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Speedread America is the originator of accelerated learning technology specifically aimed at speed reading. Dr. Jay Polmar, now retired, worked with leading educational specialists to fine tune the speed reading process.
After teaching hundreds of classes, he gave the rights to his adaptation of the original Evelyn Wood Speed Reading methods. Learning these speed reading methods is easy and financially beneficial in life. Even if you are just learning for pleasure, you can read an entire book in under an hour. Anyone can double their reading speed with very little effort - it's that easy. Others can increase far beyond that!
Unless you need a live training program for your self or your company, save your money. Don't waste hundreds of dollars or weeks of your life on learning a full scale speed reading course. Most people require only the techniques we offer and some practice for success.
Speedread America donates hundreds of programs every year to libraries, and struggling families throughout the world.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING YOUR READING SPEED
LEARN TO CONTROL SUBVOCALIZATION:
When I first learned to read, I was taught to sound out letters, then syllables and finally words. Then I read out loud to the class and Mrs. Langbein. As I got older I began to read to myself, and soon I could read the words silently in my head.
That's .... Subvocalizing. It's much slower than just reading. Because one can only speak at about 200 words per minute if from down south, or maybe a bit faster if from up north ... so if you subvocalize every word you'll slow down your reading considerably. To prevent subvocalizing use a CD or cassette tape of nature sounds through headphones while you're reading. Sounds strange ... but it works.
THE MOTIONS OF EYE TRACKING:
Uniform and coordinated eye motion is vital. When you try to move your eyes in a straight line without a guide (like a moving light), they tend to move in a tottering and unsteady fashion. Many other tests abound, but the bottom line is your eyes are basically untrained for the coordinated motion required for accelerated reading. Also. . . your eyes move smoother when there is something to follow.
One of the reasons you'll use the finger tracking method to guide your eye movements when reading, is that it prepares you for the coordination methods used in our Speed Reading in Only One Method. You'll stop back-tracking, regressing and back-sliding to re-check what you've read and thought you missed.
VARYING YOUR READING SPEED
Your brain operates at different speeds. When you're critically thinking, you're at one brainwave speed. When you're daydreaming you're at another. When you're asleep you're at still another. Your brain also accepts data at varying speeds.
You won't consistently read at only one brainwave speed. If reading a newspaper you'll be scanning for specific details. If reading your favorite romance novel, you may want to read slower to make the juicy love themes melt your heart. If you can read at 1200 wpm, that doesn't force you to read 1200 wpm all the time. We highly recommend varying your reading speed. And to take another analogy. Just because your Lexus can drive at 180 MPH on the getaway doesn't mean you should drive that fast downtown or in a school zone.
Soon you'll be able to read much faster. You'll also have the ability to choose your own comfortable speed reading pace. You'll know what speed is best for every reading task.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF:
All new thought psychotherapy, motivational therapy and sales motivation tells people is that in order to succeed -- they must believe in themselves.
Once you have learned and practiced the methods in Speed Read in Only One Hour you can progress to reading faster than 1,000 wpm. But that requires a belief system change which might be difficult to adapt to if you are not persistent. It takes a leap of faith plus a belief in yourself. If you're stuck in the motor-reading habit of reading word-by-word, repeating every word silently to yourself, you might get stuck in the belief that this is the only way you can read. Please don't lie to yourself.
Your eyes have phenomenal photographic (eiditic) powers and range of scope. Your brain is a computer operating at very high speeds. Although you might be clearly focused on one thing, your peripheral vision can still absorb the neighboring information and store it for later recall. Training yourself to expand your peripheral vision will expand your ability to take in several words simultaneously. You'll double your reading speed quickly. These exercises will dramatically extend your peripheral vision in a minute or two.
THE POWER OF BATCH PROCESSING:
When learning speedreading your brain processes data rapidly. Similarly to when you are flying down the highway at 75 mph and you spot a road sign on an overpass. You do not read it word-by-word; you glance and immediately know! You read it in one chuck using batch processing.
Even when reading books you can process batches of words and pictures or input chunks of data. You already have the capability for high speed reading. But first you must learn the technique, and then you can make a simple adaptation to do it on demand.
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"May your reading make your life an example for others to follow..."
Dr. Jay Polmar.