April 10, 2012

Most effective way of speed reading – SQ3R method

Go – Speed Reader – Go ! ! !

How comfortable are you speeding in a car? How fast do you have to go before you feel you are “on the edge?” 70 MPH? 90? 120? How about 210 MPH, the speed the F1 car drivers can average? Get the point? Some people have learned to drive faster; their comfort level has been raised. You can do the same thing for reading. Face it, speed-reading isn’t mostly about technique; it is about mind set. Indeed this may be the reason
you can play a CD while reading — you are merely driving along at 25MPH. Can you imagine an F1 car driver playing music in the background? No. The driver focuses all his or her skills on the track. If you are out for a Sunday afternoon stroll in your book, then ignore this. But if you are serious about becoming a speed-reader, then start expecting more of yourself.

Speed Reading Verbal Ability CAT CET Workshop part 1

Speed Reading Verbal Ability CAT CET Workshop part 2

One of the most important weapons in a CAT topper’s arsenal is Speed Reading. It comes handy not only in Reading Comprehension but also other sections as well. So, next comes the million dollar question – How do they do it?

Well, the answer to that is not easy to put down in words. Nevertheless, they use certain reading techniques that greatly increase their comprehension and reduce the time required to learn new topics. You must remember that quick tips like skimming the passage etc will simply not work unless you are an effective reader. These quick tips have to be used in conjunction with an effective way of reading.

One of the most effective way of reading is the SQ3R method:

Scanning provides a rapid overview. Many well written books follow logical outlines that can orient the reader to the subject matter.

Questioning is a natural, instinctive, second step that most winners follow. In the scanning
process, certain questions naturally arise. These should be noted in a short list of questions to be answered through reading. The questioning procedure helps the reader stay focused.
Reading occurs very rapidly if a systematic plan is followed:

  • First, determine the main idea from the title, the first paragraph, and the last paragraph.
  • Second, determine if a large subject is divided into smaller subjects with some outlining scheme.
  • Next, follow the title, introduction, body, conclusion rule to find the main idea of each smaller section. Each smaller section can then be scanned for keywords. Keyword recognition signals the reader to pay closer attention for critical definitions and ideas that follow.
  • Finally, review as often as necessary to keep focused. Outlining and
    note taking often help.

Once you start to become an effective reader, you will find that you are also becoming a
faster reader. Together with the SQ3R method, if you use the tactical reading tips below, you will find
yourself on the way to becoming Critical Reading Winner!

Tips to increase your reading speed

1.  As we read, our eyes move along the line in a series of jerky movements, stopping at each word. Fast readers usually taken in 3-4 words in each movement that their eye makes. The more words you can take in with each movement of the eye, the faster your reading will

2. Try to avoid focusing on every word, but rather look at groups of 2 to 3 words.
e.g. the above sentence could be read as:
Try to avoid / focusing on every work/but / rather look at / groups of 2 to 3 words.

3. If you find yourself moving your lips when reading, force yourself to read faster by following the first point above so that you can no longer move your lips.

4. Read more! 15 minutes a day of reading an average size novel equals 18 books a year
at an average reading speed!

5. Determine your purpose before reading. If you only need main ideas, then allow yourself to skim the material. Don’t feel you must read very word.

6. Spend a few minutes a day reading at a faster than comfortable rate (about 2 to 3 times faster than your normal speed). Use your hand or an index card to guide your eyes down
the page. Then time yourself reading a few pages at your normal speed. You’ll find that
often your normal reading speed will increase after your skimming practice.

7. If you have poor concentration when reading, practice reading for only 5 – 10 minutes at a time and gradually increase this time.

Online reading 30 sec speed test 1

Soft bodied animals like caterpillars often fall a prey to voracious hunters like birds or reptiles. Despite having no means to ‘actively’ defend themselves, with weapons like claws or jaws, they have nevertheless, evolved other equally effective deterrents. A particular species of the caterpillar lives at an altitude over 2,500 metres in the Himalayas. It uses prominent colour to inform would be predators of its in edibility. In the event that an inexperienced or adventurous bird did eat the caterpillar, it would probably vomit it soon after, and subsequently desist from attacking similar species in future. Though this would do the unfortunate victim no good, the species benefits. A rare example of the martyr among animals.

Online reading 30 sec speed test 1

If top readers read at speeds of above 1000 words per minute (wpm) with near 85% comprehension, they only represent 1% of readers. Average readers are the majority and only reach around 200 wpm with a typical comprehension of 60%. This seems surprising since most readers, actively reading work documents, newspapers, magazines, books or the contents of a computer display are practicing daily for at least one hour. With such an intense training everyone should be close to top performances.

Unfortunately, this is far from the real situation. The average reader is five times slower than the good reader. Things are even worse if we consider reading efficiency as well as speed. Reading efficiency is reading speed weighted by comprehension rate and it amounts to 200 x 60% or 120 efficient words per minute (ewpm) for the average reader and to 1000 x 85% or 850 ewpm for top readers. Thus, an efficiency ratio of seven divides these two categories.

Screen Paper Reader profile
100 wpm 120 wpm  Insufficient
200 wpm 240 wpm  Average reader
300 wpm 400 wpm  Good reader
400 wpm 500 wpm  Excellent, accomplished reader

Cetking Speed reading solutions

  1.  Stop vocalizing
  2.  Stop backtracking
  3.  Peripheral vision
  4.  Skim and Scan
  5.  Z method
  6.  Speed reading apps