy and sales motivation tells people that in order to succeed -- they must believe in themselves.
Once you have learned and practiced the methods in Speed Read in Only One Hour you can progress to reading faster than 1,000 wpm. But that requires a belief system change which might be difficult to adapt to if you are not persistent. It takes a leap of faith plus a belief in yourself. If you're stuck in the motor-reading habit of reading word-by-word, repeating every word silently to yourself, you might get stuck in the belief that this is the only way you can read. Please donít lie to yourself.
Your eyes have phenomenal photographic (eiditic) powers and range of scope. Your brain is a computer operating at very high speeds. Although you might be clearly focused on one thing, your peripheral vision can still absorb the neighboring information and store it for later recall. Training yourself to expand your peripheral vision will expand your ability to take in several words simultaneously. Youíll double your reading speed quickly. These exercises will dramatically extend your peripheral vision in a minute or two.
THE POWER OF BATCH PROCESSING:
When learning speedreading your brain processes data rapidly, similarly to when you are flying down the highway at 75 mph and you spot a road sign on an overpass. You do not read it word-by-word
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