When it comes to learning to speed-read, there are many systems available to choose from. But which is the best?
Obviously, that all depends on the best way of learning that suits you. Not everyone likes attending seminars, or workshops, but there are those that enjoy the interaction. However, not everyone can book the time off, at the right time, to attend such events. There is also the cost. Seminars, and workshops are notoriously expensive. Run by “experts” who work freelance, they are naturally going to charge as much as they can for their services.
Actually, learning to speed-read could cost absolutely NOTHING. All you really need is your eyes, a finger, and something to read…and the will to succeed on your own.
One of the primary techniques involved in reading faster is using your index finger as a pointer to trace the words you read on the printed page, or computer screen. The theory goes that the eye reacts more quickly to motion. For instance, when people watch a tennis match they can quite easily follow the flight of a ball traveling at 145mph. Translate that reaction time to the act of reading, and you will be surprised to find your brain can also cope with reading a lot faster than you already do.
As a test, use your finger as a guide. Run it along a page of text underneath the words, and follow the words above the tip of your finger with your eyes as you follow it. After doing that for a moment, go back to your normal reading pattern, and you will very quickly find that you have managed to read the words quite easily at the increased speed.
That’s because you stopped reading EVERY word as you scanned across the page of text. Instead you were reading the words in groups. This is the basis of speed-reading – eliminating old reading habits, and basically learning to read again.
However, there is much more to it than that, which is why so many courses, books, and now computer software have been developed to aid the student of speed-reading.
By far the cheaper option, and at the end of the day more convenient, and efficient system is the home study computer course. Home study is very popular mainly because it suits most people for ease of use, and for fitting into busy schedules, and family life.
But choosing the right system is important. You need to make sure you have the best teaching model providing you with the best exercises, and study tools. It is also a key factor that the software is tough enough to really challenge you, and your very capable brain. If the software has the approval of reliable professionals, so much the better. And of course, don’t go paying too much for the software, as some are much more expensive than others.
One product on offer that seems to tick all the right boxes is by top software manufacturers eReflect. It is called 7 Speed Reading, and appears to be the most advanced program devised. It could well be the best.