The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading [NOOK Book]

Overview

On your marks, get set, read!



Most adults today are working with antiquated skills and ingrained beliefs about their reading abilities, or lack thereof. But with the tips and examples offered in The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to Speed Reading, getting through a load of must-do reading doesn't have to be an arduous or overwhelming chore. The strategies are surprisingly simple once revealed. With practice, readers will not only speed through and understand books, articles, and ...

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading

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Overview

On your marks, get set, read!



Most adults today are working with antiquated skills and ingrained beliefs about their reading abilities, or lack thereof. But with the tips and examples offered in The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to Speed Reading, getting through a load of must-do reading doesn't have to be an arduous or overwhelming chore. The strategies are surprisingly simple once revealed. With practice, readers will not only speed through and understand books, articles, and professional journals but will also build their personal reading confidence and competence.



* Written by a reading specialist


* Useful for students, business people, lawyers, doctors


* Includes how-to strategies as well as practice timed readings


* Tips for reading on paper and onscreen


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440636516
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE Series
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 207,988
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Abby Marks Beale is the founder and CEO of The Corporate Educator. She is a speaker and trainer who creates content-rich programs using accelerated learning and adult learning principles that make it easy for participants to learn. Her topics of specialty include faster reading, email management and etiquette, and time and stress management.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

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    I recently had the opportunity to read Abby Marks Beale ¿The Complete Idiot¿s Guide to Speed Reading¿. Like many people, I feel overwhelmed with stuff I have to read to be up-to-date. There is the pile of reading I have-to-read, but not to be outdone is my want-to-read pile too. I am thinking about going back to school, again, so I looked at this as an opportunity to learn how to read not only better, but smarter. I have gotten into the habit of using a blank index card not only as my bookmark, but also as my pacer card. I have found that this keeps me focused on what I want to read, and not what I have already read. It really does help me to keep a quicker pace while I¿m reading. I tend to use this for my want-to-read pile. For my have-to-read pile I find that I use my index finger as my pacer. I can get into a steady rhythm and that helps me to keep moving along with what I¿m reading. That combined with sitting up straight and a quite place, has increased my speed and comprehension. What I liked best about the book, aside from the tidbits of info contained in the speed tips, speed secrets and speed bumps, is that there is not just one method to read faster, but several. The book presents many options and lets you decide what works best for you. And ¿Speed Reading¿ gives you a variety of articles to use to test you effectiveness with the different methods. It has everything you need to track your speed reading progress. ¿The Complete Idiot¿s Guide to Speed Reading¿ is destined to a classic, much like ¿Elements of Style¿ by Strunk & White. It is something that everyone can benefit from, young and old alike. It would make a great gift for someone going off to school, going back to school or graduating from school. And anyone who likes to read for that matter. If you can read this book and master the techniques, just imagine what you can read¿

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    Read faster and understand more!

    I¿ve always been a fast reader but wanted to improve my comprehension. As a learning and development professional, I read many books, journals, magazines, and online articles. The infinite content on any given topic can require hours of sifting through even a portion of what is available. This book offers a wealth of practical strategies to read, remember, and understand more in less time. While my favorite pacer for reading most hard copy turned out to be the ¿Short-Smooth Underline,¿ I tried several others that worked well for different media, for example, the scrolling pacer for reading on screen. In the first few One-Minute Timings, my reading speed more than doubled, and I remembered more of the key concepts. Abby¿s speed strategies also extend to organizing and prioritizing reading piles, identifying and kicking bad reading habits, and knowing when and for what types of reading to apply the strategies themselves. Whether you¿re reading for pleasure, study, or professional purposes, this book will provide you with multiple ways to accomplish what you want in less time and with better results.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    If you want to improve your time management skills, this book is a must. Imagine how much more you could get done each day if you were reading four times faster. 'Speed Reading' is the book to move you to that level. With its simple techniques, presented in a very easy-to-follow format, there is a method to comfortably fit anyone's style.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    ehhh....ok i guess

    Well this book is really an ok book, but I don't think that it is necessary for general readers. Someone should enjoy the act of reading a book and relish in the delight they get instead of worrying about how many books they can read in a year...as long as you are happy reading what you are reading i say don't worry about speed reading!

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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