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Three types of reading

  • Mental reading is when you sound out each word in your head. This is the slowest form of reading.
  • Auditory reading is when you listen to an audiobook. This reading is almost twice as fast as mental reading, at about 450 words per minute.
  • Visual reading is when you understand the meaning of the words without sounding them out or hearing them, with a reading speed of 700 words per minute.

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Instead of aiming for speed, we should optimise for comprehension and retention.

  • 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 ...

Speed reading can help you skim to content, which is useful at times. However, speed reading cannot help you read faster and retain more information.

Speed reading uses methods such as chunking, scanning, reducing subvocalization, and using meta guiding. For example, reading the first sentence of each paragraph can indicate if it's worth reading more or to move on. Or guiding your eye by using your finger.

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