On Wednesday November 9, I attended a speed reading workshop to try and gain some pointers on how to become a speed reader. This workshop was led by Juliann Winn who works at the Academic Support Center. From this workshop I not only strive to become a faster reader, I also strive to comprehend a larger amount of information in the fastest time possible. Juliann discussed that speed reading is defined as the ability “to read faster than normal, especially by acquired techniques of skimming and controlled eye movement”. There are internal, external and mental distractions that cause us to read slowly. Some internal factors are eye sight issues and other disabilities. A few examples of external factors are being able to differentiate between work and sleep spaces and trying to not do homework and reading in bed. Also, some mental distractions are anxiety, regression, sub-vocalization, and boredom. In order to overcome these distractions, Juliann suggested to use techniques such as skimming by reading headers and keywords, meta guiding (using your index finger to guide your eyes through a text), and rapid serial visual presentation which is a feature on websites and apps that allow you to processes words faster than you can sub-vocalize becasue the text is presented one word at a time at a very fast pace. In the workshop I read small passages using different eye movement techniques that would increase my reading time and tried to eliminate sub-vocalization. Juliann told us in the workshop that speed reading takes a long time to achieve, but overall the workshop was very effective, interesting and encouraging for me becasue I want to continue practicing my speed reading skills.
Iris Reading. Digital image. Does Speed-reading Really Work? Not If You Want to Understand Anything. ZMEscience, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.