Do you have a lot to study and a short time to do it? A good ally for you could be the techniques of fast reading and memorization: these are methods with a real scientific foundation that will allow you to read any text more quickly, thus managing to gather more notions in a decidedly narrow period of time. In this guide we will give you some tips to approach these quick reading techniques and we will show you the most famous and effective …
1. Study Quickly With Quick Reading Techniques
If you read too quickly, then you do not understand what is written. All of you repeat: teachers, parents and teachers since elementary school. Yet it is not entirely true: fast reading, if practiced artfully and judiciously, is a real godsend, a means of making study afternoons shorter, but no less effective.
The techniques of fast reading and memorization are methods that allow you to take full advantage of the potential of sight and brain to achieve excellent results in a short time. It is therefore an advanced reading system through which, by strengthening your eye muscles and exercising those mental faculties that you need to understand the graphic signs and their meanings, you will succeed in study quickly, but well.
Does it seem impossible? Here’s how it works: the secret is to identify with a little more than a glance the truly important content of a text (which usually make up about 30% of everything that is reported) without having to read several times the same phrase. So you can dedicate a limited time to the study, without risking going wrong with the question, and allow you to cut out a few hours for yourself and your passions.
2. Quick Reading Techniques To Study: How To Start
Reading techniques are not mere urban legends: they are the result of careful research carried out by reputable scholars during the last century. From these researches are then born of specific courses, mainly intended for students, but also open to all those who need to store in their head a large amount of information in a short time.
Fast reading techniques are mainly focused on targeted eye muscle training. In fact, just like the rest of our body, even the eyes have a musculature that must be constantly trained in order to give the best of themselves.
Keeping eyes trained will allow you to increase your field of vision and therefore to read faster. It has been shown that, during traditional reading, our eye exploits a field of view of about 3 cm: this means that once we have read what is contained in this delimited space, we must move our gaze and move on. The muscle training proposed by the techniques of fast reading allows instead to widen your field of view up to about 5/6 cm, which means to halve the reading times.
Not only that: reading faster also allows you not to leave time to your mind to distract yourself, as it is too concentrated to understand what is written in the text as quickly as possible.
Before starting to learn the techniques of fast reading and storage, you will need …
1) Use natural light to read or in the absence of this, use a halogen lamp placed behind you.
2) Place your book on a lectern, so that it has the right inclination
3) Relax your eyes, using three tricks …
- Blink the eyelids at a constant rate
- Gently massage the closed eyes
3. Quick Reading and Storing Techniques
Once you have completed these initial precautions, you will be ready to take your first steps in the world of fast reading and memorization techniques. Here’s everything you need to do …
Continue Reading: How to find the most suitable study method for you
1. Expand your field of vision
We’ve already explained the importance of widening your field of vision to be able to read in less time. But how to do it? A good technique is the one that uses the “rhombus of words”: it is a practical tool that you can do simply by cutting a kind of rhombus stencil inside a sheet. Once created, just place it on a page of a book of your choice and, keeping the gaze fixed at the center of the rhombus, try to read each line of the portion of text contained.
At the beginning it will be difficult for you to read everything, especially towards the outer edges. By repeating the exercise every day, however, your field of vision will increase considerably and it will therefore be easier for you to read more and more often.
2. Learning to recognize words
Another useful exercise for training eye muscles is the visual recognition of words. You will have to choose a simple word that you know for sure to be contained in a text. With a simple glance, you will have to try to find the selected word on the page.
3. Use a pointer
After having trained the eye muscles and widened your field of vision, you can dedicate yourself to the real art of fast reading. The first advice we give you is to use a pointer. Do you remember that when you learned to read, did you help with your finger to follow word by word and not risk losing you? Here, you’ll have to do almost the same thing. You can use your finger, or better still a pen, with the only difference that it will not be the finger to follow your eye, but vice versa. In fact, you’ll have to move your pointer forward a moment before your eyes have finished reading the words. So your eyes will have to follow the pace of your pointer, and not the other way around. By moving the pointer at a speed slightly above your normal reading speed, you will be forced to read more quickly and, in the effort to keep up, you will be forced to confiscate in your mind only the necessary information of the text, eliminating all that is it is useless and superfluous.
But be careful not to overdo it with speed the first times, otherwise you risk only making confusion.
4. Entrust yourself to the potential of your brain.
Initially you will feel like you do not understand anything that is written in the text. Yet, at the end of the reading, you will realize that you are able to make an effective summary of it because your mind will have confiscated the basics. Slowly you will abandon the habit of reading word for word – the practice that mostly slows down our reading – and you will grasp the general sense that is definitely more important in the study of a text and its memorization.
So avoid going back into the text and rereading again and again that sentence that just is not clear to you, let yourself go to an intuitive reading. This will allow you not to focus on individual words but to capture 2, 3, 4 at a time.
Finally remember that there are two parameters to evaluate the real effectiveness of fast reading techniques …
- The number of words per minute that we can read
- The retention coefficient, or how much we really remember what we have read
The fast reading techniques have in fact the dual objective of …
- Help you reduce reading time
- Help you increase your ability to remember how much you read
It would be totally useless to read a text quickly without remembering what is written. Then try to check, at the end of reading, if you really saved time and how much you really learned.
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