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Speed Reading For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-55051-9
288 pages
July 2009
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The fun and easy way to become a more efficient, effective reader!

Want to read faster — and recall more of what you read? This practical, hands-on guide gives you the techniques you need to increase your reading speed and retention, whether you're reading books, e-mails, magazines, or even technical journals! You'll find reading aids and plenty of exercises to help you read faster and better comprehend the text.

  • Yes, you can speed read — discover the skills you need to read quickly and effectively, break your bad reading habits, and take in more text at a glance

  • Focus on the fundamentals — widen your vision span and see how to increase your comprehension, retention, and recall

  • Advance your speed-reading skills — read blocks of text, heighten your concentration, and follow an author's thought patterns

  • Zero in on key points — skim, scan, and preread to quickly locate the information you want

  • Expand your vocabulary — recognize the most common words and phrases to help you move through the text more quickly

Open the book and find:

  • Tried-and-true techniques from The Reader's Edge program

  • How to assess your current reading level

  • Tools and exercises to improve your reading skills

  • Speed-reading fundamentals you must know

  • Helpful lists of prefixes, suffixes, roots, and prime words

  • A speed-reading progress worksheet

  • Exercises for eye health and expanded reading vision

  • Tips for making your speed-reading skills permanent

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Introduction.

Part I: Introducing Speed Reading.

Chapter 1: Of Course You Can Speed Read!

Chapter 2: It’s All about Breaking Bad Reading Habits.

Chapter 3: Understanding the Mechanics of Speed Reading.

Chapter 4: Introducing Speed-Reading Fundamentals.

Part II: Focusing on the Fundamentals.

Chapter 5: Establishing Your Reading Rate.

Chapter 6: Taking in More than One Word at a Time: Reading in Clumps.

Chapter 7: Getting the Gist from Word Groups.

Part III: Advancing Your Speed-Reading Skills.

Chapter 8: Building Your Speed-Reading Momentum.

Chapter 9: Exercising Your Ability to Read More in Even Less Time.

Chapter 10: Other Reading Strategies to Supplement Your Speed Reading.

Chapter 11: Taking Advantage of Writing Structure to Read More Quickly.

Part IV: Improving Your Comprehension.

Chapter 12: Expanding Your Vocabulary to Become a Better Speed Reader.

Chapter 13: Applying Speed Reading to Various Reading Tasks.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Quick Techniques to Improve Your Reading Speed.

Chapter 15: Ten Exercises for Keeping Your Eyes Speed-Reading Ready.

Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Making Your Speed-Reading Skills Permanent.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Uncovering the Prime Words.

Appendix B: Your Speed-Reading Progress Worksheet.

Index.

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Richard Sutz is the founder and CEO of The Literacy Company, developers of The Reader's Edge speed-reading program. Sutz's program teaches silent reading fluency for effective and efficient speed reading.

Peter Weverka is the author of many For Dummies books. His articles and stories have appeared in Harper's, SPY, and other magazines.

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