This article explains speed reading, developed by Tony Buzan, in a practical way. After reading you will understand the basics of this powerful personal development tool.
What is Speed Reading?
Reading (text) books takes quite some time. This is why it may not be such a bad idea to improve your reading skills in such a way that your reading speed is doubled or even quadrupled. According to the British psychologist Tony Buzan this is possible. He developed a method to increase reading speed and he became the inventor of speed reading.
He is also known for his mind mapping technique. It may seem an insurmountable task, but it is possible to read a book in half the time it normally takes to read while at the same the matter read is recorded even better.
An average person reads at a speed of about 250 words per minute. Thoughts are quicker: about 1,000 words per minute. This means that the brains are not used in the best possible way as a result of which people are easily distracted.
This in turn, makes it more difficult to understand or process the information that people have read. Speed reading reduces the chance of people being distracted and therefore they understand the texts they read much better. This insight forms the basis of being able to (learn how) to read more quickly.
Furthermore, it is important to practise this reading skill to a large extent as a result of which the reading speed increases automatically and people retain what they read much better It is possible to achieve a reading speed of 3,580 words per minute just by practising! According to Tony Buzan: "Reading is to the mind as aerobics training is to the body".
Background of speed reading
Even though Tony Buzan popularised speed reading, he is not the inventor of it. Evelyn Wood is said to have come up with the term. Wood was a teacher and became curious about the fact that some people can naturally read faster than others. This is why she started to train herself in reading texts very quickly. She discovered that as she turned each page that she had read with her hand, her eyes would focus on this movement. After that, she routinely used her hand as a tracker and pacer. But more on this later.
Wood first told her students about this method during her time at the University of Utah. Soon after, the method was introduced to the general public in 1959.
The combination of this reading skill and mind mapping has proved to be valuable tools. But what exact...
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