I have bookmarked quite a few articles about speed reading in Firefox, but have found it to be difficult to remember what each link was about it. In this post I therefore have compiled a list of articles from mindtools.com focusing on the concept of speed reading. There’s a short lead followed by the link. There will be more article suggestions like this covering various topics such as reading comprehension or beating bad reading habits. MindTools hosts many articles on how to learn new skills such as speed reading suitable for work and daily life.
Tips before you start exploring
- A good speed reading book designed as a course and explaining all main ideas plus suggesting explicit training units will help a lot to improve reading speeds. It’s just easier to review or get back again and again.
- Comprehensive articles or series talk about steps such as previewing, using a pointer while reading, quick scans, word group reading, reading patterns and reviewing methods.
- Speed Reading will take some time to learn to fully evolve the skill; mainly because there’s training involved. However, you can learn the basic concept very quickly.
Speed Reading. Radically Increasing Your Reading Speed.
Good intro to get the idea and to get started. “Speed Reading can help you to read and understand written information much more quickly. This makes it an essential skill in any environment where you have to master large volumes of information quickly, as is the norm in fast-moving professional environments”, reads the intro paragraph from this MindTool post. Read article.
Speed reading. Learning to read more efficiently. Another basic article about speed reading, but giving more detail and backing on the article above. The first paragraph from MindTools reads: “With the volumes of information we have to digest every day, from the newspaper in the morning, to the long-winded emails from well-meaning colleagues, and all the reports, proposals, periodicals, and letters we are sent, reading is one of the most used skills we possess.”.
Learn six effective reading strategies to improve reading at all.
Good reading strategies help you to read in a very efficient way. Using them, you aim to get the maximum benefit from your reading with the minimum effort. This section will show you how to use six different strategies to read intelligently. Read article .
Learning styles and Learning Types. Everyone is a bit different in approaching new knowledge. Some use audio as a preferred way to learn, some like visual sources such as videos and others need to get their hands on to successfully learn a new skill. This is a basic article about various learning styles and ways to process information based on learning types. It mainly relates to the Index of Learning Styles developed by Richard Felder and Linda Silverman with some good graphs for better understanding. Read article.
Note taking and Mind Maps.
Mind Mapping is a useful technique to extract information from a book or any other source into a visual structure for later reviewing. It is an easy tool to take notes for anything to remember and to quickly identify and understand the structure of a subject. There is an open source desktop software, FreeMind, to draw mind maps on the computer. Read article.
Recalling and Reviewing knowledge. This post from MindTools explores ways to remember knowledge consistently and how to structurally and effectively review material. Reviewing knowledge frequently will keep it fresh and alive and also allows to easily recall knowledge when it is needed. Read article.
Are you new to speed reading? Consider learning with software. Explore the best benefits in this review. There is also an introduction article to get you started with fast reading right here on this blog.