If You'd Like
To Know Why Reading Matters
by Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Here Are Some of the Reasons Why Reading Is
So Important for Children
Why Do We Tell Children to Read? We're always telling
children that books and reading are good for them,
but have we ever really thought about why that's
true ? Exactly what do older children get out of
reading novels ? What do younger kids get from reading
children's stories and being read to ? Does reading
SPEED READING TIPS
Which Is More Important, Reading Faster
by Melvin Ng
A common enough remark is that speed reading takes the
joy out of reading. However, is this entirely fair? Would
it not be fairer to say that being able to speed read
actually increases the joy of reading? To answer this,
we need to look at some of the reasons why we are speed
reading in the first place!
It should always be in the forefront of your mind that
speed reading is a skill. It is adopted when certain circumstances
arise and it is not always necessarily a skill you need
to invoke each and every time you read something.
An example, if you are curled up in bed reading the latest
thriller novel, it is unlikely you are going to want to
be speed reading. The reason: first, because you have
spent a lot of money on the novel and so want to make
it last; second because part of the atmosphere that you
have set in which to read is one of relaxation and taking
If we now transfer the scene to one where we are reading
the latest financial report from ABC Company Limited,
even if we are doing this in bed, the environment in which
we are reading has dramatically changed.
The need and reason why we read the text in these two
scenarios is not the same. In the former we are at leisure.
In the later we are in professional mode. Clearly in the
later, where we want to be done with the reading and off
to sleep, we can adapt out speed reading skills and in
the former we may choose not to.
In other words, speeding reading skills are a "horses
for courses" skill. Invoke them at times when you
need to read something really fast, but not when you don't
Furthermore, as your retention rates are usually better
with speed reading, it is often a good idea that you speed
read at times when you have a special need to comprehend
and retain the information you are reading. If we go back
to the financial report/thriller novel example above,
it is far more likely that comprehending and retaining
the information in the financial report is going to be
more beneficial to you, so utilize your speed reading
skills at this time so that you can enhance your chances
of comprehending and retaining the text.
Finally, speed reading does not have to be a cumbersome,
professional, skill. It is quite possible to enjoy your
time speed reading something, in much the same way as
you would when reading a novel. To do this all you need
do is create the correct atmosphere in which to speed
read. Eliminate all distractions, such as music and chat.
Do a pre-read of the materials: read the index, headings
and suadings. Then speed read the text. Retain the information.
Utilize that information.
As you can see then, having the ability to be able to
speed read will allow you the choice of reading faster,
or slower. It's about having choices.
About the Author
Melvin Ng teaches speed reading through his 16-Minute
Speed Reading Audio Program. This breakthrough technique
Guarantees to Double your reading speed in just 16 minutes!