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Breakthrough Rapid Reading [Paperback]

by Peter Kump
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Book Description

November 1, 1998 073520019X 978-0735200197 Revised
A do-it-yourself method for increasing reading speed. The reader can choose his/her own material, control their pace and practice as often or as seldom as they wish.

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About the Author

Peter Kump, a rapid reading expert, has been Director of Peter Kump Reading Consultants for over twenty years. He has taught rapid reading to White House staff, corporate groups, and individuals. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press; Revised edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073520019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735200197
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 3.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Kump, a rapid reading expert, has been Director of Peter Kump Reading Consultants for over twenty years. He has taught rapid reading to White House staff, corporate groups, and individuals. He lives in New York City.

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532 of 536 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Home-Study Course July 25, 2000
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This is probably the best book that I've read on speed reading. In an earlier review, I suggested that Zorn's book, "Speed Reading," was the best. It is indeed a fine book. Kump's book, however, give a more realistic idea of the kind of work it takes to boost your reading speed. Other books give a smattering of exercises--often very good ones--without emphasizing the kind of practice that is necessary, or even that you won't necessarily be able to maintain high speeds across all types of reading material.
Kump uses familiar reading exercises, and variations on them. The lessons are brief, and each lesson contains short (10-15 minutes) exercises; at the end of each lesson, you are instructed to do a series of drills. Kump wants you to spend about a week on each series of drills, and to repeat them every day. They can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more a day, depending on how much time you are willing to spend. I've found most--but not all--drills useful. The ones that were not useful to me drilled on skills I already had (recognizing levels of specificity within paragraphs, for instance).
Here's an example of one particularly useful drill. Kump has you read for 2 minutes, as fast as you can with comprehension. Then you read the same material again, trying to read a little faster, and a little further, in the same amount of time. And again. You do this four times. A variation of this is to read for 1 minute, then a little faster for another minute, and then to "practice read" (i.e., move your eyes quickly across the words, without worrying about comprehension) twice the longest passage in the same amount of time.
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135 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who can't speed read is at a disadvantage December 21, 2003
I was already what was considered a pretty fast reader by its tests; in the 400wpm (words per minute) range at maximum speed. After going through the first half of the book, I was well over a thousand for the vast majority of all text. This has enabled me to go from a book or two a month to reading two or three a week, and has fundamentally changed my life. Even after the first couple of weeks I was dramatically improved, and after a couple of months of daily use, I was just flying.
On the bad side, I had trouble staying at the chapter per day pace, given a job, working on my Master's, and trying to spend time with my family. Still, I practiced, kept up with the new techniques, and continued to improve. Even though I left off just after I learned how to read at diagonals, it's stuck with me and been the best expenditure of time I've made.
I can't believe this isn't taught in school; it would've made college a completely different experience for me.
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160 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, with plenty of exercises. September 24, 2000
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I started out viewing the Evelyn Wood videos (3 videos), which showed me the basic principles on speed reading. But Peter Kump's book was filled with more exercises than the three videos could have gone over with the viewer.
I found that even without the background I already had in the methods that Evelyn Wood teaches, the Peter Kump book is excellent and stands on its own. The exercises are explained thoroughly and not only does he teach rapid reading but also teaches comprehension techniques as well.
I was able to triple my speed in a matter of hours. With diligence I should be to able to increase my speed 5-fold,maybe 10-fold. The only other thing the reader should have is a timer or stop watch to help time oneself during the exercises.
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261 of 279 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
It's hard to call what this book teaches "rapid reading." That phrase makes it sound exotic and unreachable. I truly believe after reading this that everyday people can learn to read at 1000+ words per minute with excellent retention.
I first read this as a 20-year-old college student. With it, I learned to clock my reading rate at 350 words-per-minute. Like most people, I read from left-to-right in "rows of corn," sub-vocalizing. Although extremely bright, I never really could enjoy extensive reading. Doing it for school was a chore.
I tried all sorts of methods for taking notes on books. I tried a tape recorder. I tried writing in the margins. I tried post-it-notes. I tried marking page sections and writing notes longhand in a separate notebook. I tried typing at my computer as I read. I'd end up with sometimes dozens of pages of notes and outlines yet not feel like I could discuss the text fluently.
This book teaches how to process text differently. Now, I relax my eyes and ideas simply flow from the words. A page in a book is no longer like a step ladder or rows of corn -- but it is like a sculpture. As a pianist, I can say that reading text for me has become like reading music. Just as I can see a sheet of music and gain an idea of the song, I can look at a written page and see ideas. Every author has a rhythm and style.
After extensive and sometimes frustrating practice, based on techniques in this book, my understanding of text has completely changed. I am much more able to understand an author's central themes. Whereas before it seemed I could only think on a scale of words and sentences, now I can easily think on a scale of sections and chapters. I have much better judgement in taking notes and feel able to discuss books that I read much more fluently.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have to be honest i didnt finish this whole book. But I did triple my reading speed with just half the book. I was more than happy with that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ScottyOTM
5.0 out of 5 stars This is by far the best Rapid Reading book.
I have been on a mission to try to read faster and gain more comprehension. This books gives a lot of exercises and methods of improving your reading speed, but it also give sound... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Avis A. McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding on speed reading
Recessed for those who want to increase their reading speed. Using the techniques in this book I read it in half day. Believe me it works.
Published 3 months ago by Ractery
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book!
I liked this book so much because it really lays everything out in both description and exercises. My speed increased by over 100 wpm in just the first week. Read more
Published 3 months ago by markl
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective at improving reading speed!
I've been doing the drills in this book for about 2 weeks now, and my speed I can read with a high level of comprehension has already doubled, while my fastest reading speed is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elijah Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good deal
This product came at a low price and it arrived ahead of schedule which is a win-win for me! Great product and great service! Item was as listed/pictured! Read more
Published 7 months ago by MrFoster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
A lot of research went into this book. It contains great reading exercises and easy to read. I highly recommend purchasing it.
Published 8 months ago by Dr.W.Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone looking to improve themselves.
If you want to improve yourself in anyway, this is the book to start everything. Crunch the time it takes to read things and be a better overall reader. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars The key to improving reading speed and retention
This is a fantastic book, it has many methods to help you learn to read faster and retain more information from your reading. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ben Bolton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good suggestion
Explain the key to speed up the reading. But I didn't like to use the finger to read because I always read from tablet or phone the finger's lead didn't help.
Published 9 months ago by sksy
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I would recommend you avoid 'speed reading' and focus on becoming
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