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Learn how to Speed Read

Updated: Mar 31, 2010

IMPORTANT NOTICE: with increased speed of reading (skim reading) your accuracy of reading comprehension decreases! (Carroll, 2003; Carvers, 1987) read more at

This is something I definitely will try to master!

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Carroll, R. T. (2003). The skeptic’s dictionary: A collection of strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions. New York: Wiley. Retrieved March 31, 2010, from the The Skeptic’s Dictionary database,

Carver, R. P. (1987). Teaching rapid reading in the intermediate grades: Helpful or harmful?. Reading Research and Instruction, 26(2), 65-76.

ABSTRACT: Bergquist (1984) has contended that children can be trained to increase their reading rate without any loss of comprehension. He cites 11 studies that supposedly provide a wealth of supporting research. These 11 studies, plus other more recent research on reading rate, have been closely examined. It was concluded that rapid reading results in a decrease in the accuracy of comprehension. This makes rapid reading training potentially harmful unless it is presented as a skimming skill.


24 Responses to “Learn how to Speed Read”

  1. Hans Rippel says:

    Hmmm, I wonder what the research is saying about the best ways to learn speed reading. I couldn't find anything useful after a quick Google Scholar search.

  2. Wendy Wang says:

    I'm wondering if this works better for people who think visually, since he kept referring to seeing images based on the words.

  3. Probably… so then it won't work well for me I think, hehe. Does women think more visually then men, or is there no gender correlation?

    • Hans Rippel says:

      From personal experience it seems to me as if women are more visual thinkers and men less so but it would be nice to have research test this hypothesis and tease out potential differences.

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