Speed-reading is big news these days. Everyone is doing it as people discover the benefits of being able to read faster, and comprehend more. And as the influence of the media overtakes our lives even more, people have to read more just to keep up, let alone follow, and understand what is going on around them. A recent survey in the United Kingdom concluded that around 15 million of its inhabitants were spending 7.5 hours a day using some form of media device that involved reading.
That’s half their waking day.
As a result, more, and more people are looking at ways of increasing their reading speed in an effort to save them time, and are turning to their computers to study it as the Internet becomes flooded with software packages. There are at least fourteen good ones on the market already, and no doubt more are in the pipeline as manufacturers jump on the bandwagon.
But what makes a good speed-reading program?
For starters, the best don’t make ridiculous claims about what levels one can reach. Some claim that speeds of up to 10,000 words a minute can be achieved – but this is plainly in the world of Uri Geller-like superhuman endeavor that most of us mere mortals are never likely to reach, or even want to reach. Imagine the strain. And when you consider the average reading speed is 252 words a minute, you can see how far-out 10,000 would be. This is not to say it is impossible – because it isn’t as some exponents have proved. But to be able to reach amazing levels like that one has to be super-committed, as well as super-talented.
The better programs will offer more sensible reading levels three to ten times faster than an individual’s current rate. And these are more realistic, and generally attainable, and even imagining an increased rate of that magnitude is pretty impressive.
The best programs should also cover all aspects of speed-reading, not just one or two, as there is more to it than just learning one technique, or method. And if you can find one that provides plenty of good activities, then so much the better. Some programs offer personalized tuition, and on-going tracking to monitor progress which is a definite bonus, while some also integrate video clips, and interactive components.
Some of the better speed reading courses to be found on the Internet are: ReallyEasyReader, Speed Your Read, RapidReader, The Reader’s Edge, Ace Reader Pro, Stretch, RocketReader, Best Reader, Speed Reading, Ultimate Speed Reader, Letter Chase Speed Reader, Magic Speed Reading, and lastly 7 Speed Reading.
7 Speed Reading is the very newest available, and at first glance of its website would seem to be getting the thumbs-up. And at just 7 minutes a day, is the kind of study space that will no doubt attract many buyers.
Ultimately, even a small increase in the rate you read is going to save you so much time. Finding the right program may take longer than actually learning how to do it!