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What is the Average Reading Speed?

In today’s hyper-competitive world, reading is about as fundamental skill as there is. In both school and the professional world, being able to read quickly and with good comprehension is essential for success. A person who can read more efficiently and has a higher average reading speed than his or her peers is at a huge advantage.


How Does My Average Reading Speed Compare to Other High School and College Students?


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The following list gives an overview of average reading speeds among young people. Remember, these are only averages and that lots of young men and women read both much slower and much quicker. To be a high-achieving student, above average reading skills are exceedingly beneficial, if not downright mandatory.


  • High School Freshman: 200 words per minute

  • High School Senior: 225-250 words per minute

  • College Freshman: 250 words per minute

  • College Senior: 275-300 words per minute


What Are the Advantages of a Faster Reading Speed?


Having a fast reading speed makes nearly everything you do in your academic career easier and more productive. For instance, studying is enhanced because you can quickly scan your notes and textbooks, leaving more time to focus on actually learning the relevant material.


Can I Improve My Reading Speed?



Most of us waste a substantial amount of time going back over words and phrases that we already read. Known as re-tracking, this process is a needless and a fixable reading speed bump. One easy but effective strategy is to trace what you read, word by word, with the tip of your finger or the point of a pencil. Move your tracing implement along at a steady rate and your eyes will naturally tend to keep up.



This is a fancy word to describe the common practice of pronouncing each world in your head as you read. While you may be sitting in your chair silently, in your mind you’re still “saying” each and every syllable. This could be a result of the fact that we all learned to read out loud back when we were little kids.

While sub-vocalization is normal and nearly everyone does it to some degree, language experts suggest that eliminating it could dramatically boost a person’s average reading speed. The idea is that our minds are capable of processing words faster than we can pronounce them. If we can remove the habit of silently saying each word while reading and, instead, just see and understand the words, the pages will begin to fly by almost automatically.

Posted by James - July 5, 2016 at 3:19 am

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Evelyn Wood – Her Speed Reading Systems

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Known for her pioneering Speed Reading System. She was born in Logan, Utah in 1909. Received her B.A. in English from the University of Utah in 1929, and became a school teacher and a researcher.

Evelyn Wood began to study reading while she was a teacher. She wanted to understand why some people were naturally faster at reading, she tried to read very quickly also. While brushing off the pages of a book she had thrown down in despair, she discovered that the sweeping motion of her hand across the page caught the attention of her eyes, and helped them move more smoothly across the page. She then began establishing her own methods of using a finger/pointer to trace lines of text while eliminating sub-vocalizing. This method causes to increase speed over the average reading rate while increasing retention. She also discovered that faster readers were more effective readers.

Evelyn was capable of reading 2,700 words a minute. She often read down the page rather than left to right, reading groups of words or complete thoughts rather than single words. Evelyn also avoid involuntary rereading of material and applying their efficiency to varied material. She first taught the method at the University of Utah, and published her own book, Reading Skills in 1959. She and her husband, Doug Wood, started the Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics business. Her classes were advertised on television in the 1960s and 1970s, and were also taught on college campuses in the United States until the late 1990s. One of Wood’s speed reading students claimed that she could read 689-page novel Gone with the Wind in less than one hour.

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How important is speed reading?

Most of us tend to read at about 200-400 words per minute, speed readers claim to hit around 1000-1700 words per minute. Speed readers supposedly shorten how long they fixate on a word. They tend to do this by cutting down on sub-vocalization. When you read at 200 words per minute, a 1000-word will take you five minutes. Now imagine that you double your reading speed suddenly that 1000-word article only takes you two and a half, or just a minute. Being able to double the typical reading speed of the average person does not sound like much, but when you are bombarded with thousands of words to read a day, you almost magically have a lot  time to work on your school work, or important projects in your professional environment.


What are the strategies of Evelyn Wood’s Speed Reading System?

There are more than two strategies in Speed Reading, but Skimming and Scanning are the two most commonly known and used. These two Speed Reading Systems are used for different purposes, they are the fast end of the speed reading range, while studying is at the slow end. People who use these techniques are flexible readers, they do not read everything which is what increases their reading speed. They read according to their purpose and get the information they need quickly without wasting time.


