This speed reading course aims to achieve the following goals:
1. Adopt positive habits for reading and create the best possible conditions to develop them.
2. Discover and eliminate the defects and impediments that obstruct your speed and comprehension while reading. During the act of reading, we often think that our eyes continuously glide from left to right to then jump backwards in order to change lines, and then continue gliding from left to right. This is all false. What really happens is that the eye reads while it is still. The eye sight establishes itself upon a first fixed point and stays there for a bit of time in order to perceive what is written. The eye then jumps unto a second fixed point, stays still, perceives what is written there and continues on. Therefore, we read when our eyes are still and fixed upon a certain point of reference.
3. Expand you visual field with the aims of increasing the numbers of word that your eye can catch with a single sight. Through the exercises of meaningless and meaningful material, you can go from catching words composed of 10 letters to a phrase of 21 letters. If this goal is achieved, you can already double your reading speed.
4. Reduce the number of fixed points per line. Each line usually has about 50 characters and if one’s visual filed covers 10 letter, one would need about 5 different fixed points to read an entire line. But if one’s visual field is expanded to be able to cover up to 20 characters, then only 3 fixed points would be needed to read an entire line. To reach this goal, rhythmic readings are available which break down a text into several pieces per line in order to capture each piece with a glance. The number of fixed points is reduced from 5 to 3 in order to eventually reduce it to one fixed point and be able to read vertically.
5. Increase the rhythm of the fixed points. The amount of time that the eye is still on each fixed point and the time it takes to jump unto the other is known as the time of fixation. Readers that lack practice have a time of fixation of half a second, which with systematic training can be reduced to a sixth of a second. This objective can be achieved with rhythmic reading.
6. Improve the capacity of concentration and memory, through training the accuracy of vision.
Arturo Ramo García
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