From the Publisher

If you read the book in order, you will effectively be following our two-day workshop, but many of the techniques, insights and suggestions are self-standing and can improve your reading, comprehension, memory and retention so feel free to read them in the order which makes most sense to you (there’s a lot of cross-referencing in case you need to check out something which has been presented earlier). But however you approach the book, we strongly suggest that you actually try things out as you go. As we say in the book, reading is just the first step; it’s only useful if you put the information into practice.

If you haven’t got time to read the whole book at the moment, then the techniques which will make the biggest immediate difference to your reading are:
1) Apply skills you already have
2) Preview
3) Don’t think reading, think finding information
4) Have a clear purpose for reading
5) Apply the 80/20 rule to your reading
6) Read the message not the words
14) Get into a good state for reading
17) Take notes with mindmaps and rhizomaps
18) Have 20-minute work sessions
Plus the Underlining technique

We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to pick up and review the ideas:
1) the titles of the techniques are self-explanatory
2) each of the techniques is summarised in bold at the beginning of its section
3) there is an extensive and helpful glossary
4) we give examples of people’s actual experience – including our own
5) there are ‘expert tips’ throughout which will also help you

EXPERT TIP number one: While you’re learning, use well-written books you can understand easily – it will give you confidence in your new approach to reading. Once you’ve mastered all the techniques, you will be able to apply them to any written material – including books, journals, reports and articles, both on- and off-line.

CONTENTS
Introduction - and how to use this book
Double your reading speed – right now
Checklist – where are you now?
What is your current reading speed?
What do you want from your improved reading?

THE SPD RDNG TECHNIQUES
>1 Apply skills you already have
>2 Preview before you start reading
>3 Don’t think ‘reading’, think ‘finding information’
>4 Have a clear purpose for reading
>5 Apply the 80/20 rule to your purpose
>6 Read the message, not the words
>7 Smile – enjoy what you’re reading
>8 Take fewer ‘stops’ per line
>9 Open your peripheral vision
>10 Take your awareness to your concentration point
>11 Focus on ‘hot spots’ of key information
>12 Read for sameness and difference
>13 Speed up your brain with ‘super-duper-reading’
>14 Get in a good state for reading
>15 Use speed-reading eye patterns
>16 Remember by doing something
>17 Take notes with mindmaps and rhizomaps
>18 Have 20-minute work sessions
>19 Talk about what you read
>20 Review information regularly
>21 Read different texts at different speeds
>22 Use ‘syntopic processing’ to work with several books
>23 Set timeframes and stick to them
>24 ‘Rapid read’ from cover to cover
>25 Get the overview before the details
>26 Rd sumrys
>27 Take frequent breaks
>28 Download the book into your non-conscious mind
>29 Download books for ‘direct learning’
>30 Read a book three or more times
>31 Trust the process
>32 Use different techniques with different materials
>33 Ensure that physical factors are in your favour
>34 Set high expectations
>35 Celebrate success
>36 Read more
>37 Read beginnings and endings
If you find a better way ... use it

Children’s reading
Dyslexia
Exercises for eyes
‘Fizzical’ challenges
Glossary
Acknowledgments
About the authors
Resources

Topics: Tips & Tricks, Prescriptive, and Guides

Published: Jan Cisek on
ISBN: 9781901564129
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