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You really wanna read faster than you can speak…»
One of the arts you'll need to master before you can become a good lawyer, a knowledgeable librarian or even a well-informed politician is the ability to read fast. I mean really
fast. Have you seen the size of those law books? And imagine having to wade through huge piles of book summaries, or to skim hundreds of reports made up by long-winded civil servants.
What you need is a trick that will save you time gobbling up all those words without accidentally glancing over the important bits. Luckily, it's not all that hard to drastically improve your reading skills. In fact there are several ways to do just that, and they can be trained quite effectively.
Some methods are quite extreme and will teach you to scan each page diagonally
, while keeping your eyes and your mind wide open. Diagonal reading training courses became quite popular in the 1990s. Problem is that not a lot of people can adopt this technique and will have trouble getting some proper information out of the quickly-scanned pages. Surely there must be a better way? And there is, pioneered by a woman named Evelyn Wood, who is reported to have been hired by numerous big shots including former US presidents.
In a nutshell, this is what you have to do:
- Maintain an active posture and preferably use a reading tray to optimise the position of the reading material.
- Read the text in a constant flow, without going back to details you've missed.
- Lead the way using a marker, a pencil or just your finger to help your eyes focus on the bit you should be reading.
- Resist the urge to read aloud, bite your tongue if needed. You really wanna read faster than you can speak.
- Make sure there's plenty of light.
Using these pointers, you'll be reading up to 1000 words per minute in no time. Hey, if you're really good, maybe you'll be able to cut a year off your college education...
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