The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Faster and Remembering More

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Faster and Remembering More

by Abby Marks Beale, Pam Mullan

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ISBN-13: 9781440636516
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE Series
Sold by: DK
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,116,487
File size: 24 MB
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About 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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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
IonaS on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I'm afraid I didn't manage to get this book completely finished before having to return it to the library (the book didn't work for me!).However, it was quite an interesting read, and I've given it three stars, since I feel it will probably help some who really wish to increase their reading speed.An initial chapter includes a description of various finger methods to use to help you to read faster. Although I've never regarded myself as an idiot, my intelligence is apparently lower than idiot level (though I understand idiots have an IQ of 0-20), since I failed to comprehend what was involved in some of the methods - I just couldn't grasp it. But I'm sure all you others will be able to.Most of the passages at the end of the book for test purposes I found extremely boring, and when I attempted to speed-read these I had from 0-10% comprehension, or at least retention, as far as I could judge. Though the author does inform us that if we continue to speed-read, eventually we will end by focussing to such an extent that we will eventually gain more comprehension than we usually have even when reading slowly. But I didn't get that far, unfortunately.I DID find out:1) that the books I read are in general books I really want to read and that I find interesting (as far as the present book is concerned to a slightly lesser extent) and that I don't really want to read these books any faster than I do, since I also really want to understand them and retain some memory of what I've read.2) that when I occasionally read works of fiction I do actually read quite fast - this happens automatically.For those who sometimes have to read material they don't really find interesting, for example, students, who are obliged to take boring courses, or businessmen having to read dull reports, I feel that with a bit of application these persons could probably increase their reading speed considerably with the help of this book. But that is just a conjecture.To revert to the finger (and also hand) methods of increasing speed, the author presents various of these, too many as far as I was concerned. I got bored trying them all, and I PERSONALLY didn't find any of them helpful. I find it best just to command my eyes to read faster without help from my fingers. But we are all different.The author informs us that the key to achieving faster reading rates is "learning to spread your peripheral vision". We are introduced to "eye warm-ups" and special techniques such as looking for keywords and reading in "thought chunks". I PERSONALLY found that this slowed down my reading considerably as I had to think about what "thought chunks" were not to mention locating them.There's a chapter about skimming, scanning and skipping. The author is correct when she states that some of us feel obliged to read everythig, when there's no need to. I too have that problem. But in the case of this book I took her at her word and skipped the 2 or 3 final chapters, which, as I stated above, I didn't have time to read anyway.Apart from the obscure explanations about finger methods, the book was well-written and easy to read. It is probably worth reading for those really committed to increasing their reading speed.
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dclement04 More than 1 year ago
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!