SpeeRead - Instruction System for Speed Reading and Effective Learning
Although apparently the two formulations suggest the same, differences are important and need to be clarified. In clarifying this difference we will start from the definition of speed reading. Speed reading is a human ability that can be transformed into a useful skill through training.
In other words, ability designates a potential that is not yet being used. When this potential begins to be properly stimulated, through training, it turns into usable skill. This skill is fast reading and it brings us a lot of benefits such: earning time, better understanding of information and its more efficient memorization, effective learning, better reading motivation.
And now let's see more clearly what's the difference between a program for learning speed reading and a speed reading app.
The program for learning speed reading is a complete training algorithm.
A fast reading app partially meets the same requirements. However, some requirements are not satisfied. Let's see how.
The application is actually used to read text faster and NOT used for training. In other words, it is not necessarily systematically used.
The most popular apps are those that traverse text through a small window on a device's screen. In the window, one or more words in the text will be visible at a time within a time frame that corresponds to a user-set reading speed. In this way, all of the text will pass through that window and will be readable, usually at a speed higher than the usual read speed of the user.
The mechanism driven by this type of application is to block the need for the jump between words normally performed by the muscles of the eyeball. The muscles will only focus on the text but will not make the leap. This way of doing generates a small surplus of resources to read something faster but does NOT completely train the muscles of the eyeball. The consequences of systematic use of these applications will produce far more other results than fast reading training programs.
In conclusion, we can say that fast reading skill training programs are preferred when we want to be independent when reading. We can choose any kind of text on any kind of support, and the skill, once learned, can be used anytime.
Speed reading applications are interesting in the exploration and familiarization phase with fast reading. They can be used punctually to test your own potential and the benefits of fast reading. However, as a long-term solution they are contraindicated because, through systematic use, they can alter the natural process of reading.
For more information read about the 5 arguments for which fast reading is accessible to you.
See also here an Infographic available in English language.
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