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Monday, February 27, 2017

Guest Post - How to Master Speed Reading by Training Visual Skills

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Constantly growing competition makes us process huge amounts of information. In this regard, the ability to quickly perceive and analyze data comes at the forefront. Speed reading can help you grow faster and finally, stand out of the crowd.
As you know, there are a lot of aspects you should consider to take your reading speed to the next level, including full concentration, the ability to suppress articulation, and, of course, visual skills that are the topic of today’s article!
First and foremost, visual skills help us to perceive information faster. The essence of training visual skill lies in expanding the viewing angle. If you want to read faster, you should be able to see a greater amount of text – not reading it by a line from left to right but covering entirely, diagonally from top to bottom! Therefore, the wider is the peripheral vision, the faster one can find the right information, and the sooner he will be able to read it.
We see things clearly only at a slight angle; what’s out of the focus, becomes blurry. We usually do not notice this, because out eyes are constantly moving, shifting the gaze from one object to another. However, the analysis of the information received is done precisely during these jumps of view. If you are focused on one point, soon you will notice that the surroundings start to darken and blur. This is because the optic nerves need a permanent change and ceases to notice static information.
Thus, the dynamic change of the angle helps us read. When we are looking for something, our angle of vision expands, and once we find it, it gets narrowed and focused on the object. So the main idea is to expand the angle of view.
But how can we cover the whole text at once?
The secret is in the eye nature. Actually, we do not read the word consistently – we see it as a whole. And then why limit it to words? You can catch the whole sentence, whole paragraph or even a page! The key point is to get used to.

Schulte Table

Many authors suggest the use of Schulte table for training visual skills when reading. Schulte table is composed of cells with numbers ordered in a chaotic manner. 5 x 5 cells is probably the closest in size to the width of a book page or a standard text page.
So, your goal is to find all numbers one-by-one as fast as you can. To finish the exercise faster, you’ll have to catch the whole table at once. To do this, move back to a distance of 50 cm from the monitor, focus on the central cell, and cover the rest of the table with peripheral vision.
And now try to search for the numbers without moving your eyes and head. If this is too complicated, increase the distance. The essence of the exercise is to find all the numbers without moving your eye and focusing on all the cells simultaneously.
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Exercises for Eyes

Use the eye exercises, such as "alphabet," in which you need to mentally write all the letters of the alphabet moving only the eyes. Also, you can perform some standard exercises for the development of view:
  • The alternation of the observed objects from near to far and vice versa.
  • Frequent blinking for 10-15 second.
  • Tension and subsequent relaxation of the eyes.
Be sure to take breaks when reading, preferably every hour or even half an hour. Try to choose books with wide borders so that your eyes are less tired.

Top-Down View

To learn how to read texts by vertical movement of the eye, try to read newspapers and magazines with narrow columns, not moving your eyes left to right. Simple poetry will suit, but better use children's poetry with a plot so that you can read texts without being distracted by the deep meaning. Also, using conventional text editors, you can adjust any text in a convenient way.
As soon as you can read without articulation and vertically, gradually move on to the poems and columns of a greater width or even books with narrow pages. Over time, you will feel that it is quite easy!


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