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December 05, 2012

First entry on Speed reading

Workshop Tutor: Han-Na Cha

Introduction

At the beginning of the workshop, we did a reading test to access how fast or slow of a reader we are. I was a slow to average reader which was not surprising at all, this was the whole reason why I signed up for this workshop!

We were then thaught about the different strategies to increase our reading speed, one of which was to use a guide while reading. To me, this strategy worked best and instantly increased my reading speed without reducing my comprehension. However, another strategy did not work for me, and it was to eliminate sub-vocalization. From the effective learning workshop, I learnt that I am an aural learner, and so I learn best when informations are vocalised. This is demonstrated by the fact that when I tried to eliminate subvocalisation, not only did the reading speed reduced, the comprehension also reduced significantly.

The most memorable task I did was the first comprehension test because I got the lowest mark in the group! From the task, I realised that there is a trade-off between speed and comprehension, i.e., I tried too hard to read quicker, I meant a lot quicker than I usually read, I barely understood or remembered the content!

Actions

  1. Using a guide.

    Action: As mentioned above, I found this technique particularly useful, therefore, I will try to use a guide (pen) when I read from now on.

  2. Right posture and right distance.

    Action: Sit straight and place the material at the right distance from myself.

  3. Tapping technique.

    Action: During the workshop, I was not used to this technique yet, and I need to find my own pattern when using this technique. Therefore, I will try this out and figure out my pattern.

  4. Practice, practice, practice!

    Action: practice makes perfect, I will practice speed reading for 10 minutes everyday.

    Also, I will try to read quicker but not significantly quicker that I completely miss out the content!

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