SpeeRead - Instruction System for Speed Reading and Effective Learning
Fast reading is a goal assumed by more and more people because we have daily more and more to read. And yet, the methods we use to go through a text as quickly as possible are very different.
Although generally we all talk about fast reading, in practice we can distinguish between fast reading and texts "scanning" or skimming. Let's see how these two methods differ.
Fast reading is done by reading the WHOLE text to be read, but the reading speed and the memory and understanding capacity are increasing as this ability is trained by the reader.
Text scanning or skimming is done by NOT reading the WHOLE text and using instead various methods, such as diagonal browsing, longer words reading and omission of link words, vertical scrolling, keyword identification and reading etc.
The purpose of both methods is to read the texts in the shortest possible time and with the best understanding of them. Starting from here, we can see that these two methods, although grouped together under the generic name of quick reading, do not serve the same purpose because they do not produce the same results. That is why the name of "scanning" or fast and incomplete scrolling of texts is more appropriate for this method, which is different from the actual speed reading itself. We still see what the differences between the two methods are.
Fast reading implies, as the name calls it, full reading of a text but in a fast manner. There are 5 arguments that show that this method is accessible to anyone if they want to go through an appropriate training algorithm. Fast reading is an ability that we all have. To be able to capitalize it, we need to turn it into a usable skill. For this we need to systematically train with a program designed for this purpose. SpeeRead is such a program. The purpose of developing this fast reading skill is to gain time reading INTEGRAL any text and understanding and memorizing it. If it is well-learned and used, rapid reading can become an extremely valuable learning tool.
"Scanning" texts, on the other hand, involves INCOMPLETE scrolling of text to gain time. Time gain is due to omission of some words in the text. This affects to a greater or lesser extent the understanding of that text. Regardless of the strategy of scrolling the text, the risk of incomplete understanding is preserved. This makes this method more useful for scrolling text to DECIDE whether it is worthwhile or not to be fully read. The fastest way to "scan" a text is to search for the keywords in that text relative to the interest of the reader. If the keywords are found then the phrases containing them are read. If those phrases are sufficiently loaded with useful information, the reader can decide to read the full text. Text scanning strategies are easier to learn and do not require intensive training.
Consequently, fast reading and texts "scanning" are different methods of faster covering of texts because they produce different results. However, the two methods are complementary and can serve the same purpose, extracting useful information from a text.
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