Understanding and comprehension

In everyday conversation the terms ‘comprehension’ and ‘understanding’ tend be used interchangeably. In Speed Reading terminology however, they have distinct, more precise and subtly different meanings. Comprehension Comprehension is the ability to grasp concepts within the context of a single document. For example, when reading a novel you must comprehend the setting and characters in order to be able to follow the plot as they…

When I read faster my comprehension goes down!

A very common misconception is that speed and comprehension are inversely proportional. That is, like opposite ends of a seesaw, as your reading gets faster, your comprehension drops. Clinging this belief will insidiously eat away at your confidence and ability to read quickly and effectively. It seems to make sense and experience often backs it up. As a student begins to Speed Read his or…

Will I still be able to enjoy the books I read when speed reading?

We’re living in seemingly apocalyptic times, with the streets eerily quiet when nobody knows how Covid-19 will progress. Looking on the bright side, as social isolation gives you more time to yourself, it’s a good opportunity to catch up on your reading. You can escape the stress, fear and hysteria into a comfortable world of fiction, at least for an hour or two. The question…

How to Approach a Textbook

To get the most from a textbook it needs to be integrated with your existing knowledge and to be retained afterwards. The following process will help you to tackle a textbook in a fraction of the usual time: 1) Preparation As Stephen Covey said in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end in Mind” Before tackling the book it…

Can Speed Reading Help with Dyslexia?

One of the surprising applications of speed reading is to help dyslexics to read more efficiently. This is counter intuitive as you may think that if someone struggles to read in the traditional way, it is fruitless to try to apply a more advanced technique. Tony Buzan conjectured that as much as 80% of people labelled as dyslexic are not. “They have simply stumbled at…