- Series: Complete Idiot's Guide to
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: ALPHA; 1 edition (June 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592577784
- ISBN-13: 978-1592577781
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading 1st Edition
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About the Author
Abby Marks Beale is the founder and CEO of The Corporate Educator. She is a speaker and trainer who creates content-rich programs using accelerated learning and adult learning principles that make it easy for participants to learn. Her topics of specialty include faster reading, email management and etiquette, and time and stress management.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading is extremely helpful in learning MANY new methods to speed reading. It's up to date to include speed reading on-screen, and offers many tips on increasing your comprehension as well. You'll learn to try out many methods to keep pace (single-finger, multiple-finger, card), and, with experimentation, can figure out which method works best for you. You also learn about picking out key words to get the main idea, while skipping the smaller, less-important words (filler). Or, if that method doesn't work well for you, there's always "though-chunking," reading words as groups. This method works best for me, and increased my reading speed because my eyes stop on 3 or 4 points per line instead of stopping to read each word in a 13-word line. In a sense, you're stretching your peripheral vision to read more than one word at a time. And the book offers many exercises on improving that.
There are a number of sample readings for you to practice on, along with space to keep track of your progress. This is very helpful to boost motivation and confidence, which the book points out is very helpful in making progress. If you feel and know you can speed read, then you will. The book offers a number of tips and strategies on how to remain focused while you read, where the best (and worst) places to read are, and how to give your eyes a rest.
I've just finished reading this book and continue to practice, practice, practice everyday. That is ESSENTIAL in learning a new method. With the tips I've learned in this book I was able to increase my reading speed from 235 WPM (words per minute, an average reader), to 390 WPM with about 80% comprehension, the same as I would get with my normal speed. I was able to read Johnny Got His Gun, a 320 page novel, in 2 days, something that might have taken me over a week with my normal reading. And I understood it all. A great book.
Get this book if you really want to learn how to speed read. It DOES take practice, but you WILL get results.
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