A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work. When reading non-fiction, reading a book word-for-word is often a sub-optimal approach: non-linear reading strategies can help increase your reading speed while maintaining high comprehension. Developed by the Princeton Language Learning Institute, the reading techniques taught in 10 Days to Faster Reading are supported by research and very easy to understand and apply.
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Pick up the key ideas in the book with this quick summary. If you could have a personal genie grant three wishes, you might start by asking for a trillion dollars and the power to fly. But some people, especially people who love to read but never have enough time to get through all the books they want to, might use one wish to gain the power to read with superhuman speed.
Too much to read, too little time. However, memorized material is stored in your short-term memory and is forgotten after only a few days. Try writing down the crucial information electronically or on paper , or make highlights and notes in the margins.
Then, simply file the materials away. This way you can find the information easily, and it will also take away the pressure of memorizing everything.
However, the opposite is true! Reading is actually part of your job description. Relevant reading materials, however, can help you come up with new business ideas, stay up to date on the market and find ways to beat the competition. If you do something enough times, you form a habit around it, and the same goes for reading.
So what are some of the classic bad reading habits, and how do you fix them? A common bad reading habit is passive daydreaming. Making the switch is as easy as steering your thoughts in the right direction. Allow your mind to wander to your trip to Italy last year. That connection works as a kind of brain glue to which you can easily stick new information. Finally, lots of people subvocalize as they read, mouthing along to the words they read or mentally whispering the text.
When you want to read for speed and stop subvocalizing, focus on the keywords and skip over the rest. So now you know the bad habits. But how can you become a faster, more efficient reader? Start by following these three simple steps. First, have a clear purpose in mind and a sense of responsibility for what you read. This will help both with organization and concentration. But if your child already has good grades, do you really need to read over their work every day?
Begin by reading first the first few introductory paragraphs to get an idea of where the intro is heading. Next, read the subheadings, titles and subtitles that are usually larger and bolded. Finally, read the first sentence of each paragraph in order to get a better idea of what each section is about. Pre-viewing provides you with background information, and thus helps you read and comprehend the text faster while reducing the tendency to reread. The rest is just elaboration, explanation or fluff.
The third step in becoming an efficient reader is learning how to actually read faster. For most of us, reading training ended in elementary school, so our reading methods are quite outdated. These next book summarys will provide you with new reading strategies that you can try out for yourself.
Try them all, and see which ones work best for you. The first technique involves focusing only on important words and skipping over the rest.
When we read, our eyes tend to jump around in stops and starts instead of a smooth flow. Getting into a better flow is as simple as finding keywords, which are the more important words in a sentence.
Typically, they are longer than three letters and carry meaning. For example, try reading only the words in bold in the next sentence: The task is defined by a series of steps and elements.
Another strategy is to stop your eyes on thought groups instead of separate words. Comprehending the whole phrase at each stop will require you to use your peripheral vision.
You can train your peripheral vision in a number of ways, such as by quickly glancing at phrases and trying to repeat them. The more you exercise your eye muscles, the better. One way to overcome the habit of subvocalizing is to focus on the white space just above each line. This way, you can still see the top half of the letters and can thus easily understand them without becoming fixated on the words themselves.
The idea here is to move through the words without getting stuck on any. Another strategy called the indenting method involves using your peripheral vision. Instead of placing your eyes at the beginning of each line, try aiming them half an inch inside the left margin, and then stop reading half an inch before the right margin.
By not focusing on all the words, you reduce the number of potential starts and stops that occur while glancing over the lines. If your eyes are stopping seven or eight times per line and you can cut it down by only one stop, your overall speed can increase by more than ten percent! This might feel unnatural for some. To help you get used to starting a line after it actually begins on the page, draw vertical lines about half an inch inside both margins.
This way, you know exactly where to start and stop your eye movement. Re-learning a skill that you already have can feel frustrating. Just stick with it! When we learned to read as children, we always used a finger or another object to pace our reading and better understand the words. Why should we stop training that skill once we know how to read?
Eyes naturally follow movement. Likewise, pointing and moving your fingers can be used to guide your eyes more quickly through a text. Simply place your finger to the left or to the right of a line, and as you read across the line, move your finger slowly yet steadily down toward the bottom of the page. Move it either straight down or in the shape of a snake as you read across a line in order to guide your eyes.
One way to do this is by using the business card method; another requires only using your hand. Make a fist with your left hand, and sticking your thumb out to the side. Then, just place your hand horizontally or vertically over the text you have just read. These methods might be uncomfortable or even embarrassing, but they also help you develop fast reading habits.
Just like training wheels, you can let them go once you no longer need them. For most of us, reading training ends in elementary school, which means our adult reading habits are seriously outdated.
Give yourself a five-minute break every 20 to 30 minutes so your brain and eyes can rest. Adler and Charles van Doren.
However, if you really want to take your reading skills to the next level, you should get our book summarys to the aptly titled How to Read a Book , by Mortimer J. This classic is full of practical tips that have helped countless people get more out of their reading, not to mention write better English essays. In Review: 10 Days to Faster Reading Book Summary The key message in this book: For most of us, reading training ends in elementary school, which means our adult reading habits are seriously outdated.
Actionable advice: Take a break every 20 minutes.
10 Days to Faster Reading Summary and Review
Jump-Start Your Reading Skills! Speed reading used to require months of training. Now you can rev up your reading in just a few minutes a day. And All in 10 Days! What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next hours.
10 Days to Faster Reading
A little book with a step by step method to faster reading different kinds of documents and publications. The techniques described in this book are not revolutionary, just plain common sense. People who usually read a lot won't find here anything new - you've probably already discovered most of those techniques by yourself - while casual readers are unlikely going to be interested in faster reading. If you open a book once or twice a year, what's the point of skimming or skippi.