How to skim

Look at the title, subheadings, pictures, diagram and else stands out on the page. Read the first and last paragraphs of the chapter because they often contain key information. Read the first sentence of each paragraph, try to restate what you read in your own words. Also, read those phrases in bold or italic type. These words and terms usually are important to understand and remember. Try to read the text quickly, but pay attention to what you pick up in the process. Focus on the nouns and verbs. Skimming will help you locate the information quickly while making sure you use your time wisely. You can read 1000 words per minute.

Skimming looks only for the general or main ideas, and work best with non-fiction material. An effective tool you can use to read more in less time.


How to scan

Scanning is very useful for finding a specific name, date, statistics, or fact without reading the entire article, it also allows you to fine details and other information in a hurry. Keep in mind at all times what it is you are searching for. If you hold the image of the word or idea clearly in mind, it is likely to appear more clearly than the surrounding words. Let your eyes run rapidly over several lines of print at a time. When you find the sentence that has the information you seek, read the entire sentence.

In scanning, you must be willing to skip over large sections of text without reading or understanding them. Learning to use your hands while scanning is very helpful in locating specific information. Your peripheral vision can also help you scan effectively. When your hand moves down a list of names, you see not only the name your finger is pointing to, but also the names above and below. You can read 1500 or more words per minute.  

Posted by James - July 4, 2016 at 11:29 pm

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Does Photoreading Really Work?



How Does Photoreading Work?

Some people claim to be able to look at a page, memorize it’s contents, and access that knowledge at anytime. This process is commonly called photoreading. Since the imaging process is supposed to resemble a photograph in your head. You could effectively cheat on tests and quizzes thru reflecting on the textbook pages during the exam, or have access to formulas, data, and important information at anytime. Making mental images of certain pages that have critical information.


Should this technique be proven to actually work?

It would be a phenomenal advantage for anyone who took the time to learn this. However, despite the thousands of people out there who claim that photoreading is a real technique, scientists are having a great deal of trouble verifying the claims what photoreaders said. Most scientists accept that it’s possible to recall the images on a page over a short term. But, the speed of recall and the lack of people who can successfully do any kind of recall after a few days. In their minds, photoreading is basically nothing more than a magic trick which can be used at a party.

Photoreading is a very controversial side topic in the world of speed reading. While some people swear its usefulness, others are convinced that it’s complicated, overbearing, and downright ridiculous technique to even attempt. Basically, photoreading is a memorization technique in which you attempt to make an image of the page which can stay with you for hours, days, or even a lifetime. And, that you can then view it in your mind’s eye whenever you please.

Research currently being conducted on this topic is not quite sure what to think. The basic thought is that it’s possible to recreate some very basic parlor trick type recall of some specific pages in books. But, that it’s not all that possible to do all that much more. How much you can memorize beyond the first few days past reading is somewhat more difficult to measure.

Posted by James - September 28, 2012 at 2:38 am

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Choosing The Best Law School Admission Test Prep Course

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Choosing Law School Admission Test Prep Course

Keep in mind that there is no single best Law School Admission Test prep course for everyone. Finding the best LSAT prep course simply means choosing which one will suit your particular needs best. In this regard, you need to identify what elements of a course are important for you.

For instance, do you prefer an LSAT prep course with plenty of practice tests and guide materials or more of classroom classes? Do you require more of personal attention? When you know what you need in order to prepare well for the LSAT, you can easily review the many companies offering such courses to find the best LSAT prep course to meet your needs.

One very important element of an LSAT prep course that you need to look at is the instructor. You want a teacher who is not only experienced but also enthusiastic in guiding students in studying for and taking the LSAT test. To choose the best LSAT prep course, you need to find out who will be teaching your course. You can call a particular company to get this information directly from them.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that someone who scored higher in the LSAT will automatically make a better LSAT prep course teacher. Someone with a high LSAT score would only be effective as an instructor if he or she can teach a class how to score well. You can ask former students how effective an LSAT teacher is prior to enrolling in a course. In addition, having law school experience is nice but not necessary. The LSAT is all about logic and comprehension so there is no legal knowledge required to teach LSAT.


What is the best Law School Admission Test Prep Course?

The best Law School Admission Test prep course for you is one that utilizes different methods to help you become familiar with the various sections of LSAT. Most prep courses focus on teaching methods for tackling a specific section of the LSAT test. For instance, if you feel that you need help in the Analytical Reasoning section then the best LSAT prep course for you would be one that focuses more on this area. However, you also need to make sure that you master the methods on Logical Reasoning, because the LSAT contains two entire sections of this.

