Speed Reading: Even though I am a mathematician…
Tutor was Han-Na Cha.
First, on subvocalization: attempting to consciously destroy all subvocalization also destroyed my speed and any comprehension I had of the text. Comprehension-wise, I find the voice ‘reads’ the text a little behind my eyes (and far faster than I could speak it aloud), which I find helpful. Despite this, it’s difficult to tell exactly what I subvocalize: focusing on the process interferes with it.
However, I think reducing it in certain areas will increase speed (while slight!) and possibly (hopefully!) comprehension. This is a very maths-related area, so I’ll add some examples.
Example 1: and are all different: the first is a vector, the second a tuple, the third a set. However, I take no time to /read/ the symbols surrounding the numbers
- they are merely interpreted.
Example 2: is probably pronounced “x is less than 2”, but while reading it as part of a series of equations, I don’t subvocalize it as such
- just sort of understanding it. This is an aid to comprehension, as focusing unnecessarily on the symbol detracts from the meaning.
In this case, this example is healthily chunked already
In short, I suppose the aim here is to become as good at reading symbol-heavy sentences as I am wordy sentences.
In second; my current mode of reading is linear, but jumpy. I begin at the beginning and go forth, occasionally hopping back and forth to section titles to see where I’ve come from and where I’m heading until I reach the end, whereupon I stop. A nonlinear arrangement would likely serve better: the headings, a summary (if present), the end, the beginning, for instance. So I suppose a relevant ‘goal’ is try that.