Increase your reading speed and comprehension
When I was in junior high and high school in Kingsville, Texas, the beginning of each school year saw English teachers conduct reading and comprehension tests. Although I have always been an avid reader, I was not a particularly fast reader at that time, averaging merely 180 words per minute (wpm) while my friends were up in the 250-300 wpm range.
After my first couple of weeks as a freshman (freshperson?) at Texas A&M University, I realized that I was in serious trouble with my school work because there were not enough hours in the day to both party and study (notwithstanding the fact that one couldn’t party because party was not a verb; still isn’t in formal writing).
That’s when I discovered Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Dynamics. I took her course in Houston, Texas, during Christmas break in 1973. That was this farm boy’s first trip to the big city; culture shock.
In researching Evelyn Wood just now, I discovered that she was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up in Ogden, both cities of my youth from the ages of six to ten. Wood received a B.A. in English from the University of Utah and worked on a master’s degree in speech without completing the degree requirements.
Her master’s degree research found readers who were capable of reading up to 1,600 words a minute. The key to their speed was a common trait of reading groups of words and complete thoughts rather than individual words. They also tended to read down the page rather than left to right. She determined that the faster readers also had better comprehension.
Evelyn Wood died in 1995, and it’s been a long time since I heard anything about her speed reading dynamics.
Back in 2007 when I started blogging, I realized that blogging also had an inherent requirement to read, so I looked for a refresher course, looking to increase my reading speed and comprehension a little more.
This past Sunday I pulled out my CDs and went through certain parts of the course again. My purpose was to set some records yesterday when I went blog camping.
My tracking sheet shows that I visited exactly 200 blogs yesterday, left 1,026 likes (that means that I read at least 1,026 blog posts; I probably read more but some blog posts didn’t have LIKE buttons and comments were closed) and 119 comments.
My goal had been 100 blogs, 500 likes, and 100 comments, so I totally, completely smashed my goals.
If you want to increase your reading speed and comprehension, or know someone who could be helped by reading faster and comprehending more, try EyeQ. There is a demonstration which takes about five minutes right here.
Disclaimer: EyeQ has provided me with no compensation or any other incentives for this endorsement. However, if they wanted to do that belatedly, I would not complain.
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