Usually Friday or Saturday, depends which part in the world you’re reading, I’ll publish a new post covering free speed reading tips. Each Tuesday you will also find a post about speed reading related content I’d discovered during the past week. Today, I’ve got a speed reading journal plus a video about easy memory techniques.
1. Speed Reading Journal
I often use Twitter search or Tweetmeme to keep myself updated on the topics I like. However, there’s another way to experience what’s happening on Twitter in your niche. A startup called paper.li allows you to convert links shared on Twitter into a magazine style layout. To see how it looks like in reality, here’s the Speed Reading Journal brought to you daily.
It’s aggregated content from the Twitter universe , but very visualized. Converting links and RSS feeds into a magazine like layout is very popular right now with Flipboard for the iPad as a well known example. Paper.li creates Twitter & Facebook based magazines using either search terms, hashtags or followers as contributors.
I use the journal to explore speed reading tips currently flowing around the web. There are quite a few stories to read, but an issue also suggests videos, slideshows and podcasts. Although some stories might be very sales orientated others truly focus on sharing content about speed reading. It’s definitely a faster way to see what’s behind a shortened URL.
Activity: You can follow the Speed Reading Journal by e-mail subscription, via Twitter mindprojects or simply by bookmarking the link. As said, updates will come daily. You may also want to create your very own magazine and based on your interests. It’s free. Please, let me know what you think of the journal and whether it adds any value to improve your reading skills.
2. Memory techniques
Until now, I’ve mainly focused on techniques to increase my reading speed and comprehension. That’s still fine. But there’s more than just reading fast. I want to remember what I have read, and I want to keep it for as long as I wish to. Therefore, I started browsing a few memory techniques to further improve my reading experience.
The video below is a practical presentation how to remember things easily. The memory technique asks you to create images for objects to remember and linking them with other images to either keep their order in mind or to remember more complex information chains.
Activity: Try the technique with friends and remember things in the right order by creating an image and sticking another visualized object to it. Be creative with your images! You might remember hundreds of objects in the right order, and later on you even can tell others your very own story having developed from this fun game.