Making the most of Speed Reading Classes
If you have decided that you want to dramatically increase the
speed and efficiency of your reading in order to work or study
more effectively, there are several options open to you
nowadays. Taking speed reading classes remains a popular option.
Though it may be possible to gain the same knowledge through
software or a correspondence course, speed reading classes may
well be superior to these other options. The opportunity to
measure your progress against that of others in the class, and
to have personal instruction as needed, can be invaluable. Many
students progress faster after they make the choice to attend
speed reading classes.
What can you expect from a speed reading class? Some of us find
the idea intimidating - probably because they are afraid that
they will be unable to learn to read at speeds of 100 words per
minute or more. It is true that, just as natural reading speed
varies between individuals, so does one's capacity to learn
speed reading. However, don't be discouraged if you consider
yourself a slow reader by nature. Speed reading classes teach
you knew techniques for reading that are different from those
you normally use. For example, the Evelyn Wood method (designed
by one of the pioneers of speed reading) involves the use of a
'pacer' to speed up the movement of your eyes across the page.
Evelyn Wood herself stumbled upon this method, when frustrated
by her own inability to read faster. The accidental movement of
her own hand across a page showed her how the eye is 'led' by a
moving object. The result? People can learn to read faster, with
little or no loss of comprehension.
Other speed reading classes teach different methods. The object
of many of them is to stop people from 'dwelling on' a certain
word, because that slows down the reading process. One method,
therefore, calls for using your peripheral vision to read. If
you read out the the corner of your eyes, so to speak, the eye
seems to be naturally drawn forward.
As you get faster - and some speed reading classes claim an
incredible 1000 wpm - opinions vary regarding whether
comprehension is lost. According to some sceptics, who have
studies speed readers under controlled circumstances, it appears
that speed does come at the expense of comprehension. In fact,
some experts claim that reading faster than 600 wpm means that
comprehension is radically reduces. There is also strong
evidence to the contrary, however, and most speed reading
experts claim that little or no comprehension is lost, even at
incredibly high speeds.