Before you let what you think you know about speed reading ruin the book for you, let me tell you how I feel about Speed Reading For Dummies. As it says on the book’s title, you will learn how to:
- Increase your reading speed and comprehension
- Use speed techniques for any type of reading material
- Improve your silent reading skills
- Recall more of what you read
I found this book to be very, very useful. In the beginning, the learning curve is fairly harsh. Speed reading requires that I open my mind and use my eyes in a way that is so new and strange that my mind felt numb after ten minutes of learning it
With his book, Richard Sutz taught me how to use my peripheral vision to read from three to fourteen words without moving my eyes. It’s not easy, and I still struggle when I try to read any more than seven words at once.
I don’t think that “Speed Reading” is the appropriate name for this skill. It should really be called “silent reading,” and this is why:
According to Sutz, our reading education ended in the third grade. As a sophomore in high school, I can still remember learning to read, and I agree with the author.
When I was taught to read, my teachers tested my progress through oral exams. Basically, they would give my material to read out-loud, and I would read as much as I could within the given time.
The problem with that is: I was taught to read out-loud. As a result, I mentally say every word to myself as I silently read, as I am sure you do as well. The trick to speed reading is to take in multiple words at once without saying them in your mind. Sutz calls this “reading for meaning not sound.”
This book was easy to learn from. It is written with just enough humor to help ease the stress of using your mind in such a different manner, and it includes detailed instructions on how to practice each concept that is taught. Most importantly, there are exercises after each lesson to help you practice what was taught.
For the best results, I recommend that you try to do well on each exercise before moving on and focus more on comprehension than crazy, fun speed.
My suggestion is that, after you buy this book, come back to it and go through a couple of exercises once a month. Trust me, learning to speed read is nothing like learning how to ride a bike; You will forget how to do it without practice. Unless you include the possibility of getting a headache, then they have something in common.
This book may not be for everyone. If you are not up for a challenge, enjoy reading slow, and do not want to learn faster than everyone else, I would not recommend this book to you. But, if you want to read more in less time, absorb information, and break out of the Status Quo, follow this link to buy Speed Reading For Dummies by Richard Sutz with Peter Weverka.
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