Speed Reading Retention
Retention rate has always been somewhat of a sticking point for opponents of this science.
Retention is a term that means “How much of something you can recall after having been exposed to it”. It is a fundamental fact of life that not everything you read will stick in your mind; even moments after you’ve read something. This is especially true of murder mystery books, which are often littered with great examples of this. Small clues in a person’s which you don’t notice right away that leads to the resolution of the plot. It’s not that you don’t remember them as you’re reading, it’s that you don’t really notice all of the small details until you get a major clue that they’re important (like the murderer admitting they committed the crime).
Poor readers will have less than a 50% retention rate in tests..
Meaning that if they were asked 10 questions on the passage they had just read, they’d get around five of them correct if the tests are at their reading level. These tests are given right after a person has read a piece of text, and they are not allowed to look back on the passage once they’ve finished reading. Right now, this is the primary way to grade retention, though other groups are trying to incorporate an ability to summarize or repeat what was written as a method of testing retention, with mixed results. There is no mathematical way to grade these kinds of tests, which makes them hard to use.
Speed readers often start out with a higher comprehension and retention rate than poor readers, or even average readers, and can typically score between eighty and one hundred percent on these tests. This is likely due to the fact that people who are interested in learning to speed read are more practiced readers than average students, and that they likely have been exposed to more types of text much more often. There are many “professional” speed readers who claim to be able to read in the tens of thousands of words per minute, though their comprehension suffers incredibly, and is said to be around 20 or 30%. Here at free-speed-reading.com, we don’t really consider that to be speed reading, we consider that to be a parlor trick, because it isn’t really good for all that much.
Speed reading retention is so strong because the techniques you learn in your average speed reading course are designed to help you become a better reader first and foremost, and a faster reader second
The reason is simple; if you can understand something better, you won’t have to re-read, and you won’t have to puzzle out scenarios and situations as they arise because they’ll be more clear in your mind. When you speed read, you need to be able to process and think about what you read as you’re reading, because one very important speed reading technique involves not reading information that you know you understand. If you can figure out what’s what before you get to it, then you can skip certain sections while still maintaining 100% comprehension.
Therefore, when you first start a speed reading course, you should notice that your reading speed increases. Also, your reading comprehension and retention rate go up as well, usually in equal measure. There are many speed reading programs, such as Speed Reader X which come complete with a memory improvement module as well, which some have cited as being a good addition to the main program.