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Building Vocabulary

A wide and varied vocabulary not only helps you to read more effectively, but also makes you more interesting, respected and regarded as being highly intelligent. It doesn’t matter whether you had a classical education or went to university. Everyone can develop their vocabulary with the right tools and attitude. Little and Often You don’t have to spend hours and hours poring over the dictionary…

The Formula for Success

I wasn’t a fast reader at school and didn’t much enjoy reading. I remember in ‘English Literature’ class we had to write an extended essay critiquing an author or literary genre. I chose ‘short stories.’ This was a deliberate ploy to minimise the amount of reading I had to do. I could get through a story in a single block of time and move on.…

Speed Reading Does Work – Why the Critics are Mistaken

“You can flash as many words as you like in front of your eyes, and though you may be able to understand each word on its own, they won’t mean much as a collective whole. Language processing just doesn’t work that way. In their Times op-ed, Treiman and Zacks explain the biological reason why: There is only a small area in the retina (called the fovea) for which…

Can You Do Speed Reading Anywhere?

If you can read somewhere slowly, you can also Speed Read there, to some extent. However, if your environment is non-ideal then your reading speed and comprehension won’t be at their maximum. Tony Buzan describes the ideal environment… “A chair for physical comfort and support Ideally your chair should be neither too hard nor too soft, should have a straight back (a sloping one causes…

Scouting and Guiding

I’m not talking about taking books on camping expeditions, although this can be a good opportunity to getting some reading in with less distractions. If you’re reading a non-fiction book it is a good idea to skim the whole book very fast before you start to read in depth. Skimming is a process akin to the flight of a swallow, never resting or labouring over…