Speed-reading. Learn more, quicker.

Speed-reading. Learn more, quicker.

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Road-testing a new computer program that helps you to speed-read.

Frankly I've always been suspicious of 'speed-readers'. I've heard a number of different approaches, including reading the second word and second last word on every line. Hmmm. I simply can't imagine how that would work, but fair play to those who do it.

Now though, speed-reading might be able to help all of us, with new computer programs that whizz the words at us very very quickly at one point on the screen. I'm interested in this because the thought of being able to read a book in an hour or two is just awesome. And remember my 2015 goal from two weeks ago? That's a lot of reading, so I need to crack on.

Our goal with this blog is to improve our performance wherever possible? But is it realistic to 'speed-read'?

I've been trying out Spritz, and it is quite a cool idea.

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I could give you a lengthy explanation about how it works - but there's no need, you can try it right now - click here for their website and you can demo it straight away on the home page.

Does it work. Well what do you think? I've been using a free app called ReadMe! that incorporates their software with lots of books. At first, I'll be honest, my attention wandered quickly. You have to concentrate HARD. I downloaded Henry David Thoreau's 'Walking', and it reckoned at 450 words a minute, I could read this bad boy in 51 minutes. But 3 minutes in, my head was hurting. Hmm, time to turn it down to 350 words a minute. That speed was much more doable for me, and I definitely found myself absorbing the book fairly effective. Did I make it to the end? Uhh, no. I'm building up my ability to use it for longer. But at the mo, my head hurts on any longer than using it for a few minutes.

I wouldn't use it for fiction, but to read certain non-fiction books, this could be a game-changer. What do you think? Try the site now and let me know in the comments.

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