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Speed Reading is a Core Life Skill

speed reading is a necessary skill for any serious attempt at a good life. like touch typing.

speed reading skills include:

  • rapid serial visual presentation
  • listening to sped up audio, including with text-to-speech
  • effective skimming and searching
  • speed reading paper books (optional for most people, who can get ebooks of most stuff they read)
  • being able to keep up. being able to understand and retain what you read at higher speeds

(yeah there's a couple exceptions like blind people. not many.)

reading is a huge part of learning. if you read twice as fast then you can read twice as much stuff. then you can learn way more.

if you don't learn this stuff, you're basically just going to have a worse life. you'll spend more time per book. you'll lose time. not learning to read fast is basically just throwing away part of your life (unless you don't read much, which is a different way of throwing your life away).

another skill any reasonable person trying to have a good life would learn is how to use google search well. lots of people suck at finding stuff with google (like they choose search terms poorly and misjudge which search results to click on) and don't realize it and don't do anything to get better. another common way people use google badly is they search the wrong thing and then start clicking links instead of recognizing the got the wrong results and doing a new search immediately.


Elliot Temple on August 23, 2016

Comments (10)

I am kinda good with sped up audio but on text reading I am slow.

I don't believe in saving little time here and there.. I like saving big.. If I am going to waste 4 hours I should save that first before straining my eyes and brain trying to save a few minutes.

But it is a good skill to have.. Maybe I will learn it in 10-15 years

FF at 4:39 AM on August 23, 2016 | #6586
if a book would take 10 hours to read normally, then with speed reading you could read it in 5 or fewer hours. it's not a couple minute difference.

Anonymous at 4:51 AM on August 23, 2016 | #6587
> if a book would take 10 hours to read normally, then with speed reading you could read it in 5 or fewer hours. it's not a couple minute difference.

Hmmm..You are right. But you need good guessing about what the author is saying and comprehension skills before getting into speed reading right?

I grasp 75-80% of what I read in super easy books and only 50-60% on medium level books..

Wow.. Thanks for the reply.. I am very grateful to you whoever you are (Elliot doesn't want you to talk to me)

FF at 5:07 AM on August 23, 2016 | #6588
speed reading with low comprehension can still be good.

say you could read a book in 10 hours with 50% comprehension.

or you could read it in 5 hours with 35% comprehension.

reading it twice at the faster speed could be more comprehension in the same 10 hours.

Anonymous at 5:24 AM on August 23, 2016 | #6590
> speed reading with low comprehension can still be good.

Okay.

> say you could read a book in 10 hours with 50% comprehension.

> or you could read it in 5 hours with 35% comprehension.

That would be awesome.

> reading it twice at the faster speed could be more comprehension in the same 10 hours.

I didn't think of that.

But what about enjoyment? Won't you get tired or strained?

Moving eyes rapidly like REM will hurt my eye.

Would you recommend people to read Atlas Shrugged through speed reading?

It is a very very very lengthy book.

Elliot said he downloaded and rejected many speed reading apps. Has he found anything good yet?

I have many speed reading books in my iBooks library.. I don't know if any of those have good advise.

FF at 8:20 AM on August 23, 2016 | #6591
> Moving eyes rapidly like REM will hurt my eye.

you didn't even try to look up what RSVP is. you don't move your eyes to speed read. that's part of why it works!

speed reading isn't stressful if you don't go at your max speed. if you can read 700 wpm, and then you turn it down to 450 then it's like relaxing easy mode and you can pay full attention. and you're still reading like double a regular guy.

the Outread app is ok. or Spreeder website.

Anonymous at 12:20 PM on August 23, 2016 | #6592
I read 3 chunk words at 300 wpm.. That was fun.. (spreeder)

I will slowly increase the speed as I improve.

FF at 6:36 PM on August 23, 2016 | #6593
Now I am using 450 Wpm speed to read lengthy news articles..

I usually skim news and look for key words but Spreeding is much more fun.

FF at 11:17 PM on August 24, 2016 | #6595

Speed Reading Success Story

@#6595

others take note! speed reading is amazing. try it...

Anonymous at 11:21 PM on August 24, 2016 | #6596
I am reading Curi's older blog posts on spreeder now.

I have reduced the speeds to 310 wpm so I can retain and grasp more of what I read.

FF at 6:14 AM on August 25, 2016 | #6597

What do you think?

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