Interesting FAQ's about Speed Reading
- What is speed reading?
Speed reading is the skill of moving the eyes, and some other external pacer,
across and down a page of print at a rate which will avoid regressions,
reduce sub-vocalization and induce better concentration.
- What is the theoretical limit to human reading speed?
There is no known theoretical limit to reading speed.
- How fast can speed readers read?
Permanent speed readers (and graduates of TurboRead) can read
comfortably at speeds of between 800wpm and 1200wpm, without any constant
practice and drilling. Tutored speed readers, who constantly practice the
skill over long periods of time, can reliably achieve speeds of around 5000
wpm. Natural speed readers (of which there are very few in the world) can
exceed these speeds.
- What is the speed reading record?
Unfortunately, there is no standard international speed and comprehension
test. Reading material varies in complexity, type face, print quality,
grammar, style ... all influence reading speed. Worse still, tests for comprehension and
understanding are subjective. Consequently, no individual or organization
can lay a legitimate claim to a world record. Be careful of courses that
claim to teach you to read at "thousands" of words per minute.
- Does speed reading ruin the enjoyment of reading?
No. If anything, speed reading enhances the enjoyment of reading. The reason:
greater concentration for longer periods, supported by fewer reading
irritations. Speed reading allows you to read at closer to your thinking
- Can anybody learn to speed read?
- What about IQ and age ... do these influence one's ability to learn to
Not significantly so. Anyone can improve on their current reading speed -
regardless of what that speed is. If you read at 100 wpm, and practice to open
your eye focus and reduce regressions and sub-vocalizations, your speed will
- Do you need to constantly practice the speed reading
No. You simply apply the technique in your daily reading. You cannot lose
the skill once you have mastered it.
- How long will I take to complete the TurboRead
If you practice comfortably for about an
hour a day, about 7 to 10 days.
a classroom-based speed reading course better than a self-improvement
program such as TurboRead
golf as an analogy. Personal instruction by a golf pro absolutely sinks the
best golf swing instruction book. But, you can still have a lot of fun
learning the game yourself and enjoying your ability to play, as opposed to
not being able to play at all. So, if it is absolutely essential for you to
play with a 3 handicap ... or to read at 2000 wpm plus, you need
personal instruction, (and then you better be doing at least 36 holes every
week!). Otherwise, you can achieve a permanent sub-1000 wpm reading speed
by investing in a good interactive speed reading course, coupled with the facility of free
Are interactive lessons used
in TurboRead? Does the program automatically track your progress and
automatically move you to more advanced lessons as you improve your reading?
The program is fully interactive and
intelligent. There are 5 reading and comprehension tests which track your
results from start to finish within the main body of the course. Then, a
separate Advanced Module helps you to increase your reading speed and
understanding even further. The program again tracks your speed scores. The
program takes you carefully through the initial phases of speed and
comprehension improvement until you are ready to try the advanced practice levels.
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