Is it possible to speed read scientific books?

Although speed reading can be used for any type of written material, it is probably most powerful for extracting information from non-fiction, well laid out textbooks including Science and other technical subjects. Often students seem to treat textbooks like a linear monologue. “‘Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?’ he asked. ‘Begin at the beginning,’ said the King, gravely, ‘and go on till you come…

How Speed Reading Can Improve Your Career

In the old days Knowledge was Power. The world has moved on. In today’s economy knowledge and information are cheap and ubiquitous. A simple Google search can literally deliver thousands of pages of information. Some of this is true, some of this is just opinion and some of this is fake news. Effective reading allows you to filter out important details and ignore all of…

I hate to read – so this is not for me!

Do you hate the process of reading? Slow reading can feel like wading through treacle. Does your hatred stem from bad experiences at school? Maybe being forced to read aloud in front of the whole class or struggling through difficult Shakespearean plays. It is understandable that you could see the prospect of a course about reading as a form of torture. The truth is actually…

Are distractions a problem when speed reading?

The short answer is yes, absolutely! Speed reading requires focus. If you are to be effective you need to avoid multitasking, eliminate distractions and spend a short time, no more than about three quarters of an hour at a time, truly engaged with the reading material. Reading should be seen as a priority, not something you fit in around other jobs. Try to read when…