In this post I’ll be talking about the importance of standardizing reading speed. The thing that I’ve learned about reading speed is this: Balance. What do I mean? If you read too slow and try to retain information along the way, it’s possible that all you’ll recall is a very small portion compared to what you were retaining during the reading! For example you read a page and try to learn everything on that page, so let’s say you retain 90% and more of the information, but then only recall 10% after reading that page. That can be embarrassing. I know that I’ve experienced that countless times! I get so frustrated.
On the other hand, reading too fast can also mean not getting any piece of info at all! I’ve personally experienced both. The one thing that I learned about proper reading speed is this:
Read fast enough to be efficient but slow enough to retain the information. I learned that 25% of what you read is not important. Now I don’t know how true that is but considering that we’re in the information age, it would be wise to only take note of the most important information in a book. That’s usually related to the title I also learned that books should be read respectfully. In other words if a book demands a lot of attention, give it that and speed through parts that are not relevant to what you’re learning. After all no one can read an encyclopedia the same way you read a novel!
So for busy people try increasing your reading speed but only to the point where you understand what you’re reading as well. Wouldn’t it be cool to integrate learning styles with reading? Imagine this:
Observant/Visual learners- illustrated books are easy, but most are not. Imagining what is being read will be the alternative.
Phonetic/Auditory learners- only one way, audiobooks!
Tactical/Active learners- highlight, take notes, mind map.
Obviously the last method essentially should be applied by everyone. Those are just suggestions. Balance in reading speed is the key.
Here is some great info about increasing speed and retention. Be patient the content is really good. This is something new, most of you probably haven’t heard of it. I encourage you to try it. As usual, let me know what you think.