Abby's Speed Reading BlogTips for Working Smarter, Faster and Just Plain Better
Now's the time to get up to speed with what you read!
Whenever I’m interviewed, there is guaranteed talk about this concept called “speed-reading”. The problem is not everyone is on the same page (pun intended) as to exactly what speed-reading means.
Some think it’s about learning to read everything super-human fast which is rightfully viewed as fantastical and unrealistic. Others won’t even try to read faster because they believe it’s sacrosanct to read any material quickly, especially when reading for pleasure. Trying to speed-read on one’s own . . .
It’s been a really LONG time since you learned how to read. Back then, your teachers instructed you on what they thought were sound ideas. And at the time, they were helpful. However, as you matured, the ideas became outdated and inefficient for your ever-growing reading and learning workload. You may have become mentally stuck with these ideas preventing you from improving your reading abilities.
It’s time to rethink some of these ideas to modernize your thinking and improve your reading experience.
Is reading a satisfying experience for you? Or more of a chore?
Some of you know that I came into this profession because I used to hate to read. Yes, it’s true – the creator of the Rev It Up Reading Online Course and author of several books on speed reading used to hate to read! I felt I was a very slow reader and I never turned to reading for anything.
I’m writing to share worthy information for your readers about the concept of speed-reading Eric Spitznagel wrote about in his recent article “How a Mormon Housewife Sold America the Big Speed-Reading Scam.” (about a six minute read for someone at the average 250 words per minute reading rate.)
I have been teaching speed reading for over 30 years and feel compelled to update folks on a few things.
When you think of reading in the summertime, the idea typically pictures some fiction romance or thriller novel or a long-awaited favorite magazine read in a comfy spot at the beach. For those who are crazy busy most of their days, it’s quite luxurious to actually...
It’s that time of year when high school and college students are coming into their last weeks of their term with final exams looming in the not-to-distant future. All of the reading done during the semester/year ideally needs to be reviewed to get mentally refreshed about the content.
But who REALLY wants to do that?! And who has time?!
Don’t you just
envy people who always keep up with their reading? You may be surprised to know
that a quick reading speed is not the only way to get caught up. It’s those who
devote an adequate amount of TIME to do their reading are also the ones who are
not haunted by their “to read stack.”
That makes sense, you say, BUT you’re feeling time-starved? It’s really as simple as being
intentional about wanting to make more time to read.
Review these common-sense
suggestions and see which ones you already do and which ones you can start
doing to relieve your reading guilt and get more reading done:
Got reading?! Who doesn’t! I’m going to guess that you may have a pile of reading on your desk, or on your nightstand, or on your kitchen counter, or in your in-box, or maybe even next to your toilet! You get the picture. There’s a lot you want to read, not enough time to read it all and many places to put it.
The issue isn’t about where you keep your reading material, rather it’s about what’s in it. When we get something to read, most times we can’t just stop what we’re doing to read it right then. Instead, we put it somewhere to read later. Amazingly, later can be a long time away . . . or never!
Many years ago, I was dismayed at all I piled up to read.
Fast Company Magazine interviewed me about speed reading and published this great post! You can read it here OR directly on their website: https://www.fastcompany.com/40574769/how-to-train-yourself-to-become-a-speed-reader. Thank you Michael Grothaus!!
I love giving my reading course away! Two years ago, I started this summer giveaway as a way to build my email list but soon realized it offered a worthy possibility for those who otherwise couldn’t afford the course to vie for a free one. Since then, I have given...
Bullying is a prevalent problem in U.S. schools, with almost 30% of students reporting being bullied at some point during their middle and high school career. These alarming statistics are only made worse by the rise of cyber bullying in the wake of the smartphone...
I’ll be honest: I didn’t do well on my SAT’s in High School. I took them twice and to this day I can’t understand why I stressed about them so much. I understood that good SAT scores could open doors to more schools but having consistent, decent grades should have had...
A great way to find good reads is to ask your friends what they’re reading. I readily admit that much of my reading pile comes from them! Years ago, a close friend shared “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman and I have since recommended it many times over. When I read it about seven years ago,
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In this busy, multi-tasking, ADD (attention deficit disorder) world, true focus comes at a premium. In past emails/blog posts, I’ve talked about things we can do to gain more focus, mostly for reading. But WHY is focus so important for everything? Because there are serious implications for a lack of focus. It can sabotage your life in ways that you may not suspect.
Here are five common ways that lack of focus can sabotage your life:
Some 20+ million college freshman have settled onto campuses nationwide this fall. They’re working their way to mid-terms, finding the transition to college life is tough. A whopping 30% dropout before sophomore year, with life-altering consequences. Research shows that those without a college degree earn 35% less than college graduates, and are two times as likely to be unemployed.
Booby-Traps of College Life
First year students face an expanded academic workload, isolation from family and high school friends, and often, financial pressures. Tuition, books, living and social expenses force many to find part-time jobs. Students grapple with
Since you started reading, typically around the age of five, what you read and how much you read has changed dramatically. What started out as picture books with a few word descriptions, turned into short fiction stories, then chapter story books. These were relatively easy and enjoyable to read because the pictures and story images engaged your brain.
Are you someone who doesn’t like to read much even though you know how? When I was in high school and college, I was like that and I know there are many who feel this way.
In high school, I remember having to read the required English novels. We had six weeks to read the book, discuss it in class and then take a test on it. I suffered through it. Little did I know how EASY that really was.