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November 10, 2005



My definition of fast and effective reading :
"To be able to read any text
as fast as is humanly possible ensuring, good comprehension, appreciation of style and detail and thorough understanding of concepts outlined."
Therefore I agree with your doubts about "speedreading".

I recently purchased the speedreading book by Tony Buzan. While being a very motivating and inspiring book, I find his and other "speedreading" author's ideas not consistent with mine. I don't want to "speedread" or "skim" (both synonymous concepts to me!) through a book and try to figure out from "keywords" what the author is trying to say instead of reading every detail.

How would you appreciate the grammar and style of the writer; the pace, the suspense, if you're just looking for keywords?

I'm in the medical field. "Speedreading," if it existed would be VERY helpful in hacking through Journals and many textbooks in short period of time. But the methods described, deflate my enthusiasm. You cannot read A surgical textbook using "meta-guiding". Every detail is printed for a reason, not just a space filler.
SOmetimes, "back-skipping" of "Regression" is necessary to correct misconceptions.
Thus, I would say that the speedreading techniques outlined cannot be used for Academic texts.

On the otherhand, I do know some people who prefer to read novels, just to get the gist of it. WHile I think that is just a waste of literature, I suppose they would be more inclined to using these techniques.

But I found them very disappointing.


Howard Berg is a really good reader.. his speed is up to 25,000 WPM. I remember taking his speed reading course, and didn't help me at all.

I gave up, because reading really fast takes the pleasure out of a good book.

slow reading is the way to go for me.

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