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Faster! Faster!: Speed Reading


When I was in high school, as part of our English class, we has a few weeks of a speed reading course. This has really beneficial in reading textbooks and articles (and less beneficial when I read novels and finish them quickly).

The idea is to increase your speed by breaking the brain-ear connection, no longer listening to the inner voice reading each word individually. Did you know that the average adult score is around 300 WPM for people who have moderate abilities and college students who are considered to be “exceptional” readers have scored more than 800 WPM on online speed reading tests. I clock in at around 750 WPM.  Of course, I am slower when reading a novel.. I like to hear those little voices. ☺

I highly encourage you to improve your reading skills. Your children will benefit even more from this training. There are a number of free products online.. our wonderful resource.


http://www.free-speed-reading.com/ - This site has some great tools online and even review some of the different software products that can be used to increase reading speed.

 http://www.freereadingtest.com/free-reading-test.html - This site, owned by Ace Reader Software, provides 156 reading exercises, divided into 13 levels and 4 groups of themes. Their software is also available to download with a 30 day trial.

http://www.spreeder.com/app.php?intro=1 - Spreeder helps you learn to read with some great features including increasing or decreasing speed, making the window size taller or wider and you can even use your own text.




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