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No time for books? Learn to speed read!

Posted on 21 September 2011 by Alice

If you haven’t heard already, some people in the White House aren’t very happy with a book that’s come out – one Confidence Men by Pulitzer prize winning, Wall Street Journal reporter Ron Suskind.

Confidence Men book cover

Suskind's new book is causing controversy

But how did the news break so quickly after its release? The answer’s in the speedread!

Average readers can take in 200 words per minute (wpm), while top readers can take

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in text at a crazy 1,000 wpm. It’s not just about how fast you can read a page of words, however, but also how much you comprehend. An average reader might comprehend 60%, while top readers can ingest 85%. An average reader is five times slower than a ‘good’ reader apparently.

All is not lost though! If you want to learn how to speed-read effectively, there’s plenty of software that can help. Who knew you could train in speed-reading for purposes other than Guiness World Records.

I did this test, online here.

Ps. If you can’t be bothered to read Suskind’s book, or just want to know the juicy bits, the lovely people at The Daily Beast have already done it for us.


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