Reading Techniques

In this jet propelled world reading is not good enough. You should understand various information/data most effectively. What is the main source of gathering information? Even today reading remains the main source. Ignorance is not a crime, but unwillingness to learn is. Highly educated people, successful business magnates and skillful orators are all found to be voracious readers. They not only read matters relating to their field of operation, but also read everything else. They are, naturally, well informed. In addition to normal books, papers, magazines, journals etc, we are also privy to info stored in billions of web pages in the World Wide Web. Students should be very sound in general knowledge, which one acquired by constant reading. In entrance examinations for Professional courses, students are expected to take part not only in written tests but in group discussions, where only those who are very strong in general knowledge come out successful.

Reading Techniques
  • Reading Skills
  • Understanding the subjects
  • Fast reading
  • Subliminal Perception

Reading Skills:

An average reader reads anything between 80 to 250/260 words per minute. A fast reader reads about 450 to 550 words per minute. Research findings reveal that anyone can read between 1000 to 5000 words per minute. And understand the meaning correctly. A fast reader reads a few sentences just at a glance. Subliminal readers read and understand a whole page at a glance!

Understanding the subjects:

Registration, retention and recall of information and data is what understanding is all about. It is also called comprehension. Readers normally read a matter to understand its impact and meaning. A good reader, if he finds the matter to be too complex and highly professional, adjust his speed in such a way that he does not compromise on understanding. They read a few times to understand the meaning and content fully. Each sentence, each paragraph, and each page convey thoughts and ideas of the author. The important thing is to understand them fully without sacrificing speed. This can be possible only by conscious practice. Only perfect practice makes you perfect.

Fast reading:

Some of the students may have noticed their grandparents reading the Bible with a foot scale in hand. They usually place the foot scale underneath each printed line and move it down when that line is finished. Some people use index finger also. These simple systems are really effective. As is required in every other thing you do, focus is what is needed most if you want to develop skills in fast reading. Every author has perspicuous style, a unique pattern, which he has developed over the years. If you can discern this style, this pattern, it would be much more easier for you to read faster.

Subliminal Perception:

In the US, Psychologists have conducted many trials on subliminal perception during 1960’s. A copy matter advised “Buy more popcorn” was shown for a fraction of a second on the screen at a movie house. Those who watched the movie had no conscious knowledge about the popcorn flick. However, the sale of popcorn increased manifold in the neighborhood. The point is that you can be aware subliminally of any info, data, still or animation without being consciously aware of it even though the copy matter was there only for a fraction of a second. This is subliminal perception. This only proves that you can absorb info at a much faster clip as you thump through the pages without being consciously aware of it. Though your conscious mind is not aware of it, your subconscious is active, very alert and records the info. Relaxing your mind before engaging on such reading would help.

Bring your brain wave frequency to Alpha level is between 7 and 14. This is where your subliminal activity works at its best. Follow any meditation technique to relax your mind and reach Alpha state. This is where your conscious mind goes for a walk and your subconscious mind takes over. In this relaxed state you can flip through pages of any book at a rapid rate but subliminally understand what you read. It needs constant practice to master this technique.

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