December 12, 2011

Follow–up on Speed reading

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

To some extent, I have improved my reading skills particularly in increasing the speed and understanding the text. So far, I have been more confident to tap and read the texts from the middle rather than word to word which might be time-consuming. The skip-backing strategy has been very useful for my reading time. As the tutor's suggestion in my previous blog, I stop and record some important learning topics using different ways such as highlighting the texts or typing them in my laptop.

On the other hand, I am still struggling to reduce the subvocalization in reading the texts. I tried to eat some snack when I was reading a book last week but in fact I lost my concentration. I can't try chewing the gum as suggested by the website and tutor since I don't really like it. Hopefully, I can find more powerful strategies to reduce the subvocalization.

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  1. Han-na Cha

    Hi Maria,

    An honest update and overall you appear to be making good progress. Subvocalisation is tricky to eliminate. I don’t think that you can totally eliminate it but reducing the volume and your dependence on it for understanding the text is a realistic goal.

    Just by tapping and grouping words together, will be one step towards reducing that, as well as either thinking of a tune in your head or doing a counting exercise in your head whilst reading.

    19 Dec 2011, 10:18

  2. I will try your suggested tip for thinking of a tune or doing a counting exercise in my head whilst reading.
    Thanks Han-Na :)

    19 Dec 2011, 11:01

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