Other things that you may also consider when selecting an LSAT prep course are the prep materials that you will get upon enrollment such as prep tests or copies of recent official LSAT tests. You can prepare for LSAT in several ways. If you do well on self-study and managing your time, then an LSAT prep book may be enough for you. However, if you need guidance, then either a live course or online course is the best LSAT prep course for you.

Posted by James - August 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

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Photographic Memory Books Teach How To Recall Information

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Photographic memory is a term used to describe a person who can recall visual information in great details. It’s often confused with eidetic memory, an ability to vividly recall images from memory after only a few instances of exposure. If memory worked just like a photograph, these folks would have the ability to quickly reproduce the written text in reverse order by reading the photo. However, people can’t do this.

In most photographic memory books the techniques used are to help people develop memory skills. Not through capturing a mental picture of what they see, but learning certain tricks to make recalling the information possible

There are different ways people train their memory. For example, most children memorized the alphabet by singing the alphabet song. The idea of setting the letter to music made it more fun to learn than simply through repetition.


Not All Books Teach Same Photographic Memory Habits

People learn on different levels, people learn to train their memories through different methods. When someone writes photographic memory books they write about the techniques that have worked for them and a few others. People on the same learning skill level can probably use these P.M. books to improve their information retention skills.

However, another person may not realize the same success and may find other P.M. books, written from a different perspective to more beneficial. Unfortunately, there are no one size fits all P.M. books that can supply the same level of help for everyone.

Many people with excellent memory use elaborate techniques to assist them to remember. While others can very easily recall huge amounts of autobiographical information spanning the majority of the lifetime. Improving a person’s memory is high on the list of many individuals and there have even been drugs and natural remedies claiming to help improve memory. But they do not have the same positive impact on everyone similar to photographic memory books.

Posted by James - August 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

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Top 100 Books For Teens

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Practicing the skill of reading books will help anyone increase their reading speed. A really gripping series like Harry Potter can drive teens to read faster and faster.

NPR Books just released their annual teen reading survey results and lists the most popular 100 teen books. Here’s their top 100 list.


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Ways to Learn Speed Reading


College life can seem hectic, and sometimes, it may very well be too much so. However, you can quickly and easily remove a lot of the problems that most students face on a daily basis by learning the simple skill of speed reading. If you can learn to read at twice the speed you read currently, you’ll be drastically cutting down on the amount of time you’ll need to spend doing the weekly assignments, and you’ll have plenty more time available for working on the large research projects that make up the largest percentage of your grades, and plenty of opportunities to socialize with friends after class.

How do you learn speed reading? It’s actually rather easy to do, because there are numerous classes or seminars offered nowadays. Your major universities will also likely offer a class in study skills for freshmen, and they will give you a brief overview of speed reading there as well. Some libraries offer classes from time to time, and it will be free at a library, which is a significant advantage. In addition, there are numerous books on the subject of time management and organization which teach speed reading techniques and skills, and even some which focus directly on the topic of speed reading. Many websites also have this information available.

No matter how you choose to learn speed reading, however, the simple fact of the matter is that you have to start learning how to do it sooner rather than later. Once you start college without this necessary ability, you won’t have the time to learn it when you’re there.

Posted by James - August 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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Using Association as Memory Techniques

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Maybe you are a bit doubtful in using association as memory techniques that you have learned from books or online websites. You might not believe that it’s important that every time you need to memorize certain information, you need to create silly association between two pieces of data. This method is proven effective, and it’s also employed by psychologists who are experts in studying human memory. Memory works effectively through association, and we’re simply expanding of this information to help us recall things effectively.


Here are some characteristics of memory:


1. Memory is Recent (Memory Techniques)

We are more likely to recall things when they have occurred recently than those that happened for quite a long time. There is a great possibility that you recall what you had for breakfast today, but not what you ate two months ago.


2. Memory is Clear (Memory Techniques)

There is a great possibility that we recall events that are most clear or those events that leave lasting impressions than events that are ordinary. You can possibly remember what you did on your wedding anniversary, or perhaps the World Trade Center collapse, but not what happened a day before that event unless they are quite striking too.


