Speed Reading

With the vast amount to information that a child need to read, they will have a competitive advantage if they are able to speed read without losing the meaning of the material.
A normal person read around 125 words per minute, a speed reader can easily read 500 – 1000 words per minute.

Reading is a process of converting words into its corresponding meaning. The problem with reading is that most of us are trained from young to read at the speed of our speech, which greatly reduce our redeading speed. Our brain can process words at a faster speed than our speech, this is where most speed reading techniques come into play.

The reading process is usually as follows:

words (visually)->words (verbally)->meaning

There are various speed reading techniques out there, I am introducing 2 in this article.

The first method is to speed up the reading process by reading at a very fast speed in the mind. This require your eye to move across the page at high speed and to read out in the mind very fast. One way to train fast eye movement is to get the child to move his eye left to right very fast in a zigzag fashion by following some zigzag line. Over time, the child will get acustom to moving their eye at faster than normal speed.

The second method is to skip the middle portion of the reading process as follows
words (visually)->meaning

By looking at the words or sentence, the meaning gets translated to the brain directly, this will greatly speed up reading by large magnitude. Chinese is a good language where this technique can be easily used, for example the word (飞机场) (airport), by looking at the 3 word, you should directly know that means airport without reading it out.

One method of training the child is to get them to read by blocks. Example, start with reading 2 word by 2 word, then increase to 3, and so on. Hopefully, the child will be able to look at the paragraph and know the meaning. One interesting youtube

Concluding this article, as parents, sometime we taught our kid the wrong method to read, it is time when we need to rethink if those techniques that we use will under develop our childs potential.


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Speed Reading

There are plenty eyeball exercises that children and even us adults can do to improve speed reading. For younger children, showing flashcards since young, and sending your children to Right Brain Training classes can help enhance their photographic memory their speeding up reading. 

would it be really useful to get kids read faster?

I thought children would catch up the reading speed by themselves as when they growup enough.

Speed Reading

Which learning centre conducts speeding reading course?

Speed reading

can be useful when trying to go through a lot of reading materials but I find it quite hard to master. Even fluent readers can have certain bad habits that will slow down their speed of reading. 

You can test your reading

You can test your reading speed on this site:

Personally though, I find emphasis should be place on not just how fast you read but the ability of  mind to process and absorb the information and transform it into knowledge.

My 5 year old girl has been

My 5 year old girl has been practicing to read every day.  She reads one page a day from Charlotte’s web, about 200 words a page. She usually takes about 5 minutes to read a page.  Recently, she has been showing me that she can take a quick glance at a sentence (about 1 second), then look up and read the the sentence to me without looking at the page.

My hubby also speed reads in English. He has never been "trained".

I think so long as the child can read very fluently, and she has done a lot of reading, she will naturally know how to speed read. There is no need for special training.  I think we should just take it easy, and let the child builds up a strong foundation, rather than trying to speed up the process.



    Speed read

 This is not about speed read but just a fun game. Try reading the article below….

"Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."

According to another research, we are not able to do that for every word, but it’s interesting to know how our brain can relate the word we see to the content of the article.

Speed reading?

I offer 1 more technique which I use all the time.  When deciding if a novel or a movie is worth watching, I read the conclusion first.  Saves me a lot of time reading through deadwood.  Does this count as speed reading ?

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