Speed Reading Tips From Experts

May 3, 2018

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So you just found out that you should've read a report before your meeting, which begins in 10 minutes.  No need to panic, just use these tips from speed readers.  Tip #1-Read titles and section headings. Start by scanning the document for subject titles and headings—often in bolded or underlined font—at the beginning of each section. Carefully read each title and all the subheadings under it, as this will give you the gist of the topics at hand without having to go into detail. Top #2 is to just read the beginning and end of the document. Large documents and articles often have introductions or closing sections that quickly summarize the content. So, when time is of the essence, search the document for these two sections for a better sense of the topic. And if there isn't a designated intro or summary in the text, just read the first and last paragraph of the document instead.  Tip#3-keep quiet and chew gum.  While reading out loud may help you remember key concepts, it actually holds you back from reading more quickly. Instead of articulating each word as you go, try chewing a piece of gum while you read so you can keep your muscles busy without wasting time on talking to yourself. Once you finish speed-reading, take a second to write a sentence or so about what you learned, as well as any questions that may have arisen along the way. This way, you will have the opportunity to paraphrase the content in your own words, and you'll be prepared with questions (and hopefully some answers) if you get called on during the meeting!

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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