3. Memory is Frequent (Memory Techniques)

We are able to recall things that we experience often, rather than those we experience very seldom. We are more likely to recall your friend’s name or his phone number if you are really good friends rather than the waist line of Britney Spears unless you are an avid fan.

What about the clear property of memory? Well, when we need to recall two words such as flower and rake, we might think of using a rake to clean the surroundings of a flower. Or it can also be: if a little boy comes to a table which you are happily eating your meal, carry a rake. He then lifts up and shove the rake right into the vase with a flower! Now which of these two images can help you to remember easily? The second one will be more effective because it is more clear and vivid. The rule of thumb is: the funnier the better.

For short-term memory, such as recalling the time for your dental check-up or the name of the priest to contact for your child’s baptism, simply do nothing. This is because we don’t need this kind of information permanently and eventually we can forget them.

For long-term memories, such as recalling trivia quizzes, contact numbers, security policy number etc, you should make some extra effort to go over these things because you need them for permanent retrieval. You can do this several times in a day. Then remember the new data at least once a day for a few weeks. By the end of this period, the objects you recall will be permanently retained in your brain.

Posted by James - August 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

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Facing And Dealing With Student Struggles

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What techniques can help when student struggles in reading? Some high school students come to us with a fifth-grade speed reading level. Others come to us without the basic knowledge of multiplication. A student walked into my classroom the other day, and couldn’t point out South America on a world map.


As a teacher, it’s of the utmost importance that all students in my classroom succeed. Even those who are significantly behind where they should be. Thanks to the dual problems of grade inflation and social promotion. Students are more likely than ever to be advanced in grade despite serious deficiencies in their schoolwork. This makes the more-advanced-than-ever-curriculum of a standard high school cause all kinds of stress and difficulties for your everyday student. Can a teacher do and get these students engaged in learning? While every student is certainly different, studies have shown that a strong individual effort made by caring teachers is often more than enough to get the job done.


What Can You Do to Combat Student Struggles

My first suggestion is to make sure to give them appropriate work for their ability. It’s often necessary to give them a battery of tests that will show you at a glance who is lacking the basic skills necessary to do well in your class. Take the short amount of time to speed read their facial expressions after you’ve demonstrated an idea to see if they follow. And if possible, write down what you see as far as clues.


Once you have identified these students, work one-on-one with them as much as possible. While peer tutoring is great, recognize that these students have a tendency to be resistant to this because it exposes their “stupidity” to others. Instead, assign them fewer problems from the standard homework set, and instead give them something more appropriate to teaching them the remedial skills they need to succeed. You must always keep them involved in the lesson somehow, and still give them participation points and homework from the current level of coursework, but you need to tailor it to their particular set of abilities if you plan on having them find any kind of success whatsoever.


Start Slowly with Struggling Students

While the idea of giving individualized homework and lower-difficulty lessons and problems has merits, it often doesn’t accelerate as quickly as it needs to in order to get lower-achieving students up to speed with the rest of the class. When this fails to happen, you often end up teaching at such a lower level that you might as well end up planning for a whole extra class during your day. In addition, you’ll struggle during grade time, since it’s hard to assign a student a grade in high school level US history when you were covering most of the major topics at a 7th grade level.


In order to get all of your students on board with the program, start with developing their basic skills. A student struggles usually because it requires a significant amount of review on every subject before it becomes a part of their knowledge base. Particularly, with basic skills like increasing reading comprehension, so review with them early and often. Once you’ve made the jump into current lessons, make sure to still help them through their review work as well. Otherwise they may simply lose it.


Speed Reading Techniques That Can Help You With In College

Speed reading should be taught to every single teenager on their way to college. Unfortunately, too many students are sent away without this necessary component of their schooling. Therefore, a student struggles with keeping up with their work throughout the semester.


In college, you need to read so much more than you ever did in high school. Oftentimes, you’ll find that you need to complete some short essay and read entire novels on a week’s end. This causes many of the common problems that most students have with their college life. Namely, that they have a tendency to get behind and eventually stop reading all of their required books. When that happens, many students simply shrug off the learning and studying all together. However, this is a terrible way to go about learning new materials in school. And, it will start to catch up with you quickly.

