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Tips to improve reading speed

 
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Depending on what I am reading my reading speed ranges from 30-60 pages an hour. For e.g: It took me about 48 hours to finish the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I want to improve upon it.

I try not to repeat the words in my mind but just see them in groups. But I am still slow.

What is the secret to faster reading? What is your reading speed?
 
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1) Sit in a cafe, where you have a view of the road and the traffic is quite busy
2) Try and identify good looking girls from all the crowd (thinking on your toes)
3) They will either pass you coming right going left or coming left going right
4) Try to welcome everyone with your eyes, follow them, and say good bye. (quick reflexes)
5) Get your friends on to this game. Nothing improves performance than competition. (team work)
6) If possible argue, whose girl was the cutest (group discussion)
7) When you have worked out your eyes enough, try it on a book.
 
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Your speed is far better than mine. I read same number of pages in a day with 3 hours reading.

As we are discussing , there are two different ways of reading.

1) You only care about the message/meaning of paragraph.
2) You care about each and every word you read and try to understand its meaning which can help improving your vocabulary.


 
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My reading speed is about 30 pages a day. I do not read novels. I only read comics and technical books or books related to science.

If you want to improve reading speed, follow these steps

1. Buy a OCR reader that can scan pages.
2. Install a digital receiver on your medula oblongata
3. Plug the digital output of the receiver to the receiver and your brain will receive the signals directly.

This can be a great project. You can apply the adapter design pattern and use it on your brain.

I tried this on my brain once. I read all the books in the world (excluding novels) in one day. But then there were not enough protein strands to store all the information and the strands that formed turned out to be short term like the ones that form when you have a dream. Back then I knew the purpose of meaning, what infinity was, how to split an atom with your appendix and how to bring about world peace. Heck, my brain was so powerful I could set the timer on my VCR !
 
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I thought that people are really helping in this thread about how to improve our reading.

Can anyone really know good technique for reading.

Thanks in advance.
 
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chetan dhumane wrote:
Can anyone really know good technique for reading.



Use your eyes?
 
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:

chetan dhumane wrote:
Can anyone really know good technique for reading.



Use your eyes?



Thanks Maneesh ,

I was using my nails for reading , now i got good suggestion.
 
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@Manish: nice exercise for the eyes doc(but not completely without hazards)!

@Deepak: are you the guy who recently moved in the cubicle next to mine? He keeps on making these strange noises when at work..

@Vikas: Reading is usually faster when reading novels; technical books,specifications sure do take more time.
 
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:

chetan dhumane wrote:
Can anyone really know good technique for reading.



Use your eyes?


which one of these two sentences is a question?
 
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Depends a lot of what you want to read.

As with any skill, the real answer is practice. Just read a lot.

All "speed reading" is about skimming and getting the high level concepts. But that approach is not good for some types of books. Examples:
1) novels
2) technical books

With novels, you want to savor the word flow, imagine the scenes, and get the interplay. You have to read every word to get that

With technical books, they are nearly always too dry to read as a novel. So you want to read it with a skim, and then go back and dive into the details on the parts you need.

 
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There's books on speed reading. For example, a technique is to see words in larger groups and have your eyes focus less times on a line. All the techniques require concerted practice though.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:Depends a lot of what you want to read.

With novels, you want to savor the word flow, imagine the scenes, and get the interplay. You have to read every word to get that

With technical books, they are nearly always too dry to read as a novel. So you want to read it with a skim, and then go back and dive into the details on the parts you need.



I think I do it the other way round..

Pat Farell wrote:As with any skill, the real answer is practice. Just read a lot.



Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:All the techniques require concerted practice though.



Yeah, I think and hope it will only improve with time...
 
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@Deepak: are you the guy who recently moved in the cubicle next to mine? He keeps on making these strange noises when at work..



Yeah thats me. My secretary and I were busy. Sorry.
 
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I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
-- Woody Allen



I guess it depends how much comprehension you're willing to sacrifice.
 
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