If you’ve tried out some speed reading tips you researched over the net, and find that you have an aptitude for it, you might want to invest in a good training software. There are a good many of these around, and we’ll take a look here at some of the best.
One of the nicest speed reading softwares available todays is Ace Reader. Ace Reader works very well indeed – it has a highly intuitive user interface, and works by removing two major negative reading habits that many people pick up in their youth as a result of the vagaries of the education system. If you happen to have these habits, this software can double or perhaps even triple your speed. The issue with this software is that if for some reason you never developed these habits, the software can be of little use to you.
Then there’s Eye Q, another excellent software. This one works by subjecting the eyes and brain to intense visual exercise – be careful, the exercises can be exhausting, and it is probably not something to do over your lunch break. And it works, but only moderately well. This is because Eye Q has a rather minimal and simplistic approach to speed reading training, meaning that there’s little progress you can make once you exhaust the software’s capabilities.
Then there’s the Evelyn Wood speed reading course – this isn’t software, but it’s still excellent material that makes use of videos and DVD’s to massively help you with your speed reading. The advantage of this course is that it’s been around for years and hundreds of people can attest that they’ve benefited from Evelyn Wood’s methods.
Lastly, but perhaps first in sheer quality, we have 7 Speed Reading. This skillfully designed piece of software uses a combination of brilliant software engineering and careful design to train fifteen areas of the mind and body that affect reading speed. But that’s not all – included with the software are detailed videos that will help you to speed read more effectively. Definitely recommended.
So my recommendation to you would be to download the trial versions of these and other softwares and to see which one you seem to have an affinity with. Because, while the principles that underlie speed reading are known to all, there’s a vast difference in the approach each company brings to this field, and it’s best to shop around a bit and see what works best for you.
If you’re in any doubt, I would say go for 7 Speed Reading because of it’s composite approach. The fact that the software addresses so many reading issues means that it is far more likely to suit your needs and to work for you. Most of the other softwares on the market are relatively limited by comparison. However, do a little research, read different user reviews on the Internet, then make a short list of those softwares that you think might be interesting and of use to you.
Then go ahead and download the trial versions of those programs, and install them. You’ll soon be able to sort the really good programs from those that do not work so well. Once you’ve narrowed down your price to one, purchase it, and remember that every speed reading course and software needs plenty of practice to be truly effective.