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However, it's more than just speed reading. It's optimizing your brain to it's maximum potential. Throughout our schooling we are taught to read from left to right, we are told there is only one answer, we stand in line, we raise our hand... it's surprising that with the amount of dendrites that grow in our left hemisphere we don't walk around leaning to the left.
to understand thoroughly and intuitively.
Originally posted by Avarus
reply to post by Zetetic_of_Truth
Sure. What they taught us, was only the first level. Basically, the eye hops around when your reading. A good way to illustrate this is to lean back in your chair so you can see your entire monitor in your peripheral vision (I hope you're not sitting that close anyway). Now look at the upper right corner of your monitor border and try, without moving your head trace the outline of the monitor with your eyes. You'll notice that your eyes hop from one point to the next. This is just how your vision naturally works.
Now, put your finger in the upper right corner of the monitor, and use your finger to trace around the outside of the monitor (focus your eye on the position at the tip of your finger). You'll notice right away that your movement of your eye is a hundred times smoother.
You can apply this to reading. It's going to be very difficult for me to explain in writing... but I'll try.
Print out a sheet of text, lay it flat on the table in front of you, and put your finger below the line of text and let your eye follow your finger. Your pace should be about 1 to 0.5 seconds per line (on a standard 8.5x11 paper with 12 point font). One exercise had us flip the paper upside down and track the upside down words, so you're only focusing on the pace, and not the comprehension. Speed part is the most important, the comprehension comes with practice later on. I recommend trying 0.5 seconds per line a bunch of times, and 1 second per line will feel like you're going as slow as molasses.
There's a little speed reading excercise section here:
You can look for any chunk of text with some comprehension questions at the end to test the % of the material that you recall.