Do you have a stack of books you've been wanting to read? 📚

Worried you'll never get through the recommended reading lists for your classes? 📖

Are you finding it difficult to keep up with current events? 🌏 📰

Yes? It sounds as if you might benefit from learning some speed reading techniques!

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How Fast Can You Read?

The average adult reads 300 words per minute

High-performing adults often read much faster: up to 675 words per minute !

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Speed reading can help you potentially double your reading speed!

When Is It Useful?

Speed reading isn't always the way to go.

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  • Getting a general idea of content

  • Scanning

  • Knowing the main points

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  • Absorbing details

  • Reading for memorization

  • Comprehending new words

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Time for a Quick Quiz!

We're all so busy in so many areas of our lives! Which of these situations might be a good time to use speed reading skills?

  1. Following instructions to put a piece of furniture together

  2. Reviewing your boss's report for typos

  3. Reading articles on LinkedIn

  4. Reading an assigned Edgar Allen Poe story

Quiz

Which of the answers above is correct?

2

4

1

3

How To Do It!

As shown in the video above, when you move your eyes around less, you can read faster.

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  • It's hard to believe, but when we're reading, our eyes jump back and forth over the text of sentences many times, which slows us down.

  • By training yourself to keep your eyes moving in one direction, you can increase your reading speed!

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The best way to do this is to move your finger or a pen across each line of text. This forces your eyes to continue moving along!

More Speed Reading Tips

The following techniques will help you get the gist of most written material.

  • Read the first and last sentence of each paragraph while skipping the middle

  • Read section headings, bolded text, and summaries

Take Action

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The next time you feel overwhelmed with all of the reading you need to do, use these techniques to tackle your list:

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Mary Ellen D'Intino

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