November 23, 2011

Follow–up on Speed reading

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

  1. I will use a pointer such as my finger or pencil to keep me more focus on my reading.

    The green pencil given by Warwick has been my favourite pointer since I can easily use it to circle some key points. And, the bright colour of the pencil somehow make me more enthusiastic in reading :)

  2. I will reduce subvocalization when I am reading the texts.

    This is the most difficult part for me to apply since I get used to do it even sometimes I like to read aloud the text in order to practice my pronunciation. I am more counting on the pointer to read faster by tapping it to the middle of the text and skip the first and last word of a sentence if the text is not a new theory. I think that I still need some practices and suggestions to reduce the subvocalization when reading a text.

  3. I will avoid "skip-backing" on materials that I read or try reading more slowly if the materials are new or difficult topics.

    I have been able to implement the "skip-backing" and able to help saving my reading time. However, in several cases, I am still doing "skip-backing" if I can't understand the idea or topic after reading the whole text.

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  1. Han-na Cha

    Hi Maria,

    Nice to see that you are practising the techniques.
    2. try chewing gum when you are reading to see whether that physically helps you with stopping subvocalisation. Tip here:

    3. how often are you stopping to record the information that you have read? Consider doing this a bit more regularly to aid your understanding and learning of the topic, rather than wait until you have finished the whole text.

    Let me know how you get on with them.

    24 Nov 2011, 12:51

  2. Thanks Han-Na for your tips and I’ll try them during this weekend.

    24 Nov 2011, 22:51

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