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Use a Pointer to Guide Your Vision

Use a Pointer to Guide Your Vision

As humans, we tend to be attracted to movement. That’s why sports seem too fascinating to us, something that books in their essence don’t have. 

Nevertheless, there is a way of making you feel attracted to movement while reading: to generate it yourself. In this way, you will enjoy more your reading session, and also, as several studies has confirmed (e.g. View Kirsh & Joy’s paper) it improves comprehension while letting you focus to read faster.

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Think of your eyes as if they were a scanner

Expand your perspective (by using peripheral vision), and divide each line in 2 or 3 parts, that will be your main focus points around which your peripheral vision will also work.

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Read in 45-50 Minutes Intervals

Since we lose focus every 25 mins using the Pomodoro Technique, we need to enter in a “focus phase” when reading, and we also need rest; a 45-50 minutes interval accompanied with some rest seems to be the best option.

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Why It Is Necessary

As we occupy our time with more activities, we need to be more efficient with the resources we have (mainly time). Since learning everything requires to read, here are 3 useful techniques with which you will increase both your reading speed and comprehension.

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Strategies speed readers use
  • Skimming: quickly going through passages to find the main points.
  • Meta guiding uses a pointer, such as your index finger or a pen, to guide your eyes along the lines of text.
  • The vision span method uses the span of human eyesight to read words in batches.
  • Rapid serial visual representation (RSVP): an electronic reading system displays words one at a time.

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Speed reading
  • Speed reading promises to help anyone read at speeds of above 1000 words per minute with full comprehension.
  • The average college-level reader read at the speed of 200-400 words per minute.
  • In 1959, Evelyn Wood launched Reading Dynamics, said to increase a reader's speed by a factor of three to ten times while improving comprehension. The business was a success and eventually spread worldwide.

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