Posted by James - August 1, 2012 at 2:39 am

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The Dyslexia Brain – How Learning Disabilities Affect the Mind


Learning disabilities are often very difficult to diagnose because they rarely, if ever, manifest any physical symptoms. Or do they? Some scientists have been using PET and CAT scans to take an in-depth look at the brain. Thanks to dyslexia tests they have found some interesting information about the brain of dyslexics.

Many scientific researchers are looking into using medical technologies in new ways. Until now. Dyslexia brain research is currently happening all over the world. Remarkable studies shows that this particular learning disability is different than most of the rest.


The Dyslexia Brain

The left and right brain hemisphere of a Dyslexic individual are equally sized. Experts believe that these shows they cannot make good use of the extra-high powered brain waves that are present in the non-dyslexic brain, in which one hemisphere is bigger than the other. While there is no research yet about why that might be the case, there is a lot of people who believe that it shows an increased ability to process in that hemisphere.

In either case, we have one side of our brain that has specialized in something, and does it particularly well. We may not all read using the exact same processes, but we are very good at doing it using one half of our brain. Electrical pathways were established early on in childhood in both sides of the brain, but gradually one side took over and became dominant, and will guide you throughout your life.

However, the major difference in the dyslexic brain is that the two sides of the brain are almost equal in size. If there is any size difference at all, it is too minor to make a difference, though this could impact as the amount of dyslexia that a person suffers from.

On the contrary, normal individuals two sides of the brain are not equal. Left-brained individuals are very logical and step-by-step thinkers, while right brained individuals tend to be more art-oriented and creative.


How dyslexia can be prevented?

Perhaps, though research is still a little vague in this area. If we can identify the gene that’s responsible for causing dyslexia that’ll go a long way towards developing treatments.

The more that you challenge the mind, the more it will develop. Providing a large number of varied activities for your child at a very young age might help to prevent dyslexia. In addition, this research shows a physical transformation having an impact on what was strictly considered a learning disability.


Speed Reading Test for Dyslexia

It is important to diagnose this condition as early as possible so that you can explore potential avenues of treatment.

There are a variety of speed reading tips which you can use to read faster, and one of the effective ways to read faster is using a ruler to increase your eye movement speed. Most people take a longer time to move their eyes across the page than they need to, but by simply dragging your pen or pencil across the page at a slightly faster pace than you normally read, you will greatly increase your reading speed without losing any comprehension. Using this method of speed reading is a simple, easy speed reading tip.

Meta-guiding helps you move your eyes across the page faster and prevents you from sub-vocalizing as you read. Sub-vocalization is the process of sounding out words as you read instead of sight-reading, which is simply instantaneous recognition. Sub-vocalization is okay when you’re a kid and still learning how to read, but for adults it’s a poor practice. The pen or pencil tricks takes sub-vocalization out of the picture, and helps you read incredibly fast.

Posted by James - July 28, 2012 at 2:35 am

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The Dyslexia Brain

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The Dyslexia Brain

Modern medical technology allows us to do more and more research into the world of education. With the help of PET and CAT scans, we can take pictures of the brain. And, one of the most interesting results of brain imaging has come from studying the minds of the dyslexics.

A normal person with no learning disability has a brain that has unequally sized hemispheres. We each have a dominant hemisphere which we use more than the other. This has been linked to your preferred hand, your desired way of working and learning, and your interests. In the dyslexic person’s brain, the left and right sides are generally similarly sized. Scientists are fairly sure help to predict whether a person has or does not have this disability.

A brain scan maybe a good first step to take if you are worried about whether your child, or even yourself is dyslexic. There are also various dyslexia tests available, even online.


Modern Dyslexia Treatment

Thankfully, we seem to know and understand a lot more about the complications of dyslexia now than before. The effects of this learning disability will continue to haunt children throughout their lives, and causes not only educational difficulties, but social, economic, and employment difficulties as well.

It is not true that dyslexic children (dyslexia brain) are stupid. They are well aware of how the world perceives them. This often leads to low self-esteem, a low drive to succeed, and an emotional disconnect from their peers. Some parents don’t even understand the toll that this learning disability takes on them, and constantly challenges their desires for doing schoolwork in the traditional way, or berates them for failing in school despite their significant learning handicap.

Teachers too are susceptible for some aspects of the problem, though it is typically they who refer students for a student’s dyslexia test.

Posted by James - July 28, 2012 at 2:33 am

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