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The untrained eye takes about a quarter of a second at each fixation, and takes in 2 or 3 words per fixation.
By speeding up you eye movements, you'll learn to make fewer fixations per line and take in more words per fixation.
Try this exercise:
If you use a glass 'anti-glare' screen, draw 2 vertical lines in felt-tip, 5 cms apart, so that you have a strip 5 cms wide located over middle of text you are reading.
Now move your eyes in a 'Z' pattern down this central strip, at a speed faster slightly faster than is comfortable.
Because your Mind is not reading each word, it is forced to 'fill in gaps'. This engages much more of Mind, since it has to build associations and patterns in written material. This in turn leads to greater comprehension and increased memory of what was read.
This technique takes advantage of fact that much of written English is highly redundant; a lot of words can be skipped without any loss of meaning.
When your eyes move down a central strip of text, you also engage much more of your peripheral vision. And that in turn brings right hemisphere of brain into reading process. You make much more use of right-brain's ability to synthesize and build relationships within material.
So speed reading is not just about reading faster; it also allows you to access much more of brain and thereby increases your comprehension and creativity.
For an excellent, free, speed-reading course, visit:
- The Speed Reading Course http://www.trans4mind.u-net.com/speed_reading/index.html
Here are some more free speed-reading sites:
- The Study Hall Free Speed Reading Programs http://www.studyhall.com/sread.htm
- Road To Reading Home http://www.roadtoreading.org/
- University of Texas Speed Reading http://www.utexas.edu/student/lsc/sprdg.html
- Speed Reading Links http://www.readingsoft.com/flinks.html
- ReadRace: Free Java application for speed reading http://supershareware.co.uk/Apps/8080.asp
- WannaLearn.com: Personal Enrichment : Speed Reading http://www.wannalearn.com/Personal_Enrichment/Speed_Reading/
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